The Urban Experience Program assists students with the transition from high school to the University of Houston by creating a pipeline through high school outreach. We work with our K-12 partners to hold college visits, speak with counselors, and present to students, providing our real help with the hopes of addressing common concerns for incoming students.
One of our pillar programs to support students is our Summer Bridge Program. The 4 day, 3 night immersion program is hosted by the Urban Experience Program and led by our Student Leaders. Participants will be selected from accepted and committed University of Houston students transitioning from high school to college. Participants will work through an integrated curriculum focused on breaking down the barriers to success that students face in their first year of college. Students will be armed with academic, social, and financial tools which will equip them to better cope with the unique challenges faced by first-generation and under-represented college students.
Upon completion of Summer Bridge, participants will have
- Increased confidence in addressing the challenges faced in their first year of college including the academic rigor, financing their education, and personal adjustment
- Increased self-efficacy to navigate the resources available at the University of Houston
Summer Bridge Minimum Admission Criteria
- Admission UH for the fall 2018 semester as a first-time-in-college student
Completing the application is the first step to being considered for Summer Bridge. Applications will be reviewed by the UEP staff.
Participants will be contacted via e-mail regarding their acceptance to Summer Bridge and will be provided with confirmation paperwork. As Summer Bridge is free of cost to participants and has limited spots, it is critical that committed students attend the program.
G-Force Work-Study Mentorship Program
The UEP G-Force Work-Study Mentorship Program is a group of college leaders who assist area students through outreach, mentoring, and tutoring activities. Our UH UEP students were as mentors to promote higher education to local area high students as well as retention for current college students. The mentors provide mentees with hands-on support completing admissions and financial aid applications, searching for scholarships, and selecting a college.
The program was created with the passage of Senate Bill 1050 by the 80th Texas Legislature. Funds are used to pay for college students employed on a part-time basis.
Applications are not currently being accepted.