Students who wish to enroll at Southwestern, but fail to meet one of the two minimum admission requirements (GPA or SAT/ACT) must participate in Summer Bridge. Learning takes place in a three-week session prior to the beginning of the freshman year and provides developmental learning support in the areas of math, reading, and writing. At the end of the session, student progress will be assessed and students will receive new course placements for Fall Semester. Students attending Summer Bridge receive one credit hour that will apply toward the requirements for a degree.
The Center for Academic Success and Advising (CASA) supports the work of the faculty academic advisors with Summer Bridge students. Students in this program may have reduced course loads, restrictions on extra-curricular activities, and required dormitory residency. CASA schedules regular academic counseling sessions for each student in the program to make sure that she/he is benefiting from mathematics tutoring, the Write Spot writing center, career counseling, and other programs provided by the University to enhance academic success.