Empowering Students to Thrive

Ohio Wesleyan University's Summer Bridge Program (SBP) is a three-week, credit-bearing residential experience program designed to equip students with the skills to thrive at OWU. Students will participate in a classroom experience designed to strengthen their quantitative, qualitative, and critical thinking skills, while gaining key insights and resources across the university. The program is open to all incoming first-year students with a focus on first-generation students, low-income students, students of color, and/or LGBTQIA students.

The 2020 program will run Sunday-Wednesday, July 26 - August 19, 2020.

SBP is Completely Free!

Housing, meals, and social activities are completely covered by the Division of Student Success & Engagement. Students and families are only expected to pay for personal items and transportation to campus.

Important Dates

  • Sunday, July 26, 2020 - SBP Move-in Date
  • Monday, July 27, 2020 - First Day of SBP 2020
  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - SBP Program Concludes
  • Thursday, August 20, 2020  - Move-In for all First-Year Students
  • Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - First Day of Classes

Be a Mentor!

We are now accepting applications for the Mentor 2020 position. Visit the Mentor page for more information!

Housing & Meals

Students will live together in one of OWU's unique small housing units and experience OWU life under the mentorship of five upperclass peer mentors. As a participant, you will also have the opportunity to move into your permanent residence hall earlier than the regular move-in date for first-year students. All meals are provided during the program.

Apply to Participate in SBP

Applications for Summer Bridge 2020 will open in April 2020. Please contact us with any questions.


If you have any questions about SBP, please contact Charles Kellom, Assistant Dean for OMSA, at ckellom@owu.edu.

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