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Pitt bridges the gap between high school and college


Last updated 5/25/2015 at 6:57pm

The June 1 registration deadline for The Bridge College Prep and Leadership Academy is approaching quickly.

This summer program welcomes rising high school juniors and seniors to the University of Pittsburgh on Sunday, July 12 through Friday, July 17 to gain a competitive edge in preparing for their futures.

The Bridge program is specifically designed to give students the tools they need to navigate the college application process while experiencing what it is like to live on a college campus. By staying on Pitt’s campus for a week, participants have the opportunity to immerse themselves in learning about the transition to college and how to stand out when applying.

By the end of their stay during last year’s program, it was clear that students felt more comfortable about the prospect of college and that they had a competitive advantage by attending.

Anthony Roderick, a rising junior from New York, reflected on his positive experience, saying, “attending the Bridge program really motivated me and provided guidance. I learned a lot about myself and enjoyed meeting people from all over the country. The program gave me the perfect jump-start to the college application/admissions process.”

In order to prepare for the college application process, The Bridge offers students the opportunity to sharpen their standardized test-taking skills by participating in a mock SAT/ACT practice exam administered by Kaplan. Students will then receive an analysis of their test outcomes to highlight areas of strengths and areas that need improvement.

Participants will also write personal essay statements, a key component to the college application process, and participate in mock interviews, which was one of the most popular sessions of last year.

In addition to college admission prep, students will develop their leadership skills through workshops that are similar to the leadership program Emerging Leaders, which is offered to college students through the University of Pittsburgh’s Division of Student Affairs. Workshops will focus on developing skills such as creative problem solving, goal-setting, conflict management, building self-awareness, and much more.

Along with college prep and leadership development, students will participate in team building exercises, field games, and social events to form bonds with other participants. By offering this array of activities, The Bridge program promotes students’ overall mental, emotional, and physical wellness.

Kenyon Bonner, interim vice provost and dean of students at the University of Pittsburgh, says, “Our aim at Student Affairs is to give students the best collegiate experience in the world. Through this program, we are able to extend this opportunity to high school students as well.”

Registration is open through June 1 and is available at


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