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Bridge Program

Weinberg's summer Bridge program prepares incoming students for success in any discipline. First-generation students, students from lower-income backgrounds, and students who attended high schools with limited or no AP/IB preparation are especially encouraged to apply. The program is free to attend. Click here to apply!


The program will run from Sunday, August 9 to Friday, September 11, 2020. Participants must be able to commit to the full program time.


Bridge students arrive five weeks before Wildcat Welcome and live on campus along with a team of enthusiastic peer counselors.  During the first two weeks, students take two classes together, “Quantitative Reasoning” and “Introduction to Critical Thinking in the Humanities and Social Sciences.” 

In weeks three and four, students take one of four classes that they choose, each an opportunity to apply skills emphasized in weeks one and two.  The possibilities include “Problem Solving in Chemistry,” “Problem Solving In Economics,” “Asking—and Answering—Questions in the Humanities and Social Sciences,” or “Introduction to Journalism” (for Medill students only).  In the final week of the program, students work on team projects, meet with a Weinberg College Adviser, and move into their fall-quarter residence halls.

Students who successfully complete the program receive two elective credits. Bridge courses are taken Pass/No Pass. Unless they choose not to participate, Bridge students are automatically paired with peer mentors starting in the fall quarter.


Bridge instructors are among the most dedicated - and popular - in the university. They include (in alphabetical order):

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 150 miles from Chicago, Bridge will cover the cost of domestic airfare to the program (sorry, we cannot pay for international flights).
  2. Room and board is free for the entire five 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. Enrollment in the Arch Scholars peer mentoring program for first-year students.

How do I apply?

Click here to apply. You should be ready to describe why you want to participate in Arch Scholars, and what your future goals might be (it is ok if you haven't decided yet - just tell us what you think).


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

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