Summer Bridge

UCI Student Success Initiatives (SSI) offers a number of full and partial Summer Bridge Scholarships to First Generation and/or income-eligible students that covers the cost of Summer Session fees, provides additional benefits (such as priority registration) and requires academic year program participation.

Please note that the information listed below is for Summer 2023. Information regarding incoming Freshman summer programs will be available shortly. Please continue to check this page for updates.

Summer Bridge

Summer Bridge is a 6-week summer residential program designed to provide incoming UCI students an opportunity to make the best possible academic and social transition from high school to college. Students earn UCI credit and get a head start working towards their degree while meeting other new students, staff, and faculty. After the summer, scholars receive additional benefits throughout the academic year including: personalized guidance from a professional staff member, peer mentoring, priority enrollment, tutoring scholarships, rental books, skill-building workshops, and community-building opportunities.


Full and partial scholarships are available based on California residency (includes AB540/undocumented students) and first-generation and/or income eligible status.

To learn more, click on the “Application” on the Summer Bridge website.

Mandatory Campus Fee

Summer Bridge Scholarship applicants must submit payment for the non-refundable mandatory campus fee on their Summer Bridge enrollment form upon acceptance of the scholarship to hold their space in the program and courses. Remaining fees and expenses will be funded by the Summer Bridge Scholarship, based on student financial need. Upon completion of Summer Bridge, the mandatory campus fee may reimbursed to students as a final portion of the scholarship.

How to Enroll

Step 1 - Submit your Statement of Intent to Register

Submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) by May 1st. You must be an admitted UCI student planning to attend UCI.

Step 2 - Apply for Summer Bridge

Submit your Summer Bridge Application. The application deadline is May 30, 2023. Visit the Summer Bridge Application as soon as possible to review the application process which has additional steps.

Step 3 - Review Important Dates

Deadlines for enrollment and scholarship applications are strict at the University level. Please ensure you have adequate time to complete enrollment requirements and ask any questions you may have.

Step 4 - Program Liability Waiver

Before accessing our online enrollment form for Summer Bridge, complete the program Waiver of Liability. You will need to submit a copy as part of your online enrollment.

Access the 2023 Waiver of Liability here.

Step 5 - Enroll!

Students who are awarded a scholarship will be sent instructions on how and when to enroll in Summer Session courses using their scholarship award. Visit the Summer Bridge Application as soon as possible to review the application process which has additional steps.

Step 6: Register for New Student Orientation

All incoming Freshman are required to attend SPOP. We highly recommend students to enroll in SPOP 5, if possible. We will work with students that enroll early on in Summer Bridge to secure a spot in SPOP 5, as space allows. Students who receive a fall quarter advising assignment for August may contact our team in an attempt to avoid conflicts with their summer coursework. We cannot guarantee you will be rescheduled. Home | UCI Orientation.

Step 7 - Health Insurance

Enrollment in Summer Bridge will require you to make a decision about health insurance – all students will automatically be enrolled in U SHIP ( Undergraduate Student Health Insurance Plan) unless they decide to waive because the student has sufficient coverage as mandated by UC. More information about the enrollment in health insurance plans will be given to students enrolled in Summer Bridge.

More information on UC SHIP is also available.

Please note that all registered UCI students are automatically enrolled, beginning their first quarter in the Undergraduate Student Health Insurance Plan (U SHIP) in fall, winter, spring and summer terms. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office by phone at (949) 824-7649 or by e-mail at

Academic Courses

As a Summer Bridge student, you will enroll into two undergraduate courses in Summer Session II. Enrollment in 6-8 units reflects a full course load in Summer Session.

    1. Course: University Studies 84 (4 units)
    2. Course: LPS/HIS 60 (4 units)

University Studies 84

The course is designed to help first-year students make a successful transition to the University of California, Irvine and develop strategies that will enhance their University experience. Through lectures, discussions, and course assignments and activities, students will learn about campus resources and programs that support students’ transition and enhance their academic development, and will develop a personal action plan to guide their career at UCI.

This course meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 6:20pm. The discussion section meets during the latter portion of the course meeting time Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00pm to 6:50pm. The writing lab portion of this course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30-11:50am.

