what students say

EMU STEM student and biology major Nicole GroffThe Summer Bridge Program really helped me get a sense of what college would be like. I got to know my professors and began learning more in-depth science. As a freshman, college can be overwhelming at first. Since I had already experienced college for three weeks, it was not as stressful when I went to college for real. This program gave me an insight into the knowledge I would soon attain at EMU!

Nicole Groff, 2010 Summer Bridge participant and second‐year biology major

Summer Bridge Program

Prepare to excel!

Will you be majoring in a STEM-related program? Get a head start in this dual experience learning opportunity funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Step 1 – Summer Residential Program

A head start to your college experience

June 23 – July 12, 2013
You’ll get an $800 stipend after successful completion of the summer program, which includes:

  • Expense-paid three-week experience (room, board, and tuition) providing college-level training in mathematics classes and science laboratories
  • Morning classes in mathematics and afternoon classes investigating transdisciplinary aspects of science through rotations in various laboratories on different area college campuses
  • College credit for math course: 2 SH mathematics (awarded by BRCC, transferable to EMU)
  • Field trips, educational seminars, student interactions, career information and explorations, and recreational opportunities

Application requirements

To participate in the Summer Bridge Program, you must:

  1. Apply to and be accepted to EMU (must be a first‐year student) and declare a STEM major
  2. Demonstrate above average ability and strong interest in science as evidenced by:
    • Minimum high school GPA of 2.5 with successful completion of three mathematics classes and two science classes
    • Successfully complete at least three high school mathematics and two science courses
    • Total SAT scores of 950‐1340 with mathematics in the 400‐650 range (Comparable ACT scores are 20‐29)
  3. Participate in a STEM Collaborative Learning Community during the first‐year of college
  4. Complete the Summer Bridge Scholarship Program application

More info

Already accepted into the Summer Bridge Program? Please refer to the “Once You’re Accepted” tab on the JMU STEM program website to find out what more you need to submit prior to the program start date.

Applicants who meet the above criteria will be reviewed by the EMU science faculty members. In selected cases exceptions to students who range outside of these qualifications may be made by EMU faculty.

Students who earned higher scholastic marks on the SAT and high school course work should apply for the EMU honors program, rather than the Summer Bridge Science Scholarship program.

Step 2 – First Year Experience

A mentoring program for encouragement and support

You’ll participate in an EMU STEM Learning Community throughout the 2012-13 academic year, and receive an $800 stipend ($600 fall semester/$200 spring semester) by the end of your first year of college.

Stipend explanation

Students are required to meet EMU STEM expectations to receive money associated with the Summer Bridge and First Year Experience. Learn more…