The Summer Bridge Program
The Summer Bridge Program is an invitation-only three-week residential program that empowers FLI (First-Generation and/or Low-Income) students to navigate the educational opportunities at Amherst College. In addition to taking ownership over their academic journey, participants will benefit from opportunities 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.
Participants in the Mammoth Summer Bridge Program also will become part of the Enhanced Advising Program and the Meiklejohn Fellowship Program, and will benefit from the resources of the Office of Campus Diversity and Student Leadership. The Mammoth Summer Bridge Program covers all costs, including roundtrip travel, room and board, books and supplies, and field trips, in addition to a credit of $1000 toward the student’s summer earnings expectation.
The Summer Bridge Program offers three tracks:
- Summer Humanities and Social Science Program
- Summer Science Program
- Summer Quantitative and Social Science Program
In each track, participants will take three or four courses and will develop close relationships with faculty, staff, and other FLI students.
Each Summer Bridge student benefits also benefits from the following resources:
- The Enhanced Advising Program, which matches individual participants with faculty members who will meet with them at least once a month during their first year to provide academic, intellectual, and personal guidance.
- The Meiklejohn Fellows Program, which offers the following benefits:
- Guaranteed financial and professional development support for a summer opportunity (internship, research or other eligible experience) during students’ first or second summer at Amherst. A stipend of up to $4,500 will be provided to participants who receive eligible unpaid summer opportunities.
- Dedicated advising, programming, and career development support, including assistance from the Meiklejohn Fellows program director in the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning in finding meaningful summer opportunities.
- Opportunities to build personal, academic and career networks with other Meiklejohn Fellows, Amherst alumni, and the broader campus community.
- The Office of Campus Diversity and Student Leadership (CDSL), which serves to provide support and advocacy to and on behalf of FLI students.
Summer Bridge runs from Sunday, July 21 through Saturday, August 10, 2019, and all participants are required to attend the entirety of the program.