Summer Bridge Program 

All Summer Bridge students must attend Summer Orientation.

The Summer Bridge Program provides an extended orientation to the roles and expectations of a Shippensburg student.

The Summer Bridge Program is a five-week mandatory program beginning tentatively Friday, June 24th, 2016 and running through Thursday, July 29, 2016. The focus of the Summer Bridge Program  is to provide an extended orientation to the roles and expectations of Shippensburg University students. Students must participate in a variety of activities such as placement testing and information sessions, as well as complete various educational inventories.

All students will enroll into two college courses which will count for graduation credits, GPA, etc., which they must earn at least a "C" grade or better in each class.

Students selected to participate in this program can expect to receive the following benefits:

  • An extended orientation to college life.
  • A connection to the ASP faculty and staff.
  • Guidance in utilizing the electronic resources required by the university, such as: e-mail, D2L, and the Banner System.
  • An introduction to the general education curriculum and the journey to major selection.
  • Awareness of the university's academic policies and procedures.
  • Increase student's awareness of institutional resources.
  • An understanding of the ASP resources available throughout their college career
Summer Bridge FAQs

Q: Are students required to be on campus on the weekend during the Summer Bridge Program?
A: The only weekend which is required for all students to be on campus is the first one, Saturday, June 25-Sunday, June 26.  Students ARE required to to be on campus Monday through Friday throughout the entire Summer Bridge Program.
If the student is commuting, are they required to attend all three meals each day (including Friday)
A: If a student commutes, they are required to attend their two classes and any mandatory activity/event. Commuters are not required to purchase a meal plan; however, we recommend getting a small plan in order to purchase lunch if desired.

Q: Which two classes are generally taken during this time?
A: Students will be enrolled in ASP 101: Introduction to Higher Education (First Year Experience course) and either General Psychology or Introduction to Sociology. Both courses count towards graduation credits (ASP 101 is an elective and PSY 101/SOC 101 is a General Education-Category E course)

Q: Is there any other activities or programs required in addition to the two courses ASP students are required to complete during the Summer Bridge program?
A: Yes. In addition to the two classes, ASP offers a comprehensive program that consists of group study, individual study skills and various other programmatic activities. Students are usually on campus from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday with an evening activity one night per week. These programmatic activities are mandatory and students MUST attend these in order to successfully complete the Summer Bridge Program. Other activities are also planned for students that are not mandatory. The ASP Director and ASP coaches inform students of the activities that are not mandatory, but participation is encouraged.

Q: Assuming the student attains the required minimum 2 C's, will these credits earned be applied toward the required credits/classes for graduation?
A: Both courses count towards graduation credits (ASP 101 is an elective and PSY 101/Soc 101 is a General Education-Category E course)

Q: Will the student have input in the fall 2016 schedule assuming he or she is successful in this program?
A: The ASP Office schedules the student’s fall courses for them based upon the student’s Placement Test scores, Undeclared Survey results, and their anticipated major. The fall schedule is created in June; however, the student will have the opportunity to discuss their fall schedule with their academic advisor during the Summer Bridge Program in case any changes need to be made.

Q: How does the student plan for the fall semester regarding housing/billing?
We have a pretty good Summer Bridge Program to Fall Semester matriculation rate (over 90% make it to the fall). Therefore, housing/billing moves forward for all the students for the fall like regularly admitted students.

Services Provided by ASP  

The Academic Success Program offers a number of services to new and returning students during both the summer and academic year. To learn more about the services listed below - click here. 

Academic Advising

First Year Experience Course

Peer Leader Program

Study Hall/Study Groups

Career Assessment/Advising

Financial Aid Counseling

Ongoing Counseling

Social/Cultural Activities

Tutoring Referrals



Important Dates

Aug 31 Drop and add period ends for full term

Sept 7 University CLOSED (Labor Day)

Oct 9 Fall break Begins

Oct 9 Early Warning Grades

Oct 26 Undergraduate Scheduling for winter/spring begins

Nov 2 Last day to withdraw from a course for full time

Nov 25 Thanksgiving break begins

Nov 30-Dec 11 Schedule clean-up or spring

Dec 4 Day and evening classes end

Dec 7-11 Final exams

Dec 11 Graduate commencement

Dec 12 Undergraduate commencement

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