Summer Bridge Program

Designed for incoming first year students, this program brings highly experienced student affairs staff and faculty from all majors together to assist participants in familiarizing themselves with the social and academic expectations of college.  Additionally, students may choose between two tracks (Academic Adjustment or Social Adjustment) for their Bridge experience depending on their personal needs as they begin their college career.  The Bridge Program helps students to build confidence and independence before classes begin.

Workshop Examples in the Academic Adjustment Track:

  • Note Taking and Exam Taking Strategies
  • Academics: High School vs. College Expectations
  • Time Management & Schedule Blocking
  • English Intensive & Math Intensive Workshops

Workshop Examples in the Social Adjustment Track:

  • Building Courage & Resolve
  • Working Through Challenging Thoughts & Feelings
  • Practical Relaxation & Meditation Techniques
  • Managing Social Anxiety

General Workshop Examples (For All Participants):

  • Using Your Character Strengths to Thrive in College
  • Keeping a Balanced Perspective as You Face Challenges
  • Staying Healthy in College
  • Using Canvas, Starfish & Tutor Track to Add to Your Success
  • Faculty Office Hours: How to Build a Good Relationship with Professors
  • Who is my Advisor?: Using CCE&A Throughout Your Four Years

Other Bridge Highlights:

  • Job Shadow Field Experience: Students will have the opportunity to visit local employers with small groups of Bridge participants within the same major
  • Community Service Project in the greater Worcester County area
  • Access to early tutoring scheduling in the CLC for the Fall 2017 semester
  • Fun activities in the evenings with other first year students in the Bridge Program

Why Participate in the Bridge Summer Program?

Summer Bridge 2016 students had an average GPA of 3.2 in their first semester, and 100% retention from the Fall 2016 to the Spring 2017 semester.  This program allows students extra time to settle in to their new environment while learning valuable skills that will benefit them their first year and beyond.

This program is perfect for students who may need more time to adjust and added self-confidence as they begin their first year at college.

“The Bridge Program really helped me become comfortable with living at Becker College; by participating in the Bridge Program I was able to make friends before the school year began and I was given the opportunity to get used to living far away from home.”

— Audra Bell, Class of 2018 Media Design, Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society

Program Tuition

Cost for the program is $1500 and includes room, board, workshops, trips and activities.  Commuter students may participate in the program and should speak with the Associate Dean regarding arrangements.  Payments must be paid in full before the start of the program, and cannot be combined with financial aid packages or paid by outside foundations.

* Fall student-athletes'  pre-season practice schedules preclude them from participating in the Summer Bridge Program.

Registration Process

In order to apply, students must be admitted to Becker College and submit a deposit; health forms must be completed and program charges must be paid in full no later than Friday, July 14, 2017. Upon registration, students will receive an information packet outlining the program, events, and other important information.

For more information  and to register for this program, please contact Dr. Tracey Pakstis, Associate Dean, Student Affairs at

Important Dates

Registration Deadline Monday, July 3, 2017
Payment & Health Forms Due Friday, July 14, 2017
Move on Campus Sunday, August 20, 2017
Classes Begin Monday, August 28, 2017


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