The IUPUI Summer Bridge program is a special opportunity designed to prepare you to be successful in college.

Summer Bridge takes place August 7–16, 2018.


Summer Bridge is an eight-day program that’s all about teaching new students the ins and outs of being an IUPUI Jaguar. Our goal is to help students feel prepared for their first semester of college and beyond! During Summer Bridge, students will make new friends in a relaxed setting; learn more about their schools and majors; receive early support in math, writing, and communication studies; and even begin some of their fall class work.

Summer Bridge registration is first-come, first-serve and is only available at orientation—so reserve your orientation early and talk to your advisor about how to sign up for Summer Bridge during registration.

18Students participated in 2001.

1000+Students representing all schools and majors are expected to participate in 2018.

96%Of students who participate in the program say that it provided them with resources and information that helped them succeed in college.


Summer Bridge participants establish networks for success with faculty, advisors, student mentors, and other participants. The program is an opportunity to:

  • Learn about college-level expectations for reading and writing.
  • Receive individualized support for math.
  • Begin connecting with a school and major.
  • Become acquainted with the IUPUI campus.
  • Gain experience in using instructional technology.

Summer Bridge is a great way to help students start off their college careers on the right foot! Summer Bridge participants tend to have higher GPAs during their first semester than nonparticipants. In fact, nearly 60% of participants earn a 3.0 GPA or better! In addition, 96% of students who participate in the program say that it provided them with resources and information that helped them succeed in college.

What to Expect

Summer Bridge is an eight-day program, taking place Tuesday, August 7, through Thursday, August 16, weekdays only. Each day starts at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 4:00 p.m. Students must attend all days of the program, and punctuality is expected.

Each day consists of sessions during which students work on math, English, and presentation skills in addition to sessions specific to their majors. Schedules vary by major and by day. Students work closely with faculty, librarians, mentors, advisors, and other students in their majors to brush up on skills that will help them be successful going into the fall semester and beyond!

Some things to know:

  • Attendance is mandatory for every day, every session.
  • Dress is casual.

Once you have officially signed up for Summer Bridge during your orientation, you will receive specific information about your participation in the program. For more details about Summer Bridge, check out the FAQ page.


If you sign up for the Summer Bridge program, and sign a fall campus housing contract by a certain date in mid-July (the exact date will be posted at a later time), you may request to move into your fall housing early to accommodate your Summer Bridge attendance. You will be asked to submit confirmation of your intent for early move-in to the Office of Housing and Residence Life. Early move-in for Summer Bridge students is Sunday, August 5, 2018. 

If you do NOT have a fall 2018 campus housing contract by the date stipulated or if you sign up for Summer Bridge past that date, you should make your own arrangements for alternative housing and meals during the program. If you live within commuting distance, you are welcome to commute to and from Summer Bridge each day.

*Note: Early move-in is prorated. Please direct questions to housing.

For more information about on-campus housing, please visit the Office of Housing and Residence Life.

Meal Plans

If you choose to move in early and live in Ball Residence Hall, North Hall, or University Tower, you will automatically be assigned a meal plan to use during Summer Bridge. Ball, North, and Tower residents will be assigned the early move-in meal plan, which provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Tower Dining. This plan also includes $25 in Dining Dollars to use at other IUPUI Dining Services locations. This plan is billed to the student’s bursar account and is at a prorated daily rate based on the move in date.

Early move-in and other meal plans are available to purchase online. Also note, if you are purchasing the elective Jinx, Jawz, Jags, or Jazzy meal plan for fall, these will be activated and available for use during Summer Bridge.

If you have specific questions about on-campus dining and meal plans, please contact the Office of Auxiliary Services:
Phone: (317) 274-2700

Questions about Summer Bridge

Remember, you can only sign up for Summer Bridge during your orientation. If you have questions regarding the program, please contact us using the information below.

IUPUI Summer Bridge
(317) 278-9673