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The Summer Bridge Program

A select group of students have an opportunity to get a strong start on their college career through the Summer Bridge Program.

Designed to support students who show great promise academically but did not qualify to be admitted to Clayton State based on high school grade point average, or one or more scores on the SAT or ACT, the Summer 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 Summer Bridge Program with better-developed study habits and academic skills, credit toward their degree, knowledge of various campus resources, and an opportunity for admission. 

Admitted to 2021 Summer Bridge? Next Steps:

Step 01

Review, sign and submit the Summer Bridge Enrollment Contract

The Summer Bridge Enrollment Contract

Step 02

Register for and attend the Summer Bridge Orientation

Summer Bridge Orientation

Friday, June 11th, 2021 (Time: TBD)

Registration Deadline: Sunday, June 6th, 2021


Step 03

Complete both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 (School code is 008976).

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

For instructions and questions on how to complete FAFSA, please refer to our Financial Aid website.


Step 04

Apply for Housing

Laker Hall is our freshman residence, which features a lounge and fully-furnished rooms. Find the comforts of home in our University Housing.


Step 05

Submit required documents (final transcripts, VOLP, Immunization form)

You can check for account holds through your student account (DUCK). If you have not set up your SWAN portal, you can refer to the application status page.

Submit your official final high school transcript to Admissions after graduation.

Submit your Certificate of Immunization to University Health Services via the Patient Portal.

Submit your Verification of Lawful Presence to Admissions.

Step 06

Begin Classes

Begin classes Wednesday, June 23, 2021 to Monday, July 26, 2021 and successfully complete summer courses

Financial Assistance to Participate in the Summer Bridge Program

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 Summer Bridge Enrollment Contract
  • Registered for Summer Start Orientation
  • Completed 2020-2021 FAFSA
  • Completed Summer 2021 Housing application to live on campus
  • Priority consideration deadline of May 1, 2021

If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Eric Tack at

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