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Summer Bridge: Just the Beginning
Take the first steps down the path of your college career, get a jump start on your courses and make important connections with other students, faculty members and staff members through Summer Bridge.
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On-Campus Living and Education
Summer Bridge students get to experience college life first-hand during the eight-week program, by living on campus while completing three college courses.
Join the UC Merced community
UC Merced's campus community is like a family. Students, faculty and staff members get to know each other and care about each other's success. The campus has a plethora of resources to help and support you as you adjust to your new Bobcat family!

UC Merced - Summer Bridge First Year ProgramThe UC Merced Summer Bridge First-Year Program provides invaluable academic, co-curricular and cohort-building opportunities to strengthen the skills necessary for success at UC Merced.

Program participants will live and learn on campus, enrolling in summer courses and participating in program activities from June 18 through Aug. 11, 2017. This opportunity is limited to 120 first-year students, who will have the opportunity to complete nine units (three courses) of college coursework while living on campus. Each participant’s tuition, room, meals and course materials are will be fully covered through a combination of financial aid and the institution.

Benefits include:

  • Kick start your degree — tuition free! Enrollment in summer courses including pre-calculus and entry-level writing, providing you a head start on your major and general education requirements.
  • Gear up for success! Understand the requirements and expectations of being a student at a research institution — and the resources available to support your success.
  • Explore college life — for free! Live on campus, eat in the dining hall and participate in campus activities, workshops and field trips for eight weeks.
  • Find your place! Connect with faculty members, staff members and fellow students through a variety of activities meant to introduce you to the many opportunities available to you during your first year and beyond.

For more on the UC Merced Summer Bridge — First-Year Program, visit the links in the menu above.