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Learn Programs | Summer Bridge

Dept. 3334, 1000 E University Ave.

Coe Library 219

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: 307-766-2325


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Summer Bridge Program?

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. 

How long is Summer Bridge?

Summer Bridge is four weeks long.  

What is the difference between Honors Summer Bridge and STEP Summer Bridge?

While both programs take place simultaneously, offer six credits of coursework, and are housed in the same residence hall, the courses that are offered differ. STEP Summer Bridge is for students who may benefit from brushing up on math skills prior a fall semester of college-level math. Honors Summer Bridge is for students who have been accepted into the Honors College.   

Why was I invited to apply for STEP Summer Bridge?

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 400-550 (SAT) are given priority for the STEP Summer Bridge program. Participating in Summer Bridge may decrease time to graduation by a semester or more. 

Who is eligible to apply for Honors Summer Bridge?

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 28 composite ACT score, or a 1310 composite SAT score.  

How does Honors Summer Bridge give me freedom to explore different academic paths?

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.

How does Summer Bridge decrease time to graduation?

Both Summer Bridge programs offer 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 STEP Summer Bridge also offers a course that all students must take as well as 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. 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 27th 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 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. 

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

Contact Us

Learn Programs | Summer Bridge

Dept. 3334, 1000 E University Ave.

Coe Library 219

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: 307-766-2325


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