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The 2024 CU-ASPIRE Fresh Start summer bridge program will be a FREE 10-day overnight residential program.

Program dates: July 12th – July 21st, 2024

Registration Deadline: June 28th, 2024 

Only 30 spots available!

About The Program

CU-ASPIRE has converted the previous Fresh Start summer bridge program for eligible incoming freshman from a 3-week, half day program into a 10-day overnight residential program. This program will give the participating students a head start on their college path and get them acclimated to Concord’s campus before starting their first year.

The eligible CU freshman students who participate in the program will be placed in one of the two tracks – English remediation or math remediation – dependent upon areas of weakness identified by high school grade data and submitted test scores. If a student needs remediation in both areas, the subject with lower scores/ grades will be chosen for placement.

If the students successfully complete the program as determined by the assigned faculty, then they will have the opportunity to be placed in an English or math course without corequisite support in the fall semester.

All participants will earn UNIV 100 credit by attending presentations and workshops developed to clarify collegiate expectations, discuss the transition to college, examine and apply success skills.

The program includes engaging activities in the afternoons/evenings designed to develop participant’s social skills and foster building friendships.

Please verify the eligibility criteria below, then fill out both the Interest and the Commitment forms on the right (top two).

If you are an Upward Bound program student, verify the eligibility criteria below, then fill out both the UB Interest and UB Commitment forms on the right (middle two).

If you are a participant coming via DRS, please go directly and fill out both the DRS Interest Form and the DRS Commitment Form on the right (bottom two).

  • July 12th – July 21st, 2024 (Friday – Sunday); FREE 10-day residential overnight program
  • Room & board included (You will be staying in one of our dorms)
  • The opportunity to test out of the required English or math supplemental course
  • The chance to win one of the two $500 CU-ASPIRE scholarships
  • UNIV 100: CU Foundation credit ($339 value)
  • $100 Bookstore voucher
  • Engaging, fun activities in the afternoons/evenings designed to develop your social skills and foster friendships
  • Freshmen who participate in Fresh Start will gain additional support from the CU-ASPIRE program, incentives throughout the year, the opportunity to build leadership skills, as well as access to the CU-ASPIRE lounge

Eligible applicants will be:

  • From West Virginia or Allegheny, Washington, Greene, and Fayette Counties of Pennsylvania
  • Enrolled first-time, full-time freshman at Concord University; AND
  • A member of an underrepresented minority group, income eligible, AND/OR a first -generation college student
    • Income eligible – signifies Pell Grant approved
    • First Generation – if your parents did not complete at 4-year college degree then you are considered a first-generation college student