Bridges Program FAQs

Applying to the Bridges Program

  1. What is the Bridges Program?
  2. How do I apply?
  3. How do I know which Bridges Program 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 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 the Bridges Program?
The Bridges Program is designed for high-achieving high school seniors who have a commitment to, and appreciation for, cultural diversity. This all-expenses paid, overnight visit 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 up close and personal.

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 do I know which Bridges Program 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 Program application. 

5. How will I know if I have been accepted?
Your Bridges Program 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?
Detailed information regarding the confirmation process will be included in your acceptance email notification.

8. What should I bring with me?
Since this is an overnight program, you will need to pack an overnight bag and your own bedding as you may be sleeping on the floor. More information and a packing list will be available later this fall. 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 does not provide programming for family members or friends during the Bridges Program. They are welcome to explore campus on their own or sign up to attend an information session while you participate in the Bridges Program. Additionally, Miami only provides transportation and lodging for the participating student. Thus, family members and friends who accompany you will need to arrange for their own lodging and facilitate their own transportation to and from campus. This includes transportation to and from the Cincinnati and Dayton airports and the Greyhound Bus and Megabus to and from Cincinnati.

10. Where will I stay?
Students who participate in the program will stay on campus with an assigned student host.

11. How will I know who my host is?
Hosts will be assigned by the Office of Admission. You will receive details closer to the program date.

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 lunch and dinner on Sunday and breakfast and lunch on Monday. If you think you'll want additional snacks/drinks, you'll need to bring 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 25-26
Columbus and Chillicothe

Session II: November 1-2
Cincinnati and Dayton

Session III: November 8-9
Out of State

Session IV: November 15-16
Cleveland, Akron, and Toledo

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 only able to provide transportation to and from 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. 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 Common Application.

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 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.

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 apply, receive acceptance, and enroll full time at Miami's Oxford campus for fall 2016 will be considered for a Bridges Program scholarship. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years if you maintain a 2.5 GPA at Miami University.

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