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Northeastern is offering a Summer Bridge Program for its first-year incoming freshmen who are admitted for Fall 2017!

The Summer Transition Program (STP), established in 1989, is a six-week program designed to enhance students’ math, reading comprehension, and writing skills prior to their first college semester. STP prepares first-year admitted students for Northeastern’s college level course work for the Fall semester and for a successful academic and social transition.

More prominently the 2013 Summer Transition program received the 2014 NASPA Excellence Award - Category Gold for supporting the student transition at a Hispanic Serving Institution through a successful Summer Bridge Program. Read More...

The Program begins with a Welcome event followed by a six-week schedule of rigorous academic and social programs and ends with a Closing ceremony to celebrate student accomplishments. 

IMPORTANT: Students are required to attend all six weeks of the program and both the event and ceremony.

Eligibility and Application

Program Benefits for Students

  • Get a jump-start on your academic career and take a FREE* three-credit hour general education course.
  • Lunch and course materials are provided at no cost to the student.
  • Experience workshops aimed toward improving your math, reading, and writing skills.
  • Navigate college life at Northeastern successfully with the help from program staff.
  • Work with University staff and Student Success Coaches to explore academic opportunities and different careers at Northeastern.
  • Meet and connect with new students.
  • Be eligible to retake the placement exam and possibly advance to the next level in math, reading, and/or writing.

*Please note that participants will need to pay for transportation and/or parking expenses.

Program Results

The results of the Summer Transition Program 2016 show a significant increase in students’ math, reading and writing work.


63% of students placed 1 or more levels higher

  • Of the 43 students who retested for writing
  • 17 placed 1 level higher
  • 6 placed 2 levels higher
  • 4 placed 3 levels higher


48% of students placed 1 or more levels higher

  • Of the 67 students who retested for math:
  • 15 placed 1 level higher
  • 15 placed 2 levels higher
  • 1 placed 3 levels higher
  • 1 placed 4 levels higher


100% of participants indicated they are able to:

  • Keep going in college and complete a degree, even if they run into academic, personal or social challenges
  • Know what it means to be a successful college student
  • Understand the work that is required to be successful in a college class

On average, STP participants have a higher first semester GPAs and retention rates when compared to non-participants.


1st to 2nd year retention rate

  • STP – 82.3%
  • Non-STP – 56.6%

Average First Term GPA

  • STP – 2.81
  • Non-STP – 2.35


Each STP 2016 student who attended every day of the program completed the following:

Academic Development – 108 hours
45 hours of classroom time
48 of math, reading and writing workshops
15 hours of study and review sessions and computer lab time
Not including independent study time outside of the classroom 
Personal Development and Academic Enhancement – 31 hours
6 hours of career planning
6 hours of transition workshops
6 hours of diversity and leadership
7 hours of Civic Engagement and Reflection
6 hours of health and wellness
144 Total STP Hours of Service on August 5, 2016
Von Steuben High School Beautification Project

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