Below are some of our most frequently asked questions about the Summer Bridge programs.

How do I know if I am eligible for one of the programs?

  • You must be an incoming first-year student admitted for the upcoming fall semester or a current NEIU student.
  • You must take the NEIU placement test in English and math to see if you qualify for any of the Summer Bridge programs. Register for the test online, or call (773) 442-5293. View resources to help you prepare for the placement test.
  • If you qualify for one of the programs, you will receive additional information in your placement test score report. You will also receive an email with instructions on how to register for the programs.
  • An NEIU Summer Bridge program team member will follow up with you.

Can I participate in more than one program?

Our three Summer Bridge programs overlap, so you will only be able to participate in one of the following programs: EMERGE, Google CSSIx and Student Transition Program (STP).

Which program is best for me? 

On our Summer Bridge Programs homepage, towards the bottom of the page, you can review a chart hat can help you decide which program is best for you. If you still cannot decide, call the Student Transition Services office at (773) 442-4244. Someone in the office can provide you with additional information to help you decide.

Do I have to participate in both sessions of EMERGE?

You may choose to participate in one or both of the sessions, based on your eligibility.

Do I have to attend each day? Do I have to stay the entire day?

If you are selected to participate in one of the Summer Bridge programs, you are expected to attend and participate in all program activities for the entire session. This includes arriving on time each day, staying until the session ends each day, and participating in a productive and respectful way when present during each day of the program.

I have a restricted diet or food allergies. What are my options for lunch?

You can provide information about food allergies or dietary restrictions on your application. The Summer Bridge staff will work with campus dining to provide a meal that meets your needs.

Who do I speak to about special accommodations?

Contact the Student Disability Services Office at (773) 442-4595 or visit their website at You can also provide information about special accommodations on your application, and the Summer Bridge staff will help connect you to Student Disability Services.

What happens once I complete the program?

Students who complete EMERGE or STP will be given the opportunity to retake the placement test (math and/or English). After you retake the placement test, you will meet with an academic advisor to determine if you need to be placed into a higher level math and/or English course.

Should I wait until I finish my Summer Bridge program before I register for Orientation?

It is recommended that you register for Orientation soon after you complete your placement test. If you plan to participate in one of the Summer Bridge programs, you should select an Orientation date that occurs before your Summer Bridge program begins. Students participating in STP are expected to attend Orientation on Friday, June 28, 2019.