College before college

Bridge is five-day program that teaches you the ins and outs of being a new IUPUI Jaguar. We'll help you feel prepared for your first year of college and beyond! During Bridge, you'll make new friends, learn more about your school and major, and start connecting to campus activities and resources. You might even get started on some of your fall course work.

If you'd like to participate in Bridge, talk to your advisor during orientation and register at that time. Make sure to reserve an orientation for early in the summer to ensure you get a spot.

Facts about Bridge

25All Bridge sections are capped at 25 students

5Bridge sections meet the week before classes begin for 5 consecutive days

9–5Bridge days run from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

1,000+More than 1,000 new Jaguars participate in Bridge each year

96%96% of students say that Bridge helped them succeed in college

Benefits of Bridge

As a Bridge participant, you'll establish networks for success with faculty, advisors, student mentors, and fellow freshmen. The program is an opportunity to:

  • learn about college-level expectations for reading and writing
  • develop strategies to succeed in your classes
  • begin connecting with your school and major
  • become acquainted with the IUPUI campus
  • gain experience in using technology

Bridge is a great way to start off your college career on the right foot! Participants tend to have higher GPAs during their first semester than nonparticipants. In fact, nearly 60% of participants earn a 3.0 GPA or better and 96% of students who participate in the program say that it provided them with resources and information that helped them succeed in college.

Summer Bridge participants.
Summer Bridge participants.

Bridge is a great way to start college off on the right foot!

What to expect during Bridge

Bridge is a five-day program that occurs the week before classes begin. Each day starts at approximately 9:00 a.m. and concludes at approximately 5:00 p.m. Students must attend all days of the program.

Each day consists of sessions during which students work on skills for college success in addition to sessions specific to their majors. Schedules vary by major and by day. Students work closely with faculty, librarians, mentors, advisors, and other students in their majors to develop the tools and knowledge that will help them be successful going into the fall semester and beyond!

Once you have officially signed up for Bridge during orientation, you'll receive specific information about the program via email.