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Texan Summer Bridge

Tarleton Bridge Program students

Tarleton State University's Texan Summer Bridge program invites select new and entering freshmen to an outstanding academic and social experience that promotes student success. By accepting the invitation, you are immersed in a supportive 6-week summer program designed to help you transition to the university. Through this experience, you will enhance your ability to access and leverage the vast resources and opportunities available at Tarleton. The Texan Summer Bridge program offers a comprehensive academic network of support with recognized faculty and staff members, as well as supportive peer mentors, to create a unique learning experience centered around you.

As a Texan Summer Bridge participant, you get to reap all the benefits!

  • Complete six (6) semester credit hours of general education core curriculum.
  • Gain familiarity with Tarleton’s academic and campus resources.
  • Connect with Tarleton faculty members, staff members, and peers who are committed to your success.
  • Develop knowledge and skills that help you transition to the university.

Enrollment and Participation

Based upon admissions review, Tarleton may invite you to join us for a 6-week summer experience! Texan Summer Bridge students are newly admitted Tarleton freshmen who have met conditional admission requirements.

Participation in the Texan Summer Bridge program is limited to the first 100 students who accept the invitation. Once confirmed as a participant, you are automatically registered for the Texan Summer Bridge courses during the 2nd summer 6-week session June 25 - August 6, 2021.

By accepting and signing this invitation, you agree to immerse yourself in a supportive 6-week summer program. Texan Summer Bridge students must agree to the following expectations and conditions:

  • Complete and submit your 2020-2021 FAFSA and your 2021-2022 FAFSA by May 14, 2021.
  • If planning to live on campus for the Texan Summer Bridge experience, submit a Summer 2021 Housing Application and one-time $100 Housing Application Fee.
  • Sign and return Texan Summer Bridge Agreement by May 14, 2021.
  • Submit TSIA or TSIA 2.0 scores by June 18, 2021.
  • Submit all required admissions application documents, including final high school transcript, college transcripts showing dual credits earned, and documentation of bacterial meningitis vaccination by June 18, 2021.
  • Attend a Texan Orientation before August 6, 2021.
  • Actively participate in planned and scheduled Texan Summer Bridge program activities.
  • Complete six (6) semester credit hours of general education core curriculum associated with the Texan Summer Bridge program successfully.

Texan Summer Bridge students must meet all expectations and conditions before they will be allowed to enroll in classes at Tarleton State University for the Fall 2021 semester.

Academic Support

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Our top priority is to position you to achieve your academic and career goals. That includes giving you all the support you need along the way. In support of you, the Director of Student Development and Mentoring in Tarleton’s University College will assist with summer course placement and connecting Texan Summer Bridge students with their assigned advisor. Additionally, the Director of Student Development and Mentoring will use a wide range of academic supports to assist Texan Summer Bridge students in meeting the requirements of the program. Academic supports for Texan Summer Bridge students include:

Supportive Peer Mentors
Engaged Academic Coaches
Individualized Academic Accommodations

For additional information on academic accommodations, please contact us at 254-968-9400 or via email at

Financial Information

Texan Summer Bridge students will pay regular tuition and fees and apply for financial aid via the 2020-2021 FAFSA. Limited scholarship funding may be available. To receive federal financial aid, apply for student loans, and be considered for institutional financial aid, you must have a completed 2020-2021 FAFSA on file.

The first step in the financial aid application process is to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Your FAFSA will determine how much financial assistance you may qualify for and what types of aid may be available.

To complete your FAFSA online, you (and a parent if required) will need a FSA ID. The FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents.

If you are not eligible to complete the FAFSA because of citizenship or visa status but are eligible to be classified as a Texas resident for tuition purposes, you may be eligible under SB1528 to apply for state financial aid through the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA).

Additional financial information may be found online through Tarleton’s Office of Financial Aid.

Summer Bridge Cost Estimate

For an estimated cost of tuition and fees for the Texan Summer Bridge program, please access Tarleton’s tuition estimator calculator. For Texan Summer Bridge students who opt to live on campus, living expenses are estimated below and based on a June 24, 2021 move in date and an August 7, 2021 move out date.

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Texan Summer Bridge students are responsible for all incidentals and expenses such as course materials and living expenses.

 Texas law authorizes persons classified as Texas residents to pay in-state tuition, which is generally lower than for those classified as non-residents. A student's residency status for tuition purposes is determined at the point of admission. Information about determining residency is available at Residency Admission page or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 254-968-9125 or email them at

Living on Campus

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Students may choose to live on campus during the Texan Summer Bridge experience. If you choose to live on campus, please follow these steps:

Step 1: Log in to MyGateway.
Step 2: Go to DuckTrax.
Step 3: Select the housing link.
Step 4: Access, complete, and submit the Summer 2021 Housing Application.

Students may move into their assigned residence hall the day prior to the first day of classes. At the end of a semester, move out is 24 hours after the last scheduled final exam. Texan Summer Bridge students who are on campus and will be living on campus for the fall semester may remain on campus and move to their fall housing assignment during an assigned move over date.

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Academic Courses and Expectations

In the summer of 2021, Texan Summer Bridge students will have an opportunity to complete two of the general education core courses listed below. Texan Summer Bridge students will be assigned to one COMM 1315 course section and one section of either MUSI 1301 or MUSI 1310. Courses will be offered in a hybrid format, meaning that students may attend scheduled class sessions in person or remote synchronous via Zoom. While in-person attendance will provide the most robust student experience, we recognize and respect the role virtual learning plays in peace of mind and safety.

COMM 1315 Public Speaking
MUSI 1301 Music Appreciation
MUSI 1310 Popular Music in America

The courses above will fulfill general education requirements at Tarleton State University. As a Texan Summer Bridge student, you are expected to complete all course requirements and participate in all scheduled activities. Upon completion of the Texan Summer Bridge program, all grades and credits earned will be placed on your Tarleton academic transcript. Grades will be calculated into your institutional GPA, count towards financial aid's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), and determine your ability to register for Fall 2021 courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Texan Summer Bridge students live on campus?
Will financial aid be available?
When does the program begin?
Is there a deadline to accept the offer?
May I bring my pet with me?

If you have questions about your conditional admission or residency status or desire additional information about the university, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 254-968-9123. For questions about the Texan Summer Bridge Program, please contact Student Development and Mentoring at 254-968-9480.