Program Details

The School of Engineering in coordination with the Engineering Diversity Program sponsors a five week intensive study of MATHEMATICS, CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS, and COMPUTER PROGRAMMING. The purpose of the summer BRIDGE Program is to prepare underrepresented students for the engineering curriculum at UConn, present an orientation to careers in engineering and to familiarize students with the University of Connecticut and the college experience.

Who is Eligible?

Students who have applied or are admitted into the School of Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Members of groups traditionally underrepresented among the nation's engineers namely, Women, African-Americans, Hispanics, Puerto-Ricans or Native Americans.

Program Benefits

  • Instruction on college level chemistry, math, physics and computer programming
  • Study skills workshops and structured group study sessions
  • Consideration for scholarships and renewable awards for up to $5000 per year
  • Exposure to the School of Engineering facilities and laboratories
  • University housing, weekly meals (excluding weekends), tuition and books
  • Visits to engineering companies and tours of industry
  • Engineering careers seminars presented by faculty and other professional engineers
  • Social, community, recreational and cultural activities
  • Hours of tutoring from BRIDGE alumni

Financial Costs

The cost for tuition, meals, room & board, textbooks and transportation to all industry visits, tours, events and activities is $1495. Between 10 and 20 BRIDGE fellowships are awarders to applicants. These fellowships allow the recipient to attend BRIDGE at no cost. Students are chosen based on student need, both academic and financial. Students are responsible for health insurance coverage and meals if they choose to stay on campus for the weekends.

Freshmen Orientation


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Freshman Orientation sessions are held from late May to early July. During orientation new students have the chance to become familiar with the UCONN campus. Freshmen attend one two-day overnight session. Tours through University buildings, ID photos and placement tests for mathematics and English are given during this time. You will receive information regarding orientation from the Office of Orientation Services once you have paid your room deposit/acceptance fee. It is important to attend an orientation session so the results of the Calculus readiness test are completed, the results allow us to properly place you in a math level preparation course while participating in BRIDGE. Please notify the Engineering Diversity Office once you have received the confirmation of your orientation date.

Classroom Time

BRIDGE participants will attend approximately 120 hours of course work in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Computer Programming. Based on the results of the Calculus Readiness Test taken on the first day of the program, students will be placed in a mathematics course that will give them an overview of the college level math that will be taken in the Fall. Attendance is mandatory for all classes.

Group Study Sessions

Students will attend group study sessions in the evenings. These sessions are designed to give students time to work with classmates and our tutors on their homework problems, and to practice potential test and exam questions. Students will strengthen group problem solving skills as they learn to work as part of a team.

Industry Visits/Tours

As participants in the BRIDGE program, students will travel off campus to a variety of engineering companies throughout the State of Connecticut. In the past years, corporate visits have included Covidien, Electric Boat, Alston Power, Pratt and Whitney, Olin, Unilever, Sikorsky, Timken, and Old Dominion (Millstone Nuclear) just to name a few. Students will explore the world of work by actually seeing engineers apply their academics to the real world. During the visits students will see peer mentors and role models in the field of engineering while exploring the variety of career opportunities within engineering. These are professional visits so students will be required to wear suits, ties or business attire.

Scholarship Opportunities

After successful completion of the BRIDGE program, you may qualify for one of several scholarships. Your hard work, positive attitude, and contributions to peers during the BRIDGE program are key to receiving one of these scholarships. A number of these scholarships are renewable.

Residential Life/Housing

BRIDGE participants will be housed in an on-campus residence hall and will be assigned a roommate. (NO CHANGES WILL BE MADE, NO EXCEPTIONS.) Each resident will pay a $100.00 room key deposit which will be refunded upon receipt of returned assigned keys. STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED OVERNIGHT GUESTS during the five-week BRIDGE program. The University reserves the right for authorized representatives of the Division of Student Affairs and Services, Facilities Management and Fire Department to enter students' rooms to determine occupancy and to inspect the contents of students' rooms for health and safety reasons, and for maintenance repairs.

You and your roommate share joint responsibility at all times for the contents of, and behavior in your room. This applies to activities proscribed by the University and to all damages. Each floor will be assigned a Resident Assistant. Most of your daily contact will be with your Resident Assistant (RA). The RA is responsible for direct attention to the personal and environmental needs of residents. The RA is a personal resource close to you for advice and information on college life.

Conference Sessions

All participants will have at least one scheduled meeting with the Director during the course of the BRIDGE program to discuss academic performance and any other concerns. These sessions are scheduled during free time periods.

Meals/Spending Money

All program participants will eat in an assigned cafes or dining hall Monday through Friday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dining hours are as follows:

  • Breakfast 7am - 9am
  • Lunch 11am - 1pm
  • Dinner 5pm - 7pm

Students will be responsible for purchasing weekend meals if they choose to stay on campus for the weekends. Additional spending money will be required for recreational and social activities. Laundry facilities are provided by the university free of charge.


The Engineering Diversity Program will provide textbooks for summer use free of charge. Students will need notebooks, loose leaf paper, pens, pencils, and calculators. Students will have access to the Engineering Computer Learning Center, so laptops are not required for the program. Laptops may be brought to the dorms, however, for personal use if desired.

Mandatory Health Insurance

All students are required to have some form of health insurance that provides coverage for accidents and/or illness. Students not covered by a personal or parental insurance policy are advised to purchase Supplemental Student Health Insurance until University insurance plan takes affect in September. Supplemental insurance is available by contacting the Bailey Agency at (203) 446-8255.

General Information

Once we have received the BRIDGE registration, parental consent and health forms, you will be mailed a confirmation letter and the following information:

  • BRIDGE Orientation and Check-In Day
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Checklist of Items to Bring

Special Notice for Biomedical Engineering Majors

For any applicant who is also a Biomedical Engineering Major, we strongly encourage you to apply to the UConn Health Career Opportunity Programs (HCOP) Pre-College Academic Enrichment Program (PCEP). If accepted, students receive a stipend of $750 and a potential fellowship to pay for BRIDGE. This program offers students the ability to visit the UConn Health Center and interact with professionals in the Health field. For more information, check out their website.