Summer Bridge

Teaching and Learning Center San Marcos


Q. What is Summer Bridge?
A. The Summer Bridge Program is a three-week, non-credit program that prepares incoming, continuing and returning students for a comprehensive college experience that focuses on both academic and social success. Students receive an intensive ESL and/or Math review with potential to increase placement; gain study skills, time management and test taking strategies; learn how to navigate college services; and develop a peer support network.

Q. Is there a cost to the student to join the Summer Bridge Program?
A. There is no enrollment fee for this non-credit course. Students enrolled in the Summer Bridge program are required to pay the state-mandated student health fee by the end of the first week of the program.

Q. Can I participate in both the Math Jam and ESL Jam/Write-On (English)?
A. Yes, you may apply and participate in both the ESL/Write-On and Math JAM sessions. There is no need to apply separately. Select both sessions when completing your Summer Bridge application.

Q. I have taken ESL 55 (or ESL 101) and received a failing grade. Can I still apply to the ESL Jam?
A. No, students who have previously taken ESL 55 or 101 and received a failing grade in either course are not eligible to participate in the ESL Jam.

Q. Who is eligible to participate in the Math Jam?
A. Students who have submitted a Palomar Application, taken the assessment, and have placed into Math 15 through Math 135 are eligible to apply for the Math Jam.

Q. Who is eligible to participate in Write-On (English)?
A. Students who have submitted a Palomar Application, taken the assessment, and have placed into English 10 are eligible to apply for Write-On (English).

Q. How and when will I be notified if I am accepted?
A. Generally all applicants will be notified of their application status (acceptance, wait list or denial) no later than May 1.

Q. How are students selected to participate?
A. Applications are reviewed as they are received. Spaces are limited so we encourage students to apply early.

Q. Will I receive college credit for participating in Summer Bridge?
A. Summer Bridge is a non-credit program.

Q. I have vacation plans and will need to miss a few days of Summer Bridge. Do I need to attend the entire session?
A. Students must commit to the entire program session, be on time and attend daily. Students will be automatically dropped from the Summer Bridge program if they miss more than 2 class sessions – no exceptions.