Summer Bridge Program

The Vincennes University Summer Bridge Program is designed to provide incoming and freshman level students with a summer college orientation experience and the opportunity to get a head start on their academic goals. Additional faculty, staff, and tutors are hired especially for the Summer Bridge Program to assure that students experience a positive transition to college life.

2020 Summer Schedule

Sunday, July 5 - Welcome, Move in, Orientation, Advising

Monday, July 6 - Classes Begin

Friday, August 7- Classes End   

Monday, August 17- Fall 2020 classes begin  

What students will do:

  • Live in a residence hall
  • Enroll in between 6 and 9 credit hours and Summer Bridge (SBRG 185) non-credit course
  • Participate in orientation and advising
  • Engage in dedicated tutoring/study time
  • Engage in social and community service activities
  • Develop early social connections and friendships
  • Explore career options

What students will learn:

  • Where campus services and facilities are located
  • How to use the library, tutoring  and computer labs
  • Study skills, time and money management skills
  • What it is like to live independently in a college dormitory
  • Self-advocacy skills

How to Apply:

The number of students accepted into the Summer Bridge Program is limited to promote a quality program. In order to have your application approved and processed in a timely manner, it is important to apply early.


  • Complete application for admission to Vincennes University  
  • Submit an application for the Summer Bridge Program
  • Be interviewed by the Director of Summer Bridge for acceptance into the program. Once your application is received the Director will contact you to schedule a personal interview.
  • For financial aid, you will need to fill out the FAFSA. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) link is
  • Take the placement tests. For testing information, please visit the VU Assessment Center.

Applications should be mailed to: 

Penny AP Kirk

Summer Bridge Program
1002 North 1st Street
Vincennes, Indiana 47591
Fax:  812-888-5531