What is the Summer Bridge Program?
The MSU/IMAGE Summer Bridge Program is one of eight university programs for minority students in the state of Mississippi. All state-supported institutions of higher learning use a summer bridge program to help incoming freshmen students adjust to university life at that institution. Incoming freshmen will be selected to participate from the following areas of study:
- SCIENCE: Including Agricultural Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Physics
- ENGINEERING: Including Computer Sciences
Under-represented minorities who have declared the following majors are encouraged to participate.
COLLEGE CREDIT: Students will attend the second term of MSU's summer session and will take a Pre-Calculus course along with another 3-hour course.
LEARNING STRATEGIES AND LIFE SKILLS: Participants will receive training in strategies that may be used in their college courses. Mandatory study hall will be held Sunday through Thursday evenings.
PARENTS' SEMINARS: Parents may also have to adjust to the demands of having a child in college; therefore, parents will have their own seminars during freshman orientation weekend and when the participants move on campus for the SBP.
Summer Financial Support
The MSU/IMAGE SBP will provide the following support for the participant:
- TUITION FOR THE COURSES
- BOOKS AND SUPPLIES FOR THE MANDATORY COURSES
- FRESHMAN ORIENTATION
Students may be eligible for federal financial aid and should contact the MSU Department of Student Financial Aid. All students will be responsible for their personal expenses.
Participants will be eligible for 6 hours of university credit for the courses they take during the second summer term.
FALL FINANCIAL SUPPORT:
Participants making at least a "B" average (3.00/4.00) in the given courses, will be eligible for a stipend in the Fall semester.
UPPER-CLASS PEER MENTORS:
Each participant will be assigned to a junior or senior MSU/IMAGE scholar before they attend the freshman orientation in June 2006. The mentors will provide academic and personal support for participants through contact on a regular basis.
A FINAL THOUGHT:
Although you might think that working during the summer is more important than participation in the MSU/IMAGE Summer Bridge Program, think again! During the five week session, you will make friendships with others in your freshmen class that will last through your college career. In addition, you will have the opportunity to "jump start" your academic career and gain skills necessary to excel in your college subjects.