This program is designed for incoming students who have expressed interest in STEM programs reliant on quantitative reasoning skills and who desire to grow those skills before beginning coursework in the fall.

Through a two-week session before New Student Orientation and weekly support discussions early in the fall semester, students develop a network of peers and a foundation for success in first-year quantitative STEM courses.


Important Dates
  • Summer Bridge Math:  August 8-19, 2021
  • New Student Orientation:  August 20-24, 2021
  • Bridge Math Recitations:  August 26 – early October, 2021

Think Like a Scientist

By participating in Bridge Math, you will learn strategies for success from Trinity faculty, students, and support staff, as well as:

  • develop comfort with computation,
  • review the math skills that are used most often in STEM and other quantitative reasoning classes and that will serve as the foundation for an introduction to calculus,
  • learn to approach problems in a rigorous and analytical manner, and
  • begin to make connections with faculty, staff, and peers to support you during your first semesters at Trinity.


About the Program

During Summer Bridge Math 

Once on campus, you will have Bridge Math class and workshops during the day, as well as homework and opportunities for socializing during the evenings. Though the program is rigorous, you will have resources and support for success, including time with faculty and access to peer coaches.

What Will I Learn?

Topics covered will include essential quantitative reasoning skills for first-year STEM coursework, such as:

  • core skills in algebra and trigonometry,
  • dimensional analysis,
  • proportional reasoning, and
  • vectors.
Example Daily Schedule

(subject to vary each day)

  • Summer Bridge Workshops: 9 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Math Class: 10:45 a.m. - noon
  • Lunch: noon - 1 p.m.
  • Math Class: 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Dinner and evening study: 5 p.m. - after
After Summer Bridge Math: Weekly Meetings and Access to Mentors

From the beginning of the fall semester until late October, you will have a total of six weekly recitation sessions with your fellow peers, your Math Bridge instructors, and Academic Support staff. These meetings will address in-semester academic success strategies as well as provide just-in-time support for your quantitatively-demanding classes. Beyond these meetings, you will have access to a former Bridge Math student as a peer mentor for the entire academic year, as well as receive invitations to special events during the fall and spring semesters.

Completing the Summer Bridge Math sessions plus the fall weekly recitation sessions will count as one credit hour towards your degree at Trinity.

For more information about Summer Bridge Math, contact Dr. Luke Tunstall, Director of the Quantitative Reasoning and Skills (QRS) Center at