For graduating Upward Bound seniors interested in returning to Bowdoin this summer, look for the Bridge application in the mail in February or call the office at 877-879-2731 to have one sent to you.
After graduating from high school and before heading off to college, Upward Bound students may take part in the summer Bridge Program. Taking place at the same time as the regular UB program, Bridge students participate in some of the same activities as undergraduate UB'ers, including meals & Community Meeting, but Bridge students live in separate housing and have different rules & responsibilities, more like the college experiences they will embark on in the fall.
The Bridge program is small (generally 10 - 12 students), and students must apply for the program. This process generally takes place in the early spring of the senior year applicants are evaluated on a number of criteria, including need and motivation for & investment in Bridge. Students must be accepted to a college, have a financial aid package, and be planning to attend in the fall.
The Bridge academic component consists of intensive course work in Composition and Art History. Both classes focus on writing and research skills, and students are awarded college credit in Composition through the University of Maine at Augusta upon successful completion of the program. Students have access to Bowdoin College facilities such as the library, art museum and the computer labs to aid them in their academic work. Classes meet in the mornings.
During the afternoons, all Bridge students have a job either on campus or in the town of Brunswick. Students have an opportunity to indicate their preferences, and every effort is made to place them in positions within those fields.
One of the highlights of the summer is the annual Bridge trip where students and staff spend five days away from Brunswick on an "urban expedition" to Washington, D.C. with visits to museums, historic sites, and cultural landmarks.
Bridge students say:
- "I thought it was very helpful and I'm extremely glad I came."
- "Bridge gave me a real hands-on experience with certain situations that I'm sure to face in the coming years."
- "The trip made me more open minded. I gained a better sense of American culture as being a melting pot.Bridge was an excellent experience. It was A GREAT YEAR!"