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Welcome to the Summer Success Program Website

(formerly Summer Bridge Program)

The Summer Success Program is an on-campus experience that allows freshmen students to experience the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville environment prior to the fall term. Through structured and integrated activities, students will be prepared to meet the demands of college and bridge the gap between high school and college.

In addition to review sessions in reading, writing, and math, students will participate in other activities designed to build academic skills and lead to a sense of community.

Statistics have consistently shown that students who attend summer enrichment programs complete more units, achieve higher grade point averages, have lower drop-out rates, and higher graduation rates than similar students who do not attend such programs. After completing these programs, students are more confident and self-assured.

Program Highlights

- Intensive review in math, reading and writing
- Orientation to the University, study strategies, and student leadership development
- One-on-one instruction and tutoring
- Mentoring by an academic adviser
- Interactive sessions with faculty


Entering freshmen who have been admitted to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a minimum 17 ACT score are encouraged to apply. Placement testing in all three subject areas is mandatory. Attendance at the June 17-18 Springboard to Success session is also required.

Time Frame

SIUE's Summer Success is an intensive program from June 19 through August 1. Sessions will meet Monday - Friday and will require assignments to be completed outside of class. This scheduling demands that participants be highly committed students.


The 2014 Summer Success Program cost will be $1250.  This includes tuition and fees, housing and meals.


The Summer Success Program will give students a head start in making the social and academic transition to college. Successful students will complete courses in English 100 and Study Skills AD 115. In addition successful students will place in higher level reading, writing, and/or math courses for fall. Students will earn 3 hours of graduation credit and save on tuition and fees. 

Participant Selection

Apply for Summer Success by completing and returning the application by May 15, 2014. Space is limited, so applicants are encouraged to respond immediately.

For additional information:

Instructional Services
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Box 1630
Edwardsville, IL 62026
(618) 650-2055 or
(618) 650-2040

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