EOP Programs and Services

BEST (Building Essential Skills and Talents)

Summer Bridge Program for First Time Freshman

Contact: Bryan Spencer, Summer Bridge Program Coordinator



For 2016, Summer Bridge will run for five weeks from July 6th to August 8th.

Each Summer a select group of new EOP freshmen students are given an opportunity to get a head start on their college education and experience life at SDSU. Students participate in five weeks of intensive academic studies designed to earn up to six academic units and to develop needed writing, math, and study skills focused toward meeting SDSU’s writing and math competency requirements.

Participants in the residential program live on campus, and those in the commuter program live at home, but still participate in all activities. All students get a chance to familiarize themselves with the university and explore the city of San Diego. This is a great way to begin at SDSU. You will meet students like yourself from throughout California, develop essential educational skills, and participate in social and recreational activities. With your enthusiasm and a five-week commitment, you can become one of EOP’s BEST students at SDSU.

EOP’s BEST Summer Bridge Program at San Diego State University is regarded as one of the nation’s finest summer transitional programs.  BEST students generally have higher grade-point averages and lower academic probation rates than other SDSU students.  BEST alumni have gone on to graduate school or successful employment as professionals in varied fields.

BEST Criteria

BEST accepts a selected number of students from those who have academic need and have:

  1. been admitted to SDSU and EOP;
  2. turned in the Intent to Enroll packet;
  3. submitted a current BEST application.

For more information, see the FAQ section on Summer Bridge