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ConnecTU Summer Experience

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The ConnecTU Summer Experience program will continue as scheduled in person for Summer 2021. Find updates regarding summer sessions and FAQs for current or incoming students at the ConnecTU FAQs.

The ConnecTU Summer Experience (formerly known as the Newcomb-Tulane Summer Bridge Program) is a bridge program that invites 15-30 talented scholars to participate in courses, programming, and community building intended to support academic excellence and retention among a small cohort of students. These students often identify as students of color, first-generation students, low-income students, LGBTQ+ identifying students, and College Track scholarship recipients. ConnecTU is a six-week on-campus experience that takes place over the summer before an incoming freshman’s first year of college.

This year’s ConnecTU Summer Experience program will take place July 1- August 7, 2021

How to Apply

Incoming first-year students in the Center for Academic Equity's cohort are invited to apply to the ConnecTU Summer Experience. College Track Tulane Partnership Scholars are required to participate in this summer program. Invited students can access their applications through the GreenWave portal. 

We will begin to accept applications for 2021 ConnecTU Summer Experience Program April 23-May 10, 2021. All student applicants are required to attend a ConnecTU interest meeting in addition to submission of an online application. If you are having trouble accessing this application, please reach out to your admissions counselor or email Tomika Smith, tsmith51@tulane.edu, for more information. Participants who do not submit both a completed application and attend a ConnecTU interest meeting will not be considered for acceptance into our 2021 cohort.

Interest meetings will take place:

  • Friday, April 30 at 4pm CST
  • Wednesday, May 5 at 6pm CST
  • Sunday, May 9 at 12:00pm CST

Zoom links will be provided closer to the interest meting date. 

You can apply on your student portal page. Contact the Program Director, Tomika Smith, tsmith51@tulane.edu, if you have any questions.

You will be notified of their acceptance during the week of May 24-28, 2021.

What Takes Place at ConnecTU

Student participants will live on campus in residence halls, take courses for credit, engage in community building workshops and activities on campus and within the great New Orleans area, be introduced to campus partners and resources, meet with faculty and staff advisors, begin to build their leadership style through an equitable and diverse lens, and explore the rich cultural diversity of New Orleans. Participants will earn up to six credits across three courses; College Math Preparation MATH 1001, ENG 1010, and a Taylor Your Tulane design thinking course. Throughout the summer, participants will become familiar with departments and centers across the institution that support student success. The bridge program will also include engaging students in study skills development through supplementary instruction, study groups, and one-on-one mentoring. This program is designed to bridge the gap that often exists for students of color, first-generation students, low-income students, and LGBTQ+ identifying students. The Center for Academic Equity offers the ConnecTU Summer Experience at no cost to participating students. This is your kick start to a phenomenal first year at Tulane.