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Summer Bridge in English


David NickellWelcome to the homepage for the Summer Bridge in English Program at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith! Chances are you have been referred to our website and/or received an invitation to join the Summer Bridge Program, so thank you for visiting. As the director of this unique and exciting program, I am confident that through the rigorous instruction and thoughtful academic support that this program affords, you can thrive at UAFS. After reading through the information provided here, I hope you will consider applying. Please feel free to explore the page and contact me if you have any questions!

David Nickell, Program Director


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Summer Bridge is a FREE comprehensive, five-week summer transition program designed to assist qualifying first year students in their transition from high school to the university setting by offering an accelerated pathway to college readiness in academic literacy and writing. Students who participate in the Summer Bridge Program complete their first Composition class, ENGL 1203 (with a co-requisite 0201 course), before they begin their inaugural fall semester. 

By participating in Summer Bridge, students will get a head start in their college journey, build support systems with faculty, staff and peers, and gain essential skills that will facilitate their transition and success at UAFS. Bridge students will be provided a Peer Mentor for the first full academic year (Fall and Spring semesters). The mentor will provide academic support and encouragement and will introduce SBP mentees to a wide range of resources and support services provided by UAFS.

"I appreciate the effort Mr. Nickell and the peer mentors put into helping each student improve and they made me excited to take my next English course!" – Shawnee, Summer Bridge 2021

"This course was a great learning experience for me. I learned how to improve my writing skills and how to do really well in class. I would recommend this summer course to everyone because it was really helpful even at a fast pace." – Matthew, Summer Bridge 2021

“I learned that I am smart enough to go to college, and I also learned how to be more independent.” – Moises, Summer Bridge 2022

“I feel I learned that I must push myself harder if I want something as bad as I want to succeed.” – Jenna, Summer Bridge 2022

“I learned to feel more confident in my writing.” – Stephanie, Summer Bridge 2022

“I felt challenged with the workload in such a short time, but now I feel more prepared for longer courses.” – Jade, Summer Bridge 2022

The Summer Bridge program is open to first-time students who meet certain criteria. Applicants must be referred either by the UAFS Admissions Office, the R.O.A.R. First-Year Advising Center or their high school counselor.

Once a student has been referred to the SBP by the UAFS admissions office or a high school counselor, here are the next steps:

  1. Click on the dark blue button above to fill out the brief application.
  2. Wait for a confirmation e-mail from the Bridge Director with additional information. 
  3. Once you have been accepted to the program, you must schedule and attend your R.O.A.R. Registration appointment and a Summer Bridge Program Orientation prior to the first day of the Summer session (see below). Both orientations will occur during the spring or early summer (dates and times TBD). 

Summer Bridge 2023 will be Monday, July 10, through – Wednesday, Aug. 9.

Classes will meet daily (Monday through Thursday) from 10:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For ​questions or more information on Summer Bridge, contact the Summer Bridge Director at