FAQs for Accepted Bridges Students

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1. What do I do after I am accepted?

You will receive an email inviting you to access the Bridges Program Canvas platform. Canvas is the online platform you will use to access the various sessions and activities of the Bridges Program. You will need to acknowledge that you read the Bridges Program Code of Conduct; watch the introduction videos from President Greg Crawford and Jonika Moore, Senior Associate Director, Diversity Initiatives; and watch the instructional video for how to use and access Canvas. You will have access to the instructional video throughout your time in Canvas so you may refer back to it when needed. Once you have done all of these steps, you will gain access to the platform and the first week’s content.

2. What does the virtual program entail? What is the schedule of events?

The 2020 Bridges Program will be an engaging virtual experience in which participants have the opportunity to get a glimpse of Miami behind the scenes. Between October 12 and November 6, participants will have access to virtual academic modules, interactive social activities with current students and organizations, resources from a variety of campus offices, and a diversity dialogue facilitated by current students. The sessions will be offered synchronously (live) and asynchronously (on your own time), and for those sessions which are only offered live, they will either be offered more than once to accommodate different scheduling needs or recorded for you to view at a time that is convenient for you. Check out the Schedule of Events. Please note the schedule is subject to change. The most up-to-date information will be listed within the Bridges Program Canvas platform. Please make sure you save your Bridges Program Canvas platform log-in information.

3. What are my obligations? How do I successfully complete the program?

In order to successfully complete the virtual Bridges Program, you must first complete the requirements to access the Bridges Program Canvas site content: acknowledging the Bridges Code of Conduct and watching two short introduction videos and the Bridges Program Canvas site instructional video.

Between October 12 - November 6, you must:

    • participate in/watch/listen to four (4) academic experiences (includes all requirements of that experience)
    • participate in/watch two (2) non-academic student panels or socials
    • participate in/watch one (1) of either the Diversity at Miami Live Chats or Diversity Dialogues
    • attend one (1) virtual information session
    • participate in one (1) “fun” activity
    • participate in/explore two (2) offices/areas within the Resource Fair module and write a short statement about what you learned and how you, as a Miami student, will utilize the resource
    • participate in/watch one (1) session of the Faculty/Staff Connections
    • participate in/watch the Myaamia and Miami session

There will be a variety of opportunities for you to participate in live sessions and we will record most content for you to be able to watch at a time that is convenient for you. Most of the experiences are no longer than an hour; others are only slightly more than an hour. Over the course of 27 days, you are required to participate in 13-15 hours worth of content (those hours include the introduction content requirements) to successfully complete the program. You are more than welcome to engage with more content — we hope you will!

4. How do I get my application fee waiver?

In order to receive the application fee waiver, you must successfully complete the Bridges Program (see Question #3). Once you do, your record is updated, and the fee for your application is automatically waived.

When you apply to Miami University-Oxford, you will need to select the Bridges Program fee waiver option on Miami's member questions on the Common Application.

5. What if I already paid the Miami University–Oxford application fee in addition to completing the Bridges program?

We plan to review all those who successfully complete the program and begin the process of refunds beginning the week of November 9. This process can take 12-15 days to post on your account. If after that time, you have not received a refund, please contact the Office of Admission at outreach@MiamiOH.edu. The fee cannot be refunded after 120 days.

6. Can I use the fee waiver for enrollment at one of Miami's regional campuses?

No. The application fee waiver is valid for enrollment at the main campus in Oxford only.

7. How do I get the Bridges Program scholarship, and will I receive the scholarship for all four years of college?

Students who successfully complete the Bridges Program (see Question #3) and apply, receive acceptance, and enroll full time at Miami's Oxford campus for Fall 2021 will receive the Bridges Program scholarship. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years if you maintain a 2.50 GPA at Miami University.

8. Am I able to combine this scholarship with other Miami scholarships?