Summer Bridge Program

Our Mission

The Summer Bridge program is a four-day program for first-year students designed to enhance both their personal and academic wellbeing. It’s goal is to increase inclusivity and promote diversity within the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky.

Priority application date Friday, June 2, 2023.

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The Summer Bridge Program takes place July 12th - 15th on the University of Kentucky's campus.

The success of our 2022 Summer Bridge program

"I went to the PATHfinders Summer Bridge program feeling very anxious about college," said Maggie Matthews, a freshman majoring in Human Health Sciences on the Pre-Med track. "I felt like I was walking into something very important without any preparation. It was during these few days I got to know many people that I still see in my classes today. I got to know my roommate more and I was able to see how living in a dorm would be like. The peer mentors were so supportive and enthusiastic about helping us learn more about college..." Read More

Program Focus

  • Four-day program for incoming first-year students designed to enhance both their personal and academic wellbeing 
  • An introduction to the College of Health Sciences,  faculty, and PATHfinders peer mentors
  • Build relationships with future classmates and friends  
  • Gain knowledge about a variety of healthcare professions through speakers and group activities 
  • Education on all the aspects of wellness and the importance of mental health 
  • Financial Resources Introduction based on on-campus opportunities 
  • Q&A with PATHfinders peer mentors with insight and tips regarding UK & CHS  

Cost for Students

  • TBA soon
  • Cost includes housing, meals, and activities.
  • Partial and full scholarships will be available for those who may need them (scholarship-related questions are included in the application).