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Bridge Program

Weinberg's summer Bridge program prepares incoming students for success in multiple disciplines including chemistry, economics, literature, history, and journalism. Students who attended high schools with limited or no AP preparation who are among the first in their family to attend college are especially encouraged to apply. The program is completely free to attend.



Bridge students come to campus four weeks before Wildcat Welcome and enter one of two parallel tracks. In the first track, students take a two-week course in quantitative reasoning (taught by Prof. Eric Zaslow), followed by either a two-week course geared to problem-solving in chemistry (taught by Prof. Fred Northrup), or a two week course emphasizing problem solving in economics (taught by Prof. Scott Ogawa). The second track is geared towards students interested in the humanities and journalism. In this track, students take a two-week course in qualitative reasoning (taught by Prof. Jules Law), followed by either a two-week course in research methods and inquiry (taught by Prof. Gerry Cadava) or journalism (taught by Medill faculty).

Upon successful completion of the program, Bridge participants receive two academic credits. In the first track, students receive one credit for MATH 100-BR "Quantitative Reasoning" and a second for either CHEM 100-BR "Problem Solving in Chemistry" or ECON 100-BR "Problem Solving in Economics". In the second track, students receive a credit for HUM 1XX-BR "Qualitative Reasoning" and a second for HUM 1XX-BR or JOUR 101-BR. There are no grades associated with these courses.

Co-curricular activities

In addition to working closely with faculty members and undergraduate tutors in the classroom, Bridge students attend workshops on topics such as study skills, stress management, advising support, and other aspect of college life that are different from high school. Evenings and weekend activities will include BBQs, trips to Chicago, movie nights, and other fun events.

Frequently asked questions

How will I get there? Where will I live?

If you live more than 90 miles from Chicago, Bridge will cover the cost of airfare to the program. Room and board is free for the entire four weeks of the program and any instructional materials for the program will be provided. A few days before Wildcat Welcome begins, students will move into their fall-quarter housing allowing them to get settled before the rest of the first-year class arrives. Bridge is a residential program, so all participants are required to live on campus with their classmates during the program. Other benefits include:

  1. Preferred admission into NU Bioscientist and Posner, our research preparatory programs for first-year students.
  2. Participation in our textbook loan program during the academic year. Textbooks will be loaned, free of charge, for the following courses: CHEM 101, CHEM 171, CHEM 210 (212), MATH 212-234, ECON 201, ECON 202, ECON 310.

How do I apply?

Complete the online application here. Students will be enrolled on a rolling basis until the end of May, so apply early for your best chance at being accepted.

What do other students have to say about BRIDGE?


Contact Lane Fenrich, Weinberg Dean of First-Year Students or Luke Flores, Assistant Director of First-Year and Transition Programs.


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