Summer Bridge Program

The Summer Bridge Program is an opportunity for students who show the potential to succeed in college, but who did not meet the university’s minimum standards for admission. Admission to the university is contingent upon the successful completion of the Summer Bridge Program.

Please contact the Admissions Office at Fitchburg State University by phone at 800.705.9692 or email at should you have any further questions.

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Academic Opportunities

  • Take a liberal arts course and get ahead in your college program
  • Get your math and writing placement testing out of the way
  • Take a basic math course (if needed) as a prerequisite to college-level math courses
  • A First-Year Seminar that includes:
    • Orientation to the university
    • Computer support services
    • Literacy & math skills
    • Integrated learning strategies and study skills
    • Library services
    • Computer literacy
    • Oral presentation & time management skills
    • Support through your first year through Expanding Horizons and Academic Support Services (programs that build on the development of skills listed above)

Program Structure

  • July 10 - August 11
  • Monday through Thursday, 8:45 am - 4:45 pm
  • 8 credits total
    • 5 credits will be in developmental writing and mathematics
    • 3 credits in liberal arts & sciences which will apply toward your degree program
  • Successful Completion
    • Minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average
    • Positive recommendation from program coordinator

Affordable Costs

The tuition and fees for the Summer Bridge Program are subsidized by the university.

Students are responsible for the cost of the liberal arts and science courses at the reduced rate of $550, as well as their books (estimated cost $200). The university will assume the costs of the writing and mathematics courses, but the students purchase the books and required materials.

While financial aid is not available for the Summer Bridge Program, financial aid is available for the academic year (fall and spring semesters)