Wheelock College Bridge Program


Contact Julia Mears
Assistant Director of Academic Assistance


At Wheelock, we realize that college is a major investment, and we are committed to helping all of our students reach their academic, professional, and personal goals. The Wheelock College Bridge Program gives first-year students an opportunity to transition into Wheelock's community before the academic year starts. Building the foundation for success at Wheelock is the focus of Bridge, and the program is completely free.

Topics such as time management, critical reading and writing, professional communication, study skills, and college-level independence are addressed through an intensive two-week summer session, a fall-semester programming that includes workshops and one-on-one meetings with a staff member from Academic Assistance.

Planting the Seeds to College Success at Wheelock

Many first-year college students aren't fully prepared for the demands of college life because the structure of high school is so different than the structure of college. In college, there's nobody standing over you, making sure you are getting your reading done, writing your papers, working on group projects, getting to field placement on time, or even managing your social life.

Bridge helps you with this transition. It gives you a framework that will assist you with juggling your academics and extra-curricular activities while you are acclimating yourself to Wheelock's community and campus. It's an opportunity for you to work with the staff in the Office of Academic Assistance to make sure you are staying on top of your workload, and help you build the requisite skills necessary to achieve your academic and personal goals. 

(See what Wheelock students who have completed the Bridge Program have to say about it.)

Elements of the Bridge Program

Bridge begins two weeks before fall classes start. If you plan to live on campus during the academic year, this means you get to settle into your room early! For commuter students, you get to live on campus for free during the summer weeks, which is a great opportunity to start building your social network at Wheelock! All meals are covered by the program, as well as tickets for weekend activities and transportation for community service.

During the summer portion of Bridge, you will be introduced to the Wheelock community, attend college classes, and participate in workshops and other co-curricular activities.  (See a typical Summer Bridge day schedule.) When fall classes start, you will begin the fall semester programming (along with your other classes), which includes a series of workshops and one-on-one meetings with a staff member from the Office of Academic Assistance.

(See a list of Frequently Asked Questions and answers about the Bridge Program.)

Student Requirements

Bridge is a free program to all students who enroll; however, attendance and commitment to the program are required because Bridge is graded and students can earn 2 credits at its completion. What this means is students must attend all Bridge programming during both the summer and fall sessions. Additionally, as with all other college courses, you will be required to purchase the appropriate materials, such as paper, writing utensils, and highlighters, as well as $15 for transportation on the T.

How to Apply

Bridge 2014: The summer portion of the Bridge Program begins Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 and continues through Thursday, Aug. 28, 2013. Please note: Bridge programming starts at 4 p.m. the afternoon of August 17 with an orientation, which is when students will receive a program syllabus and schedule for all Bridge programming. Students must remain involved in all programming, including the weekend of August 23 - 24.

We have a limited number of spaces. If you would like to be considered, please complete and submit the Online Bridge Program Application by June 1, 2014. For full consideration, you must also submit your enrollment forms and deposit by or before the May 1, 2014 deposit deadline.

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