Who should attend the Summer Bridge Program?
Marshall uses ACT/SAT scores to place students in math and English classes as incoming freshmen. In order to be placed in ENG 101, you need a verbal subscore of 18 on the ACT or (450 SAT). To place in 100-level math, you need a math subscore of 19 on the ACT (460 SAT). Students who are placed in ENG 099, MTH 099, or MTH 098, will have to complete at least three hours of coursework that will not count toward graduation before you can register in credit-earning courses. The Summer Bridge Program will strengthen your math/English skills, and give you the opportunity to test into ENG 101, MTH 121 or MTH 127 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 1:30 p.m., for eight days in a two-week session and you can 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. For English, students should practice with timed essay writing before taking the English placement test. Timed writing tips often include strategically reading the prompt, making an outline beforehand, learning how to focus on central ideas, and developing ideas as thoroughly as possible within the allotted time. There are many useful web sites for tips on timed writing. Here is one that is particularly helpful: http://twp.duke.edu/uploads/media_items/timed-essay.original.pdf
For the math workshop, you should practice your skills before you arrive at the workshop. You will take a placement test on the first and 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, computation 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.
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Is there a cost to participate in the Bridge program?
No. All materials, lunch and parking are provided to participants.
What if I need both the math and English workshops?
You can only take one workshop at a time; however, you can enroll in both sessions.
Does participation in Summer Bridge guarantee that I will be able to take ENG 101 or MTH 121?
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 credit-earning 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 two week session you will have the opportunity to test into 100-level credit courses, potentially saving you one or two semesters of developmental work that doesn’t count toward graduation.
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 three times, once per month. There is a $10 fee for taking the placement exam. Call University College at 304-696-3169 for more information.
English placement exams are offered through the Department of English on designated dates during the summer. There is a $10 fee. For testing dates, you may contact 304-696-6600.
Placement exam fees will be waived during the Summer Bridge Program.
If you have questions that are not answered here, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Summer Bridge.
Once I register to attend what happens next?
You will receive a confirmation 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?
If I am staying in the dorms during Summer Bridge can I use the Rec Center?
Yes, for $6 per visit you can use The Rec during your stay.