An Examination of Summer Bridge Programs for First-Generation College Students

During the last fifty years, nearly half of all students who entered a two- or four-year university withdrew without obtaining a degree. Students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnic minority students, and students who were the first in their family to attend college were particularly vulnerable to this attrition. The following senior project examines current research on the backgrounds and attrition rates of first-generation college students, how “Summer Bridge Programs” aim to assist these students, and where shortcoming exist in current “Summer Bridge Program” assessments.

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