Summer Bridge Program

About the Program

The Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS) Summer Bridge Program offered its first courses in August 2003. In the time since, the Summer Bridge has grown into a four-week summer academic enrichment, confidence and community-building program that consists of credit-bearing courses, academic enrichment, exposure to research, and pipelines to co-curricular and community service programs.

The Summer Bridge Program accepts only 50 students and is available to first-year students who have been accepted by RIT and paid their deposit to the university. Participants are housed, fed, and enriched through a variety of carefully selected programs, co-curricular events and cohort-building activities. Most notably, students take two credit-bearing classes that are applied to their degree. Once the academic year commences, students will have preferred access to an MCAS Advising Coach, whom they will meet with on a weekly basis to discuss academic progress and services available to support their success. Please see below for more complete information.

What Should You Know?

In addition to their classes, all students in the MCAS Summer Bridge are required to participate in all scheduled workshops, events and activities during the program. Some of the scheduled activities include field trips, team building exercises and recreational/social outings. All students must live on campus for the duration of the program and will be unable to leave for work, graduation parties, etc.

The promise and support of MCAS continues beyond the Summer Bridge. Participants have priority in scheduling weekly coaching meetings during the academic year. These meetings are held once per week for students to ask questions and voice concerns to their MCAS Advising Coach. Additionally, the full breadth of MCAS programs and events will be available throughout their time at RIT.


Coursework – Students accepted into the program will be enrolled in Writing Seminar and one of two additional credit bearing courses, either College Algebra, Pre-Calculus or Intercultural Communications.

Academic Support Initiatives – Time management comes down to choice. Good choices lead to better results, while poor choices lead to wasted time and energy. These initiatives supply students with the skills, tools, and systems that work together to help improve their productivity. The students will learn to accomplish more with less effort, and improve their performance while reducing stress.

Co-Curricular Pipelines – MCAS Summer Bridge Program students will be introduced to a variety of support programs such as CSTEP and I’m First, be introduced to undergraduate research through McNair and LSAMP, and explore RIT’s connection to the city of Rochester through Asset-Based Community Development and a partnership with Into the ROC.


Participants in the MCAS Summer Bridge Program are offered housing in a residence hall on campus. Each participant will share a double room with a roommate. Students are not allowed to leave residence hall rooms between11:00pm and 7:00am.


Meal cards will be issued during check-in, with meal options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast and dinner will be served in Grace Watson Dining Hall (GWH). Students will receive $9.00 in debit to eat lunch at multiple campus dining locations. Cooking any meals in residence hall rooms is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates, and microwave ovens. There will be microwave ovens available for use in the lounge areas of the residence halls.

Summer Bridge

There will be an early afternoon program orientation for students on move-in day (July 14th) that parents and families are encouraged to attend. On the evening before the program concludes, families are invited to celebrate their student’s success with the MCAS family at our closing banquet.

Rules and Regulations

All students participating in the MCAS Summer Bridge Program are required to adhere to all RIT policies, procedures and regulations as well as local, state and federal laws. Alcohol is strictly prohibited in the residence halls, regardless of age. MCAS Summer Bridge Program participants are strictly forbidden from consuming alcoholic beverages and/or using illegal or controlled substances, including prescription drugs not prescribed to the student during the MCAS Summer Bridge. Violators will immediately be suspended from the Program without waiver or compromise.


The MCAS Summer Bridge Program is a fully comprehensive and inclusive opportunity which provides students with room, board, programming, and the tuition costs for 6 credit. The approximate value of the program is:

  • Tuition: $8,778
  • Food: $798
  • Room: $844
  • Books: $250


Although valued at $10,670, the total cost to families is only the $400 registration fee. Additionally, families with a demonstrated need may submit a plea for assistance in order to receive a reduction in cost.

All first-year students interested in the MCAS Summer Bridge Program must complete an application, schedule a phone interview, and submit the $400 registration fee no later than June 8th.

Request Information

Plea for Assistance

Online Application

Further Inquiries

Jonathan Ntheketha

Jonathan Ntheketha

Senior Assistant Director
First Year Initiatives &
Summer Bridge Program