Summer Bridge Program

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What is the Summer Bridge Program?

The Summer Bridge Program (SBP) is designed to provide a comprehensive orientation and transition experience for first-generation college students who are also from limited income families (eligible for Pell-Grant). SBP is a seven-week intensive experience followed by continued support through completion of the bachelor's degree at FSU. 

SBP and CARE staff will contribute to your success as at Florida State and beyond by: 

  • Facilitating your connection to FSU, faculty/ staff, and your fellow students.
  • Introducing you to the academic expectations of being an FSU student.
  • Providing you with access to academic support and engagement opportunities.
  • Assisting you in each transition you experience during your college life. 


eligible Participants

SBP is open to new, first-year students who identify as first generation college students. First-Generation status is defined as neither parent (biological or adoptive) possessing a bachelor's degree OR you regularly resided with and received support from only one parent who does not have a bachelor's degree. Furthermore, participants must also be eligible for Pell-Grant based on FAFSA.


Review the qualifications for Summer Bridge prior to beginning your application. You can complete the Common App or FSU Application to apply to the University beginning on August 1, 2023. Applying by December 1 will allow you to receive a decision on February 15. Our final deadline is March 1, 2024. 

Key Program Information

Students admitted to Summer Bridge for Summer 2024 will officially begin on June 15, 2024 and ends on August 3, 2024! After a week of orientation programming, classes will begin on June 24. The dates are not flexible or negotiable and attendance is required to maintain admission. 

SBP Experience

SBP participants will have a mix of academic and student development focused experiences designed to support their success as an FSU student. Each participant is expected to engage in the following activities and be a responsible member of the program. 

  • Required academic coursework will include two 3-credit hour liberal studies courses during the summer semester. 
  • Meet one-on-one or in small groups with an assigned CARE Ambassador who is a continuing FSU student that has been trained to be a peer mentor and resource for your transition. 
  • Attend program-wide engagement programming such as Alumni Networking, Meet the Faculty, General Assemblies, etc.
  • Engage in academic support activities to include completing study hours, utilizing tutoring or writing center. 
  • Complete specific requirements each semester of enrollment after the summer experience to maintain access to CARE Grant.

Being a CARE Student

As a SBP participant, you would be considered a CARE student which provides you with access to support services during and after your first year. CARE’s extensive support network has propelled FSU’s retention and graduation rates for first-generation college students well above the national averages.

During your FSU experience you will have access to additional academic advisors, college life coaching, tutoring, CARE specific scholarships, and more! CARE staff will conduct semester check-ins with you and also communicate opportunities that will allow you to thrive at Florida State and beyond.

More Information

You can review our frequently asked questions about Summer Bridge Program to gain more insight. Also, contact the Office of Admissions at with specific questions about your admissions application. Please email CARE staff at with questions about the Summer Bridge Experience or the CARE department. 

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