Academic Success Program

Hello 2021 ASP Summer Bridge Program students and families! Though we all are continuing to  navigate an unprecedented moment in our country and at Shippensburg University, we want you all to know that we are optimistic and actively planning a wonderful experience for all of you this coming summer! For the first time, our program will be both virtual (for the first week), and in-person! Our virtual format during the first week will allow you time to get acquainted with campus resources and the in-person format before your move to campus.

Please note this summer’s change in format. Our first week of the program will be virtual, beginning on Monday, June 21st, until Friday, June 25th. All students who have successfully completed the virtual component will move onto campus for the in-person experience on Sunday, June 27th.  Students will remain on campus until July 23rd, the official end of our summer program. Students will move out of the residence halls following our end of program ceremony.

During the first week of the program, you can expect to be on or around a computer during regular hours of 9am-4pm Monday through Friday for programming and dedicate time in the evening for assignments every day.  For this week, we are planning a dynamic combination of live interactions as well as modules that you can complete on your own time with our campus partners in Exploratory Studies and Student Affairs. When it becomes available, a complete schedule will be posted soon on our website.

In addition to taking our AEES101: Foundations for Academic Success 3-credit course, interacting with offices across our campus, and focusing on reading and writing skills, there will be a variety of virtual and in-person programs for you to help you get acquainted with your new Ship family, navigate campus, and make a successful transition to your first year of college.

Please expect further communication from us via email. This information will help you get ready for the summer program (for both the virtual and in-person components), complete all of your necessary steps in the admission process, navigate financial aid, and more.

In the meantime, reach out! You can call us at 717-477-1134 or email us at with any questions or concerns you may have.

Stay connected to your email as we send more information soon. We are so excited to meet you all and are looking forward to an awesome summer program with you.

Academic Success Program (ASP)

The Academic Success Program is a great way to begin your education at Shippensburg University in a supportive environment aimed at academic excellence.

Summer Bridge Program 2021 begins June 21st and will end on July 23rd.

Mission Statement

To provide access and support to under-prepared students who have the potential to succeed in higher education. ASP strives to develop and maintain a comprehensive academic co-curricular support system for the purpose of enhancing student persistence toward graduation.


It is the philosophy of the program that students who are admitted into the program have the motivation, desire and the potential to successfully complete the requirements to graduate. As a result, the program's efforts continue to be geared towards skill development and enhancement, awareness of and linkage to campus and community resources that will assist students in reaching their goals of obtaining post-secondary degrees and gainful employment.

Program Goals

  • Provide access to higher education for students who would not be admitted to the university using regular admission criteria (grades and aptitude test scores).
  • Coordinate a summer experience program designed to determine college readiness of students who do not meet regular admission criteria.
  • Provide an ongoing, holistic support system that will enable ASP students to overcome academic, social, cultural, and financial barriers to be successful in college and beyond. 
  • Support the persistence and graduation rates of ASP students.
  • Integrate the Academic Success Program into the culture of the University.