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 the Bronco Boost Summer Bridge Program.

To be eligible, applicants must:

Step 1:

  • Qualify for either in–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 2024

Step 2:

  • Submit a completed 2024 Bronco Boost Application
  • Complete the 2023–2024 AND 2024-2025 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 a weekly workshop series that addresses issues related to campus life and the educational process.



When is the Summer Bridge Program?

Bronco Boost Summer Bridge Program is scheduled to begin on June 14, 2024 and will end on July 31, 2024. Weekend participation is required for the duration of the program. Participants must commit to the entire duration of the Summer Program.



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 campus on July 3 (after classes). Students will be required to return to campus on July 7 (by 9pm). Classes will resume on July 8. Failure to return by July 7 can result in dismissal of the program.

Note: Students are not required to leave during this holiday break. We will have planned activities 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 Hackley Residential Hall near the center of campus. Students will be required to remain in Hackley Residential Hall their entire first year (Fall 2024 and Spring 2025).



Do I still need to complete my Housing Application?

Students will still need to complete their housing application and select Hackley Hall for their Fall housing assignments. Students will remain in Hackley Residential Hall their entire first year (Fall 2024 and Spring 2025).



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

Freshman 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. (Courses may differ for Nursing Majors)

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 8:00 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 evening 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?

Orientation will be incorporated into the Summer Bridge program. Selected Participants will not need to register for FSU 2-day orientation.



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 Participants will receive a “Welcome to Summer Bridge” information packet, which is usually emailed 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 or email us at



Timeline and Deadlines

Dates Description
December 2023 Accepting Bronco Boost Applications!
May 1, 2024 Application deadline for Bronco Boost
May 2024 If selected, submit:
  • Final High School transcripts
  • FAFSA submission and completion for the year 2023–2024.
June 14, 2024 Move in day!
June 15, 2024 Opening ceremony
June 17–28, 2024 Class One
July 4-7, 2024 Fourth of July Break (optional)
July 1–30, 2024 Class 2 & 3
July 31, 2024 Closing ceremony and move out of Hackley Hall