UK Summer Bridge Programs

Summer Bridge at the University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky's Summer Bridge programs are designed to help students transition from high school to college. Those incoming students who are invited to participate in these gateway programs usually find they are better prepared for the academic life they will experience when the Fall semester begins. 

Summer Bridge programs have differing names, dates, academic requirements, and course content, based on the college or university program offering them. This page provides links to Summer Bridge offerings and campus resources. 

2019 Summer Bridge Offerings

UK CARES Freshman Summer Program

  • The College of Arts & Sciences (A&S) offers FastTrack, an academic program that allows incoming freshman to move in early and get a jump start in STEM course work. All STEMcats students participate in FastTrack.

UK FastTrack summer program

  • Student Support Services (SSS) offers a hybrid summer program, with online and on-campus components. Students begin the program with six weeks of online participation in conferences on topics such as Study Skills Assessments, Preparing for Math in College, What to Expect as a College Student, Understading Financial Aid, and Choosing a Major. These and other covered topics have benefited students in the transition from high school to college. During these online study weeks, students enhance their skillsets while being able to maintain a job or other activities. For the second half of the summer program, students move into their assigned residence on the UK campus. They then participate in a mock schedule of classes, meet professors and fellow students, and acquaint themselves with campus. The program is free to students. Contact Student Support Services for more information.

Additional summer programs and courses

UK Transformative Learning APP program

  • For incoming students not following a formal Summer Bridge program, taking summer classes at UK or at a community college close to home is an excellent opportunity to get a jump start on the college experience. Examples of courses that benefit incoming first-year students include:
    • MA 109 (College Algebra)
    • MA 110 (Algebra & Trigonometry for Calculus
    • MA 111 (Introduction to Contemporary Math)
    • UK 095 (APP Math)
    • UK 096 (APP College Algebra)
    • CIS 110 (Composition and Communication I in the College of Communication and Information)
    • WRD 110 (Composition and Communication I in Arts & Sciences' Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies program)
    • CHE 105 (General College Chemistry I)
    • BIO 103 (Basic Ideas of Biology)
    • PHY 211 (General Physics)

Registration and financial aid

  • The University Registrar's 2019 Summer Session page outlines registration options and provides links to additional resources.
  • The Registrar also provides a detailed calendar of important dates for the Summer Session.
  • View the 2019 Summer Session course catalog.
  • The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships guides students how to apply for Summer Aid, including work-study and direct loans.
  • For general questions about class schedules, enrollment/registration, tuition and fees, financial aid, orientation, housing and dining, visit the Registrar's Summer Session FAQ.

Campus life

UK Housing: 

Summer housing plans offer affordable on-campus residence to Summer Bridge students.

UK Dining: 

Summer meal plans are available to Summer Bridge students.


UK Transportation:

Summer bus service and parking are offered to Summer Bridge students.

UK summer parking map

UK Libraries:
  • UK Libraries main site is the location of the online catalog, databases and resource guides, available services, and library hours.

  • Libraries Ask Us! is an online chat service linking students to reference librarians.

  • Research 101 offers tools including an introduction to college-level research, an academic search portal, a virtual tour of the library, and a "chat with a librarian" feature.