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Our Summer Academy offers academic enrichment courses in mathematics, science, written and oral communication, career research, personal and professional development and activities that support college planning.

The Bridge Program Summer Academy is held from mid-June to mid-July for students in grades 9 through 10. Classes meet weekly on UMSL's campus Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

  1. Academic Skills Workshops Include Math, Science and Writing:
    Students participate in critical thinking activities designed to enhance their ability to perform well on college entrance exams.

  2. Career Development Workshops:
    Freshmen and sophomore students will be involved in structured career planning workshops developed to guide students through important key steps for career identification and effectively develop a focused career plan.

Program Requirements

  • All applicants must be currently enrolled in grades 9-10 in a St. Louis Metropolitan school (8th grade students ineligible for Summer Academy participation).
  • All applicants must have a 2.5 or higher cumulative grade point average.
  • All applicants must submit a completed application and a high school transcript. New participants must ask a teacher, counselor, or school administrator to complete a recommendation form on their behalf.
  • All applicants should be enrolled in or have completed Algebra.
  • All participants must agree to meet attendance, performance and behavior requirements for successful completion of the Academy.
  • All participants are expected to complete assigned tasks and fully participate in class activities to meet program requirements.

Note: Students who participated in previous program components must reapply for consideration.

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The Benefits of Bridge

All Programs are FREE!

Scholarship and Dual Enrollment Opportunities

ACT Prep Courses and Materials

1:1 College Planning Meetings

Student Success Empowerment Workshops

Application Process

The following documents must be submitted to the Bridge Program Office by the application deadline date.

  • Bridge Program Online Application: An online application must be completed by the student. Please complete all sections no later than the application deadlines. Note: The option to apply for the Bridge Program Summer Academy will only be available on this form when the program is actively admitting students.

  • Recommendation Form: Your school counselor, administrator, or instructor must complete a recommendation form on your behalf. The Recommender you list on your application will receive an email with a link to the recommendation form. Please follow up with your Recommender to ensure they complete the recommendation form by the application deadline. Note: This is not a requirement for returning Bridge participants.

  • High School Transcript: It is not necessary to wait for last semester grades to submit your student's transcript. Please upload a copy of your student's current second semester transcript that is inclusive of their cumulative grade point average.

Important Dates

  • Friday, May 24, 2024 — Application Deadline
  • Monday, June 17, 2024 — Summer Academy begins
  • Friday, July 12, 2024 - Summer Academy ends

Program Meeting Dates

The Summer Academy will be offered:

Monday, June 17 - Friday, July 12 (7:45 am - 12:00 pm)