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Summer Bridge Program

A one-week program designed for highly motivated incoming first-year students who are interested in building a strong foundation for their experience at Hope.

Students from the 2019 Summer Bridge Program pose by the Hope anchor.August 9–14, 2020

The Summer Bridge Program is for incoming first-year students who have received an invitation and have completed a program application. This is not the same as orientation or class registration. Through this program, you’ll get a preview of college life both inside and outside the classroom. It offers close contact with some of Hope’s best faculty, staff and student leaders.

Apply for the 2020 Summer Bridge Program Review of applications will begin in February 2020.

The program includes:

  • One credit hour, Engl 195: Introduction to College Writing
  • Peer mentoring
  • Faculty mentoring and coaching
  • Leadership development
  • Exploration of calling and purpose
  • One week of room and board (you will move into your fall housing assignment upon arrival)

The only cost for the program will be a $100 fee charged to your Hope account to offset some of the cost for the room and board for the week, plus the 1 credit hour you will receive toward your degree. 

MORE INFORMATION

WHAT TO EXPECT

If you were invited to join this program, you’ve demonstrated a willingness to work hard and contribute positively to the Hope College community. You may be a first-generation college student, have a high school GPA or ACT score slightly lower than the average at Hope College, or simply be recommended for the program by your admissions counselor. In any case, you were admitted to Hope because of your stellar curricular and extra-curricular record. This program allows you to use the motivation and dedication you demonstrated in high school to cultivate a positive experience at Hope. You'll be stretched, challenged and empowered by faculty, staff and students during this program.

Here is what to expect:

  • Earn one credit hour in English 195, either in person, a hybrid version or virtual (to be confirmed at a later date)
  • Independent work time to complete course requirements
  • Individual and group advising and mentoring from Hope faculty, staff and students
  • Connecting with 25–30 future classmates
  • One credit hour that counts toward your graduation requirements
SCHEDULE/WHAT TO BRING
More information will be available in July.
IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT
If you've been invited to the Summer Bridge Program and can’t make it, or were placed on the waiting list, that’s okay. This program is not required. You can still be successful at Hope if you don’t attend.
PROGRAM FACULTY & CONTACT

MEET THE PROGRAM FACULTY

ENGL 195: Introduction to College English
Professors Dr. Ernest ColeDr. Marla Lunderberg and Dr. Regan Postma-Montaño

ENGS 195
Professor Susan Ipri Brown

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS

If you have questions about the Summer Bridge Program, contact one of our program staff: