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Summer Bridge to College Leadership Program

The Summer Bridge to College Leadership Program is a four-week, residential summer bridge program for first-generation or highly qualified incoming students who can benefit from an early introduction to the opportunities and rigors of higher education. Components of the Summer Bridge Program include mentoring, leadership development, individualized learning support, study skills workshops, career development, and social activities designed to support the transition to college and academic life at Pepperdine.

Additionally, scholars will take a general education course that enables them to experience the pace and rigor of a college class. Students will receive guidance on how to access and take advantage of all resources available to support them during their time at Pepperdine. By easing the transition to college life, the Bridge to College Leadership Program will supply students with the tools needed to thrive in college, developing them as leaders on campus and beyond.

Summer Program Dates

July 1, 2024 - July 26, 2024

Priority Application Deadline

June 5, 2024

Contact Us

Student Success Center

Invited participants will receive:

  • Scholarship for a general education course
  • Room and board
  • Books
  • Travel reimbursement (upon request)
  • Mentorship from a current Pepperdine student
  • Free activities and excursions

Explore the Program

  Peer Mentoring

Summer Bridge participants will be assigned to a peer mentor, with whom they will meet weekly. Peer mentors are fellow Pepperdine students from similar backgrounds who have successfully completed at least one year of school at Pepperdine and have been identified as leaders on campus. They will serve as partners for program participants on their academic journeys and join them on planned activities and excursions.

  Activities and Excursions

Students will participate in social activities and group excursions with their peer mentors and SSC program staff. Excursions may involve travel to a local amusement park or attraction, as well as hikes or guided tours to acquaint students with Malibu and the greater Los Angeles area. These activities will aid in developing relationships with fellow participants outside of the classroom, effectively creating friendships that will form the foundation of each student's future support network.

  Summer Bridge Workshops

Starting Strong: Study Strategies and Organization

Students will be set up for success with skills that keep them organized and prepared. Participants will learn to avoid procrastination, make the most of their time, and approach coursework strategically. From balancing busy schedules to studying effectively, this workshop will provide tips for college-level academic success.

Career 101: Career Exploration Resources + Building a Resume

Participants will explore career-planning resources offered through the Career Center and learn best practices for creating strong resumes. Students will learn how to navigate several career-planning tools (including Handshake, VMock, and CareerSpring) and plan the first steps of their career journeys, starting with a college-level resume.

Managing College Stress: A Mindful Approach

Mindfulness-based techniques to reduce anxiety and become more in tune with the body's stress response will be shared at this workshop. These strategies can help students complete work more efficiently and have a better sense of focus as they finish assignments and study for exams. Participants will find ways to relieve stress and be fully present as students.


The Summer Bridge to College Leadership program was made possible by a generous grant from the Fletcher Jones Foundation. For more information about the Summer Bridge to College Leadership program, please contact studentsuccesscenter@pepperdine.edu.