Flashes Strong Summer Bridge Program

The Flashes Strong Summer Bridge Program is a five-week summer program at Kent State University. This program is designed to assist new freshmen in their transition from high school to college. Participants will receive a jumpstart in their college career by enrolling in two (2) three-credit classes that will count towards their college degree. All fees and costs associated with the program are covered including tuition, housing, meal plan, and course materials for the five weeks.

Newly enrolled first-year students a part of our pipeline partnership programs (Akron Public Schools, College Now Cleveland Metropolitan School District, First Star, LeBron James Family Foundation, and TRIO Upward Bound Programs) are highly encouraged to apply to the Flashes Strong Summer Bridge Program. We currently are not accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year. 

Students will receive the opportunity to:

  • Earn six college credits
  • Academic support from the Writing Commons and math tutors
  • Build new relationships with other incoming freshmen
  • Mentorship from current and past Kent State students
  • Familiarity with the campus
  • Gain new study skills

Please contact Sherylynn Chapman Thomas, University Outreach and Engagement, at slchapma@kent.edu or 330-672-8886.