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Pre-College BRIDGE Program

Our free BRIDGE program offers an unparalleled opportunity to find out what college is really like—while you’re still in high school. Build the academic skills you’ll need in college while living on campus.

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Get a Taste of College Life

Designed for Christian high school students, this two-year summer program prepares you for college through a curriculum that fosters intellectual, leadership, and spiritual growth. Each summer for two years, you’ll spend four weeks living on campus, eating in our dining hall, and learning at the college level. Best of all, you won’t pay a thing.

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This college access program is for high-achieving high school sophomores from the Chicago area who meet one of the following criteria:

  • First-generation college-bound
  • Low income
  • Underrepresented ethnic minority

What happens at BRIDGE?

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Experience College-Level Academics

Engage in discussion-based seminars, writing courses, and lectures on topics in the arts, humanities, theology, and social sciences. You’ll also participate in field trips, team-building activities, and church visits.

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Get College Guidance

During the summer, you’ll receive guidance for the college application process. And during your junior year, scholars have the option of participating in a free four-month-long SAT/ACT preparatory course (comparable classes worth $1500+).

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Join a Community of Faith

Through in-depth Bible studies and one-on-one mentoring relationships, you'll deepen your faith and live in a community with peers and mentors who seek to strengthen their own Christian commitment.

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Earn a College Scholarship

Once you’ve completed the two-year program, you'll receive a guaranteed partial scholarship to Wheaton College if accepted and will be in the running for one of several full-tuition scholarships Wheaton has just for BRIDGE students.

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See Our Program Schedule

Find out what a typical day looks like for BRIDGE scholars.

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Here are answers to some of the top questions about BRIDGE.

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