Program Details


Get a Taste of College Life
Live in a dorm, eat in a dining hall and make friends with students from other Chicago area high schools. As a scholar in the B.R.I.D.G.E. program, you'll spend four consecutive weeks for two summers living like a college student at Wheaton College.

Get Immersed in Christian Community
Build relationships with college students who are pursuing knowledge and, at the same time, pursuing Christ. Through in-depth Bible studies and one-on-one mentoring relationships, you'll have opportunities to deepen your faith and live in community with peers and mentors who seek to strengthen their own Christian commitment.


Get Ahead with Academic Enrichment
Prepare for the academic rigors of college life as you learn the advanced writing and critical thinking skills necessary for college success. In addition to engaging in relevant courses taught by Wheaton College faculty, lectures by guest speakers and thought-provoking field trips, you'll receive ACT tutoring and guidance through the college application process.

Get the College Prep Opportunity of a Lifetime
In honoring its commitment to promote diversity, address inequalities, pursue academic excellence and foster spiritual growth, Wheaton College offers the B.R.I.D.G.E. program completely free of charge. The College pays for all program materials, faculty, housing, food and activities through its generous endowment. Additionally, if you complete the two-year program, you'll receive a guaranteed minimum $1,500 scholarship per year to Wheaton College ($6,000 total for 4 years).

Get a Chance to Give Back
As part of the B.R.I.D.G.E. program, you'll learn how to develop and implement a service project in your community or home church. Plus, Wheaton College will partner with an organization in your community to host a series of college prep workshops open to all community members. We will also pursue opportunities to engage and equip parents and other leaders so they can further the intellectual and spiritual growth of all students.

ACT Tutoring
During the second summer all rising seniors will participate in an ACT tutoring course.

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