About the Program

FYE provides an early introduction to the available resources to help with the transition to Trinity, both academically and socially. 

Eligibility: The Summer Bridge FYE is designed specifically to welcome first-generation students and/or students from underrepresented populations and facilitate their transition to Trinity, both academically and socially.

When: Begins two weeks before New Student Orientation (NSO) and is completed before Thanksgiving, giving students an early start in their studies and a reduced load as they finish their other classes after Thanksgiving.

Cost: FREE  (includes room and board)

What to Expect

More than 100 first-year students will be here to participate in several different programs during Summer Bridge.


Summer Bridge FYE move-in day will be Sunday, August 8, 2021. Details about the schedule will be provided to participants in early-summer.

Information about your room assignment will be sent to you by Residence Life. You will move into the room that will be your permanent space for the academic year so you need to bring all of your personal belongings.  University regulations related to campus living which will be presented to students at a Residence Life session on the day you move in. 


Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided every day during Bridge. 

About the Course

On the second day of Summer Bridge, you will begin your FYE class. All first year students at Trinity take First-Year Experience (FYE), a six-credit interdisciplinary course that serves as an introduction to colle­ge level reading, writing, and critical thinking. The topic of the Summer Bridge FYE is “A Successful Life.” Everyone sets out to succeed, but pinpointing what “success” means can be tricky business. In this course, you will:

  • question how we can measure deep, long-term success
  • examine the surprising ways important figures have sought to define success
  • study contemporary examples of struggles to achieve artistic and scientific success

The semester will culminate in your individual creative exploration of how you might finish your first year at Trinity with success, how you might extend that success along the road to graduation, and, most importantly, how you can forge the path to an ultimately successful life.

This is a great opportunity to take advantage of. You finish early and get introduced to campus early, which is a great advantage. You also have many resources: TLC staff, your professors, advisors that will all help you succeed.

Topics explored in Summer Bridge workshops:
  • Study strategies
  • Transition to college
  • Tech @ Trinity
  • Time and task management 
  • Library resources
  • Pathways curriculum
  • Diversity, inclusion, and community
  • Campus resources scavenger hunt
  • Volunteering in the community
  • Getting Tiger Card student IDs
  • Mindfulness

    Meet the Faculty

    Betty Curry 
    Director for Academic Support
    Summer Bridge Sessions

    Jennifer Bartlett
    FYE Professor, English Faculty

    Jennifer Rowe
    FYE Professor; Director, Tutoring Programs

    Niescja Turner 
    FYE Professor, Physics and Astronomy Faculty 

    Becca Burt
    Academic Coach
    Summer Bridge Sessions

    Greg Hazleton
    FYE Professor, English Faculty

    Ronni Sadovsky
    FYE Professor, Philosophy Faculty

    Sheryl Tynes
    FYE Professor, Vice President for Student Life


    If you have questions or would like additional information about the Summer Bridge FYE, please contact Betty Curry at bcurry@trinity.edu.