Summer Bridge to CU Denver

Program Overview and Benefits

 

The Pre-Collegiate Summer Bridge Program gives students a head start on their first year of college at CU Denver. It includes three college courses with tuition paid by the program.

 

The program is offered to a very specific group of students and is held during the summer between their senior year in high school and their first fall semester at CU Denver. Summer Bridge students must be high-achieving, first-generation college students, meaning that neither of their biological nor adoptive parents completed a four-year college degree. They must be admitted to CU Denver, be planning to attend CU Denver in the fall, and have completed a Pre-Collegiate program at any of the University of Colorado campuses during middle school and/or high school.

 

Summer Bridge is a partnership between the Center for Pre-Collegiate and Academic Outreach Programs, the Center for Identity & Inclusion, the Communication Department, and First-Year Experiences.

Summer Courses

 

Over the summer, students take three college courses and earn seven credits before starting in the fall semester. The College Success course is all about making a smooth and successful transition from high school to CU Denver. Tuition is paid by the program.

  • Fundamentals of Communication, three college credits
  • The Beatles, Popular Music, and Society, three college credits
  • College Success, one college credit
Benefits

Former CU Pre-Collegiate students who are planning to start their first fall semester at CU Denver get an early start on their transition to college in a variety of ways.

  • Take three college courses
  • Earn college credit
  • Tuition paid by the program
  • Learn what it takes to be successful in college classes
  • Get to know CU Denver and get connected to the campus
  • Receive assistance transitioning to college from student support staff
  • Assigned a Peer Coach who will help them through their first year
  • Explore new adventures and experiences
  • Make new friends

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply to the Summer Bridge to CU Denver program, students must meet very specific criteria.

  • Completed one of the high school Pre-Collegiate Programs at any of the CU campuses
  • First-generation college student, meaning neither of their biological nor adoptive parents completed a four-year college degree
  • Spring high school graduate
  • Admitted to CU Denver
  • Planning to attend CU Denver in the fall
  • Completed a CU Pre-Collegiate program at any of the CU campuses

Application Process

How to Apply

  • Check the eligibility criteria above
  • Confirm that you meet the program requirements
  • Complete one of the the application forms below