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Engineering Summer Bridge

Engineering Summer Bridge is an academic summer program to help incoming first-year students prepare for their engineering or science-based major. The program also includes structured social and cultural events that encourage students to build relationships with each other and relate in-class activities to out-of-class experiences. We guide participants toward academic success to give them a head start in the challenging yet rewarding fields of engineering and science.

A Closer Look

Engineering Summer Bridge students have the advantage of an early transition to the college pace and, in particular, to the College of Engineering’s curriculum. Group study sessions are incorporated into the schedule, along with professional development workshops, and a field trip to enhance the classroom experiences.

Engineering Summer Bridge previews:

  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus
  • Meta-Cognition
  • College Study Skills
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Campus Life Orientation
  • Exploration of Engineering Majors
  • Course Scheduling Strategies
  • Networking with Current Students

Why Do It?

Our research indicates that our students tend to benefit from the Engineering Summer Bridge program in specific ways. Engineering Summer Bridge participants:

  • Have higher GPAs than non-participants
  • Are more likely to graduate from the College of Engineering
  • Are more likely to land competitive-salary internships, co-ops, and full-time employment
  • Acclimate more easily to the college environment
  • Build an extensive network of lifelong friends
  • Learn effective college study skills


The program costs $1,200 and includes room and board, field trips, courses, and tutoring. This is a highly subsidized price; the remaining expenses are covered by corporate sponsorships. If you are unable to pay the fee, please include a statement of financial need with your application, including how much you can contribute.

2020 Summer Bridge Dates:

  • June 21 – August 1, 2020

Application Deadline:

  • May 8, 2020

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The Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion assists women and multicultural students in the pursuit of their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our support system of faculty and staff encourages current students to become involved with our programs and student organizations.

Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion

College of Engineering

112 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4287