A select group of students have an opportunity to get a strong start on their college career through The Bridge Program.
Designed to support students who show great promise academically, but did not qualify to be admitted to Clayton State based on one or more scores on the SAT or ACT, The Bridge Program gives students the resources to excel at the college level.
Students are invited to attend the program during the summer to prepare for the Fall semester. Participants will connect with support services while earning six college credits towards their degree requirements.
Some of the highlights of the program are:
- Individualized study skills and learning style assessments
- Academic skills workshops
- Leadership development
- Introduction to key faculty and staff
- Individualized guidance and support from the Center for Academic Success, Center for Advisement and Retention, Financial Aid, Student Life, and more
- Social and networking opportunities
- Residential Living-Learning Community (optional)
Student will complete The Bridge Program with better-developed study habits and academic skills, credit toward their degree, knowledge of various campus resources, and an opportunity for admission.
This program will be limited to a select group of applicants to Clayton State University. Once enrolled in Bridge students will need to:
- Review, sign and submit The Bridge Enrollment Contract
- Register for and attend The Bridge New Student Orientation
- Register for and attend Freshman Orientation
- Complete both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 (School code is 008976)
- Begin classes June 22, 2017 and successfully complete summer courses
Funding may be available to cover the costs of housing, meals and textbooks. Funding is limited and is awarded to students who have:
- Completed The Bridge Enrollment Contract
- Registered for The Bridge New Student Orientation
Frequently Asked Questions
You are invited to be a part of The Bridge Program because you did not qualify for regular admission into Clayton State University. Your scores in one area of the ACT or SAT did not meet minimum requirements. However, you have demonstrated the potential to be a successful college student based on your high school performance. We would love to give you the opportunity to realize that potential at Clayton State University.
Great question! This is a three step process.
- Review, sign, and return The Bridge Program Enrollment Contract,
- Register for Bridge Orientation, and
- Attend the Bridge Orientation.
The Bridge Orientation is Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 6pm-8pm. The fee to register for The Bridge Orientation is $200.00, and is non-refundable. Students can bring up to two (2) guests to The Bridge Orientation. To register for The Bridge Orientation go to https://swan.clayton.edu. Then click the box on the top right hand corner that reads “New Students-Activate your account”. Once you have logged into the SWAN go to the “Admitted Student” tab. In the Orientation section, on the right side of the screen, click on the “Click Here to Register” link.
Yes. You must also attend the Freshman Premiere Orientation; however, once you pay for and attend The Bridge Orientation, your Freshman Orientation fee will be waived. Students may bring up to two (2) guests to the Freshman Premiere Orientation at no additional charge.
Yes. The Office of Admissions must have your final high school transcript before you are able to begin classes in the summer. Transcripts must be received by Monday, June 19th. It will be your responsibility to make sure the request for your final transcript is submitted. Please note, financial aid will not be awarded until your final high school transcript is received.
No. If you successfully complete the summer program by passing both of your courses, you are eligible to return for the fall semester. However, in order to register for classes in the fall, you must complete Freshman Orientation as well.
The Bridge Program will last 4.5 weeks - Thursday, June 22, 2017 to Monday, July 24, 2017. Classes will meet Monday - Thursday.
Monday and Wednesday schedule is 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday schedule is 9 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.
All classes will be held at Clayton State University’s main campus in Morrow, GA.
Students in The Bridge Program will take CRIT 1101: Critical Thinking and PSYC 1101: Introduction to Psychology during the summer. These courses have been identified as excellent transition courses into the university.
Yes. You will receive grades and 6 hours credit for the courses passed.
Will I have to purchase books for my classes? Yes. You will be responsible for purchasing textbooks for the courses. Information on how to purchase textbooks will be given at The Bridge Orientation.
Financial Aid is determined on a calendar that begins with the fall semester and ends with the summer semester. Therefore, the 2017_2018 FAFSA will determine how much financial aid you can receive for fall 2017, spring 2018, and summer 2018. Since The Bridge Program begins in summer 2017, which is from the financial aid year 2016_2017, you must also complete the FAFSA for 2016_2017 to receive financial aid during the summer semester.
Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students will be required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017-18 FAFSA, you – and your parent(s), as appropriate – will report your 2015 income and tax information. Please keep in mind that you will also use your 2015 income and tax information on your 2016-17 FAFSA. To guard against providing incorrect data on both FAFSAs, you may be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to automatically import your tax information into your FAFSA. (Learn about the IRS DRT at StudentAid.gov/irsdrt.)
We recommend you complete the FAFSA no later than June 1st to allow some time to submit additional documents, if needed. Remember, we must have ALL required information (not just the FAFSA) before we can award any funds. Any student desiring to attend The Bridge Program who does not have financial aid in place before classes begin will have to pay tuition and fees in full.
Yes. In fact, we strongly encourage students to live on campus because many events and activities are held on campus; living in university housing allows you to attend these easily, while having a quality residential experience in a state-of-the-art facility.
The cost for campus room and board during the summer session will be $1,162.65. This includes three meals per day, all utilities, cable, high speed internet, furniture, microwave and a refrigerator.
Yes. Look for important information from University Housing to plan for fall semester.
Yes. In order to register for classes, you must show immunity to MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) and varicella (chicken pox) either through vaccination, lab results showing immunity or physician documentation of the disease. You must also show proof of a tetanus vaccine in the past ten years and complete a tuberculosis screening. An additional requirement for a meningitis vaccine applies to students in university housing. You will not be permitted to register until you submit this proof to University Health Services. For additional information about immunizations please visit http://www.clayton.edu/uhs/Immunization.
No. Please schedule all medical, dental, and other personal appointments either before or after the program or on Fridays when there are no classes. Any student that misses more than two (2) class sessions or two (2) enrichment sessions during the program may be dismissed from the program and will have his/her fall admission rescinded.
Students admitted to The Bridge Program that do not attend are not eligible for regular freshmen admission. The program is only available to first time full-time freshmen applying to college immediately after high school, so deferral to another year is not possible.