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Summer Bridge Program

A two-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 2018 Summer Bridge Program pose by the Hope anchor.

August 6–20, 2019

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 2019 Summer Bridge Program Review of applications will begin in February 2019.

The program includes:

  • One credit hour, Engl 195: Introduction to College Writing
  • One credit hour, natural and applied sciences (biology, engineering or computer science)
  • Peer mentoring
  • Faculty mentoring and coaching
  • Leadership development
  • Exploration of calling and purpose
  • Two weeks of room and board

The only cost for the program will be a $225 fee charged to your Hope account to offset some of the cost for the room and board for the week, plus the 2 credit hours you will receive toward your degree.



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:

  • Week One: three hours of class time each day in Engl 195. This course will introduce you to college writing by emphasizing the importance of critical thinking. It includes in-depth discussion, close reading and exploratory writing. Throughout the course, you will practice writing with clarity, coherence and creativity.
  • Week Two: three hours of class time earning a credit hour in natural and applied sciences. You will be enrolled in biology, engineering or computer science.
  • Independent work time to complete course requirements.
  • Individual and group advising and mentoring from Hope faculty, staff and students.
  • Excursions in Holland, including trips to Lake Michigan and other regional attractions.
  • Two weeks in a residence hall with 40 future classmates.
  • Two credit hours that count toward your graduation requirements.
More information will be available in July.
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.

ENGL 195: Introduction to College English
Professors Dr. Ernest ColeDr. Marla Lunderberg and Dr. Kendra Parker

BIOL 195, ENGS 195 or CSCI 195
Professors Dr. Dave Van Wylen, Susan Ipri Brown and Dr. Ryan McFall


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

Brooke Hulbert, Maryah Phillips, Sylvia Rodriguez, Dimitri Villalobos
First-Year Transitions Student Orientation Directors

Chris Bohle, M.Ed.
Associate Director of Student Life and Director of the Summer Bridge Program

Yolanda Vega, M.Ed.
Director of Phelps Scholars Program and Assistant Professor of Education 
and Director of the Summer Bridge Program

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