Summer Bridge

Summer Bridge

What is the Summer Bridge Program?

The Bagley College of Engineering/IMAGE Summer Bridge Program (SBP) is a part of the Louis Stokes Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation. Within the state, seven of the eight 4 year institutions of higher learning use a Summer Bridge Program to help first year minority students adjust to university life at their respective institutions. With a commitment to growing the number of minority graduates in engineering, BCoE has a goal to increase enrollment of women from 21.9% to 25% and to improve African-American student make-up from 12.3% to 20%.   Students participating in the Summer Bridge Program are provided on-campus housing, class instructors, peer counselors, textbook/materials and meal stipends.

Incoming freshmen interested in the Summer Bridge Program in the Bagley College of Engineering (BCoE) at Mississippi State University, should be majoring in one of the following:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biological Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering

Academic Preparation
Students will attend the second term of MSU's summer session and will receive an overview in college algebra, pre-calculus and chemistry.

Learning Strategies and Life Skills
Participants will receive instruction in strategies which may be used in their college courses. Mandatory study hall will be held Sunday through Thursday evenings.

Parent Seminar
Parents may also have to adjust to the demands of having a child in college; therefore, parents will have their own seminar during Bridge orientation. In addition to MSU's Orientation, participants will have their own Summer Bridge Orientation. Parents and students must register for and pay the summer Orientation fees.

Academic Overview
Participants will attend classes in science, math, chemistry and computer programming, which are necessary for success in engineering.

Upper-class Peer Mentors
Each participant will be assigned a BCoE upperclassman mentor. These mentors will provide academic and personal support for participants throughout the Summer Bridge Program.

Program Cost
The generous sponsorship of the International Paper Company has made it possible for all participants to attend the program at no cost.

Final Thoughts
Although you might think that working or relaxing during the summer is more important than participating in the BCoE/IMAGE Summer Bridge Program, think again! During the five week session, you will cultivate friendships with peers in your freshman class that will last throughout your college career. In addition, you will have the opportunity to "jump start" your academic career and gain the skills necessary to excel in your chosen major.

Program Dates: June 13 - July 16
Application Due: March 18

PART I, II, III, IV: Online Application

2021 Summer Bridge Handbook: Coming Soon

PART V: Submit Final Materials
If you've submitted your online application, you are half way there! Now, you need to click here to download a pdf that must be filled out and mailed in before your application can be considered complete.

PART VI: Submit PDFs of two reference letters to Dr. Angela Verdell at

Students will be contacted about acceptance into the Summer Bridge Program on April 1.

All Applications Due March 1st

Special thanks to our sponsor!

International Paper


If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Angela Verdell at 662.325.8449 or