New students lining the West Campus bridge near Grumbacher

Bridge to Results

Imagine having a program that could help ease you into the exciting but daunting world of college. Imagine having people who are looking out for you before the fall semester begins, with a supportive structure that gives you ample opportunity to dip your toes into college academics (and earn credits!) before the full schedule begins.

York College's Bridge to Results program does exactly that. It's a stimulating, challenging, and personalized academic experience combined with structured one-on-one learning support designed to help new students engage actively with and meet the challenges of an undergraduate education. We believe a successful college experience begins “From Day One”— and the most important part of that success is YOU. The York College Bridge to Results program is an invitation only 5-week summer academic enrichment program which allows you to get a head start on your York College education.

Bridge to Results classes will begin on Monday, July 11, 2016, and students in the program will move into the residence hall on Sunday, July 10. The classes will conclude on August 11 and upon successful completion of the program, Bridge to Results participants will return home in order to make final preparations for Fall Orientation Weekend beginning on August 26.

Additional Information about Bridge to Results

  • What are the goals of the program?

    The Bridge to Results program is designed to help you:

    1. sharpen vital academic skills including critical and analytical thinking, written and verbal communication, time management, study skills, and teamwork;
    2. earn 6 credits toward graduation, enhancing your chances of graduating in 4 years;
    3. enhance your learning and help you become part of the community at York College through carefully planned co-curricular activities;
    4. learn about the proven methods for attaining academic success;
    5. interact with fellow students and faculty in social and civic experiences that will introduce you to the broader community.
  • Why was I selected for Bridge to Results?

    At York College, we believe students who have demonstrated the capacity and motivation to succeed, even though they have not yet fully achieved their academic potential, deserve the opportunity to pursue an affordable, private college education. We are firmly committed to helping you navigate your experience here. You must do the work, you must rise to the occasion, but we must deliver on the commitment to help you succeed. The Bridge to Results program is a clear reflection of that commitment.

  • What’s in it for me?

    Most first-year students will begin classes on August 30. Their schedule will include 12-15 credits (4-5 classes) which will include a variety of classes in our innovative new general education program (the courses all York College students complete) and in their major field of study. Students in the Bridge to Results program will complete 6 credits of coursework in writing and history, enabling them to develop a modified fall schedule that could include additional courses in their chosen or prospective major field. Getting a head start on your education will put you on track for a four year graduation plan. Additionally, this intensive and highly personalized experience will help you successfully transition from high school to college and, for some students, from living at home to living on campus.

  • What classes do I take and how many credits will I earn?

    You will complete two courses during the Bridge to Results program. With successful completion, you will earn a total of 6 credits that may apply to your graduation requirements. The first course is a 3-credit first-year writing course (WRT100 Introduction to College Reading and Writing). You will also be enrolled in a highly engaging history course (H112 American Civilization) that will help to nurture analytical skills that will be required in all future courses. College professors and employers agree that communication and critical thinking skills are the two most important markers for success; the Bridge program will help you to advance in both. Courses will be taught by York College faculty, and students enrolled in the Bridge program will be provided with both professional and peer tutors in our Center for Teaching and Learning.

  • What is the total cost?

    We have some good news. The entire cost, including tuition, room, and board, is only $2600. This is a significant savings over our regular charges. Normally, the cost for a five-week residential experience, including tuition for 6 credits of coursework, room costs and meals at York College would be $4214 per student. Students enrolled in the Bridge to Results program will earn 6 credits of coursework while living and eating on campus for only $2600 per student (nearly a 40% discount).

    A $100 non-refundable Bridge program deposit is required by May 1 and the remaining balance will be due on or before June 24, 2016.

  • Are meals included in the cost?

    Yes. Because this is a residential program, meals are included in the total cost.

  • Will any of my financial aid apply?

    No. Because of the reduced cost of the program, no financial aid will apply. However, students who successfully complete the Bridge to Results program will receive a $2,000 scholarship over four years ($500 per year).

  • Must I live on campus during the Bridge to Results program?

