Bridges Program

Miami University is proud to present the Bridges Program, an overnight visit experience for high-achieving high school seniors from historically underrepresented populations or who have a commitment to promoting a deeper understanding of and appreciation for diversity. Students representing different ethnic/racial, sexual orientation and gender identity, and socioeconomic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Bridges Program Scholarship

Students who complete the Bridges Program, apply, are accepted, and enroll on the Oxford campus for Fall 2017 will be eligible to receive the Bridges Program scholarship. Last year, Bridges Program participants received scholarships ranging from $2,500 to full tuition annually.

2016 Bridges Program Dates

Students should choose one session to attend (to be declared on the application). Round-trip transportation will be provided from select cities, and airports for the sessions below:

Bridges Program Dates and Locations
Session I:
October 30-31
Session II:
November 6-7
Session III:
November 13-14
Session IV:
November 20-21





Out of State





Application criteria include the following:

  • High school students graduating in 2017
  • Minimum of 3.00 grade point average on a 4.00 scale or top 25% of graduating class
  • Rigorous curriculum
  • Demonstrated leadership/co-curricular involvement
  • Test scores (PLAN, ACT, SAT, PSAT)

To apply, please submit the documents below. The application for the Bridges Program is now closed.

Bridges Program application documents and who should submit them
To be submitted by Documents

Bridges Program Online Application

Please complete the application to be considered for the Bridges Program. Applications will be accepted until September 19, 2016, or until we reach capacity. Information that you enter into this form saves as you fill it out. You can exit at any time and return to the last page you completed. We encourage you to complete your application early.

Personal Statement: 

As part of your Bridges Program application, you will be asked to include a personal statement. Personal statements help us become acquainted with you in ways different from courses, grades, test scores, and other objective data. They demonstrate your ability to organize thoughts and express yourself. In 250-300 words each, please respond to both prompts below:

  • Tell us how you define diversity, what diversity means to you, and how you will contribute to a diverse college community.
  • Recently, college campuses have been central to events and causes such as Black Lives Matter, gender identity and expression, and women's rights that have put diversity in the spotlight. How do you foresee these types of movements impacting the climate on college campuses?
School Counselors

Counselor Recommendation 

School Counselors should complete and submit an electronic recommendation form for each student who is applying to the Bridges Program. Counselors will receive an email from Miami University with a link to each student's recommendation form.

*Students are responsible for following up with their school counselor regarding the submission of the counselor recommendation. Students can check the status of their counselor recommendation by visiting their Applicant Status Page.


Questions? Check out our list of frequently asked questions for more information about the Bridges Program.

Contact Information

Office of Admission