The Summer Bridge Program was founded in 1997, the goal of the Auburn University
Summer Bridge Program is to implement each summer an intensive four-week
academic enrichment experience for incoming minority freshmen planning to
major in Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Mathematics or enroll in Pre-Professional
programs in Dentistry, Engineering, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical
Therapy and Veterinary Medicine. The program is designed to bridge the gap
between high school and college by providing these students with tools needed
in order to succeed and graduate in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and
Technology curricula at Auburn University. Since 1997, 150 African-American
students have participated. Bridge students consistently perform better
than other minority students that opt not to attend the Bridge program.
Among the highlights of the program, two students from the 1997 Bridge class
entered Medical School in Fall, 2001. Several other bridge students are
currently getting ready to go to Medical, Pharmacy, and Graduate Schools.