GW Jump Start Summer Success Program

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What is a Summer Bridge Program? 

Today’s college students are heterogeneous in many dimensions, including ethnicity, academic interest, precollege achievements, religious backgrounds, and more. A Summer Bridge Program is designed to provide a comprehensive orientation and transition experience for any admitted student.

Summer Bridge Program 2024

The George Washington University Summer Bridge Program is six weeks (July 1 to August 10) with an orientation hosted for all participants on June 30. Two delivery formats are available for students, residential (live on campus) and commuter. Students have the option to remain on campus after the program ends (summer session II) until the fall semester begins. 

Participating students will:

  • Take one college-level course – UW 1020
    • All entering first year and transfer undergraduate students are required to take UW 1020, which is a four-credit course.
    • Neither AP, IB, nor any other test will exempt a student from UW 1020.
    • UW 1020 is designated as a pre-disciplinary course: the goal is to enable students to write effectively in various contexts, within the university and beyond.
  • Participate in a math immersion experience designed to prepare students for their math placement exam 
  • Gain a jump start to life at GW before the fall semester
  • Receive small group and individual instructive academic advising
  • Career development: An opportunity to participate in a half-day job shadow program with DC-area alumni professionals. In addition, receive an individual career coaching appointment to review resume and discuss plans for internships, full-time job search, and longer-term career goals; optional workshop on networking and informational interviewing. 
  • Attend engagement programming such as Alumni Networking, meet the faculty, etc.
  • Participate in a closing ceremony

Cost covered by GW


GW Housing
Foggy Bottom (Thurston Hall)


Two Meals Per Day


One Course

How to Apply

  1. Complete the survey emailed to students in May 2024.
  2. Provide proof of vaccination.