Welcome to the Summer Bridge Program

The Summer Bridge Program is an invitation-only summer program that empowers FLI (First-Generation and/or Low-Income) students who have been accepted to Amherst College to navigate educational opportunities on campus. 

Participants will benefit from coming to campus early to build an enduring intellectual and social community with one another, to make connections with faculty and staff, and to engage in conversations about the benefits and challenges of being FLI at Amherst. There is no cost to students to participate.

2024 Program Dates

Summer Bridge 2024 runs from Sunday, August 4 through Saturday, August 24. Participants are required to attend the entirety of the program.

Summer Bridge enables new students to engage in courses and activities that ground them in the intellectual and social life of Amherst as they build meaningful connections to their peers as well as faculty and staff.” —Prof. Kiara Vigil, Dean of New Students & SB Faculty Director

Further Information About Summer Bridge

Looking for more information about the Summer Bridge Program? Select one of the sections below to learn more about how you can participate.

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For Students

 Summer Bridge  is a 3-week program that welcomes  first-generation and/or low-income students to Amherst before  orientation.

information for students

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For Faculty

Tenured and tenure-track faculty, as well as senior lecturers, are eligible to teach 3-week courses in the Summer Bridge Program.

information for faculty

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For Residential Tutors

Alums of the program are invited to apply to become a Residential Tutor after their first, second, or third years at Amherst.

Information for 
Residential Tutors

Program Goals

During Summer Bridge, students will be introduced to:

  • coursework and related academic supports (such as office hours, peer tutoring/mentoring, class deans, and more)
  • the college campus environment (including but not limited to: the Science Center, Frost Library, Book & Plow Farm, The Mead Art Museum, Valentine Dining Hall, and some dormitories, among other academic and social spaces)
  • academic and social activities & leadership opportunities on campus
  • a growth mindset toward social and academic challenges & strong time management skills
  • methods of seeking support from mentors, peers, faculty, and staff
  • contacts in Financial Aid, the Loeb Center, and identity and cultural resources, as well as  other important offices on campus to support their continued enrollment and success

Participants in the Summer Bridge Program also will become part of the Intensive Advising Program and may opt into the Meiklejohn Fellowship Program. They will also benefit from the Class and Action Resource Center. The Summer Bridge Program covers all costs related to participation.

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Questions about the Summer Bridge Program? Contact us for further information.