Welcome to Summer Bridge

The Summer Bridge Program is an early start program that gives students a transitional experience to collegiate life at UCI.

What is Summer Bridge?

Summer Bridge is a 6-week summer residential program designed to provide incoming UCI students an opportunity to make the best possible academic and social transition from high school to college. Students earn UCI credit and get a head start working towards their degree while meeting other new students, staff, and faculty. After the summer, scholars receive additional benefits throughout the academic year including: personalized guidance from a professional staff member, peer mentoring, priority enrollment, tutoring scholarships, rental books, skill-building workshops, and community-building opportunities.

Full and partial scholarships are available based on California residency (includes AB540/undocumented students) and first-generation and/or income eligible status.

To learn more, click on the “Application” tab above.

Meet our Bridge Student Staff

Book an appointment with a Summer Bridge mentor today!


Apply to the Summer Bridge Program!

Gateway Initiative

The Gateway Initiative is a set of services to provide low-income, 1st generation students with the necessary resources.

Our Services, Your Benefits

What Summer Bridge has to offer

Personalized Advising

Summer Bridge scholars are assigned to a counselor who can provide personalized guidance and help students feel supported to thrive at UCI.

Peer Mentor Support

Current UCI undergraduate students serve as Peer Mentors and help Summer Bridge scholars navigate and advance through their first year of college.

Student Success Workshops

Access to SSI’s Gateway Initiative workshops that provide students with the necessary knowledge, tools, and enrichment to ensure academic success.


LARC Scholarship

A scholarship for the on-campus tutoring service. Scholars attend group study sessions for a specific class and gain skills to become successful independent learners.


Priority Registration

The ability to register for classes before a majority of the undergraduate population does. Scholars receive this benefit every quarter during their first year.


Book Loan Program

Access to a bank of resources where students may borrow available textbooks, i-Clickers, and Chromebooks, from the Student Success Initiatives, at no cost.


Celebrate UCI

Join us on campus for Celebrate UCI on April 22, 2023 where you may learn more about Summer Bridge!

Enjoy a fun-filled festival in the heart of campus, meet current and new students, take a campus tour, and get to know your new home.