Wildcat Immersion Program (Summer Bridge):
The Wildcat Immersion Program (W.I.P.) formally Summer Bridge, is a living-learning community designed to provide assistance to entering freshman. The program works collaboratively with campus partners to engage students in an ongoing transition process from high school to college. The transitional process focuses on academics, social network, and personal development to create a foundation for persistence towards a timely graduation. Only 250 students are selected to participate in the immersion program. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis until the program is full.
Once admitted to the Wildcat Immersion Program, students begin their freshman year within a residential, six-week summer program that is designed to assist them in transitioning from high school to college and to help them build a strong academic foundation. Depending on the courses that are structured for the program, students can earn up to seven college credits at a significantly reduced cost.
The intense six-week summer program helps students transition from high school to college, while building a strong academic foundation.
- Get a head start on your education at reduce rate of $2,137.00
- Develop relationships with faculty and staff
- Acclimate to college and the campus before fall crowds arrive
- Join an exciting freshman learning community while living on campus with your peers
- Develop academic strategies for handling the demands of college life
Wildcat Immersion Program participants must:
- Apply and be accepted to Bethune-Cookman University;
- Send a final high school transcript or an official letter (on school’s letterhead) confirming completion of high school requirements;
- Complete the Financial Aid applications: you are required to complete two different financial aid applications. 2016‐2017 FAFSA for Summer 2017 & 2017-2018 FAFSA for Fall semester 2017. To be linked directly to the FAFSA website click here. Please make sure that both applications are complete before June 2nd. The B-CU federal school code is 001467; and
- Submit a $300 non-refundable enrollment commitment fee.
- Wildcat Immersion Program students are required to pay the non-refundable enrollment commitment fee (it is stated in your admissions letter). This fee will cover the Summer 2017 Immersion Program and the Fall 2017 semester. You are not required to pay a second fee if you enroll in Fall 2017. If you have paid the enrollment commitment fee before completing the Wildcat Immersion Program registration form, there is no need to pay this fee again.
- For methods of payment click here.
Complete your application now, and if you are selected as a 2017 Wildcat Immersion Program participant you will receive significant cost reductions and enrollment incentives. Apply now
Important Dates to Remember:
- Announcement of Summer 2017 W.I.P. Cohort: Friday, June 14th
- Orientation Day: Saturday, June 24th
- Move-in: Saturday, June 24th
- First Day of Classes: Monday, June 26th
- No Classes: Tuesday, July 4th
- Classes Resume: Wednesday, July 5th
- Last Day of Class: Thursday, August 3rd
- Check-out: Friday, August 4th
Who should attend the BP?
- Any first-time freshman who has been conditionally admitted;
- Any student who needs to take pre-college level classes; or
- Any first-time freshmen who may benefit from smaller class sizes and additional tutoring services.
What if I was told I am required to attend, but there are no more spaces or I missed the deadline?
Contact Admissions immediately to be added to our waitlist for Summer or Fall. Yes, there will be another opportunity for a small group to join our Fall Bridge cohort. This is a full-time program that combines a traditional 16-week course schedule with two accelerated eight-week sessions (to make up remedial needs). The Fall Bridge cohort is intensive and requires a significant time commitment. The program will include seminars and events with faculty, staff, and peer leaders at B-CU, mandatory study tables and tutoring, and the opportunity to meet other incoming B-CU students with similar academic interests.
There are no discounts for this program. Students will be required to pay full tuition and fees, and other costs such as textbooks, room, board, etc.
What if I am a first-time freshman, but I do not need any remedial courses?
Great News! We have a summer incentive for you as well. You can apply through the BP to take advantage of the summer school opportunity to advance your academic studies at B-CU. Students in this learning community will learn the essentials of college transition, how to navigate the campus and its resources, while earning seven (7) transferable college credits. Remember spaces are limited, and admission decisions will be finalized on Friday, June 3rd. You can complete the Bridge application to begin the process or contact the Bridge Office at 386-481-2370 for more information.
How much does it cost to participate in BP?
The 250 Bridge participants would only be required to pay $2,075.00* (part of which may be funded through financial aid) + an NON-REFUNDABLE enrollment commitment fee of $300
To begin the financial aid application process click here.
*Tuition for seven credits, fees, room, and board for 2016 Summer totals $4,742 (only BP participants pay the discounted rate of $2,075). Rates and discounts provided are only valid for Summer 2016 Bridge participants.
What is included in the cost?
Bridge Program costs include:
- New student orientation which will begin on June 26th
- Seven (7) credit hours (of which four (4) are transferrable);
- Textbooks/Online Software (one-time $250 value);
- On-Campus Housing for five weeks;
- 19 meals per week;
- Early Registration for Fall classes;
- Field Trips and Co-Curricular Activities
How do I apply for Financial Aid?
- To begin the application process for federal financial aid, please click here
Additional video instruction can also be found by clicking here
Reminder: both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 FAFSA applications are required.
Your 2015-16 FAFSA, needed for the program, must be received with all supporting documents and fully processed by the Financial Aid office no later than June 3, 2016 to receive financial aid for the Bridge Program.
When is the deadline to apply for the program?
Due to the high demand for the Bridge Program, applicants must submit all required documents and complete all required steps by the stated deadlines.
- Deadline for submission of ALL BP documentation is MAY 23, 2016. Log onto the Wildcat Web to submit your forms electronically. See instructions below.
- All financial obligations to the University related to the Bridge Program must be fulfilled no later than June 13, 2016.
How do I log into the Wildcat Web?
1. Enter this address in your browser https://wildcat.cookman.edu/ics/ or Click Here
2. There you will enter your B-CU ID# along with the password. Once in, click on the Admissions tab, where options are available to make payments, check financial aid status and check admissions status. Your user ID is your B-CU ID provided in your acceptance letter.
What courses will I be taking during the Summer?
- All students will be enrolled in three courses for a total of seven credit hours. Two college level courses will be transferable toward the academic core and one will be a remedial course.
- Students must pass ALL courses with a "C" or better.
- BP staff will enroll students in their Summer courses based on GPA, SAT/ACT Scores, and AP/Dual Enrollment credit.
How long will I be in class each day?
Classes will be held from approximately 9 a.m. until 5:35 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Can I go home on the weekends during the summer?
Because this is a very intensive program and your Fall admission is contingent upon you doing well academically, you will be required to remain on campus, with the exception of the July 4th holiday.
Overnight visitors are not allowed during the summer session, and BP participants are required to stay in their own residence hall each night during the week and weekends.
Do we get an Independence Day break?
Yes. Bridge Program students will not have class on Monday, July 4th. This is the only time that students may leave during the summer session. Students must be back by the start of classes on July 5th.
What do we do when we're not in class?
You will be involved in programs such as team building, socials, community service, and educational programs. Certain extra-curricular events and tutoring sessions are a mandatory part of the BP experience.
Is it mandatory to purchase a meal plan?
Yes, the program is a complete package. You will need it for lunch breaks between classes. Meals will only be provided during the 5-week program. Any meals beyond those days will be the responsibility of the student.
Is it mandatory to live on campus?
Yes, the program is a living-learning community, and all students are required to live on campus during the summer (including those within a 50-mile radius).