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Winter Bridge Program

A Note from the Dean:


We regret to inform the campus community of the cancellation of the 2020 School of Science Winter Bridge Program. All students that applied to the program have been sent email notifications of this decision. We apologize for any inconveniences this cancellation may have caused.

All students who face issues in any of their science or math classes this spring should avail themselves of any or all of the following resources:

The faculty of the School of Science and the staff of the Center for Student Success will explore options regarding the future of the Winter Bridge Program during the upcoming semester. Any questions or concerns can be forwarded to Dean Steven Bachrach, sbachrac@monmouth.edu.

We hope everyone has a terrific and productive Spring 2020 semester.

Dean Bachrach


Many first- year students arrive on campus confident in their abilities, only to find themselves doing very poorly in their introductory biology, chemistry or mathematics courses. The Winter Bridge Program is designed to offer these students an alternative solution. Students who self-identify as needing help will have a two-and-a-half day intensive set of workshop sessions targeted at giving these students help to enable them to succeed the second time through our courses. The workshops will include general studying skills delivered by School of Science faculty along with sessions targeted for dealing with the special issues and content of the disciplines.

Participating students will work with School of Science faculty and with SoS Peer Mentors. The mentors will attend the faculty-led workshop sessions and run some problem-solving sessions. Students will also be offered evening programs delivered by the Office of Student Life, to create a supportive community of learners.

There is no charge for either food or lodging for this program.

FAQ Winter Bridge Program

  • Who should participate in the Winter Bridge Program?
    The Winter Bridge Program is designed for and open to any first-year students who struggled with or performed poorly in any of their introductory biology, chemistry, or mathematics courses this fall semester. The program is composed of a number of workshops that will help prepare the students for the spring semester, either for repeating courses or for going on to the next science course in the sequence. Workshop sessions will include material taken from the introductory courses and will feature tools and tips for how to handle the problems and content of these classes. In addition, there will be sessions on general study skills, time management, test taking, and the like. There will be lots of problem solving sessions with opportunities to work with your professors, Peer Mentors and each other.
    The goal of the Winter Bridge Program is to prepare students for success in the spring semester!
  • When is the program?
    The program will be held right before the start of the spring semester. Students should arrive on campus by 12 p.m. on Thursday, January 16, 2020. The workshops will take place Thursday, January 16 from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m., all day (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) on Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18. Students are expected to attend the workshop sessions on all days.
  • How much does the program cost?
    Nothing! The program is being provided at no cost to participants. Students will be able to stay in the dorms for free from January 16, 2020 until the start of the semester. All meals from lunch on Thursday, January 16 through lunch on Saturday, January 18 are included.
  • Where will the program be held?
    Everything will be on the Monmouth University campus. Workshop sessions will be held in Edison or Howard Hall.
  • What subjects will be covered?
    • The materials for the biology workshop sessions will be drawn from BY 109 and BY 110.
    • The materials for the chemistry workshop sessions will be drawn from CE 111 and CE 112.
    • The materials for the mathematics workshop sessions will be drawn from MA 101, MA 115, MA 116, and MA 125.
  • How do I apply?
    The online application will be available from December 9, 2019 until 3 p.m. January 7, 2020.
  • Can I choose what sessions to attend?
    Yes! While some workshop sessions will be required for everyone, we expect that each student will select the majority of sessions he or she wants to attend. Most sessions will be taught multiple times to allow everyone to take sessions in more than one discipline. For example, we expect that some students will want to take sessions in, say, chemistry and biology, and we’ll schedule in such a way that this can be done.
  • Who will be teaching?
    All workshops will be led by School of Science faculty, School of Science Peer Mentors, staff from the Center for Student Success and Supplemental Instructors. Faculty who teach in the introductory biology, chemistry and mathematics courses will be delivering the workshops.
  • What is the schedule?
    Sessions will run on Thursday from 8:45 a.m. until 5 p.m., Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
  • Can I get credit for the Winter Bridge Program?
    No academic credit will be granted for the Winter Bridge Program.
  • What happens on Sunday January 19 and Monday January 20?
    There will be no programming on these days. Resident students are able to stay in the residence halls and get ready for the start of the spring semester. Students will be responsible for their own food after lunch on Saturday.
  • How will participants be selected?
    We are limited in how many students we can accommodate in the Winter Bridge Program. Students will be selected by the School of Science faculty based on their need of academic assistance and what they hope to gain from the program. In completing the application, be sure to be honest about your past performance and what your plans are for doing better in the spring.
  • When will I find out if I have been accepted for the program?
    Students will be notified by email no later than Friday, January 10, 2020 if they have been selected to participate in the Winter Bridge Program. So, be sure to check your Monmouth University email account during the first weeks of January 2020!