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Summer Bridge FAQs

How much does it cost for me to participate in TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge?

There are no out-of-pocket costs for Summer Bridge and financial aid will be awarded to those who qualify. TRIO/SSS and Augsburg pay additional Summer Bridge program costs.  Students may want to bring money for miscellaneous personal expenses not covered by the program. Covered costs include room and board, summer course tuition, books, and activity fees. This is a value of over $5000 for TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge program participants.

Do I need to have participated in a college readiness program (TRIO/Upward Bound, TRIO/Talent Search, AVID, College Possible, etc.) to apply for or participate in Summer Bridge?

No. Anyone may apply for TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge as long as they meet TRIO/SSS eligibility requirements.

Where do Summer Bridge students live on campus? May I commute to campus during TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge?

Because TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge is a residential program, all participants are expected to live on campus during the program. Exceptions will be made at the discretion of the program director.

Students live in secure, on campus housing accessed with a key fob. Students will have keys to their rooms which are shared with one to three other same-gendered program participants.

For more information about Augsburg residence halls, visit the Residence Life Website.

Campus housing is conveniently located to classes, the dining hall, the Department of Public Safety office, and many local attractions in Minneapolis and St. Paul, most of which are accessible by public transit.

May I bring my car to TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge? What about parking?

Students may bring their cars to campus during TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge. Those who plan to have a car on campus must register online for a campus parking permit. Permits are $50 and are only valid during Summer Bridge. A parking permit does not guarantee a parking spot in the campus surface lots. Augsburg and TRIO/SSS assume no responsibility or payment for parking violations, damage to, or loss from personal vehicles. Please visit the Department of Public Safety Website for more information about campus parking.

Where do I eat? How do I wash my clothes?

Students will eat most meals in the Christensen Center dining hall. There are free laundry facilities in each residence hall.

What classes will I take during Summer Bridge?

Summer Bridge participants take RLN 100: Religion, Vocation, and the Search for Meaning I and COM 111: Public Speaking. These are traditional Augsburg courses taught by Augsburg professors and fulfill general graduation and/or major requirements. TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge course credit is awarded after successful completion of the fall semester following Summer Bridge; these credits may not be transferred to another institution.

If you have previously taken a college-level public speaking course for college credit, the Summer Bridge program may not be the most advantageous program for you. You may not earn college credit twice for the same course taken twice.

What is the daily schedule?

In addition to courses in religion and public speaking, students will attend Supplemental Instruction (S.I.) seminars, workshops, and other planned activities. Unless otherwise specified, participation in all activities is mandatory. The daily schedule typically begins at 7:00 am and runs until 7:00 pm (most nights) Monday through Friday. Students will generally have open time during the weekend; students are expected to return to campus on Sundays by 5:00 pm.

May I work or have other outside commitments during TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge?

The TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge schedule is hectic and demanding; we meet daily and attendance is required at all program activities. Students may not be absent for activities such as work, family vacations, etc. Please keep this in mind before deciding to apply for Summer Bridge. Students are expected to commit fully to TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge during the five-week program.

May I leave campus from time to time during TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge?

Students may leave for family emergencies, or may leave during non-scheduled program times. Students are expected to stay on campus at night. Exceptions will be made at the discretion of the program director. Students will receive a calendar of events before the program begins, and again upon arrival to campus.

May I have visitors during TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge?

Visitors are welcome during non-scheduled program hours and are under the same rules as program participants. Visitors may not stay overnight in the residence hall.

What if someone wants to send me mail or a package? Where do I buy stamps?

Students may send and receive mail from the on-campus post office, and will receive information about this service upon acceptance to the TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge program, and/or their arrival to campus.

What are some other reasons I should apply to, and participate in, TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge?

Besides the head start on your college career:

  • You’ll make friendships with other new Augsburg students before the academic year begins
  • You’ll have a network of faculty, staff, and peers in a supportive learning environment
  • You’ll enhance your study skills in college-level reading, writing, thinking, and public speaking
  • You’ll participate in academic seminars, workshops, and other on- and off-campus activities designed to familiarize you with Augsburg and your new Minneapolis environment
  • It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity

And you’ll receive eight, free Augsburg credits upon successful completion of the TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge program and the fall semester following Summer Bridge.

Summer Bridge participants who withdraw from Augsburg prior to the start of fall semester, or Summer Bridge participants who withdraw during or fail to complete fall semester following Summer Bridge will not receive credit for Summer Bridge.

Great! What is the application process?

Visit the Apply to Summer Bridge page for more information about the application process.

What are the dates for Summer Bridge 2018?

Summer Bridge move-in is scheduled for Sunday, July 8. The last day of Summer Bridge is Thursday, August 9.

*All Summer Bridge dates listed are tentative and subject to change.

What happens after I’ve been admitted to Summer Bridge?

Keep an eye out for your “Welcome to Summer Bridge” information packet, which is usually mailed a few weeks after you receive your Summer Bridge admission letter.  This will have detailed information about move-in day and Summer Bridge orientation, descriptions of campus life and descriptions of your summer courses, attendance and dress policies, a tentative daily summer schedule, and most importantly, what you should (and should not) bring to Summer Bridge.  The “Welcome Packet” is usually mailed about a week or two before move-in day.