The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

College of Engineering

Intercollegiate Summer Bridge Program

The Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts and Sciences, and Engineering have collaborated to create and host the Intercollegiate Summer Bridge program. The focus of this bridge program is to provide a transitional program of study from high school to the university for underrepresented students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The Intercollegiate Bridge Program is based on an established model initiated by the Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TLSAMP). The Intercollegiate Summer Bridge offers students an overview of courses required in their freshman curriculum in the STEM areas with a particular emphasis on mathematics, chemistry, and chemistry lab. This preliminary exposure to the academic environment of higher education developed academic success skills in the students.

Students who participated in the 2016 Intercollegiate Bridge Program improved their chemistry skills by 17% and their pre-calculus skills by 14-point increase in their pre-test versus their post test.


TLSAMP participating students

The 2017 Intercollegiate Bridge Program tentative dates will be July 6-28, 2017. The summer bridge program will provide participants with opportunities to prepare for the collegiate environment as they develop academic, study, and personal skills while also engaging in career exploration.  This residential summer experience will offer introductory courses in Mathematics, Chemistry, Chemistry Lab, as well as College Life Workshops/Presentations. 

Students who are accepted to the summer bridge program will attend free of charge.  Students who complete the program with a 3.0 GPA or better will be eligible for a book stipend from the Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TLSAMP).  Stipend awards range from $100 to $300 and will vary based on Summer Bridge GPA. Click below for the application.

Intercollegiate Summer Bridge Application

Application documents should be sent via postal mail. We begin selection on March 2017 and continue to notify students until all slots are full. Students interested are also encouraged to register for New Student Orientation Session (July 5-6, 2017). To register for new student orentation, click here: New Student Orientation.



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