Bridges FAQs

Applying to the Bridges Program

  1. What is Bridges?
  2. How do I apply?
  3. How do I know which Bridges session to apply for?
  4. How will I know you received my application?
  5. How will I know if I have been accepted?

Preparing for the Program

  1. What do I do after I am accepted?
  2. How do I send my confirmation materials to you?
  3. What should I bring with me?
  4. Can I bring family members and friends with me?
  5. Where will I stay?
  6. How will I know who my host is?
  7. Where can my family/friends stay if he or she accompanies me?
  8. What meals are provided?
  9. What am I going to do when I get there? What is the schedule of events?

Transportation to the Program

  1. How will I travel to and from campus?
  2. What time(s) will transportation be provided for the sessions?
  3. What if I don't want to fly into or depart from the Cincinnati or Dayton airport?
  4. What if I am unable to attend the session for which transportation is being provided?

Fee Waiver for Applying to Miami University

  1. How do I get my application fee waiver?
  2. How do I get the fee waiver if I'm applying to Miami as an "Early Decision" candidate?
  3. What if I already paid the Miami UniversityOxford application fee in addition to completing the Bridges Program?
  4. Can I use the fee waiver for enrollment at one of Miami's regional campuses?

Bridges Program Scholarship

  1. How do I get the $2,500 scholarship, and will I receive the scholarship for all four years of college?
  2. Am I able to combine this scholarship with other Miami scholarships?

1. What is Bridges?
The Bridges experience is designed for high-achieving, historically underrepresented high school seniors. This all-expense paid, overnight visit program introduces students to the undergraduate experience at Miami University. Because we know that choosing a college is about fit and match, we want to give students a chance to experience Miami up close and personal.

2. How do I apply?
You are responsible for completing the Bridges application. Additionally, a Counselor Recommendation is also required from your guidance counselor. (You are responsible for following up with your guidance counselor regarding the submission.) All application materials must be submitted online no later than Monday, September 16, 2013. Submissions after this date will be considered only if space permits.

3. How do I know which Bridges session to apply for?
You should register for the session that suits your schedule best, but you should also be aware that transportation will be provided only to and from the cities listed for that session (see Question #15). If you want to participate in a session for which transportation is not provided from the city closest to where you live, you CAN do so but will have to provide your own transportation to and from Miami University.

4. How will I know you received my application?
You will receive notification via email once we have received your completed application. You are responsible for ensuring we receive all parts of your Bridges application. We will not contact you if your application is incomplete.

5. How will I know if I have been accepted?
Your Bridges application decision will be sent via email. If you have any questions/concerns, please email us at outreach@MiamiOH.edu. Please check your email frequently as all communication regarding this program will be electronic. 

6. What do I do after I am accepted?
You will need to follow the directions in your email notification, which will include confirmation forms. Once we receive your confirmation forms, you will receive a "confirmation received" email message. Please check your email frequently as all communication regarding this program will be electronic. 

7. How do I send my confirmation materials to you?
Submit your completed confirmation forms via postal mail, email, or fax to the following:

Office of Admission
Attn: Bridges Program
301 S. Campus Ave.
Oxford, OH 45056-3434

Email: outreach@MiamiOH.edu
Fax: 513-529-0680

8. What should I bring with me?
See What to Bring. Please do not bring more than you can carry!

9. Can I bring family members and friends with me?
You are welcome to bring family members or friends with you. However, Miami University is not responsible for providing lodging for anyone other than the participating student. Thus, family members and friends that accompany you will need to arrange for their own lodging.

Family members and friends will need to facilitate their own transportation to and from campus as well since Miami will provide transportation only for participating students. This includes transportation to and from the Cincinnati and Dayton airports, the Greyhound Bus to and from Cincinnati and Dayton, and the Mega Bus to and from Cincinnati.

10. Where will I stay?
Students selected for this program will stay with a current Miami student host. This host will be of the same gender and share common interests (e.g., area of study). You may have to sleep on the floor so please bring a sleeping bag and pillow. 

11. How will I know who my host is?
Students participating in Bridges will be contacted by their host at least 48 hours in advance via cell phone and email. Be sure to check all email accounts prior to this time. You will be matched according to your gender and major of interest.

12. Where can my family/friends stay if he or she accompanies me?
Family members and friends are welcome to arrange their own accommodations. We have a number of restaurants near campus as well.

13. What meals are provided?
We will be providing dinner on Sunday and breakfast and lunch on Monday. If you think you'll want additional snacks/drinks, you'll need spending money.

14. What am I going to do when I get there? What is the schedule of events?
Check out the tentative agenda to get an idea of what will happen during the program.

15. How will I travel to and from campus?
Round-trip transportation will be provided from the following locations. Pick-up and drop-off details will be posted in early October. Please check back then.

Session I: October 27-28
Cincinnati and Chillicothe

Session II: November 3-4
Akron, Cleveland, and Toledo

Session III: November 10-11
Columbus and Dayton

Session IV: November 17-18

Cincinnati and Dayton airports/bus stations

16. What time(s) will transportation be provided for the sessions?
Pick-up and drop-off locations and times will be posted in early October. Please check back then for more details.

17. What if I don't want to fly into or depart from the Cincinnati or Dayton airport?
You are more than welcome to fly in or out of any airport you choose; Unfortunately, we are able to provide transportation to and from only the airports located in Cincinnati and Dayton. Several transportation options are available for pick-up and drop-off services (for a fee).

18. What if I am unable to attend the session for which transportation is being provided?
You may attend another session; however, you must provide your own transportation to and from Miami University.

19. How do I get my application fee waiver?
In order to receive the application fee waiver, you must successfully complete the Bridges Program. Once you do, your record is updated, and the fee for your admission application is automatically waived.

If you apply to Miami UniversityOxford online, you will need to check the "application fee waiver" box to submit the application without payment.

20. How do I get the fee waiver if I'm applying to Miami as an "Early Decision" candidate?
We ask that as an Early Decision applicant, you do not submit a fee until you are accepted to the Bridges program. If you are denied acceptance to the Bridges Program, you must contact our office so that we can provide an extension for submitting the application fee.

21. What if I already paid the Miami University–Oxford application fee in addition to completing the Bridges program?
If you have already paid the application fee, you must notify a staff member immediately after completing the program in order to receive a refund. The fee cannot be refunded after 120 days.

22. Can I use the fee waiver for enrollment at one of Miami's regional campuses?
No. The application fee waiver is valid for enrollment at the main campus in Oxford, Ohio, only.

23. How do I get the scholarship, and will I receive the scholarship for all four years of college?
Students who successfully complete the Bridges program and then apply, receive acceptance, and enroll at Miami's Oxford campus will receive the Bridges scholarship. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years if you maintain a 2.5 g.p.a. at Miami University.

24. Am I able to combine this scholarship with other Miami scholarships?
Yes.