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Building a Bridge to Success at Carolina

Students in the Summer Bridge program pose for a portrait with Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz on July 25, 2022, at the Old Well on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Students in the Summer Bridge program pose for a portrait with Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz. (Photo by Johnny Andrews)

Summer Bridge is a six-week transition program that is designed to ease participants’ personal and academic transition from high school to Carolina. The program is open to all admitted incoming first-year students from North Carolina and eases the Tar Heels into their new surroundings ahead of the bustle of the academic year. Academic enrichment, community building and co-curricular and experiential learning activities such as tutoring and study sessions outside of the classroom help new Tar Heels navigate college-level courses.

“I wanted to immerse myself in the college atmosphere as quickly as possible,” said Tyler Coffee ’26. “We have little sessions each and every day with a different department, and they’ll tell us about their program, what’s going on, what they do in that building and the different resources that they have. It’s given us a way to get acclimated.”

The program provides summer stipends for the students and covers housing and tuition for six credit hours. It also helps participants make connections and establish a social network on campus. Arts and Sciences Foundation Board of Directors member Jason Shroff ’02 and his wife, Amy Shroff ’02, made a significant commitment during the campaign to endow the program, ensuring it will always be a fixture on campus and will provide countless transformative experiences for young Tar Heels.

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