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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.

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 accepting applications for the 2023 ConnecTU Summer Experience Program in the Spring 2023 semester. All students are required to submit an online application. You can apply on your student portal page. If you are having trouble accessing this application, please reach out to your admissions counselor or email the Center for Academic Equity at for more information. Participants who do not submit a completed application will not be considered for acceptance into our 2023 cohort. 

Contact the Center for Academic Equity at if you have any questions.

More details regarding the application deadlines, acceptance dates, and program dates will be communicated later. 

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. 

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.