Common Questions about The Bridge Program

Questions?

Contact Julia Mears
Assistant Director of Academic Assistance

jmears@wheelock.edu
617-879-2179

Is the Bridge Program required?
Which students are invited to participate in the Bridge Program?
When does the Bridge Program begin?
Am I guaranteed a spot in the program?
How much does the program cost?
Do I need to attend both the summer and fall portions of the program?
How is the Bridge Program different from First Year Introduction (FYI) and Orientation?
Will I receive college credit if I participate in the Bridge Program?
Do I have to live on campus for the program?
Can I talk to someone in person about the Bridge program?
Who do I contact if I have more questions?

Is the Bridge Program required?
The Bridge Program is optional and spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you decide that you would like to participate in the program, you need to complete the online application to the Office of Admissions by June 1.  Space is limited, so it is in your best interest to send in your application as soon as possible.

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Bridge ProgramWhich students are invited to participate in the Bridge Program?
While the Bridge program could benefit every first-year Wheelock student, we keep the group small to facilitate faculty-student interaction and a stronger sense of community.  We may invite selected students who we think could especially benefit from the program. Note that an invitation to the program does not mean that we think the invited student will struggle to succeed; in fact, we expect Bridge students to be among the most successful at the college.

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When does the Bridge Program begin?
The summer portion of the Bridge Program will begin on Sunday, August 17, 2014 and ends on Thursday, August 28, 2014. Students must remain on-campus throughout the full program, including the weekend. The fall portion begins the first week of classes and runs for 7 weeks. The fall portion will not interfere with courses, but rather it will help academically support students as they are working through the first half of the semester. Students will earn 2 credits for their successful participation in the entire program.

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Am I guaranteed a spot in the program?
We have a limited number of students that we can accommodate in Bridge, so no student is guaranteed a space. 

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How much does the program cost?
The Bridge Program is free to all participants.  Wheelock will cover the costs of your housing, meals, and college sponsored activities during the program. You will need to provide your own class materials, such as pens, paper, and highlighters. Once your attendance in Bridge is confirmed, you will receive a complete list of items you should have for the program.  

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Do I need to attend both the summer and fall portions of the program?
Yes.  You are required to attend both portions of the program in order to participate. If you are not able to fully commit to both portions of the program, you will not be able to participate in Bridge.

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How is the Bridge Program different from First Year Introduction (FYI) and Orientation?
They are three distinct programs, with different goals and requirements.

The Bridge Program is optional for students.  It's a two-credit academic program, and participants work on skills such as note taking, time management, research, reading, and writing.  While there will be some social activities, the focus of the Bridge Program is academic.

First Year Introduction (FYI) is a required two-day program for all incoming first-year students that will be offered twice in June.  You will learn about the curriculum, take placement exams, meet with an academic advisor, and select your classes for the fall semester.  There will also be activities to help you get to know your classmates and the community.  Information and dates about registering for FYI will be sent to you in the upcoming months.  

Fall Orientation is a required event for all new students.  Fall Orientation will begin just prior to the beginning of the fall semester. All Bridge Program attendees will participate. 

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Will I receive college credit if I participate in the Bridge Program?
Yes, if you successfully complete the program, you will receive two college credits toward your Bachelor's degree at Wheelock.  Bridge is a pass/fail course. 

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Do I have to live on campus for the program?
All resident students who participate in the Bridge Program will be required to live on campus. If you plan to commute to Wheelock in the fall, we strongly encourage you to live on campus during the summer portion of Bridge. Commuters will be given free housing and meals for the duration of the summer portion.  Resident students will move into their permanent rooms, and thus will not need to move again for the beginning of the school year.

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Can I talk to someone in person about the Bridge program?
Yes!  During the first afternoon of each FYI session, there will be a Bridge Program table where invitees and their families can speak with the Coordinator of Bridge, ask questions, and find out more information.

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Who do I contact if I have more questions?

For admissions questions please contact:
Lisa Slavin
617-879-2206
lslavin@wheelock.edu

For Bridge questions please contact:
Julia Mears
Assistant Director of Academic Assistance
617-879-2179
jmears@wheelock.edu

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