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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.
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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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What is Summer Bridge?

UC Merced’s Summer Bridge First Year Program is an eight-week experience designed to provide incoming students an opportunity to adapt to the academic culture, discover campus resources, build a strong network of peers and mentors, experience living on campus, and ease the transition from high school to college. While at Summer Bridge, students meet with their mentor from the Success Mentor Program, experience university lectures, and attend various workshops and presentations put on by Summer Bridge staff. Being a part of the Summer Bridge First Year Program allows students to earn units and get a head start on their major and general education requirements.

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 units and get a head start on your degree. 

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

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Why Summer Bridge


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