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Bridging the Gap Between High School and College

UMSL program boasts perfect record of high school graduation and enrollment in college.

When the rest of their friends are sleeping this summer, hundreds of high school students are lining up for 8 a.m. classes at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

The UMSL Bridge Program, the university’s award-winning pre-collegiate program, is now in its 26th year. And its enrollment has climbed to more than 400 this summer including its middle school program.

You can also find many of the same students enrolled in Bridge’s Saturday Academy during the school year. And parents attend their own Saturday morning classes learning about the college admissions process and financial aid. When it comes time for those students to graduate from high school, 100 percent are accepted into college or other post-secondary institutions.

A recent story in the St. Louis Beacon chronicles Bridge’s history and some of the reasons for its extraordinary success.

Program Highlights:

  • The program began in 1986 under the leadership of Chancellor Marguerite Ross Barnett
  • Enrollment has grown to more than 400
  • The program has sent 100% of its participants to college
  • Last year, 87 seniors from the program graduated with more than $900,000 in scholarship offers