UMSL Bridge Program

The University of Missouri-St. Louis Bridge Program has provided college access services accessible to high school students.  It provides unique and comprehensive year-round precollegiate programming for St. Louis area high school students and parents. 

The Bridge Program Saturday Academy is held the first two Saturdays of each month, from October through March. The academy provides an intensive 11-Saturday program for students in grades 9 through 12. You will be immersed in mathematics, science, written and oral communication, career research, personal and professional development and college planning.

  1. Academic Skills Workshops include Math, Science and Writing:
    Students participate in critical thinking activities designed to enhance their ability to perform well on college entrance exams.
  2. Career Development and College Planning Workshops:
    Freshmen and sophomore students will be involved in structured career planning workshops developed to guide students through important key steps for career identification and effectively develop a focused career plan. All junior and senior students will be engaged in workshops structured to assist with the overall college admissions, financial aid and scholarship research process.

Program Requirements

  • All applicants must be currently enrolled in grades 9th-12th.
  • All applicants must have a 2.5 or higher cumulative grade point average.
  • All applicants must submit a completed application, recommendation letter and middle school final grade report or high school transcript.
  • All applicants should be enrolled in or have completed Algebra.
  • All senior participants must meet with Bridge staff at least once during the Saturday Academy.
  • All participants must agree to meet attendance, performance and behavior requirements.
  • All participants are expected to complete assigned tasks and fully participate in class activities to meet program requirements.

Please note: Students who participated in previous program components must reapply for consideration.

Saturday Academy Sessions

The 2015-2016 Saturday Academy will be held on the first and second Saturday of each month from October 3, 2015 through March 12, 2016. All activities will be held on scheduled Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus in various laboratories and academic classrooms.

Application Process

The following documents must be submitted to the Bridge Program Office to meet the below program deadline date:

  • Final Application Deadline
    • Friday, August 28, 2015
  • Bridge Program Online Application completed online by the student. Please complete all sections of the online application form.
  • Recommendation Letter completed by your high school counselor, administrator or instructor and submit to the Bridge Program Office. (Note: This is not a requirement for returning Bridge participants.)
  • High School Transcript (All 9th grade students are required to submit a copy of their 8th grade report card.)

Saturday Academy Important Dates to Remember

      • Friday, August 28, 2015: FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE
      • Friday, September 11, 2015: Final Acceptance Notification
      • Saturday, September 26, 2015: Saturday Academy Kickoff Orientation
      • Saturday, October 3, 2015: Saturday Academy session begins
      • Saturday, March 12, 2016: Award Recognition Ceremony

Program Meeting Dates

      • October 3, 2015
      • October 10, 2015
      • November 7, 2015
      • November 10, 2015
      • December 5, 2015
      • December 12, 2015
      • January 9, 2016
      • February 6, 2016
      • February 13, 2016
      • March 5, 2016
      • March 12, 2016



Beginning in the fall of 2014, we will be using a new career exploration system, Career Cruising (  

Career Cruising is an Internet-based career exploration and planning tool available to students in grades K  to 12 to explore career and college options and develop a career plan. Career Cruising can be accessed from school, from home, or wherever Internet access is available.

Features of the program include:

  • Course Planner- This is where students will register for classes! Once logged in, click on the Course Planner tab on the left.
  • Interest and Skills Assessment - a world-renowned career assessment tool to help people identify suitable career options based on their interests and skills
  • Career Profiles - thorough and up-to-date information about hundreds of different occupations, including direct links between careers and related college programs
  • Multimedia Interviews - interviews with real people in each occupation, which add depth and realism to career profiles
  • College and Financial Aid Information - comprehensive college and financial aid information, with a number of useful search tools to help students find the right college and the right scholarships
  • Electronic Career Portfolio - available online, so students can develop their education and career plans from wherever they access Career Cruising
  • Resume Builder - integrated with the portfolio to help students format and print professional-looking resumes quickly and easily

How Do I Login to Career Cruising?

• Login using the following:

Your Username is the prefix `FH-` followed by your student ID (e.g. FH-179506)

Your Password is your birth date (mmddyyyy)
(e.g. August 25th, 1990 --> 08251990)

Click here for 4 Year Plans for Career Paths


College Visits  
A complete list of when college visits are scheduled in the Guidance Department is available in the Guidance Department, through eNEWS and on the daily announcements. Please feel free to stop by the Guidance Department for applications as well as other various information from various colleges.

Grade Level Checklist
                10th Grade                    11th Grade                                  12th Grade

College Prep Workshops - Information about the college planning process will be coming soon. Click here to find out more about these workshops.

NCAA Clearinghouse -

(Video also found here)


Core Course GPA 
            - School ID: 262851
            - School Code: 713122555


  • SAT Information -  (Once you enter the SAT web site SAT will not allow you to automatically return to this FHC web site. This is controlled by SAT and they are the only ones that can make the change)


Awaiting tutoring information for 2015-16



Click here for a list of district approved tutors.



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