Building on JSU’s historic mission of empowering diverse students to become leaders, Strengthening the Undergraduate Experience through Student Enrollment and Retention was developed to strengthen and prepare students who are admitted and matriculate at the University during the summer and academic year. This will be achieved through the implementation of a Summer Bridge Program and will continue in the academic year to provide student/living learning resources which includes tutoring, technology assisted teaching and learning, inquiry based teaching and learning within the discipline


Strengthening the Undergraduate Experience through Student Enrollment and Retention will prepare students for careers in the sciences, mathematics, engineering and other fields where African Americans are under represented. This activity comports with Jackson State University’s comprehensive plan and mission to prepare students who are technologically advanced, diverse, ethical and global leaders who think critically, address societal problems and compete effectively while enhancing academic, retention and graduation rates.


Funds were obtained through Institutional Aid Title III program to identify students to participate in a 10 week summer bridge program each year for five years. Students are selected from the Colleges of Science, Engineering and Technology. In addition to academic bridging course work in college algebra, chemistry, trigonometry and biology, students will participate in cultural enrichment and academic support activities during the first and second summer sessions. Students will participate in a structured computer-assisted tutorial monitored by an assistant laboratory coordinator, instructors, and graduate student assistants.