Bridges Program FAQs

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Applying to the Bridges Program

1. What is the Bridges Program?

The Bridges Program is a virtual immersive experience for high-achieving high school seniors from historically underrepresented populations or who have a commitment to promoting a deeper understanding of and appreciation for diversity. Students representing different ethnic/racial, sexual orientation and gender identity, and socioeconomic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This program introduces students to the undergraduate experience at Miami University. We know that choosing a college is about fit and match, and we want to give students a chance to experience Miami and engage with our community.

2. How do I apply?

You are responsible for completing the Bridges Program application. Additionally, a counselor recommendation is also required from your high school counselor. (You are responsible for following up with your counselor regarding the submission.)

3. 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 Program application. You will be able to see which parts of your application that we have and have not yet received by checking your Applicant Status Page.

Please note, if you have initiated your Common App for admission to Miami University in addition to having a Bridges application, you will have two checklists on your Applicant Status Page —one for each application. When you log in to your Applicant Status Page, you will see the status of your most recent application. To view the status of the other application, please use the dropdown menu in the upper right hand corner just above your checklist.

4. How will I know if I have been accepted?

Your Bridges Program application decision will be sent via email in October. 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.  

5. When will I be notified about my Bridges Program application decision?

You will receive an email with your Bridges Program application decision no later than Friday, October 9. If you have any questions/concerns prior to then, please email outreach@MiamiOH.edu or call 513-529-2531.

Preparing for the Program

6. How much does it cost to participate?

The Bridges Program is offered free of charge.

7. How do I confirm my participation in the program?

Detailed information regarding the confirmation process will be included in your acceptance email notification.

8. What is the timeframe in which I will need to complete the Bridges Program requirements?

Students admitted to the Bridges Program will gain access to the platform on Monday, October 12. They will need to complete the requirements of the program by Friday, November 6.

9. What is the schedule for the Bridges Program?

Bridges participants have the opportunity to get a glimpse of Miami behind the scenes. Between October 12 and November 6, participants will have access to virtual academic modules, interactive social activities with current students and organizations, resources from a variety of campus offices, and a current student-facilitated diversity dialogue. The sessions will be offered synchronously and asynchronously, and for those sessions which are only offered live, they will either be offered more than once to accommodate different scheduling needs or recorded for them to view at a time that is convenient for them.

10. What happens if I have scheduling conflicts and cannot participate in all of the live sessions? Can I still complete the Bridges requirements and receive a fee waiver and scholarship eligibility?

For those Bridges activities that are required, we will provide ample time to complete these between October 12 and November 6. For most of our live sessions, we plan to provide recordings for those who cannot participate in real time. For those live sessions that are required, we will provide multiple opportunities for students to register and participate. As long as students complete all of the Bridges requirements, they will receive the application fee waiver and be eligible to receive the Bridges scholarship if admitted to Miami University.

11. I don’t have reliable access to a computer/internet at home. Can I still apply to participate in the Bridges Program?

We are committed to providing students with access to the best of our abilities. If you find yourself in this scenario, please contact us at outreach@MiamiOH.edu or 513-529-2531, and we will work with you directly to come up with possible solutions.

Fee Waiver for Applying to Miami University

12. How do I get my admission application fee waiver?

In order to receive the admission 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. When you apply to Miami University-Oxford, you will need to select the Bridges Program fee waiver option on Miami's member questions on the admission application.

13. 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 the Office of Admission at outreach@MiamiOH.edu immediately after completing the program in order to receive a refund. The fee cannot be refunded after 120 days.

14. 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.

Bridges Program Scholarship

15. How do I receive the Bridges Program Scholarship?

You must successfully complete the virtual Bridges Program within a set timeframe. Students admitted to the Bridges Program will receive communication regarding their acceptance as well as a link to Canvas — Miami University’s online platform that faculty and current students use to engage in course content. We are using this platform to track your participation in the Bridges Program.

16. Will I receive the scholarship for all four years of college?

Students who successfully complete the Bridges Program and apply, receive acceptance, and enroll full time at Miami's Oxford campus for Fall 2021 will be considered for a Bridges Program scholarship. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years if you maintain a 2.50 GPA at Miami University.

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

Yes.