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By participating in the Math-Intensive Summer Bridge, students:

  • Take one intensive 4-week math class and enroll in a concurrent math class in the fall.
  • Take a university required first-year seminar.
  • Earn 7 credits when they complete the program.
  • Have the opportunity to enroll in a higher level math class in fall semester which will help them progress faster in their degree program.
  • Live on campus with a small group of other bridge participants, building a community and support network.
  • Learn skills and habits for college that lead to high success rates in the first year.
  • Build key relationships with faculty, peer mentors, and staff.
  • Have fun exploring Laramie’s beautiful outdoors and local activities.
  • Have a higher likelihood of staying in college than their peers.
  • Are not required to attend the June Orientation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why was I invited to apply for Summer Bridge?

Students who may benefit from enrolling in a higher math level in fall semester (based on Math ACT or SAT score and college major) are invited into the program first. Participating in Summer Bridge may decrease time to graduation by a semester or more. 

How does Summer Bridge decrease time to graduation?

Math courses are required of all majors. Students with majors in the humanities (psychology, journalism, criminal justice, etc.) and business must have an ACT math score of at least 21 (SAT math score of at least 600) in order to take entry-level math courses.  Engineering majors must have an ACT math score of at least a 27 (SAT math score of at least 600) to enroll in Calculus 1. Health science and veterinary science majors must have an ACT math score of at least a 23 (SAT math score of at least 600) to enroll in required science and math courses.  If students cannot begin their freshman fall in an appropriate math course, they may need to take, at minimum, one additional semester to graduate. Summer Bridge can help you brush up on your math skills in order to get in to critical math and science courses and keep you on track to graduate in four years.

What is the application deadline?

Priority is given to those students who submit their application by June 1. Seats fill quickly, though, so apply early! Enrollment will close when all seats are taken.

When is Summer Bridge?

2019 Summer Bridge will run from July 29th to August 23rd.

How much does Summer Bridge cost?

Costs for Summer Bridge are low and do not exceed standard tuition and housing costs. Scholarships and financial aid are available to most students. Call Denise Jairell in the Financial Aid office to discuss your situation and avenues for financial assistance. Call (307) 766-3016 or email 

If I am eligible for a Pell grant, can I use funds for Summer Bridge expenses?

Yes! Contact Denise Jairell in the Financial Aid office to talk about options, and mention you are a Summer Bridge applicant. 307-766-3016

What does a typical day look like in Summer Bridge?

Most week days involve class-related activities until 4 p.m., and evening/weekend activities that help students engage with campus and community.

Where will I live during the Summer Bridge?

Summer Bridge occurs on UW’s campus. All participants live in the University’s residence halls.

Can I schedule other activities during Summer Bridge?

The Summer Bridge is an intensive program that includes two full college classes and programming on campus and in the Laramie community. It is not possible to schedule other activities such as jobs or other trips during the bridge, including weekends.

There is a week before school starts after Summer Bridge. What do students do?

Students who participate in the Summer Bridge are allowed to move in to their fall housing placement at the conclusion of the program.  During the week between the end of Summer Bridge and the start of the fall semester, students are able to live in their fall housing placement (an additional charge for meals may apply).  Students are free to return home or stay on campus, whichever is most convenient for them.

Do I need to attend June Orientation?

June Orientation is optional for Summer Bridge participants. 

How will I register for fall classes if I don't come to June Orientation?

You will contact your advisor, who will help you remotely enroll in fall classes—and you will have first dibs on many high-demand classes!

Financial or Scholarship Questions? 

Contact Denise Jairell, 307-766-3016 or

Other Questions?

Contact Mollie Hand, 307-766-2325 or

Already Accepted?

  • Pay your $75 seat fee. This will confirm your enrollment and save you a seat in the program.  HERE is the link to pay.
  • Fill out a summer housing application. Click HERE to start.  Contact Residence Life and Dining Services at 307-766-3175 with questions.
  • Fill out the 2018-2019 FAFSA.  Keep in mind, this is a different application than the FAFSA for your fall semester.  Contact Financial Aid at 307-766-2116 with any questions.
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Laramie, WY 82071

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