Logic & Philosophy of Science 60/History 60

The Making of Modern Science examines developments in science and mathematics since the Scientific Revolution, and investigates their significance for contemporary philosophical debates about current scientific theories. (fulfills one GE IV course.)

This course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00pm to 3:50pm. The discussion section for this course meets Tuesdays or Thursdays from 4:00pm to 4:50pm.

Important Dates

For students enrolling in Freshman Edge, the dates below will guide you through the dates and tasks associated with registering for the Freshman Edge Program. Please let us know if you have any questions.


Important Item Date
Summer Bridge Application Opens!
April 22, 2023
Summer Bridge Info Sessions Date/Time: TBD
Summer Bridge Application Deadline May 30, 2023

Summer Bridge applicants:

Final date to complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA or 2022-2023 CA Dream Act Application*.

*Note: the 2022-2023 FAFSA or CA Dream Act is different from the 2023-2024 FAFSA or CA Dream Act that you may have already completed for fall, winter, spring aid. Be sure to submit both 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 FAFSA or CA Dream Act.

May 30, 2023
Summer Bridge Enrollment Deadline July 14, 2023
First day of class instruction August 7, 2023*
Last day to drop a course or change grade option without approval August 11, 2023
Last day to apply for a refund of course fees (mandatory campus fee and course materials fees are non-refundable) August 18, 2023
Absolute deadline for any course changes August 25, 2023
Federal holiday (No classes) September 4, 2023
Final Exams September 12 & 13, 2023
Grades Available September 21, 2023
Fall Quarter begins September 25, 2023

Program Fees

Fees are determined, assessed and processed by the Division of Summer Session.


Summer Bridge

The following is a list of fees for the 2023 Summer Bridge program.

  8-Unit Course Load
Course Fees ($279/unit)* $2,232
eTech Fee ($4/unit) $32
Mandatory Campus Fee (non-refundable) $187
Total $2,451
*The $279 per unit fee is based on the current UC tuition. The Summer Session tuition is subject to change by action of the UC Regents at any time for all UC campuses, including UC Irvine. Session II course fees are refundable up until August 18th, 2023 with the instructor’s signature.

The $187 mandatory campus fee and applicable course materials fees are non-refundable. Session II courses may be dropped by the deadlines noted above. Drop dates with or without instructor approval for a refund are set by UCI Summer Session. 

Financial Aid:

If you are applying for summer financial aid, once you have accepted your aid award after enrolling in Freshman Edge any aid distributed to you will automatically count towards your account balance. Any remaining fees, if any, will be requested from you at that time.

Click here for Financial Aid steps during Freshman Edge/Summer Session.

Summer Bridge course fees, eTech fee, housing, and the mandatory campus fee may be covered by the Bridge Scholarship either fully or partially. To accept the Bridge Scholarship, students will be required to post a $187 payment to hold their place in the program, however, this fee may be refunded to Bridge Scholars once they have completed the summer requirements of the Bridge Scholarship. The $187 will not be refunded to Summer Bridge students who do not complete the summer requirements.

Summer Bridge Scholarship

Approximately 120-150 first generation and/or income eligible students will be offered a full or partial Summer Bridge Scholarship. Recipients enroll in a specified set of courses and are required to live in program housing. Summer Bridge Scholarship recipients receive advising and sign up for fall classes during their Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP).

Things to Know Before you Apply

  • Review all of the information on the Summer Bridge Application webpage – there are additional steps to take.
  • Each year the deadline to apply is in late May.
  • Summer Bridge Scholarship applicants will be notified of their scholarship award status on a rolling bases as early as mid-May through early July.
  • Summer Bridge Scholarship applicants must submit payment for only the non-refundable mandatory campus fee ($187 in 2023) with their Summer Bridge enrollment form upon acceptance of the scholarship to hold their space in the program and courses. Upon completion of Summer Bridge, the campus fee may be reimbursed to students as a final portion of the scholarship.

Contact Us

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are communicating primarily via email at this time. If you would like to leave us a voicemail, please call 949-824-7649 and we will return your call.