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Summer Bridge (Summer 2019 Letter)

Congratulations and Welcome to our Summer Bridge Program!

You will find our program to be rewarding in addition to providing you with an excellent “Head Start” for your college career. By successfully completing the Summer Bridge program you will earn eight credits. These credits will be applied to your college transcript, providing you with an advantage over other incoming freshmen. We will provide you ample opportunity to be successful.  As you are aware, successful completion of this program enables you to enroll at Fitchburg State University for the upcoming fall 2019 semester.

Prior to your attending Summer Bridge, there are a few details, events, and essential information I need to provide you with.

The Events:

There will be a brief opening and organizational meeting at 8:00 a.m. in the Holmes Dining Hall on the first day of the Summer Bridge Program to meet with faculty, staff, and the other Summer Bridge students.

Monday July 8, 2019

  • Breakfast refreshments will be served and parents are welcome to attend the opening ceremony.
  • This first day you will have your One Card photo taken. You are to carry this student I.D. with you at all times as it allows you access to various services and buildings on campus.
  • Textbooks for the Summer Bridge Program will be available for purchase through the Bookstore located in the Hammond Building prior to the program and on this first day.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

  • Closing ceremonies are to be held on August 8, 2019 starting at 4:30 p.m.
  • Successful completion certificates will be presented at this event, along with other surprises.
  • There will be a BBQ in Hammond Hub.
  • Parents and families are also invited to this event.
  • More information will be provided during the Summer Bridge Program.

Payment for Summer Bridge:

The cost of the Summer Bridge Program is $500 for commuter students and $650 for residential students. Fees include includes classes, tutoring and mentoring, as well as the events listed above and more.

Payments may be made online via Marketplace.

The deposit you made previously to Admissions in the amount of $200.00 or $350.00 is a deposit toward the fall 2019 semester (with or without a deposit for housing) and not part of the cost for the Summer Bridge Program. Payment for this program is separate.

If you need to make payment arrangements or set up a payment plan, you may do so online by making payments in increments of $50. The code for making a payment via a payment plan is “sbpayment2019” (no quotation marks). If you have any difficulty making a payment online, please contact our office at (978) 665-3130.


If you have not already done so, please complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid if you will be seeking financial aid during the school year. If you need assistance completing the FAFSA, please contact our Financial Aid Office at (978-665-3156).

Placement Test:

If you have not already done so, please make arrangements to take the required Placement Tests.  Placement testing must be completed before summer Orientation and before you begin the Summer Bridge Program. Reserve a spot at one of the many accuplacer test sessions offered this May, June, and July.  

If you have any questions regarding placement testing contact the Testing and Placement Center at (978) 665-3499.

Residential Students:

We will be forwarding out more information to residential students within the coming weeks. Move in will likely be available on the evening of Sunday, July 7, 2019, with a light meal provided. Housing will be available Sunday night through Thursday evening. It is expected that students leave campus Thursday evenings through Sunday evening. Meals will be provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Monday through Wednesday. Only Breakfast and Lunch on Thursday. There will be opportunities for engagement and programming provided in the evenings.

Commuter Students:

Lunch will be provided Monday through Thursday. You are also welcome to join residential students for some engagement/programming in the evening.


Everyone has the same classes. Students will be placed into a cohort and take the same classes with the rest of the group.

  • Math 0200 (combined Basic Math Course), Instructor: Ken Takvorian
  • EXSS 1000, Health & Fitness, Instructor: Dr. Tim Hilliard
  • Writing Seminar, Mark Nevard (also manages the study period)
  • Freshmen Seminar, Tom Driscoll (also manages the academic component)

Additional Staff:

  •  Ronaldo Negrini, Professional Math Tutor (AM)
  •  Stellah Fateh, Professional Math Tutor/Test Proctor (PM)
  •  Tenzin Dhakpa, Student Peer Math Tutor (AM/PM)
  •  Oliver Titus, Student Peer Math Tutor (PM)
  •   Cassidy Caoucette, Student Peer Writing Tutor (PM)

Housing Staff:

  •  Ciara Rodriguez, Summer Housing Coordinator
  •   2 Student Resident Assistants (TBD)

Everyone participates in the required study session. It is important to attend all classes and study sessions; attendance will be taken and participation noted!

Disability Accommodations:

Students requiring academic or other accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services at (978) 665-4020. Unlike High School, IEPs and 504 plans do not simply carry over to the college environment nor are they forwarded to us from your High School. I encourage you to contact Disability Services, so you can start working on that process.

Program Expectations / and Admissions Requirements:

Please know that in order to be admitted to Fitchburg State, you must complete the program with a 2.0 cumulative GPA and receive my recommendation. I will review your course grades and solicit recommendations from your Faculty and the Housing Coordinator. While a cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required, I am looking for at least a 2.0 in each course, and recommendation that you can be successful as a college student. The Summer Bridge Faculty and Staff will do everything possible to help you succeed, but you must be willing to do the work and put in the effort!

Faculty and program staff monitor your academic progress and behavior. Students who are not meeting expectations of the program, or academic progress markers may be dismissed from (asked to leave) the program. Similarly, violations of the University’s Code of Conduct may result in dismissal from the program. Students who are dismissed from the program will have their conditional offer of acceptance revoked. Faculty and program staff will do everything possible to set you up for success, please heed their warnings and follow their advice. We want to see you succeed and set you up to be successful here for the next 4 years.

All students will be notified of their standing and acceptance the week after Summer Bridge concludes. Any concerns will be directly addressed with students.

The following are some expectations for the program (including but not limited to):

  • Show up to classes on-time
  • Communicate any absences in advance to your instructor and Tom Driscoll
  • Show up prepared to take notes (notebook paper, pens, class supplies, and/or laptop)
  • Keep up with the homework and class materials
  • Engage in class discussions
  • Keep your grades up
  • Put your phone away during classes
  • Ask questions of Faculty and Program Staff when you don’t understand something
  • Engage with the Housing Staff
  • Attend the study period (mandatory)
  • Study, Study, Study!


There are a number of student parking lots available near the academic buildings where classes are held. Permanent parking arrangements will be handled at the start of the program. Parking is free of charge. On July 9th, you should park in the North Street Parking Lot as the Hammond Building is directly across the street.

Final Note:

As we get closer to the start of the program, we’ll be sending out more information.

If you have any questions, or concerns, feel free to contact my office at (978) 665-3130. We look forward to having you on campus and your successful completion of this worthwhile program.


William H. Cummings III

Dean of Students