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See complete details of the 5-week, 8-unit OASIS Summer Bridge Program.

OASIS Summer Bridge is a year-long transition program that begins with a 5-week residential component (August through September), and continues throughout the academic year, ending in June of the following year.

During the 5-week program, you will live on campus, earn 8 units of college credit, and develop a higher level of academic skills and abilities, all at no monetary cost to you.

All students will be enrolled in a Contemporary Issues 1 and will then have the option to enroll in one of our other 6 courses offered. The courses offered are Education Studies 20 (EDS 20), an intro to college math course (Math 2), a precalculus course (Math 3C or Math 4C), or an entry level calculus course (Math 10A or Math 20A).  

Regardless of which courses you choose from, the program will challenge you, and attending will give you more confidence, provide you with knowledge about the campus, and help you feel at home at UC San Diego.

When applying to the Summer Bridge Program, all students, whether interested in a math course or not, must take the Math Placement Exam (MPE) by June 17, 2017. Be sure to register to take the MPE in advance (see the FAQ page for more info).

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Summer Bridge: Academic Courses

All Summer Bridge students enroll in two credit-bearing courses. 

  • Contemporary Issues I: The University in Society (4 units): Addresses a number of important social issues, such as diversity, institutional racism, multiculturalism, affirmative action, and immigration that represent challenges to higher education in California. In addition to lectures, you will meet with a facilitator in small sections. These sections are designed to increase your understanding of the Contemporary Issues course material, develop your writing, communication, and critical thinking skills, and enable you to build social relationships with other students as you master new material together.
  • Education Studies 20: Introduction to Principles of Learning (4 units): A survey course with topics of study from Math, Science, and Engineering that are available to you at the University. In addition to lectures, you will meet in small sections. These sections are designed to strengthen your problem solving skills, which are necessary to excel at UC San Diego, and master techniques of working collaboratively with others, a strategy that is extremely valuable at UC San Diego.
  • Math 2: Introduction to College Mathematics (4 units): A highly adaptive course designed to build on students' strengths while increasing overall mathematical understanding and skill. This multi-modality course will focus on several topics of study designed to develop conceptual understanding and mathematical relevance: linear relationships; exponents and equations; models of quadratic and polynomial functions and radical equations; exponential and logarithmic functions; and geometry and trigonometry. Placement determined by Math Placement Exam. 
  • Math 3C: Precalculus (4 units): Functions and their graphs. Linear and polynomials functions, zeroes, inverse functions, exponential and logarithmic, trigonmetric functions and their incerses. Emphasis on understanding algebraic, numerical and graphical approcahes making use of graphing calculators. (No credit given if taken after Math 4C, 1A/10A, or 2A/20A.) Three or more years of high school mathematics or equivalent recommended. Prerequisites: Math Placement Exam qualifying score. 
  • Math 4C: Precalculus for Science and Engineering (4 units): Review of polynomials. Graphing functions and relations: graphing rational functions, effects of linear changes of coordinates. Circular functions and right triangle trigonometry. Reinforcement of function concept: exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Vectors. Conic sections. Polar coordinates. Three lectures, one recitation. (No credit given if taken after Math 1A/10A or 2A/20A. Two units of credit given if taken after Math 3C.) Prerequisites: Math Placement Exam qualifying score, or SAT II Math Level 2 score of 600 or higher, or Math 3C with a grade of C– or better.
  • Math 10A: Calculus I (4 units): Differential calculus of functions of functions of one variable, with applications. Functions, graphs, continuity, limits, derivatives, tangent lines, optimization problems. (No credit given if taken after or concurrent with Math 20A.) Prerequisites: Math Placement Exam qualifying score, or AP Calculus AB score of 2, or SAT II Math Level 2 score of 600 or higher, or Math 3C, or Math 4C.
  • Math 20A: Calculus for Science and Engineering (4 units): Foundations of differential and integral calculus of one variable. Functions, graphs, continuity, limits, derivative, tangent line. Applications with algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Introduction to the integral. (Two credits given if taken after Math 1A/10A and no credit given if taken after Math 1B/10B or Math 1C/10C. Formerly numbered Math 2A.) Prerequisites: Math Placement Exam qualifying score, or AP Calculus AB score of 2 or 3 (or equivalent AB sub score on BC exam), or SAT II Math 2C score of 650 or higher, or Math 4C with a grade of C- or better, or Math 10A with a grade of C- or better. 

Campus Resources

During Summer Bridge, you will meet UC San Diego staff who will help you become more familiar with and utilize important campus resources, such as:

  • Residential Life, Student Affairs, Academic Advising at all six colleges
  • Financial Aid
  • Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention Resource Center/CARE
  • Cross Cultural Center
  • Women's Center
  • LGBT Resource Center
  • Student Health Services
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Student Legal Services
  • Undocumented Student Services
  • A variety of student clubs and organizations

The academic transition counselors and tutors you work with during Summer Bridge will also be a great source of information and support throughout your college career.

If you are a student with a disability who may need accommodations to participate in our programs, you are encouraged to contact the Office for Students with Disabilities directly at 858.534.4382.  Additional information may be found at http://disabilities.ucsd.edu/about/index.html.

Residential Life

All Summer Bridge students, including those who will be commuters in the fall, will live together in the residence hall all 5 weeks of Summer Bridge. This provides more opportunity to make new friends and study effectively.

Although you may visit home occasionally during the program, you must spend each night on campus. Throughout the program, you will enjoy a beach trip, a dance, cultural programs, and many other opportunities for recreation. In addition, you will have time to just relax and enjoy the campus with your new friends.


There is no monetary cost to you for your housing, fees, or meals. This is a value of over $3,000 per student. However, we do expect your full participation in all aspects of the Summer Bridge Program.

Note: Students must provide their own health insurance. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more details.

Program Benefits and Responsibilities

Summer Bridge is a pre-college program that will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of strong peer networks as well as the support of professional staff and faculty. The program will also mentally prepare you for the transition you will face as you make your way from high school to college.

Although Summer Bridge will provide you with many benefits, it is also designed to be challenging and rigorous. Therefore we expect a high level of engagement, responsibility, and attention given to any academic and residential program offered at a top-ranking institution such as UC San Diego.

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