Summer Bridge Program

While all AOC students are admitted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (OUA), some AOC students are admitted with the condition that they successfully complete a 6-week AOC Summer Bridge Program from June 27th through August 6th, 2016.

This year, students will receive 7 credits toward their degree at UWM, giving them a head start on their freshman year. These 7 credits in English (3 credits), math (3 credits), and study skills (1 credit).

About the Summer Bridge Program

Welcome to the AOC Bridge program! We are so excited for you to join us on campus. Students in the AOC benefit from added academic support in their transition from high school to college. Including in intensive advising, focus on the development of math and English skills, and a strong peer community.

What is the Summer Bridge Program?

The Summer Bridge Program helps students with their transition from high school to college. Bridge provides six weeks of intensive instruction, advising, and opportunities to develop a network of relationships on campus that are essential to success in students’ first year at the university. The main focus of the program, however, is academic. Students, taught by experienced college instructors, complete college level assignments in three subjects that introduce them to the expectations of university courses.

Through coursework, advising, and day-to-day experiences on campus, students build skills necessary for a successful first year at UWM. Students will also have an opportunity to meet with an upper-classman, commonly known as a Peer Mentor. The Peer Mentor will engage the student in study groups and extra-curricular activities.

What are the Components?

Throughout the program, students will:

  • Develop and practice effective study strategies for:
    • Learning math
    • Writing college-level compositions
    • Recognizing and solving learning challenges
    • Self-reflection and self-regulation
    • Stress management
    • Decision making
  • Participate in peer-directed study groups
  • Understand and apply critical thinking strategies