Summer Bridge Program

Summer Bridge is a comprehensive, four-week program that provides participants the opportunity to earn full admission to UMES through a program comprising of enhanced instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, critical thinking, and study skills.  Students will have experiential learning in areas of leadership training, career path development, and community engagement.  In addition, they will have activities to bond with their peers and the UMES community as a whole. There are only 150 seats available in the program. Dates for the 2024 Summer Bridge program are July 7th-August 2nd.

Summer Bridge will help you build a strong foundation by providing some of the tools, information, and skills that will carry you through your college life and beyond. You will also become a part of a learning community that will keep you connected to Summer Bridge through your first year at UMES. Participating in this program will provide you with the following benefits:

  • On-campus living in college residence halls and all meals in the university’s dining halls
  • Intensive course work in mathematics, English and writing
  • The support of well-trained academic advisors and current UMES students as tutors and mentors
  • Workshops on college academic success skills, such as time management, best approaches to studying and test taking strategies 
  • Workshops and personal coaching on topics such as stress management and healthy living, financial aid and career planning
  • Fun activities in the evenings and on the weekends
  • The chance to get to know other members of your UMES Class
Registration & Payment

Congratulations on your referral to the Summer Bridge Program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES)! Please complete the interest form below informing us of your intentions regarding participating in the program this summer July 7th – August 2nd on the UMES campus. In order to reserve your spot in the program you must complete the Interest Form and submit the program deposit of $150.00.

2024 Summer Bridge Interest Form

As a reminder, you were conditionally admitted to UMES with the prerequisite that you successfully complete the summer bridge program before being granted full admission to university for the fall semester 2024.

There will be a mandatory virtual information session, hosted by the UMES Center for Access and Academic Success, on March 20, 2024 at 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

Meeting Log-in Information

Zoom Video conference details/location:

Meeting ID: 260 909 8287

Passcode: 234117

This event will provide you with additional logistical information related to the bridge program, and your requirements in advance of your attendance this summer.


The non-refundable cost of the program this year will be: $150.00 Deposit + $1,290.00 Cost of attendance. To be paid in full by June 14, 2024.

Submission of your full payment in advance of the program is an indicator of your intent to enroll at UMES for the Fall 2024 semester pending completion of the program. The program cost is non-refundable

You may submit your payments anyway you choose, all at once or in increments that are comfortable for you, as long as full payment is received by June 14, 2024.

Suggested Payment Plan (if needed):  

Deposit: $150.00 Due by April 30, 2024

First Payment:                                  $430.00

Second Payment:                            $430.00

Third Payment:                                $430.00

Please submit your payment(s) to the Summer Bridge Program by credit card by calling UMES student accounts at 410-651-6092 or 410-651-6093, Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  To process your credit card payment, please provide the student’s name and indicate Summer Bridge Program when you speak to a representative via telephone.

You may also submit your payment via US mail by sending a check or money order (indicate in the memo section of the check or money order “Summer Bridge Payment”) before June 14, 2024 to:

UMES Office of the Comptroller
Student Development Center, Suite 1160
Princess Anne, Maryland 21853

Please do not send cash.

The methods of submission above are the only ways to submit your payments to the Summer Bridge Program.  

By federal law Financial Aid cannot be used to cover Summer Bridge fees. 

Disability Services

Students in need of accommodations or with disabilities are encouraged to disclose and forward all supporting documentation to the Office of Student Accessibility Services (formerly the Office of Student Disability Services): Email: Phone: (410) 651-7848

Important Dates
Important Summer Bridge Dates
Move-in, Parent Orientation, Meet & GreetJuly 7th
ALEK Math Placement AssessmentJuly 8th
First Day of CourseworkJuly 9th
Pass/Fail NotificationJuly 30th
Course Enroll/ ALEK PlacementAugust 1st
Closing Ceremony/ Move-outAugust 2nd
Return to Campus Move-In Fall 2024August 18th
New Hawk Week- FA 2024August 19th – August 23rd
First Day of Class FA 2024August 26th
Dates Subject to Change
Next Steps Before Arrival

Before you come to campus in July, you must

After you successfully complete Summer Bridge, we will help you with…

  • Registering for Fall 2024 courses
  • Signing up for on-campus residence and a meal plan for 2024-25
  • Finalizing your 2024-25 financial aid
What to Bring to Campus
Summer Bridge Virtual Information Sessions

Save the Date.  We have online information sessions for Summer Bridge students and families, including time to ask questions, and we strongly recommend that you participate in one of these sessions. 


March 20, 2024

April 3, 2024

April 17, 2024

May 1, 2024       

May 22, 2024

June 19, 2024 (Confirmation Call – Mandatory)

June 26, 2024 (Confirmation Call – Mandatory)

All sessions are 6:30 – 7:30 pm. EST

Log-in Information:

There will be a mandatory virtual information session, hosted by the UMES Center for Access and Academic Success, on March 20, 2024 at 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

Meeting Log-in Information

Zoom Video conference details/location:

Meeting ID: 260 909 8287

Passcode: 234117

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