Program Components and Timeline

Component 1: Summer Bridge Intensive | Summer 2020

  • Four-week Summer Bridge Intensive beginning Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 31, 2020. Participants meet Monday through Friday, 9am to 3pm. Breakfast and lunch are included with the program.
  • Provides transitional support to students in math, science and English prior to the beginning of the fall term for four days per week while the fifth day is dedicated to academic support topics in preparation of the fall term.  
  • Participants are placed in small cohorts of 12 to 13 students called learning communities led by a Master’s level student intern, as their learning community leader.  
  • Students have the opportunity to strengthen their interpersonal skills, work with tutors and learn about CDU’s important policies, processes and procedures.
  • Participants who fully commit to the Summer Bridge Intensive receive a total stipend of $1,250.  

Component 2: Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 First-Year Experience Courses

  • The First Year Experience (FYE) continues beyond the Summer Bridge Intensive
  • Students remain in their summer learning communities by being enrolled in the same pre-determined course schedule. Students also participate in a weekly two-hour seminar during the fall 2020 & spring 2021 terms.
    • Fall Course Registration (13 units | Full-Time status)

      • ENG 099 (3 units) – English Fundamentals for College Writing
      • CPU 125 (2 units) – Introduction to Computer Applications
      • ILR 101 (1 unit) - Information Literacy Research
      • MTH 126 (3 units) – College Algebra
      • COM 111 (3 units) – Medical Terminology
      • FYE Seminar (1 unit) – First-Year Experience Seminar
    • Spring Course Registration (13 units | Full-time status)
      • ENG 111 – English Composition or ENG 112 – Critical Thinking & Text Analysis (3 units)
      • CHM 100 – Basic Chemistry or BIO 100 – Introduction to Biology (4 units) *Depends on major
      • MTH 130 – Pre-Calculus or MTH 150 – Statistics for Research (3 units) *Depends on major
      • PHE 250 (2 units) – Community Health Issues
      • FYE Seminar (1 unit)
  • Students have the opportunity to strengthen their study skills, learn to work with their Faculty Advisors, improve writing and presentation skills, while participating and discussing case studies that utilize modern campus life examples.
  • Students will gain exposure to the CDU Advantage while expanding their understanding of the importance of decreasing health disparities locally and globally.


Friday, May 1, 2020
FYE Program Application due. Reminder: to be eligible for the program, you must have applied and be accepted to CDU. In addition, students should also apply for Financial Aid before submitting the FYE Program application. Visit How to Apply for Financial Aid for more information.

Monday, May 4 – Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Complete the Accuplacer placement exams at CDU. Students will have an opportunity to select their best availability to sit for the placement exams on the program application and receive a confirmation email confirming their placement exam date.

Monday, June 1, 2020
Student notification of program participation.

Friday, June 12, 2020
FYE Participant Contracts are due.

Monday, June 22, 2020
FYE Program Orientation at 6:00pm. Participants are encouraged to bring a parent, guardian or supporter to the Orientation. Limit one guest per student. Required for all participants.

Monday, July 6 – Friday, July 31, 2020
Summer Bridge Intensive

Tuesday, August 11 – Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Fall 2020 New Student Orientation

Monday, August 24, 2020
Fall 2020 classes begin