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SUMMER BRIDGE

Get a jump start on the college experience by taking a Summer Bridge class. This online summer program bridges the gap between high school and college coursework, offering affordable, three-week courses to help eligible incoming freshmen prepare for success at WVU.

Dates: July 17 to August 4, 2023. Additional registration information for Summer 2023 will be coming soon.
Cost: $25 per credit hour

*There may be additional costs for course materials, see more information below.

Is Summer Bridge For You?

Are you planning to enter your freshman year at WVU but want to get a sense of what college coursework will be like before you arrive on campus this Fall?

Are you interested in gaining the study skills and techniques to help you achieve your academic goals while you’re still enjoying the last few weeks of summer?

Do you want to learn more about the tutoring and coaching services available free of charge to help you succeed inside and outside of the classroom?

Eligible students received an invitation for Summer Bridge through their WVU email account. If you are interested in the program, please contact us at kwcornwell@mail.wvu.edu.

What To Expect

Upon completion of WVU’s Summer Bridge program, students will be able to:

  1. Get a jump start on math progression or complete a general education requirement
  2. Understand the academic demands of college coursework
  3. Navigate the University's resources to enhance their academic experience and personal well-being
  4. Practice the mindset and learning strategies required for lifelong success

Get The Details

All Summer Bridge courses run for three weeks from July 17 to August 4, 2023. The cost is $25 per credit hour. Summer Bridge courses count toward your graduation requirements, though depending on your major, not all courses offered may be a good fit for your field of study.

If you aren’t sure whether you should take a class or have additional questions, please reach out to Summer Bridge’s point of contact, Ken Cornwell at kwcornwell@mail.wvu.edu, or consult your academic adviser during New Student Orientation.


Online Courses

To reduce costs and offer convenience for students, all Summer Bridge courses will be offered online. Students are not required to attend class at specific times, but there are high expectations that students will complete all required course work on time and interact with faculty regularly. Only one Summer Bridge course is meant to be taken over the summer before the Fall semester begins.


MATH 122: Quantitative Skills and Reasoning

2 Credit Hours

An introductory study of quantitative and reasoning skills needed for success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. MATH 122 is a prerequisite for MATH 124 (Algebra with Applications) and MATH 126 (College Algebra) for students who do not place directly into either course.

If your degree program requires MATH 124, MATH 126 or higher and you do not have placement into those courses as outlined here, taking MATH 122 in the summer term will advance your math progression. All first-time freshmen are required to establish math placement with our ALEKS placement assessment.

COMM 105: GEF 4, Fundamentals of Mediated Communication

3 Credit Hours

Examines both the theoretical and practical implications of synchronous and asynchronous communication technologies on interpersonal relationships. Explores the social, cultural, and political effects of emerging mediated communication technologies within and across communication contexts.

GEOG 102: GEF 7, World Regions

3 Credit Hours

Comparison and relationships of world regions. Geographical perspectives of contemporary global problems. Developing regions contrasted with modernized regions and the consequences of their interactions.

WGST 150: GEF 6, Women and Movies

3 Credit Hours

Through viewing popular Hollywood films, we will analyze femininity across the life span. Critical thinking and cultural analysis will be practiced as we study heroines, working girls, motherhood, brides, cheerleaders, and old women on screen.

Additional Perks

Success Coaching

In addition to the assigned instructor, each course will have a student success coach who will work with students on time management, note-taking and study skills. Coaches assist students with the transition from high school to WVU by answering questions and providing information on campus resources. They can also arrange tutoring sessions, depending on the course, for students who request additional help.


Project 168

WVU knows what students learn outside the classroom is just as important as what they learn during class. Project 168 formally recognizes the way students spend the 168 hours they have each week matters, and that after going to class (of course), eating and sleeping – they are leading, competing, serving and creating.

Students will receive credit for their co-curricular experiences and can leverage them as part of a successful future search for a job or internship or a grad school application. Students will learn new things about themselves and their community – and stretch their horizons, too. When students have completed the Project 168 curriculum, they will have a co-curricular transcript on official WVU transcript paper.

And as a Summer Bridge participant, students can get a head start on completing the curriculum with the projects and experiences they'll have, even before classes begin.

Learn More About Project 168


Textbook and Supplies

Instructors will reach out to registered students with instructions for purchasing any necessary textbooks and supplies. These costs are in addition to the $25 per credit hour fee. If students are unable to pay, please reach out to your instructor or Success Coach.


Academic Expectations

WVU Summer Bridge students are expected to pass all courses with a grade of C or better. Students are further expected to:

  • Master all course content and participate in discussions and tutoring sessions;
  • Log on to class prepared to engage fully in lectures, discussions and other class activities;
  • Complete all reading, writing and homework assignments on time; and
  • Maintain the highest degree of academic integrity in your studies.

How to Participate

More information on how to participate in the Summer Bridge program will be coming soon.


Questions?

Please reach out to Summer Bridge’s point of contact, Ken Cornwell at kwcornwell@mail.wvu.edu, or consult your academic adviser during New Student Orientation.

WVU Summer Word Mark

Become a problem solver. Be a decision maker. First, your degree. World-class academics at an exceptional value.

Contact Us

West Virginia University
Summer Term
PO Box 6800
Morgantown, WV 26506-6800

Student Questions? Email: WVUSummerSession@mail.wvu.edu

Faculty Questions? Email: Marie.Pavlik@mail.wvu.edu

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