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Bridges program brings high school students to campus


Nearly 200 outstanding diverse and/or underrepresented high schools seniors - as well as students who have demonstrated interest in issues of diversity - are on Miami's campus today (Nov. 10) for an "undergraduate experience" as part of Bridges, an overnight visit program for students from around the state.

Students arrived yesterday and are engaging in a variety of activities designed to assist them in the college application process. Participants stayed in residence halls to get first-hand knowledge of what it's like to live on campus. They'll also have a real classroom experience and explore various majors during an Academic Opportunities Fair. Current Miami students are holding a student panel to explain social activities on campus and around Oxford, and answer other questions regarding college life.

Students who successfully complete the program, and choose to enroll at Miami's Oxford campus, qualify for a $4,000 annual renewable scholarship. Miami also will waive the $45 admission application fee for fall 2009 admission.

Miami had 272 applicants for the 2007 Bridges program with 95 students chosen. This year, the university received a record 565 applications, according to Laurie Koehler, director of admission. Because of the strength of the applicant pool, the program has been expanded with more than 200 students invited to attend.

Of the 95 students who attended the 2007 program, 84 applied for admission. Of those who applied, 78 were accepted to Miami and 42 chose to enroll this fall. For more information, contact Bryan Nance at 529-5621 or


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