DOI: 10.24926/jcotr.v28i1.3540">

Beyond the bridge: Exploring the experiences of a summer bridge program through student voices

Document Type


Publication Date



Leadership and Counseling

Publication Title

Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention


This qualitative study examines the experiences of seven students who were selected to attend a summer bridge program (SBP) located in the U.S. Midwest. Utilizing semi-structured interviews and organizational socialization theory, the study illuminates students’ preconceived notions about what it means to be in an SBP, experiences while in the program, and how those experiences help facilitate a successful transition into the first year of college and beyond. Findings revealed that participating in the SBP positively influenced students’ college experiences and ultimately their persistence to graduation. Recommendations drawn from the study are offered to higher education staff and administrators interested in starting or improving summer bridge or similar programs.

Link to Published Version

DOI: 10.24926/jcotr.v28i1.3540