Your Bridge to Success

At Shawnee State University, we want you to be successful. We want all students to reach their education goals, including earning a degree.

While we can't predict which students will be successful in college, we know that those who enter as freshmen with certain risk factors often struggle with college material. These students are more likely to fail courses, stop showing up for classes, and eventually drop out with college debt and no degree. When this happens, we all fail.

To help give you the extra support, skills, and attention you may need to be successful, we have created our Bridge to Success program that leads to a degree or alternate educational pathway.

Who is enrolled in the Summer Bridge to Success program?

Students are identified as needing support when they enter college, based on placement scores (ACT, SAT). Students who apply for admission to SSU for Fall semester and demonstrate two or more developmental needs (mathematics, English, reading) are enrolled in the Summer Bridge to Success program.

If I enroll in the Bridge to Success program, am I admitted to SSU?

Students enrolled in the Bridge to Success program are conditionally accepted to Shawnee State University. You will only be fully accepted to SSU if you successfully complete the Bridge to Success program.

What if I only have one developmental course need?

The Bridge to Success program is primarily reserved for those students with two or more developmental course needs, but if the program is not filled by those students, we will open it up to students who only need to complete one developmental course. If you need to complete one developmental course and would like to be a part of SSU's Bridge to Success, contact our Office of Admission at to be placed on the waiting list.

How do I register for the program? Is there a cost?

Bridge Registration is closed for Fall 2021

The 2021 Summer Bridge to Success Program is now underway and the registration deadline has passed. Fall 2021 Students that were not able to participate in the program or that applied after the program start date have the following options for admission: 

  • Appeal your ACT or SAT placement by taking a placement test. By passing the Accuplacer test it will deem you college ready for your courses this Fall. If you have already appealed your ACT or SAT scores and have been unsuccessful, then, your next step is to meet the college level requirements in another way:
  • Attend a Community or Technical school and complete your developmental course work in Math, Reading or English. By attending a community college or technical school and completing developmental course work this Fall you may be eligible to apply for admission as a college ready transfer student for Spring 2022.
  • Plan to attend the Summer Bridge to Success in Summer 2022. Please email to update your application for Fall 2022.

Based on your submitted placement scores, you will receive information with your acceptance letter explaining the Summer Bridge (dates, times, etc.).

Can I test out of the Bridge to Success program?

Many students retake the ACT or SAT or other placement assessments after applying and being accepted to SSU. If you have a more recent placement score that indicates you are college-ready and have sent it to SSU, you will be exempted from the Bridge program. Learn more about appealing your placement scores.

Testing to appeal placement in the Summer Bridge to Success Program should be completed by the registration deadline. Students may not appeal their placement in the Summer Bridge to Success Program once they have started classes.

How does the program work?

The program will offer a set seven-week schedule that includes academic courses and intensive intervention services (tutoring, small study groups) designed to get you started on the right foot. This program can be completed on-line or in person.

Courses include developmental mathematics, English and reading that will prepare you for success in college-level classes. Your schedule will include the courses where your placement scores indicate remedial needs.

An academic advisor will meet with you regularly during summer and will work with your instructors to design academic success strategies.

In addition to developmental courses, you will be enrolled in an Academic Development Skills course that will cover topics such as study skills, note taking, time management, and college life. Additionally, regional career technical and community colleges will present their programs and provide knowledge on educational pathways available.

At the end of the summer semester, your advisor - with support of your instructors - will evaluate your academic progress, goals, and participation in the bridge program. At this time, your advisor will make a formal recommendation for your enrollment at Shawnee State or another education pathway:

  • If, after the Bridge to Success program, you have made significant progress, your advisor may recommend that you be transitioned into your desired major or program, whether it be a two-year or four-year degree at Shawnee State.
  • If you have made progress, but would benefit from continued services, your advisor may recommend that you continue with the General Studies curriculum and complete your developmental courses in the fall at SSU or at an institution of your choice.
  • If, after Bridge to Success, you have a record of poor class attendance, poor academic progress (not passing the courses) and poor participation, you will be dismissed from the program and from Shawnee State University. To re-enter Shawnee State University, you would need to demonstrate academic success elsewhere, such as community college or petition to the SSU academic appeals committee.

Will participation in this program guarantee success?

No, but it greatly improves your chances. Your success is ultimately up to you. We urge you to take advantage of all SSU services. Most importantly, participate in classes and talk to your instructors if you are having problems.

We want you to be successful at Shawnee State University. The Bridge to Success program will ensure that you receive the services, support, and direction you need to become a successful college student and to succeed with your goals of earning a college degree.

How does Housing work for the Summer Bridge program?

If you do not live within 25 driving miles and are unable to commute to campus, housing for the 7-week program is provided to the students. However, students will be responsible for their own meals and food costs (the dining hall is open limited hours over the summer). Housing units have full kitchens.

To apply for housing, students will access the application in MySSU. Housing assignments for the Summer Bridge Program will not be the same as their Fall assignment. Students planning to attend in the Fall will need to submit an additional housing application and deposit for Fall. If a student submits an application and deposit for Fall 2021 and is not successful in the Summer Bridge to Success Program, they will be eligible for a deposit refund.

Do I need to register New Student Orientation?

Students enrolled in the Bridge Program do not need to register for New Student Orientation. Registration for the Bridge program includes a program orientation on the first day and new student orientation information throughout the program. Students attending the Bridge Program online will receive online orientation information via email.