Summer Bridge Program

Graduating high school seniors, Summer Bridge helps you jump start your college career and get a head start on your college classes the summer after you graduate high school.

With Summer Bridge, enroll and earn up to seven college credit hours at Central Piedmont for six weeks in the summer. This helps you successfully transition from high school to college in a closed, structured, and supervised environment.

Next Summer Bridge Dates

  • Dates

    June 19 - July 28, 2023

    Classes are held Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–1:05 p.m.; two additional mandatory activities are held from 12:45–2 p.m.

  • Locations

    Cato, Central, Harris, Levine, and Merancas campuses

Highlights and Benefits

Full scholarships are available if you are selected for the program. Financial advising is also available.

If you enroll at Central Piedmont in the fall, you will continue to receive student support services.

  • Increase your self-confidence.

  • Earn up to seven hours of college credit. These courses and grades are part of your permanent transcript and are the beginning of your college GPA.

    In  summer 2023, the following classes will possibly be available:  ENG101, MAT 003, ACA 122, CJC 111, COM 231, ENG 111, ENG111/011, MAT 143, MAT 152, MAT 171, MUS 110, PSY 150, HSE 110, SAB 110 and SOC 210. Find course descriptions in the college catalog.

    Please note: Your unweighted high school GPA determines your classes. 

  • Learn what will be expected of you in college.

  • Participate in activities designed to build your academic skills and create a sense of community.

  • Get a head start on college courses or a program at Central Piedmont or so you can transfer to a four-year school in NC.

  • Achieve higher grade point averages.

  • Meet friends and engage in social activities.

  • Tuition, books, and fees are covered. (You are responsible for other costs, like laptops and school supplies).


If you live in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area and will be attending Central Piedmont in the fall, you will get first priority for the Summer Bridge program. However, planning to attend Central Piedmont is not a requirement to be admitted.

We review applicants using a holistic approach that considers academic interests, life experiences, and diverse backgrounds, in addition to academic profiles.

Apply for Summer Bridge

The deadline to apply for 2023 is June 2, 2023. We review applications on a rolling basis and will email you your application decision beginning in late February/early March.

  • Complete the Steps to Apply to Central Piedmont

    First, complete the following three steps from the steps to apply to Central Piedmont:

    - NC residency determination

    - Central Piedmont admissions application

    - Submit high school transcripts

  • Submit the Summer Bridge Application

    Summer Bridge application will open on October 10, 2022

After Acceptance/Program Requirements

If admitted to Summer Bridge program:

  • you must complete the acceptance form provided in your acceptance email in order to accept and claim your seat.
  • you must attend one Summer Bridge welcome session in May or June 2023.


  • must complete the acceptance form provided in your acceptance email in order to accept and claim your seat.

  • must attend one Summer Bridge welcome session in May or June 2022.

  • make sure your Central Piedmont email is active. That will be the only email we will use to communicate with you moving forward. Keep an eye out on email communication about enrolling in your class(es) as well as a welcome packet.

  • will not register for your classes — Summer Bridge staff will register you.

    You are required to stay enrolled in your courses for the duration of the program.

    We will register you in classes based on your high school GPA, test scores, or college credits that are available by the start of the program. You must have an unweighted 3.0 GPA to attend English or sociology classes at Levine Campus or to take online classes. You can take English, math, and various elective classes at all campuses (except Harris).

    (All your transcripts and placement, AP, and/or IB test scores must be available before May 31 to determine your class enrollment.)

  • may not miss class or any required activity for things like work or family vacations. You are only allowed two unexcused absences during the program. If you have three absences or more, you will be dismissed from the program.