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Students from the University of Wyoming enjoy a trip on the Platte River, one excursion possible in the Summer Bridge Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Bridge is designed to offer incoming freshmen an opportunity to get to know the University of Wyoming's campus and the Laramie community during the summer before the fall semester. Students also earn six credits and create a social network of friends. 

Summer Bridge is four weeks long with a move-in on Friday and final class on Friday four weeks later.

While all three programs take place simultaneously, the Veterans Summer Bridge offer four credits of coursework, and are housed in the same residence hall, the courses that are offered differ. Veterans Summer Bridge is for student-veterans who may benefit from brushing up on math skills prior to a fall semester of college-level math. This course also assists veterans in transitioning from the military to college life.

Students who may benefit from enrolling in a higher math level in fall semester (based on test scores and college major) are invited into the program first. Students with math scores the range of 17-26 (ACT) or 470-630 (SAT) are given priority for the STEP Summer Bridge program. Participating in Summer Bridge may decrease time to graduation by a semester or more. 

This program is only available to students who are eligible for the Honors College.  This means you must have a high school GPA of at least 3.7, a 27 composite ACT score, or a 1260composite SAT score.

Honors Summer Bridge is comprised of two courses, political science and first year seminar, which are required of all incoming freshman. Students will complete these requirements and earn six credits before their freshman fall semester. This will give them the freedom to take different courses. Whether they are undecided on their major or simply want to take a variety of classes, they won't have to worry about an overbearing course load.

Each Summer Bridge program offers courses that count toward the required 120 credits for graduation. Both classes in the Honors Summer Bridge meet the core curriculum of required courses at the University of Wyoming. The Veteran's Summer Bridge includes an elective math and a first-year experience course to help prepare for the transition to college. The STEP Summer Bridge also offers a course that all students must take in addition to a math elective course that helps prepare for the rigors of college-level math.

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. Veteran's and STEP 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.

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.

The 2021 Summer Bridge will run July 16 through August 13, 2021.

Costs for Summer Bridge do not exceed standard tuition and housing costs ... learn more. Scholarships and financial aid are available to most students. Contact the Financial Aid office to discuss your situation and avenues for financial assistance: (307) 766-2412 or

Yes! Contact the Financial Aid office to talk about options, and mention you are a Summer Bridge applicant. 307-766-2412 or

To be eligible for financial aid, students must fill out the FAFSA form. Summer term is the third term of an academic year, so you would need to fill out the FAFSA that is for that academic year rather than the new one that begins in the fall. This requires inputting  IRS data from two years before your fall semester.  Visit the FAFSA page on the Financial Aid website for information and instructions on completing a FAFSA form: Learn More about the FAFSA . If you have questions or concerns about financial aid or completing the FAFSA, please contact UW’s Office of Financial Aid at 307-766-2412.

Weekdays involve class-related activities until 4 p.m., and two to three evening activities  that help students engage with campus and community. Three Saturday half-day excursions are mandatory for participants.

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

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 four-week program, including weekends. Sundays are left unscheduled.

Students are free to return home or stay on campus, whichever is most convenient for them. Participants in the Summer Bridge are allowed to move in to their fall housing placement at the conclusion of the program. Residence Life graciously waives any housing costs for Summer Bridge students, but additional meal charges would apply. 

Orientation is optional for Summer Bridge participants. 

Contact the Financial Aid office to discuss your situation and avenues for financial assistance: (307) 766-3016 or

Meal plans do not transfer from the summer term to the fall term. There is also a gap week which is neither covered by the summer-term meal plan, nor the fall-term meal plan.

For Summer 2021, summer meal plans are valid through dinner on Sunday, August 15.  Fall meal plans will begin with lunch on Thursday, Aug. 19 (move-in day!).  Dining dollars that are included as a part of the fall meal plan will be available for use by Monday, Aug. 16.  Any Bridge students who would like to eat at Washakie between Monday, August 16 – Wednesday, August 18 will be able to use their dining dollars to pay for these meals.  Breakfast cost is $8; lunch and dinner is $10.

If you bring your car, there is a $13.58 fee that covers your parking throughout Summer Bridge (2021 rate). Parking is plentiful in the summer. 

There are bikes to rent at the Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center for $25 per semester. Contact for summer rates. 

There is a campus bus that runs from 6:30 AM until 6:00 PM in the summer. The free Laramie city bus has been on hiatus throughout COVID-19 and there are no public plans to start it up again this summer. 

TRIO | Upward Bound offer a Summer Bridge Program for eligible students.

Contact Mollie Hand, 307-766-2325 or email

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