Q: Why was I invited to apply for the Bridge program?
We are encouraging you to participate in the Bridge Program because you have been
identified as one of our high-priority students who would benefit from a small learning
community and an early start to your academic career.
Q: What are the dates for the Bridge Program?
A: The Bridge Program will begin on Wednesday, June 20th. Classes will begin on June
25th through July 27th. Students will attend Orientation on Thursday, June 20th and
Friday, June 21st.
Q: How do I participate in the Bridge Program?
A: Fill out the application to let us know you are interested. Selected students will
be notified around the first of April.
Q: If I need to be on campus for the Bridge Program, will there be opportunities for
me to have fun in the summer?
A: Absolutely. We have many events and activities planned during the summer that are
geared specifically for you to unwind and have fun. Many of those events are organized
through Housing and Student Affairs, which is another great benefit of living on campus
Q: What classes will I be taking in the summer?
- English 1011 Rhetoric and Composition I with Writing Tutorial — Required course for
all students in the program.
- USTU 1250 First-Year Studies: The UTC Experience—Required course for all students
in the program.
- Math – Students will take the initial Math course based on Math placement information
– Required course for all students in the program.
Q: Are classes from Monday to Friday?
A: The class schedules vary, but students have class on all weekdays during the five
week term. We will also have guest speakers from the community and across campus that
will be scheduled during the time the students are here (to see an example of a typical
week, click here).
Part of the goal is to teach you how to appropriately manage your time while accomplishing
all of your academic responsibilities and getting involved on campus. You will have
time during the day to relax and do fun things, but we are going to teach you how
to schedule in those things in order to still get your work completed.
Q: Can I select my own classes?
A: Not for summer 2018. The Bridge Program aims not only to provide you with successful skills to help you
do well at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, but also to form a small, friendly
community within a large, research university. If you do not take the same courses
as everyone else, you would not be fully integrated in the Bridge Program community.
You will have the opportunity to select certain courses for fall and spring semesters.
Q: Do I have to live on campus?
A: Studies have shown that students who live on campus tend to stay in school and
graduate at higher rates. Since we want to make sure you succeed at The University
of Tennessee at Chattanooga, living on campus is a good place to start. Students in
the Bridge program are required to live on campus for the Summer term.
Q: Will I have time for a part‐time job?
A: Not outside of your Bridge Program required coursework and service activities.
To allow you the opportunity to earn summer money, you will receive a weekly stipend
/ allowance for your participation in the summer Bridge Program.
Other questions should be directed to Lee Pierce.