What are the goals of the program?
The Bridge Program is designed to help you:
- sharpen vital academic skills including critical and analytical thinking, written and verbal communication, time management, study skills and teamwork
- earn five credits toward your degree requirements, enhancing your chances of graduating in four years
- enhance your learning and help you become part of the community at Hood College through carefully planned co-curricular activities
- learn about the proven methods for attaining academic success
- interact with fellow students and faculty in social and civic experiences that will introduce you to the broader community
Why was I selected for Bridge Program?
At Hood College, we believe students who have demonstrated the capacity and motivation to succeed, even though they have not yet fully achieved their academic potential, deserve the opportunity to pursue an affordable, private college education. You must be committed to doing the work and rising to the occasion. We are committed to helping you navigate your experience here. The Bridge Program is a clear reflection of that commitment.
What’s in it for me?
Most first-year students will begin classes on Aug. 21. Their schedule will include 12-15 credits (four to five classes), which will include a variety of courses from our general education program and in their major field of study. Students in the Bridge Program will complete five credits of coursework in general studies and psychology, enabling them to develop a modified fall schedule that could include additional courses in their chosen or prospective major field. Getting a head start on your education will put you on track for a four-year graduation plan. Additionally, this intensive and highly personalized experience will help you successfully transition from high school to college and, for some students, from living at home to living on campus.
What classes do I take and how many credits will I earn?
You will complete two courses during the Bridge Program. With successful completion, you will earn a total of five credits that may apply to your graduation requirements. The first course is a two-credit, general studies course (GNST101 Seminar for Academic Success). You will also be enrolled in a highly engaging psychology course (PSY103 Psychology, Media, Science and Pseudoscience) that will help to nurture critical thinking and analytical skills required in all future courses. College professors and employers agree that these skills are among the most important markers for success; the Bridge Program will help you hone them. Courses will be taught by Hood College faculty, and students enrolled in the Bridge Program will be provided with both professional and peer tutors in our Center for Academic Achievement and Retention (CAAR).
What is the total cost?
We have some good news. The entire cost, including tuition, room, and board, is only $3,000. This is a significant savings over our regular charges. Normally, the cost for a five-week residential experience, including tuition for five credits of coursework, room costs and meals at Hood College would be nearly $8000 per student. Students enrolled in the Bridge Program will earn five credits of coursework while living and eating on campus for only $3,000 per student (nearly a 65 percent discount). A $350 non-refundable deposit is required by May 30 and the remaining balance will be due on or before June 30, 2017.
Even more good news; students who successfully complete the Bridge Program will also receive an additional scholarship of $750 for each of their four years of full-time study at Hood College. The scholarship is in addition to any financial aid you may also receive and is contingent upon maintaining good academic standing.
Are meals included in the cost?
Yes. Because this is a residential program, meals are included in the total cost.
Will any of my financial aid apply?
No. Because of the reduced cost of the program, no financial aid will apply to the Bridge Program.
Must I live on campus during the Bridge Program?
Yes. We believe that the experience for students will be greatly enhanced if you have the chance to live, work, learn and engage with your fellow students. Whether you intend to be a resident or commuter student in the fall 2017 semester, the Bridge Program is a residential program, and all students must live on campus for the duration of the five-week experience.
When does the program begin and end?
Students in the Bridge Program should plan to move into the residence hall on Sunday, July 9, 2017, between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Classes will begin on Monday, July 10, at 8 a.m. The program ends on Friday, Aug. 11, and grades will be issued shortly thereafter. Move-in day and Orientation for the fall 2017 semester begins on Thursday Aug. 17.
What if I don’t successfully complete the courses in the Bridge Program?
Our sincere hope is that this doesn’t happen! However, if it does, your provisional offer of admission will be revoked. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater will be required for successful completion and, subsequently, full admission to Hood College.
Will I be working with my academic advisor during the Bridge Program?
Yes. This is one of the main benefits of the program! You will be connected with an academic advisor who will meet with you during the Bridge Program. Students who are undeclared will also meet with an academic advisor, as well as a peer advisor to help them start the process of exploring fields of study.
If I attend the Bridge Program, should I also participate in Fall Orientation?
Yes. In fact, after your head start on success, you’ll be an instrumental part of that orientation, ready to help other new students adjust in ways that you already have! And, the two programs are very different, so students are strongly encouraged to attend all of the Fall Orientation events, which will begin on Thursday, August 17.
Can I go home on the weekends or can my family visit?
We strongly encourage students to say with us throughout the program. Friday and Saturday events are an exciting part of the Bridge program. However, we recognize that some students may need to work on the weekends and may require additional time to complete assignments for their classes. All activities will be planned and promoted in advance, and students may opt in or out depending upon their interests and work requirements. We will invite parents and families to campus for an end-of-summer celebration of success. Parents and families are also invited to campus on the first day of Orientation (Aug. 17).
How many students will be in the program?
Only 20 students will be selected for this program on a first-deposited basis. Early registration is encouraged if you wish to reserve your seat in the program. A $350 non-refundable deposit is required by May 30 to secure your seat in the program. A minimum of 8 students will be required for the program.
Will other campus resources be available to me during the program?
Yes. All students in the Bridge Program will have full access to all campus facilities and resources, including our Whitaker Campus Center, state-of-the-art Volpe Athletic Center, Beneficial-Hodson Library, and Center for Academic Achievement and Retention. The Office of Student Engagement and Orientation is also available and will be organizing a variety of on-campus social events for students throughout the five-week experience. You will receive a Hood College ID, which will enable access to your residence hall and other campus locations. You will also have an assigned Hood College email account and password to access our on-campus network.
Whom do I contact for more information about the Bridge Program?
You may contact the the Office of Admission. Or, feel free to reach out directly to the admission counselor with whom you have been working.