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Complete academic units that count toward your degree.
With a day trip to Yosemite and other planned excursions, you'll have a chance to learn more about Merced and the surrounding area.
UC Merced's campus community is like a family. Connect with fellow Bobcats, staff and faculty this summer.
On-Campus Living and Education
Summer Bridge students arrive on-campus before all other students, giving them the chance to get settled and make friends before the Fall semester begins.
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Start Your UC Merced Experience This Summer

The Summer Bridge First Year Program is by invitation only. Invited students will receive invitations in mid-March. If you were not invited to the program, you can still submit your interest to be notified if spots become available by submitting the Summer Bridge Application.

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Why Summer Bridge

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Students who submit their required documents by program deadlines will have their program costs, room and board, and course materials fully covered.
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Earn 6 units and get a head
start on your degree 

Learn to thrive
Learn about resources and skills to help you excel at a research institution

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Why Summer Bridge


Live, learn and get a head start
on college life.


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