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The more people I'm around, the more variety of personalities I'll encounter.
It's possible to bridge all of them!"
- 2009 Bridger
2013 Bridge Program Dates:
June 23 - July 13
Deadline - April 01, 2013
(For all application materials)
The best thing I got out of the Bridge program...
- "Not one thing.... Everything!"
- "... new friends!"
- "Got to know smart & interesting people"
- "Great networking & exposure"
- "...a chance to experience college life."
- "College doesn't seem so intimidating now!"
One thing I've learned...
- "How to be even more indepdendent!"
- "How big space really is..."
- "How to be a team player..."
- "How to program a computer & design a
- "How to research and measure comets & asteroids..."
- "Learned more about my strengths..."
- "Learned to connect to more people and adapt to new
The Bridge Program in Math & Science was founded in 1999 to provide
a select number of students with a research-rich summer
experience and to increase the diversity of the student body at
The University of the South. Currently, the program is open to rising high school seniors whose backgrounds and experiences would contribute to and enrich the diversity within our academic community. Through the physics and calculus
classes, high-achieving students improve skills necessary for
success in college. Specifically, they work in teams for problem
solving and discussion both in class and during study hours. They
practice clear, concise expository writing and become more adept
at using technology and more skilled at time management. The program
is project-based: students display their work as the culmination
of the program and post their physics projects on the web.
The best thing I got out of the program is that there
are a lot of things that I dont know and havent experienced.
I hope to keep an open mind and always try new things.
Who Should Apply?
The Bridge Program is open to rising high school seniors who are interested in an exciting summer learning experience whose backgrounds and experiences would contribute to and enrich the diversity within our academic community. Twenty highly motivated students from across
the nation will be selected to spend three weeks summer,
June 23 July 13 2013, on the campus of The University of the South.
Room, meals, tuition, school supplies, and access to the facilities
are all free. Applications are available on-line or by contacting the Bridge Program
The academic program consists of college-level mini-courses in physics and calculus,
taught by college professors. These short courses are designed
to prepare students for their senior year in high school and for
college. There is no college credit given.
The teaching staff was very patient and taught with
One thing Ive learned here is how to make a great
web page with additional pictures and background music.
When we were introduced to limits at school
the subject went straight over my head. Ms. Emily provided the
connection between what I already learned and what was too abstract
for me to comprehend without the connection.
"I am learning things I never expected to learn in a
The teachers have an urge to teach just like I have
an urge to learn.
Outside the Classroom
In the evenings, students are free until study time. On a given
day, they might hang out with new friends, go to the gym for a
swim or pick-up game of basketball, drop by the coffeehouse, take
dance lessons, or just relax in the dorm.
Weekends, many students sleep in. Later in the day, there are
opportunities to canoe, hike, attend Sewanee Summer Music Festival
concerts, enjoy Sewanee's Lake Cheston, or go to neighboring Chattanooga
for the day.
Students live together in a college dorm, supervised by a head
resident and college student mentors. They eat in the dining hall
and have access to all of the facilities on campus, including
the library and the athletic complex. Sewanee is situated on a
beautiful wooded 10,000-acre campus with over 50 miles of hiking
and biking trails waiting to be explored. For a glimpse of previous
sessions, check out our scrapbook.
Although the Bridge Program gives students a taste of college
life, it is not college. Dorm life is supervised by a head resident
assisted by college students, and males and females live in separate
wings of the dormitory. Students have a daily schedule, including
a curfew. To maximize the benefit of the courses, study hours
are provided Sunday through Thursday evenings for students to
complete work outside the classroom. Click
here for last summer's schedule.
I had a good experience. I met new friends that I will
keep in contact with for life.
The Bridge Program is the best thing I have participated
in. I am having fun and I am learning a lot at the same time.
Im really enjoying this.
It is an unforgettable experience.
When do I Hear?
All applications that are completed by April 1 will be evaluated
and students informed about acceptance by May 1 at the latest.
Later-arriving applications will be evaluated as they come in
if there is space available. We do maintain a waiting list, and
students from that list will be admitted if vacancies occur.
What do I Bring?
Students need casual clothes for class and lab; nicer outfits
for the closing banquet and if they want to attend church; and at least one set of clothes
they can really get dirty in. A backpack/ daypack for books and
for hiking, sheets and towels, and an alarm clock will cover the
You might like to bring a bathing suit, tennis racket, a bike,and/
or a musical instrument. Bridge Program participants will have
access to e-mail, but you may want to bring a telephone calling
card for phoning home. Cell phone service can be spotty in Sewanee, for example in the dorms. Be sure to pack a camera for recording
your summer memories. More detailed information on all of this
will be mailed out to all participants in late spring.
Expectations of Students
The University of the South places major emphasis on honor, and
Bridge Program participants are expected to abide by it and to
conduct themselves with integrity, responsibility, and regard
for other people while they are here.
To get the most out of the Bridge Program experience, students
are expected to attend and participate in all classes, study sessions,
and program events.
In late spring, each participant will receive a copy of the
Bridge Program Student Handbook, which spells out all of this
information, including student rules and expectations, in detail.
The Bridge Program gave me the experience and knowledge that I am not alone in the world, for there are other people just like me who want to better themselves and make it far!