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For more than 30 years, the Office of Precollegiate Student Services at UMSL has served the St. Louis area, offering free, year-round college preparation services to high school and middle school students and their parents.

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The number of high school students under-prepared for transition into college continues to rise. That's where our award-winning UMSL Bridge Program comes in. If you are in grades 9 through 12, the Bridge Program can provide you with a broad range of high-quality and stimulating educational experiences that will contribute to your successful transition to college.The Bridge Program is designed to:

  • Encourage students to complete high school and pursue post-secondary attainment;
  • Prepare and motivate students to seek careers in math, science, engineering and technological fields;
  • Support mathematics and science instruction in participating schools;
  • Promote the development of strong academic, personal, interpersonal and professional skills.

Explore our Bridge Programs

Learn more about our precollegiate programs, including program requirements and how to apply.

Bridge Program Summer Academy

Our Summer Academy is held from mid-June to mid-July for students in grades 6 through 10 and offers academic enrichment courses in mathematics, science, written and oral communication, career research, personal and professional development and activities that support college planning.

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Cigna Saturday Academy

Our Saturday Academy is held the first two Saturdays of each month from October through March and is for students in grades 9 through 12. Students are immersed in academic skills workshops in math, science and writing, as well as activities designed to enhance their ability to perform well on college entrance exams.

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Bridge Program After School Clubs

Our After School Clubs meet from September to May in selected schools in the area to engage students in inquiry and discovery in the fields of math and science. Students meet weekly to conduct research, participate in math and science competitions and become active high school students on the UMSL campus.

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Bridge Program Parent Academy

Held on the first Saturday of each month from October through March, the Parent Academy exposes parents to essential and effective workshops to promote the success of their college bound student. Collectively, parents and students are involved in a variety of speaker seminars that offer additional expertise and useful resources.

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Additional Bridge Program Opportunities

The UMSL Office of Precollegiate Student Services also offers college preparation workshops, personal and professional development seminars, networking and mentoring, volunteer opportunities, and counseling services. For more information, please contact us at precollegiate@umsl.edu or call our office at 314-516-5196.


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