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Summer Bridge Academy

The Center for Academic Excellence offers the Summer Bridge Academy (SBA) to aid high school graduates in achieving academic success in college. We believe that all students should master basic academic skills to achieve their educational goals. Some students need to develop these skills before enrolling in college, and therefore are required to participate in the SBA. SBA is designed to give students the tools and resources they need to be successful at Salem State University throughout their academic career.

Those selected for the SBA will begin at the university by participating in and completing a six-week summer program. During the academic year students will continue to be connected with appropriate academic and student development resources. Students who participate in the Summer Bridge Academy will be enrolled in a combination of college level credits coupled with developmental courses. These developmental courses are designed to supplement and improve upon their academic skills.

Scholarships are awarded for the ten top achieving Summer Bridge Academy students for fall 2017 and spring 2018 terms at Salem State University.

Additionally, students will participate in various activities that help to ensure their success outside of the classroom and enhance student learning. Through weekly individual appointments, group meetings and a variety of workshops held throughout the summer and academic year, our SBA staff endeavors to develop the whole student. Each student is assigned a designated student development counselor who meets with them on a regular basis throughout the summer and academic year. These meetings allow our counselors to monitor the academic progress of each student and to address any problems that may arise.

The student development counselors also conduct various workshops, some of which include: classroom etiquette, time management, emotional intelligence, healthy relationships, financial literacy, , getting involved on campus, and selecting majors and minors. Further, the student development team works closely with other offices on campus including, but not limited to counseling and health services, career services, disability services, financial aid, and academic advising.

The student development counselors seek to:

  • Develop an awareness of educational and career goals of each student
  • Serve as a role model through long-term mentoring
  • Provide assistance in helping students obtain financial aid
  • Provide academic and career advising
  • Help students develop self-confidence, self-determination and self-esteem

Important SBA 2017 Dates:

  • June 21 and 22: SBA two-day orientation
  • June 21: Move-in day for SBA resident students
  • June 26: SBA classes begin
  • August 4: Last day of SBA program
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