Welcome to Summer Bridge

The Summer Bridge Scholarship gives students the opportunity to participate in FSSP for a transitional experience to collegiate life at UCI.

What is Summer Bridge?

Tailored for first-generation and income-eligible students, Summer Bridge offers a personalized and immersive experience. This high-touch cohort program provides participants with dedicated mentors and SSI counselors, ensuring comprehensive support through their journey. Students will not only get to learn about vital campus resources but also forge lasting connections with peers, staff, and faculty members. After the summer, scholars continue to receive support throughout the academic year including peer mentoring, textbook rentals, and priority enrollment.

Full and partial scholarships are available based on:

                      • California residency or AB540/undocumented status
                      • First-generation and/or income-eligible status

Note: Summer Bridge is one of four pathways within the Freshman Summer Success Program

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.