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Join us this summer for the Summer Bridge Program! This is a selective summer program for incoming freshman designed to get students on track for success in sciences and mathematics.

Summer Bridge


Incoming freshmen students who have been accepted to Auburn University and who are planning to major in sciences and mathematics or enroll in Pre-Professional Programs in Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy or Veterinary Medicine.


The College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) Summer Bridge Program is a four-week residential program for highly motivated minority students from populations traditionally underrepresented in the sciences and mathematics. Founded in 1997, the objective of the program is to create a "learning community" of students who develop the academic and social skills necessary for achieving academic excellence from the freshman year through graduation. Summer Bridge is designed to bridge the gap between high school and college by providing students with tools needed to succeed and graduate in science, mathematics, and related curricula at Auburn University. More than 500 students have participated. Visits were to East Alabama Medical Center, the Hyundai Manufacturing Plant, the Rosa Parks Museum, the Civil Rights Memorial, and the George Washington Carver Museum. Students also visited Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy, College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. Additionally, students attended presentations from Auburn Experience, COSAM Advising, Student Counseling Services, Success Strategies, and AT&T Pioneers (financial literacy). Community engagement activities included visits to the Boys and Girls Club of Auburn and Opelika. During the last week of the program students complete their exams in math and chemistry and attend a wrap-up assessment session. The objective of the assessments and exit interview is to give students specific information as it relates to their academic and social development. The program concluded with the Summer Bridge Program Awards Luncheon held at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center on the last day of the program. The Dean of COSAM presided over the luncheon and presents awards to students for successful completion of the program. The luncheon was attended by administration, faculty, staff, parents, guests, and students.


Summer Bridge students consistently perform better than other minority students that opt not to attend the program. Among the many highlights of the program, Summer Bridge alumni regularly attend medical, pharmacy and graduate schools. Many alumni practice in medicine, pharmacy, law, and education. 

The Summer Bridge program, takes place on the main campus of Auburn University, and emphasizes academic preparedness, development and enhancement of study and time management skills, and establishment of academic and social support and career awareness. Chemistry and mathematics faculty, graduate teaching assistants, counselors, and academic advisors staff the program. Math and Chemistry textbooks used during the summer program are the same for the academic year. All instructors use collaborative learning, an instructional method that requires students to interact on a higher level than in a traditional classroom setting. It involves active learning methods and techniques using cooperative task structures in which students spend time in lectures and workshops. Students are required to work collectively toward the common goal of mastering course material. Finally, research laboratories in Summer Bridge students have an opportunity to understand the relevance of their course work through visits to departments in the COSAM as well as in visits with area companies.

What do I need to do?

  • Visit the How To Apply section
  • Complete the application
  • Include high school transcripts, academic achievements list, personal narrative, and letters of recommendation
  • Submit application, TBA

Do you or your parents have questions? We are here to help!

If you would like additional information, please call or contact Dr. Mulligan ( or 334-844-4642).

Last Updated: 11/01/2016