Mission & Scholarship Benefits



SSI’s Summer Bridge Scholars are students who are awarded a scholarship to attend the Freshman Edge Summer Program, a 6-week program designed to provide incoming UCI students an opportunity to make the best possible academic and social transition to UCI. 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 including personalized guidance from a professional staff member, peer mentoring, priority enrollment, tutoring scholarships, skill-building workshops, and community-building opportunities.

Summer Edge/ Summer Bridge 2022 Dates:

  • The program will take place from July 30th/31st – September 7, 2022
  • Deadlines to Apply
    • Friday, May 27 2022: 2021-2022 FAFSA OR 2021-2022 CA Dream Act Application
    • May 2022: Summer Bridge Scholarship Application
      • (Be aware that the deadline for submitting both the 2021-2022 FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application and 2021-2022 FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application is May 2022; the sooner you are able to do this, the better!)
    • Program Orientation: Saturday, July 30th or Sunday, July 31st, 2022
    • Move-in for on-campus housing: Saturday, July 30th
    • Classes Begin: Monday, August 1st, 2022
      • Check your class schedule
      • Check your UCI email account


Scholarship recipients are required to complete the following: 


  • Summer Bridge Scholars will participate in the Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP 5)
    • DATE: July 29 - July 30
  • In-person classes begin August 1st, 2022
  • Summer Bridge Scholars will begin two courses (for a total of 8 units) in the summer before their freshman year.


  • Prepares students for UCI writing expectations and requirements, introduces the role of research university, and builds students’ understanding of campus resources.


  • Examines developments in science & mathematics (workshops + activities)


Personalized Support & Advising

Student Success Initiatives is always an open space for Summer Bridge scholars.  All counselors within SSI have an open door policy to serve students. However, if students need extensive services and guidance, they can also schedule an appointment with the Summer Bridge Scholars Coordinator HERE.

Summer Bridge Scholars are required to schedule one meeting per quarter with the Summer Bridge Scholars Coordinator.  This meeting would encompass conversation regarding any academics/classes, resources, opportunities on-campus (jobs, internships, volunteering, etc.), and any personal support needed.  Scholars are encouraged to visit and meet more often than once a quarter if they wish to have more support.


Workshops specifically for Summer Bridge Scholars will take place throughout the year.  Attending these workshops will be beneficial for transitioning and thriving at UCI. Workshops will consists of a range of topics, including: CalFresh program, time management and study skills, holistic healing, summer planning, graduate school preparation, etc.  Certain workshops may be collaborative with other workshop initiatives occurring at Student Success Initiatives and the Transfer Student Hub.

LARC Tutoring Scholarship

UCI offers on-campus tutoring through the Learning and Academic Resource Center (LARC).  Typically, this tutoring service costs $110 per quarter. However, through the scholarship, Summer Bridge scholars can have their LARC tutoring paid for by SSI. Summer Bridge Scholars are required to complete an online scholarship agreement form and must adhere to the terms of the agreement every quarter.

Priority Registration

By enrolling in the Summer Bridge Scholars program, students will be eligible to receive priority registration for classes every quarter during their first year.  Priority registration allows scholars to register for classes before a majority of the undergraduate population does.

Book Loan Program

Summer Bridge Scholars may borrow available textbooks, at no cost to them, through the Gateway Initiative Book Loan Program. Scholars may check out up to two textbooks or course materials per quarter.