Who should attend the Summer Bridge Program?
Marshall uses ACT/SAT scores to place students in math classes. To place in college-level math, students need a math subscore of 19 on the ACT (460 SAT).  Students who do not achieve that placement level are placed in prerequisite math and will need to complete at least three hours of coursework before gaining eligibility to enroll in degree-applicable math courses. The Summer Bridge Program will strengthen your skills and give you the opportunity to test into MTH 121 Concepts and Applications or MTH 127 College Algebra (Expanded) in the fall semester.

What are the benefits of attending the Summer Bridge program?
*Discover instructor expectations
*Explore campus before all the students return for the fall semester
*Make new friends
*Participate in small informal classes
*Individual tutors will be available after each session for additional assistance.

What is the time commitment?
The workshop runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily for a one-week session, July 20-24, 2015, OR July 27-31, 2015.  You will have one-hour lunch break and we will provide lunch in our Harless Dining Hall.

You can also expect homework assignments during the workshop. You should plan to attend all sessions–attendance is crucial to your success.

Is there something I can do to prepare for the workshop?
Yes. You should practice your skills before you arrive at the workshop. You will take a placement test on the last day of the workshop. There are several websites for math practice as well as sample questions that will be similar to the math placement exam. The math placement exam will include different types of questions including operations with integers and rational numbers, computations with integers and negative rationales, absolute values, ordering, algebraic expressions using evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials, evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, factoring, solution of equations, inequalities and word problems.

Check out these math practice websites:

COMPASS Practice Tests

Accuplacer Practice Tests

College Board Practice Tests


Purple Math

Khan Academy


Is there a cost to participate in the Bridge program?
No. All materials, lunch and parking are provided to participants.

Does participation in Summer Bridge guarantee that I will be able to enroll in MTH 121 or MTH 127?
No. At the conclusion of the workshop, you will take a placement exam. The score of that exam will determine if you can enroll in these degree-applicable math courses.

Will I receive credit for these sessions?
No. You will not receive college credit for the Summer Bridge sessions; however, at the end of the session, you will have the opportunity to test into higher level courses, potentially saving you one or two semesters of developmental work.

What if I just had a bad day when I took the ACT or SAT?
University College offers math placement exams by appointment throughout the summer. You can take the math placement exam up to two times, once per month. There is a $10 fee for taking the placement exam. Call University College at 304-696-3169 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Placement exam fees will be waived during the Summer Bridge Program.

If you have questions that are not answered here, you may email uc@marshall.edu with the subject Summer Bridge.

Once I register to attend what happens next?

You will receive a confirmation by email within 24 hours if you register Monday – Friday.

You will receive a confirmation packet by mail approximately one week before the start of the first session. The packet will include additional details about where to report on the first day, materials to bring with you, and housing (if you indicated that housing was needed).  If you have questions before then, please visit the Summer Bridge Website at www.marshall.edu/bridge or call University College at (304) 696-3169.

If I am staying in the dorms what should I pack?

Click here for a listing of what to pack and what to leave at home.

If I am staying in the dorms during Summer Bridge can I use the Rec Center?

Yes. You can use the Campus Recreation Center during your stay at no costOn your first visit, you will need to fill out some paperwork, so please remember to take your identification with you.