Academic Opportunity Center

UWM AOC Summer Bridge Program


While all AOC students are admitted by the Admissions Office, some AOC students are admitted with the condition that they successfully complete AOC's Summer Bridge Program.

What is the Summer Bridge Program?

What are the components?

What are the requirements?

Summer Bridge Program 2015 Brochure

What is the Summer Bridge Program?

The Summer Bridge Program helps students with their transition from high school to college. Bridge provides four weeks of intensive instruction, advising, and opportunities to develop a network of relationships on campus that are essential to success in students' first year at the university. The main focus of the program, however, is academic. Students, taught by experienced college instructors, complete college level assignments in four subjects that introduce them to the expectations of university courses.  

Through coursework, advising, and day-to-day experiences on campus, students build skills necessary for a successful first year at UWM.

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What are the components?

Writing. Students are introduced to college reading and writing practices. Writing assignments integrate critical reading, writing, and reflection.

Reading. Students learn reading strategies and techniques for comprehending increasingly longer and more challenging college-level material.

English as a Second Language (ESL). Select students take ESL to help them improve reading proficiency for the Bridge program and university study.

Math. Students learn basic math skills for succeeding in college. Fractions, decimals, percentages, geometry, beginning algebra, combining like terms, operations with polynomials and solving linear equations are covered using the computer based program Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS).

Educational Psychology. Students learn time management, note taking, reading, and test preparation skills for college. Students become familiar with UWM related electronic resources.

Intensive Advising. Students are assigned an advisor who works closely with them to help find solutions to academic problems as well as to register for classes. The advisor builds trust with students, monitors student academic progress and identifies support resources.

Social/Cultural Connections. AOC encourages students to develop relationships with each other in and outside the classroom. Students are each assigned a mentor and are also oriented to UWM through AOC.

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What are the requirements?

Students must attend the Program's 4-week session in the summer.
For summer 2015, the dates are July 6th - July 31st.

To be successful in Summer Bridge 2015, students must:

• Attend Bridge Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, and the Bridge Seminar sessions held on Wednesdays from noon to 1:00 pm.

• Earn at least a "C" in ALL four courses.

• Meet with his/her advisor periodically during the Bridge session.

• Comply with Summer Bridge Program Agreement, including the Code of Conduct.

• Abide by individual course policies.

Students should expect to:

• Type/word process many assignments (computer lab is available)

• Complete an average of four hours of homework per night

• Limit work hours to no more than 10-15 hours per week during Bridge

• Pay a $55 Bridge admission fee

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Special thanks to our co-sponsors, the UWM Student Union, and the UW Credit Union.