The English and Math Enrichment, Readiness, and Growth Experience (EMERGE) program offers math and English enrichment classes using positive academic identity development and growth mindset to strengthen students’ foundation and confidence in their English and math abilities.

Summer Bridge Program Application

Program Dates, Times and Location

English Session

  • Monday to Thursday, June 29 to July 16, 2020 
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago, Ill.

Math Session

  • Monday to Thursday, July 20 to August 6, 2020
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago, Ill.

Typical program day begins at 9 a.m. with workshops. Lab time takes place in the afternoon.


Priority selection is for first time first-year students admitted for Fall 2020. However, spots may be available for continuing and transfer students. Students are eligible if they meet the following requirements:

  • To participate in EMERGE English, you must place into ELP 095, ELP 096 or ELP 098.
  • To participate in EMERGE math, you must place into MATH 090, 091 or 092.

Program Benefits

By completing the EMERGE program, you will:

  • Strengthen your confidence in your English and math abilities.
  • Be able to retake the placement test, and possibly place at least one level higher in a math or English course for the fall semester.
  • Build a strong English and math foundation, which will help you succeed in your future classes.
  • Save up to $4,000 on tuition and fees if you place out of developmental courses.
  • Save time to graduation.

The math workshops are modeled after the successful Peer Led Team Learning and Emerging Scholars Program models, which are nationally recognized for helping students succeed in mathematics. There, you will have personalized action plans to help you succeed in math.