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 Sunday July 6th and running through Summer Term 5 (July 7th - August 7th). 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 2014 FAQs
Q: Is the
06/13/13 orientation mandatory? Is there an alternative date for
A: The 6/13 orientation date is
mandatory however we may create a “make-up” day. The ASP office should know
more within the next month or so.
: If the
student is commuting, are they required to attend all three meals each day
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
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
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 Thursday 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.
the student attains the required minimum 2.0 will these credits earned be
applied toward the required credits/classes for graduation?
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 2014 schedule assuming she is successful in this
A: The ASP Office schedules the
student’s fall courses for them for her 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
A: 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.
ASP Honors Society
First Year Experience Course
Peer Leader Program
Study Hall/Study Groups
Financial Aid Counseling