summer bridge program

Program Information

The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) Summer Bridge Program for incoming freshmen students is implemented to help the student gain a comprehensive college experience and support network that enhances personal responsibility and intellectual, civic, and social engagement. This Program is available only to students who received a Bridge offer from the Office of Admissions.

The University’s student success priorities guide the goals of the UTA Summer Bridge Program. They are as follows:

  • Develop essential academic understanding and skills among students
  • Provide engaging opportunities to develop participant skills that will aid in the successful transition to college
  • Promote a cohort experience among participants to strengthen new peer relationships
  • Familiarize participants with UTA and its resources

As a result of participating in the UTA Summer Bridge Program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate efficacy towards academic work
  • Develop a sense of belonging to UTA
  • Gain necessary college success skills


Summer Bridge Checklist

  • Verify your Financial Aid is correct and up-to-date
  • Register for the June 1-2, 2021 New Maverick Orientation
  • Take required TSI exam (if liable) by May 14, 2021
  • Take the ALEKS exam for correct math placement
  • Attend the Virtual Kickoff  (more details to come)
  • Reserve your free program T-shirt
  • Upload proof of your Bacterial Meningitis vaccination/exemption (add this after ALEKS)
Please note: If you seek information regarding the TRIO Bridge Program, please check this website for their information.


Past Participant Spotlights

 Summer Bridge 2018
male student in a UTA t-shirt
Xavien Johns
Xavien is majoring in business marketing and has an impressive resume of accomplishments. You may recognize him as Mr. UTA, but he is also affiliated with A Collection of Brothers, UTA NAACP, Social Justice Peer Educators, and Freshmen Leaders on Campus.

Summer Bridge 2017
female student crouching down among the tulips
Ilsa Pineda
Ilsa is a future teacher and is majoring in education. She’s served as VP of the Latin American Student Organization and is the current President of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. She’s also given back to the community through Alternative Breaks.




Texas college students who are new to the institution and students returning after an absence of at least one fall or spring semester, under age 22 on the first day of the term, are required to submit documentation of immunizations against bacterial meningitis.  Students who fail to meet this requirement may be dropped from courses or prevented from subsequent enrollment.  The deadline to submit your meningitis vaccination/exemption for Summer 2021:  May 27, 2021.

Housing is not provided as part of the Summer Bridge Program. Students interested in on-campus housing must contact Housing at 817-272-2791 to determine availability.

Summer Bridge Program Contacts

Interim Program Coordinator, Victoria McWilliams -