First-Generation Summer Bridge Program

Students enjoy studying outdoors on a summer day.

Welcoming new first-generation students to jump-start their academic careers.

Program Overview

This summer, UB will be hosting its Virtual First Generation Summer Bridge program, designed for students to gain a distinct advantage before the start of their first semester and throughout the first year. 

  • Five-week course (Pre-Calculus or Social Justice) (tuition and fees are waived!)
  • Assigned Peer Mentor for the summer, fall, and spring semesters of your first year
  • Weekly Success Course

Please note: Participation in this program is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Orientation at UB

New to UB helps prepare you for a successful start. Learn about the steps.

About UB's Summer Orientation

Participating in UB’s Summer Orientation is required for all students. Summer Bridge program students will participate in the July 6-7 on-campus Summer Orientation program, so that you can complete your orientation requirement before the start of the Summer Bridge program. (Please note that international students will complete an online orientation program.) Learn more about Summer Orientation.

Registering for the Program

Register for the Summer Bridge program on the Orientation Data Form. Review the orientation session options carefully, and choose the July 6-7 session that includes the Summer Bridge program. The Summer Bridge program runs July 10 through August 11. The program coordinator will contact you with next steps within a week of receiving your confirmation. During this conversation the coordinator will work with you to enroll you in your summer bridge experience course.

Program Components

Class Options Peer Mentoring Success Course

You'll have a chance to earn early academic credit during the summer bridge program.

Option 1: MTH 108LEC Algebra and Trigonometry (2 credit Hours)

For students with some previous Pre-Calculus or Calculus experience who score 70 or above on the Math Fundamentals section of the Math Readiness Assessment, but below 70 on the Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry and Geometry portions, and want to enter Calculus as soon as possible. This course covers inequalities and absolute values; coordinate geometry; second-degree equations; functions; radian and degree angles; trigonometric functions and identities; inverse trigonometric functions.

Dates: July 10- Aug. 11, 2023

Monday and Wednesday 9:00AM-11:00AM and Friday 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Monday and Wednesday 9:30AM-11:30AM and Friday 9:30AM - 10:30AM
Monday and Wednesday 10:00AM-12:00PM and Friday 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Monday and Wednesday 12:30PM-2:30PM and Friday 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Monday and Wednesday 2:00PM-4:00PM and Friday 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Monday and Wednesday 3:00PM-5:00PM and Friday 3:00PM - 4:00PM

Instruction Mode: Virtual (Zoom) – laptop/computer camera is required

Required Materials: WebAssign (approximately $82.00)

Option 2: Social Justice Course SOC 204 (3 credit hours)

This course introduces students to the many concepts of community organizations and how they are formed, structured, and managed. The course is conducted through lectures, readings, and writing assignments; community visits; and guest lectures. Analyzes community organizing as a profession practiced by various individuals and groups.

Dates: July 10- Aug. 11, 2023

Days: Monday and Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.  OR  3:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.


Days: Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  OR  2:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Instruction Mode: Virtual (Zoom) – laptop/computer camera is required

Required materials: TBA

To speak to someone about the First-Generation Summer Bridge Experience please contact Tyler Richards at or by phone at 716-645-4968.

This program is part of a campus initiative to support First Generation students in their personal and academic endeavors.

Proud to be First text logo, University at Buffalo.