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Bearcat Academy Summer Experience Bridge Program

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This success oriented program is designed for students from Cincinnati Public Schools or Norwood High School who test into developmental math and/or developmental English at UC Blue Ash (rather than testing into college-level math or English).


What is the Bearcat Academy Summer Experience (BASE) Bridge Program?

The BASE Bridge Program at UC Blue Ash College was created through a partnership with the college, Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS), GRAD Cincinnati, and Norwood High School. It is specifically for 2017 graduates from CPS and Norwood High School who plan to attend UC Blue Ash as a freshman in fall 2017.

The BASE Bridge Program is a fun and engaging three-week program where students participate in math, English and reading workshops that will help prepare them for success in college-level courses. Students who excel in the program can save money, in terms of fewer developmental course requirements, and earn credits and scholarships toward their tuition and fees. They will also learn how to develop lifestyle habits that will help them be successful in college.

All students will attend 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each day. The day will be split with math programming in the morning, and English or career programming in the afternoon. Career programming will help students explore careers/majors available to them.

Who is eligible to attend?

  • The program is designed for students from CPS or Norwood High School who test into developmental math and/or developmental English at UC Blue Ash College (rather than testing into college-level math or English).
  • Eligible students must be enrolled to attend UC Blue Ash College as an incoming first-year student in fall 2017.

How will students benefit by attending?

  • Save time and money.
    Students who attend every session of the program earn a $200 credit toward tuition and fees at UC Blue Ash.

    Students who are successful in the program can reduce the number of developmental courses they have to take before beginning college-level courses (saving an average of $750 per course).

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  • Earn credit and a scholarship.
    Students who are successful in the program earn a $500 scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year ($250 for fall and $250 for spring, assuming good standing and a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in the fall 2016 semester).

  • Increase the chances for success in college-level math and English courses.
  • Learn how to maximize success in college by making important lifestyle decisions, developing good habits, and setting priorities.
  • Make new friends with other students who will also be attending UC Blue Ash.
  • Become more familiar with the UC Blue Ash campus before starting classes.

Application process and deadlines

STEP 1:

Students who have not yet applied to UC Blue Ash College (complete the UC Blue Ash application, pay the $50 application fee, submit your high school transcripts), must do so by April 3, 2017. For questions about the application, call (513) 745-5700 or email admissions@ucblueash.edu. Application information can be found online at www.ucblueash.edu/admissions.

STEP 2:

Once a student is offered admission, they must confirm with our UC Blue Ash Admissions Counselors that they plan to attend. The confirmation deadline is May 7, 2017. For questions about confirmation, call (513) 745-5700 or email admissions@ucblueash.edu. Confirmation can be completed online at www.ucblueash.edu/confirm.

STEP 3:

Students must complete the UC Math and English Placement Testing (online or in person) between March 13 – May 12, 2017 (there are a total of 10 on-campus sessions offered in that timeframe).  For detailed placement testing information, access to online testing, and to register for on-campus placement testing sessions, please visit  www.ucblueash.edu/placement. For more information, call (513) 745-5783 or email placementtesting@ucblueash.edu.

STEP 4:

Students must apply to the BASE Bridge Program at UC Blue Ash through an online application by June 2, 2017.

STEP 5:

UC Blue Ash College will review applications and qualifications on a first-come, first-served basis. We hope to have representation from various CPS schools, GRAD Cincinnati schools in particular, and Norwood High School. The college will notify the 40 students of acceptance to the summer bridge program.  There will also be a list of qualified alternates, in case accepted students cannot attend.

The goal is to have the BASE Bridge Program fees paid for each student by the partner schools.

STEP 6:

You are required to attend a UC Blue Ash College orientation session before beginning the Summer Bridge program. We strongly encourage you to attend on one of these dates – June 14, 20, 22 or 28. You can also view the full summer orientation schedule at www.ucblueash.edu/orientation.

STEP 7:

Start the BASE Bridge Program on July 12!


Contact Information

Taylor Oetjen
Phone: (513) 936-1698
Email: taylor.oetjen@uc.edu