Hurricane Prep Summer Bridge Program - The University of Tulsa

Hurricane Prep Summer Bridge Program

The transition between high school and college can be daunting, but The University of Tulsa’s new Hurricane Prep Summer Bridge Program can help.

The 2023 Hurricane Prep Summer Bridge Program eases the transition from high school to college and gives conditionally approved, invited students the tools they need to succeed in higher education. Selected participants will live on campus July 10 through Aug. 11 while taking two free TU courses. Tuition, books, housing and meals are covered.

Participants will receive notification to enroll in one English or one math class plus the Effective Learning Strategies class.

  • ENGL 1004: Intro to College Writing or ENGL 1033: Exposition and Argumentation and FYE 1021: Effective Learning Strategies
  • MATH 1143: Mathematical Functions or MATH 1163: Precalculus and FYE 1021: Effective Learning Strategies

For additional information, view the FAQs below or contact Sheila Givens, director of student success initiatives, retention and persistence, at or 918-631-2865.

Hurricane Prep Summer Bridge Program

This program is designed to ease the transition from high school to college, allow you to become familiar with campus, make friends, experience TU classes, develop effective learning strategies and earn college credit prior to fall class start. 

The Hurricane Prep Summer Bridge Program is exclusively for students who were admitted conditionally to The University of Tulsa and have been invited. Review your offer letter if you are unsure of your admittance status.

The 2023 program runs from July 10 to Aug. 11. If you plan to live on campus during the program, you will move in on July 9. Details including arrival times, housing locations, etc. will be sent in May.

You will take your first English or math course, and an “Effective Learning Strategies” course during the program. Classes will meet on weekdays. You will be introduced to academic support services with the expectation that you will utilize those services throughout the program. Evening and weekend programming will be offered to increase familiarity with the TU campus and provide opportunities for you to get to know other students.

Yes, you will receive a grade for the two courses you complete through the Hurricane Prep Summer Bridge Program. The credit hours and grades earned will appear on your official TU transcript.

You pay nothing to attend the program. TU President Brad Carson is committed to your educational success, so the program is free of charge. Tuition, books, housing and meals are covered by TU during this program (a savings of least $10,000). 

The University of Tulsa is required to issue a 1099 form to students who have received at least $600 or more in scholarship funding during the tax year. Generally, a scholarship is tax free when the student is enrolled full- or part-time if the scholarship covers tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment for courses. If the scholarship exceeds these charges, you will have to pay tax on the amount exceeding the above-listed charges. The university recommends that you consult with your tax adviser as how to appropriately claim income from a 1099 form on your taxes.

On-campus participants will live in LaFortune House during the Hurricane Prep Summer Bridge Program and throughout their first year on campus. LaFortune House is home to the First-Year Residential Experience living-learning community, which seeks to apply in-class learning with out-of-class experiences that develop well-rounded students.

No, participants within commuting distance to campus (20-mile radius) may live at home during the program. However, commuting students must confirm that they have reliable transportation because daily attendance to both classes is expected.

Yes, you may bring a car to campus during the program but will need to purchase a parking permit. Participants who live on campus during the program should select the LaFortune House lot for residents, or “LH. Participants who commute during the program will need to select a commuter lot option. Details are available at

Yes, participants who successfully complete the Hurricane Summer Prep Program may continue to live on campus Aug. 11-17. Housing and dining costs incurred through this period will be paid by TU.

To help cover personal expenses incurred during the program, you will receive a $500 monetary gift if you are in good standing at Week 3 of the Hurricane Prep Summer Bridge Program. A second monetary gift of $500 will be awarded at the end of the program if you earn passing grades. Both awards will post to your TU account via direct deposit.

Students may request an exemption from the Hurricane Prep Summer Bridge Program by emailing Sheila Givens, Director of Student Success Initiatives, Retention & Persistence. Students are encouraged to include additional or new information such as an updated transcript showing relevant coursework or an improved GPA, new standardized test scores or a thorough explanation of course history.