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Summer Program Helps Prepare Incoming Students for College

Each summer UT welcomes several groups of incoming students to campus from under-represented groups to participate in programs such as the Intercollegiate Summer Bridge Program (ISB) and the UT Lead Summer Institute (UTLSI).

The university hosts students for a 3-5 week residential experience to make sure they are college ready at the beginning of the fall semester. Participants receive academic training, attend professional development workshops, attend engaging workshops and networking opportunities, and even enroll in summer courses.

Since its inception, UTLSI has graduated more than 10 cohorts through their program under the guidance of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Student Success Center. Participants come for UT’s designated “Promise Schools” or are first generation students.

The Intercollegiate Summer Bridge Program was started in 2014 as a joint effort between the College of Arts and Sciences, Herbert College of Agriculture, and the Tickle College of Engineering.  It is a three week transitional program for incoming underrepresented students interested in STEM fields. This year, 41 students participated in ISB. Students stayed on campus in Fred Brown Residence Hall, took a chemistry and math seminar, engaged in academic workshops to learn more about STEM majors, and participated in STEM site visits.