What to Expect
Each student must enroll in one English course and one mathematics or science course, which are taught by University faculty. The courses are regular University offerings, and successful completion of each carries three (3) hours of academic credit. Grades earned during the program are a part of the official transcript and count in one's grade point average.
Other parts of the Summer Bridge Program prepare students for choosing and excelling in their academic major. Learning strategies workshops help students improve note-taking, test-taking skills, and problem-solving abilities. One-on-one tutoring and group study are integral parts of the Summer Bridge Program. Academic lectures by faculty from various departments and curricula allow Summer Bridge students to strengthen note-taking and listening skills and to become comfortable with "large" college lecture courses.
Students also visit several academic departments and professional schools to learn about the academic programs, academic preparation for admission, and career opportunities. Meetings with academic departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and various professional schools introduce students to a broad range of majors, faculty, enrolled students and administrators. Through these visits, Summer Bridge students gain insight into the types of courses and requirements for areas in which they are interested.
Several workshops and information sessions offer advice that may enhance students' college experience. The topics covered may include: financial aid, study skills, time management, student judicial system, and academic advising. In addition to structured meetings, counselors talk informally with students in small groups or individually about subjects such as campus and Greek organizations, social life at Carolina, cultural diversity, self-awareness, and student government.