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Bridge Program

Weinberg's summer Bridge program prepares incoming students for success in multiple disciplines including the sciences, economics, social sciences, and the humanities. Questbridge students, students who attended high schools with limited or no AP/IB preparation, or who are among the first in their family to attend college are especially encouraged to apply. The program is free to attend.


Bridge will run from Sunday, August 12, 2017 to Friday, September 14, 2018. 


Bridge students come to campus four weeks before Wildcat Welcome and enter one of two 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 critical thinking (taught by Prof. Jules Law), followed by a two-week course in research methods and inquiry (taught by Prof. Gerry Cadava). Medill students will take a course in journalism (taught by Prof. Sarahmaria Gomez).

Upon successful completion of the program, Bridge participants receive two academic credits. Courses are taken Pass/No Pass.

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.


  1. If you live more than 90 miles from Chicago, Bridge will cover the cost of airfare to the program.
  2. Room and board is free for the entire four weeks of the program and any instructional materials for the program will be provided.
  3. Early move-in! Students will move into their fall-quarter housing allowing them to get settled before the rest of the first-year class arrives. 
  4. Preferred admission into NU Bioscientist, our research preparatory program for first-year students.
  5. Participation in our textbook loan program during the academic year. Textbooks will be loaned, free of charge, for the following courses: CHEM 110, CHEM 151, CHEM 171, CHEM 210 (212), MATH 212-234, ECON 201, ECON 202, ECON 310.

How do I apply?

Applications will open in February 2018 - please check back in then!

 You should be prepared to answer the following questions before starting the application:

  1. Why do you want to participate in one of our preparatory programs? What are you hoping to gain from the experience?
  2. What are your long-term goals (medical school, graduate school, career)? It is ok if you are unsure, but what are you interested in doing?
  3. What is the last problem you were stuck on, and what was your strategy to try and solve it?


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


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