    Yes.  We believe that the experience for students will be greatly enhanced if you have the chance to live, work, learn, and play with your fellow students. The Bridge to Results program is a residential program and all students must live on campus for the duration of the 5-week experience.  

  • When does the program begin and end?

    Students in the Bridge to Results program should plan to move in to the residence hall on Sunday, July 10, 2016.  Classes will begin on Monday, July 11, at 8 a.m.  The program ends on Thursday, August 11, and grades will be issued shortly thereafter.  Move-in day and Orientation for the fall 2016 semester begins on Friday August 26, 2016.  

  • What if I don’t successfully complete the courses in the Bridge program?

    Our sincere hope is that this doesn’t happen! However, if it does, students may retake either course in the fall semester. Additionally, students who do not pass Bridge classes will be required to participate in an academic recovery program called Back on Track. In Back on Track, students are assigned a professional mentor from the Academic Advising Center who will work one-on-one with the student to identify specific challenges and develop an academic and behavioral plan for recovering.

  • Will I be working with my academic advisor during the Bridge program?

    Yes. This is one of the main benefits of the program! You will be connected with an academic advisor in your chosen major who will meet with you during the Bridge program. Students who are Undeclared will also meet with their academic advisor, as well as their peer advisor, during the Bridge program, to help them start the process of exploring fields of study.

  • If I attend the Bridge to Results program, should I also participate in Fall Orientation?

    Yes. In fact, after your head start on success, you’ll be an instrumental part of that orientation, ready to help others adjust in ways that you already have! And the two programs are very different. So students are strongly encouraged to attend all of the Fall Orientation events, which will begin on Friday, August 26.

  • What is the daily schedule like?

    We’ll keep you busy—but your schedule will be varied and full of exciting activities. After a hearty breakfast, Monday to Thursday will feature 2 class periods, time to work with peer tutors (York College students who are trained in academic assistance in writing and other skills), and time to engage in informative academic workshops to assist with study skills and time management. You’ll have some free time, as well as structured community engagement and social activities—and of course, lunch and dinner will be included.

    On Friday afternoons and Saturdays, there will be no formal classes, but you will have some time to complete assignments and study, as well as to attend some exciting field trips and team-building activities we have planned for you. Sunday is your day to relax, attend religious services if you choose, and prepare for the week ahead. We also hope you’ll find time for fitness activities in the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center, helping you form good habits from the start.

  • Can I go home on the weekends or can my family visit?

    We strongly encourage students to stay with us throughout the program. Friday and Saturday events are an exciting part of the Bridge to Results program. However, we recognize that some students may need to work on the weekends and may require additional time to complete assignments for their classes. All activities will be planned and promoted in advance, and students may opt in or out of any optional activity depending upon their interests and work requirements.

    We will invite parents and families to campus for an end-of-summer celebration of success. Parents and families are also invited to campus on the first day of Orientation (August 26).

  • How many students will be in the program?

    Only forty students will be selected for this program. Early registration is encouraged if you wish to reserve your seat in the program. A $100 non-refundable Bridge program deposit is required by May 1 to secure your seat in the class.

  • Will other campus resources be available to me during the program?

    Yes. All students in the Bridge to Results program will have full access to all campus facilities and resources, including our state-of-the-art Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center, Schmidt Library, and Center for Teaching and Learning. The Office of Student Activities and Orientation is also available and will be organizing a variety of on-campus social events for students throughout the 5-week experience. You will receive a York College ID, which will enable access to your residence hall and other campus locations. You will also have an assigned York College email account and password to access our on-campus network.

  • Whom do I contact for more information about Bridge to Results?

    You may contact the Academic Services office at 717.815.1493 or email academicservices@ycp.edu. For questions about your general admission to York College or about financial aid, contact the Admissions Office 717.849.1600. Or, feel free to reach out directly to the Admissions Counselor with whom you have been working.

  • How do I pay my deposit for the Bridge program?

    Please submit a check for $100 to the following address:

    York College of Pennsylvania
    Attn: Bridge to Results
    441 Country Club Road
    York, PA 17403

    Checks should be received by May 1.

Contact Us

Phone: 717.815.1493
academicservices@ycp.edu
Hours 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.