Bronco Boost: A Summer Bridge Program

Kickoff your Bronco Journey Successfully

Bronco Boost

Participate in an immersive, 7-week transition program and live in a residence hall on Fayetteville State’s campus at no cost to you!

You’ll earn college credits and resources to help you succeed:

  • Academic support
  • Mental wellness sessions
  • Field trips
  • Guest speakers
  • Life skills mentoring
  • Financial literacy instruction

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Program FAQs

Who Is Eligible?

Entering FSU freshmen students may be eligible to participate in Bronco Boost Summer Bridge Program.

To be eligible, applicants must:

Step 1:

  • Qualify for either in–state or out–of–state residency
  • Have a minimum 2.8 cumulative final high school grade point average (GPA)
  • Be admitted into FSU as a full–time student for Fall 2023

Step 2:

  • >Submit a completed the Online 2023 Bronco Boost Application
  • Complete the 2023–2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Step 3:

  • Submit a final high school transcript through your CFNC account, Parchment, or have mailed to the office of admissions. (Electronic method is preferred.)
    • Parchment: Submit on Parchment
    • CFNC: Submit on CFNC

What is the Bronco Boost Summer Bridge Program?

The Bronco Boost Summer Bridge Program is an immersive, 7 weeks, live in program that allows incoming FSU freshmen students to take three college courses and adjust to campus life during the summer following their high school graduation. Participants also attend weekly workshop series that addresses issues related to campus life and the educational process.

Who is eligible?

  • Students that qualify for either in–state or out–of–state residency.
  • Students that have a minimum 2.8 unweighted cumulative final high school grade point average (GPA)
  • Students that have graduated from an accredited or university–approved high school with a diploma or GED certificate
  • Students that have been admitted into FSU as a full–time student for Fall 2023.

When is the Summer Bridge Program?

Bronco Boost Summer Bridge Program is scheduled to begin on June 17, 2023 and will end on July 31, 2023. Weekends are REQUIRED. Participants must commit to the entire duration of the Summer Program.

Note: Students selected to attend Bronco Boost will be required to attend the overnight orientation from June 15th– 16th.

How would participating in the Summer Bridge program help benefit me?

Summer bridge programs are designed to foster success during the transition to college and equip students with academic skills and resources while simultaneously offering opportunities to form meaningful social connections. Bridge participants showed greater retention, higher GPAs, and increased graduation rates than their non–bridge peers. Students will also have the opportunity to make friendships with other new Fayetteville State students before the academic year begins, as well as a network of faculty, staff, and peers in a supportive learning environment.

Will I have an opportunity to go home during the seven weeks?

Bronco Boost students are expected to stay on campus for the full seven weeks of the program with the exception of the weekend of the July 4th holiday. Students may be picked up from July 1st –4th. Classes will resume on July 5th. Failure to return by July 5th can result in dismissal of the program.

Note: Students are not required to leave during this holiday break. We will have a fun–filled holiday weekend planned for all students that plan to remain on campus.

Where will I reside?

Students live in secure, on campus housing accessed with a key card. Students will have keys to their rooms which are shared with one to three other same–gendered program participants. Students will live in Hadley Residential Hall near the center of campus.

May I bring my car to the Bronco Boost Summer Bridge Program?

Students may not bring their cars to campus during the Bronco Boost Summer Bridge.

What classes will I take?

Students will enroll in 8 credits hours: ENGL 110, MATH 123, and FINC 100 that will be offered in the summer.

Note: Students who have taken college ENGL 110, MATH 123, and FINC 100 courses will not be eligible for the program.

What is the daily schedule?

In addition to courses in mathematics, English, and financial literacy, students will attend seminars, workshops, and other planned activities. Unless otherwise specified, participation in all activities is mandatory. The daily schedule typically begins at 7:30 am and runs until 9:00 pm (most nights) Monday through Friday. Students will also have mandatory planned activities, trips, and other fun engagement opportunities on the weekends.

How much does it cost for me to attend Bronco Boost?

We are proud to provide this experience at no cost to admitted students. This includes tuition, books, room and board, and all weekend activities. The enrollment fee for FSU is also waived for all Bronco Boost students.

Can I work or have other outside commitments during the Summer Bridge Program?

Summer Bridge is a significant commitment; the Summer Bridge Program schedule is very demanding from morning to evenings and requires students to dedicate themselves to managing their time for program events, meetings, and three courses. Students may not be absent for activities such as work, family vacations, etc. Please keep this in mind before deciding to apply for Summer Bridge. Students are expected to commit fully to Bronco Boost Summer Bridge during the seven–week program.

Do I still have to attend Orientation?

Summer Bridge students will still attend freshman orientation, a two–day experience that is required for all incoming first year student. Students will need to attend the orientation session that is scheduled for June 15–16, 2023. This is the Thursday and Friday before the start of the summer bridge program.

Can my parents/guardians spend the night in the Summer Bridge dorm in order to attend orientation or the opening ceremony?

We cannot permit this. Parents/guardians will need to handle their own lodging needs to attend orientation or the opening ceremony for Bronco Boost.

What happens after I have been admitted to Summer Bridge?

Participants will receive a “Welcome to Summer Bridge” information packet, which is usually mailed a few weeks after you receive your Summer Bridge admission letter. This will have detailed information about move–in day, attendance and dress policies, a tentative daily summer schedule, and most importantly, what you should (and should not) bring to Summer Bridge.

Who should I contact for more information regarding the Bronco Boost Summer Bridge?

For more information, please contact Bridgett Elliott at 910–672–1999 or Jocelyn Pratt at 910–672–2644 or email us at

Timeline and Deadlines

Dates Description
February 2023 Accepting Bronco Boost Applications!
May 1, 2023 Application deadline for Bronco Boost
May 2023 If selected, submit:
  • Final High School transcripts
  • FAFSA submission and completion for the year 2023–2024.
June 15–16, 2023 Move in day and Freshman Orientation
June 17, 2023 Opening ceremony/First day of Bronco Boost
June 19–30, 2023 Class One
July 1–4, 2023 Fourth of July Break (optional)
July 5–30, 2023 Class 2 & 3
July 31, 2023 Closing ceremony and move out of Hackley Hall