EOP Summer Bridge

Program Overview: What is Summer Bridge?

Summer Bridge is a FREE comprehensive, five-week summer transition program designed to assist Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) first year students transition from high school to the university setting by providing a wide range of educational, personal, social, and cultural enrichment opportunities. EOP students ARRM yourself for the college challenge and join us for this once in a lifetime opportunity to Connect, Learn, and Grow!

Program Benefits: Why attend Summer Bridge?

By participating in Summer Bridge, students will get a head start in their college journey, build support systems with faculty, staff and peers, and gain essential skills that will facilitate their transition and success at Cal Poly Pomona. Participants will be introduced to a wide range of resources and will benefit from the following support services:

Educational Support

Student Development

Enrollment in 3-unit Course

EOP Advising Seminars

EOP  Learning Center/Study Strategies

Guided Study Groups

Supplemental 1:1 Academic Advising 

Student Success Coaching

Peer Mentoring

Personal Development Wellbeing/Counseling

Community and Social Events

Cultural and Academic Enrichment Opportunities

Community Building Activities

Student Leadership Opportunities

Building Lifelong Friendships

Exposure to Campus Life

Residential Life/Commuting Experience

Campus Partners Workshops (Financial Aid, CAPS, OSLCC)

Overview of Campus Policies and Procedures

Motivational Speakers


Program Impact: How will you build on the EOP Legacy?

Summer Bridge is FREE of cost to you, which is an average cost of about $3,000 per student. 

Over the last decade, SB has celebrated the following successes:

  • 1,057 EOP students served, with 60–140 students per cohort
  • 92% average first year retention rate (fall to fall)
  • 100% Ethnic Studies course pass rate, with an average grade of B or higher

In 2020, we provided an enriching and meaningful experience to 80 participants. Below are outcomes based on the SB student survey:

  • 98% of respondents felt a stronger sense of belonging to the CPP community
  • 91% of respondents felt confident in their ability to be successful college students
  • 100% of participants retained from summer to fall term

Student Testimonials: Hear it from them!

We asked students to share with us how they would describe their Summer Bridge experience:

“Amazing! I'm truly grateful for this opportunity that not all EOP students get to experience. I was introduced to amazing staff who work in different departments at CPP. I've made great friends who I can reach out to during the fall semester and the rest of my four years. Lastly, I learned many tools that will help me become a successful student. Being a first-generation student, I realized that being resourceful is extremely important and Summer Bridge has helped me practice that.” ​-Summer Bridger 2020

“Summer Bridge was a great experience, especially if you are looking to try something out of your comfort zone. I met new friends and learned so much about CPP. Now I feel very confident when starting school and knowing where resources are at.” - Summer Bridger 2018

Program Eligibility: What do I need to be Eligible?

Program eligibility is BY INVITATION ONLY and is open to incoming first year EOP students who meet the following: 

1. Must be admitted to both CPP and EOP (EOP Admissions website)
*After you have been admitted to both CPP and EOP, you will receive an email with more information about Summer Bridge.
2. Complete Summer Bridge Application Process
*Summer Bridge Application process and link is shared with students who attend the mandatory online Summer Bridge Information Session. 
3. Must have attended CPP Orientation/Advising Registration prior to Summer Bridge program dates (Orientation Services website)
*Orientation attendance will be verified.
4. Can attend all Summer Bridge Program dates and components
*Due to the program structured schedule and limited capacity, participants must attend all dates and components of the program - No exceptions

Application Process: How do I Apply? 

In order to be considered and receive the Summer Bridge application link, EOP Students MUST attend a mandatory online Summer Bridge Information Session where students will receive a detailed program overview and next steps on how to apply. Once the Summer Bridge Application process is fully complete and application components are received, applicants will be notified in late-May regarding their Summer Bridge program status. 

Summer Bridge Steps
 Step 1: Attend Online SB Information Session in May. Step 2: Submit and Complete all SB Application Components. Step 3: Confirm SB Acceptance.
*To be fully considered, all EOP and Summer Bridge program deadlines and application process steps must be met.
If selected to participate, daily attendance and participation in program components is mandatory as students will be enrolled in a 3-unit GE course, attend academic workshops, advising seminars, community building and enrichment activities. For additional information, students are encouraged to check their CPP email.
Renaissance Scholars students: Summer Bridge participation is mandatory for all incoming Renaissance Scholars first year students.

​Program Dates: 


Tuesday, July 6th - Thursday, August 5th (Monday-Friday)

*Due to the Programs structured schedule and limited capacity, participants must attend all dates and components of the program- No exceptions.

Contact Information:

For ​questions and more information on Summer Bridge, email us at: summerbridge@cpp.edu