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Who May Attend & How to Apply

Eligibility Requirements

The Summer Bridge program is a transition program for a select group of incoming EOP first-year students. Incoming EOP students who have submitted their EOP Acceptance Agreement are invited to attend a mandatory Summer Bridge Information Meeting through email. Only students who attend a Summer Bridge Information Meeting may apply to be considered for the Summer Bridge program.  The mandatory Summer Bridge Information Meeting will give students and parents/guardians an overview of the program and outline the next steps on how to apply for Summer Bridge. Only students who attend a Summer Bridge Information Meeting may apply to be considered for the Summer Bridge program.

Student Responsibilities

If you are eligible and have been invited to attend a Summer Bridge Information Meeting (check your email communication from Cal Poly Pomona), you must reserve your space to attend the Information Meeting (reservation information is also in the email). Cal Poly Pomona’s main form of communication is via email, so please check your Cal Poly Pomona email frequently to be aware of university and program deadlines.

Summer Bridge Information Meeting Preparation

Students should take care of all items on their “To-Do” list in BroncoDirect, such as registering for an orientation program, meeting housing deadlines, etc. These topics will be covered more in detail in the Summer Bridge Mandatory Information Meeting.

To be considered for Summer Bridge, you will be expected to complete the tasks below. We highly recommend that you review these tasks and the links provided below prior to attending your scheduled Summer Bridge Information Meeting so that you can be more prepared and be ready to ask questions:

  1. Enrollment Confirmation Deposit: First-year students are required to pay a non-refundable Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (ECD) of $150 in order to accept their offer of admission at Cal Poly Pomona. The enrollment deposit is required in order to reserve a space at Cal Poly Pomona. The ECD cannot be transferred from one campus to another or from one student to another student and is non-refundable. However, please refer to the ECD website to see if you may be eligible for a fee waiver.
      • Click here for a tutorial on how to pay your ECD
  2. English Placement Test (EPT) & Entry Level Mathematics Examination (ELM) Requirements: If you are not exempt from taking the Math or English placement tests, EOP requests that you register to take the EPT/ELM on the next available test (as soon as possible), so you can get your scores early enough to enroll in the appropriate course for Summer Bridge. The latest you can take the EPT/ELM tests is on May 6, 2017.
  3. SMART Page: If you are required to take Early Start Math or English courses, you must sign up in the SMART page to identify the campus you will be taking the courses at. If you want to attend Summer Bridge, you will need to identify Cal Poly Pomona as the campus you will enroll at for Early Start courses.
  4. Freshmen Orientation Session: To meet Cal Poly Pomona orientation requirements register for the very first Freshmen Orientation Session that is made available to you based on your major. 
      • Click here for a tutorial on how to register for Orientation.
      • Click here for a tutorial on how to pay for your Orientation.
  1. Financial Aid: While you should have filed the 2017-2018 academic year FAFSA or California Dream Act application by the March 2nd priority deadline, Summer Bridge requires you to also file the FAFSA or California Dream Act application for 2016-2017 academic year. The 2016-2017 FAFSA/CA Dream Act application will be used to identify potential financial aid you are eligible for summer 2017 and will not impact your financial aid award for the Fall term. * Cal Poly Pomona’s school code is 001144
      • Click here for a tutorial on how to complete your 2016-2017 FAFSA. This video has no audio.
      • Click here for a tutorial on how to complete your 2016-2017 CA Dream Act  This video has no audio.
  2. Early Start Math: Registration starts on April 24. If you need to enroll in Early Start Math (ESM), make sure you enroll in one of the morning sections. Summer Bridge requires that you enroll in courses offered between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. If you have enrolled in an afternoon Early Start Math course, please switch to a morning class section as soon as possible.
  3. Early Start English: Registration starts on April 24. If you need to enroll in Early Start English (ESE), enroll in an English session that start after July 21, 2017 so it does not conflict with Summer Bridge program dates.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Who may attend and how to apply?

Participation in Summer Bridge is by invitation only.  If you have been admitted as an EOP student, and have returned your EOP Acceptance Agreement, you will be invited to participate in a Summer Bridge Information Meeting. Those who attend the meeting will be considered for participation in Summer Bridge. Once you have attended the Summer Bridge Information Meeting and completed the Summer Bridge application process, your name will be placed on the list for consideration for Summer Bridge. In addition to completing the Summer Bridge application, you will be asked to complete the FAFSA or CA Dream Act application for both the coming year and for the previous year to cover for the summer program. This will complete your application process. Once your application is complete, you will be considered. You will be notified in late May or early June if you have been selected to participate.

2. Are there any more requirements for attending Summer Bridge?

Students who are not EPT and ELM exempt must take the EPT and/or the ELM placement tests. We urge you to take the April tests. If that becomes a challenge, you should take the tests no later than the early May test day for all CSU campuses (please check the current EPT/ELM testing schedule). If you take the exam(s) at another CSU, you must request that your test scores be sent to Cal Poly Pomona.

The University requires that you submit your 8th semester high school transcripts showing that you have graduated from high school to the University Admissions Office by July 15th.  Should your 8th semester transcripts not be received by this date, your offer of admission to the University will be rescinded.  

You must file the FAFSA or CA Dream Act application for the current year so that financial aid can be assessed for the summer when you plan to attend the Summer Bridge program. Typically, you would have already completed your FAFSA/Dream Act App for the coming year to cover your first year of college. You will need to go back and file the FAFSA or CA Dream Act application for the previous year still. For example, if your admission term is for Fall of 2017, you would have filed for financial aid for the 2017-2018 academic year. You would then need to go back and file the FAFSA or CA Dream Act application for the previous academic year, being 2016-2017. You must have two applications filed.

3. Should I attend the University Orientation?

You should register to secure a date for a summer orientation session as soon as you receive an invitation from Orientation Services. Should you be selected to participate in Summer Bridge, we will make the appropriate arrangements to accommodate your orientation program.

Should you change your mind and decide not to attend Summer Bridge after being accepted into the program, you will be responsible for logging onto BroncoDirect to register for a University Orientation Program session. It is not a guarantee that you will get the Orientation Program date that you previously cancelled.

4. May I leave campus during the program or have visitors?

No. Summer Bridge is a "closed" program. In order to ensure students' safety and for the students to obtain the greatest benefit from the program, students will stay on campus from Sunday through Thursday.

Students check-out of the residence hall every Thursday between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m., and check-in by Sunday between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. (not before 5:00 p.m.). Families may briefly visit their students' room at check-in on Opening Day for Summer Bridge. There are no visitation hours during the week.

5. May I work during Summer Bridge?

You may not work on weekdays during Summer Bridge. We strongly advice that you do not work on weekends either. Summer Bridge is a comprehensive program (please see the Summer Bridge Program Schedule 2015 for details). Due to the intensity of classes, workshops, seminars, tutorials, and residential activities, as well as restrictions on leaving our campus, students are not permitted to work Sunday through Thursday each week during the program.  It is possible for students to work Thursday evenings through Sunday mornings, however, this is discouraged since students will have homework to complete and exams to study for during the weekend.  

6. If I cannot attend all days, can I participate for part of the program?

No. Summer Bridge is designed as a comprehensive program where students will be taking a college course, an advising seminar, and participating in workshops that cover state-mandated topics. Students must attend all components of the program. Students will not receive the full benefits of the program unless they are fully engaged. Therefore, partial participation is not allowed. Students who are selected are required to make a full commitment to the program for the full five weeks, three during which students are required to live on campus in a residence hall. There are no exceptions to full participation. (Please see the Summer Bridge Program Schedule 2015 for details.)