Summer Bridge Program

Summer Bridge

Summer Bridge

This free, for-credit summer session is designed to give highly motivated students a solid foundation for their college experience.

SSS Summer Bridge is a four to five-week program that begins during the last week of July and offers a mix of academic and social activities. Students earn a course credit that counts toward your graduation requirements, develop relationships with faculty and staff, experience life on campus, and make life-long friends.
2021 SSS Students


Orientation to the St. Olaf experience

St. Olaf College challenges students to excel in the liberal arts, examine faith and values, and explore meaningful vocation in an inclusive, globally engaged community nourished by Lutheran tradition.

Science course for credit

Earn a credit while fulfilling the science course with lab component of the general education requirement.

Writing Workshop

Prepare yourself for college-level writing.

Supplemental Instruction (STudy SKills)

Learn important study skills to succeed in college while studying and reviewing the Biology course material.


Learn about the opportunities available to you on campus.


The program employs current upper-class St. Olaf students as group mentors and biology teaching assistants. The staff participate in the program and live with you in the Residence Hall to provide guidance and help in your transition to college life.

Academic Advising

You will be assigned to one of the full-time professional staff to serve as your academic advisor. They will work with you from the start of the summer program until graduation to help you make the most of your college life. They will work with you to choose classes and a major(s), look for internship and scholarship opportunities, apply for graduate school, complete your FAFSA, and pretty much anything else that helps you succeed in college.



  • Comedy Sportz (Minneapolis)
  • Camping/Canoeing
  • Cultural Play (Minneapolis/St. Paul area)
  • Movies
  • Bowling
  • Team Building Camp
  • Mall of America
  • Swimming
  • End of the Summer Banquet

All activity costs are paid by the program


Students admitted into the Summer Bridge program will receive an information packet from SSS the middle of May. Listed below are forms that will be included in this packet. These forms will need to be filled out and returned to SSS prior to the start of the Summer Bridge Program. *Links for these forms will be posted early May.