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Wildcat Immersion Program

The Wildcat Immersion Program (W.I.P.) formally Summer Bridge, is a living-learning community designed to provide assistance to entering freshman. The program works collaboratively with campus partners to engage students in an ongoing transition process from high school to college. The transitional process focuses on academics, social network, and personal development to create a foundation for persistence towards a timely graduation. Only 250 students are selected to participate in the immersion program. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis until the program is full. 

Once admitted to the Wildcat Immersion Program, students begin their freshman year within a residential, six-week summer program that is designed to assist them in transitioning from high school to college and to help them build a strong academic foundation. The program allows students to earn up to seven college credits at a significantly reduced cost. 

The intense six-week summer program helps students transition from high school to college, while building a strong academic foundation.

  • Get a head start on your education at reduce rate of $2,137
  • Develop relationships with faculty and staff
  • Acclimate to college and the campus before fall crowds arrive
  • Join an exciting freshman learning community while living on campus with your peers
  • Develop academic strategies for handling the demands of college life

Wildcat Immersion Program participants must:

  • Apply and be accepted to Bethune-Cookman University;
  • Send a final high school transcript or an official letter (on school’s letterhead) confirming completion of high school requirements;
  • Complete the Financial Aid applications: you are required to complete two different financial aid applications.  2017‐2018 FAFSA for Summer 2018 & 2018-2019 FAFSA for Fall semester 2018. To be linked directly to the FAFSA website click herePlease make sure that both applications are complete before Friday, June 1st.  The B-CU federal school code is 001467; and
  • Submit a $300 non-refundable enrollment commitment fee. This fee must be paid before you can register for the Wildcat Immersion Program. It does take the system 24-48 hours to process the fee.
  • All Wildcat Immersion Program students are required to pay the non-refundable enrollment commitment fee (it is stated in your admissions letter).  This fee will cover the Summer 2018 Immersion Program and the Fall 2018 semester. You are not required to pay a second fee if you enroll in Fall 2018.  If you have paid the enrollment commitment fee before completing the Wildcat Immersion Program registration form, there is no need to pay this fee again.
  • For methods of payment click here.

Complete your application now, and if you are selected as a 2018 Wildcat Immersion Program participant you will receive significant cost reductions and enrollment incentives. Apply now!

  • Deadline to apply for the Program: Friday, June 1, 2018
  • All documents for the Program Participants must be submitted by Friday, June 8th
  • Announcement of Summer 2018 W.I.P. Cohort: Friday, June 8th
  • Orientation Day: Saturday, June 23rd
  • Move-in: Saturday, June 23rd
  • First Day of Classes: Monday, June 25th
  • No Classes: Wednesday, July 4th
  • Classes Resume: Thursday, July 5th
  • Last Day of Class: Thursday, August 2nd
  • Check-out: Friday, August 3rd


  • Call: 386-481-2405 or 386-481-2300
  • Email:  
  • Register for the Wildcat Immersion Program by clicking HERE. You can only register if you have paid the $300.00 Enrollment Fee. It takes 24-48 hours to process.

Payments or Room Reservations:

Financial Aid Office

Office of Admissions

  • Phone: 800-448-0228 or 386-481-2600

Housing and Residential Life

  • Phone: 386-481-2420
  • Any first-time freshman who has been conditionally admitted;
  • Any student who needs to take pre-college level classes; or
  • Any first-time freshmen who may benefit from smaller class sizes and wants to jump-start their college career.

Contact Admissions immediately to be added to our waitlist for Summer. This is a full-time program that combines a traditional 16-week course schedule with two accelerated eight-week sessions (to make up remedial needs). The program will include seminars and events with faculty, staff, and peer leaders at B-CU, mandatory study tables and tutoring, and the opportunity to meet other incoming B-CU students with similar academic interests.

Great News! We have a summer incentive for you as well. You can apply through the Wildcat Immersion Program to take advantage of the summer school opportunity to advance your academic studies at B-CU. Students in this learning community will learn the essentials of college transition, how to navigate the campus and its resources while earning seven (7) transferable college credits. Remember spaces are limited, and admission decisions will be finalized on Friday, June 15th.  You can complete the Bridge application to begin the process or contact the Bridge Office at 386-481-2405 for more information.

The 250 Bridge participants would only be required to pay $2,137.00* (part of which may be funded through financial aid) + a NON-REFUNDABLE enrollment commitment fee of $300

To begin the financial aid application process click here.

*Tuition for seven credits, fees, room, and board for 2018 Summer totals $4,742 (only W.I.P. participants pay the discounted rate of $2,137). Rates and discounts provided are only valid for Summer 2018 Wildcat Immersion Program participants.

Wildcat Immersion Program costs include:  

  • New student orientation which will begin on June 24th
  • Seven (7) credit hours (of which four (4) are transferrable);
  • Textbooks/Online Software (one-time $250 value);
  • On-Campus Housing for five weeks;
  • 19 meals per week;
  • Early Registration for Fall classes;
  • Field Trips and Co-Curricular Activities
  • To begin the application process for federal financial aid, please click here

    Reminder: both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 FAFSA applications are required.

    Your 2017-18 FAFSA, needed for the program, must be received with all supporting documents and fully processed by the Financial Aid office no later than June 15, 2018, to receive financial aid for the Wildcat Immersion Program.

Due to the high demand for the Wildcat Immersion Program, applicants must submit all required documents and complete all required steps by the stated deadlines. 

  • Deadline for submission of ALL Wildcat Immersion documentation is JUNE 8, 2018. Log onto the Wildcat Web to submit your forms electronically.  See instructions below.
  • All financial obligations to the University related to the Wildcat Immersion Program must be fulfilled no later than June 15, 2018.
  1. Enter this address in your browser or Click Here
  2. There you will enter your B-CU ID# along with the password.  Once in, click on the Admissions tab, where options are available to make payments, check financial aid status and check admissions status.  Your user ID is your B-CU ID provided in your acceptance letter.
  1. W.I.P. staff will enroll students in their Summer courses based on GPA, SAT/ACT Scores, and AP/Dual Enrollment credit.
  2. All students will be enrolled in two to three courses for a total of six to seven credit hours.    
  3. Students must pass ALL courses with a "C" or better to be admitted to the University for the Fall semester.

Classes will be held from approximately 8 a.m. until 5:35 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

  • Because this is a very intensive program and your Fall admission is contingent upon you doing well academically, you will be required to remain on campus, with the exception of the July 4th holiday. 
  • Overnight visitors are not allowed during the summer session, and W.I.P. participants are required to stay in their own residence hall each night during the week and weekends.
  • Yes. Bridge Program students will not have class on July 4th. This is the only time that students may leave during the summer session. Students must be back by the start of classes on July 5th
  • You will be involved in programs such as team building, socials, community service, and educational programs. Certain extra-curricular events and tutoring sessions are a mandatory part of the Wildcat Immersion Program experience.
  • Yes, the program is a complete package. You will need it for lunch breaks between classes. Meals will only be provided during the 5-week program. Any meals beyond those days will be the responsibility of the student. 
  • Yes, the program is a living-learning community, and all students are required to live on campus during the summer (including those within a 50-mile radius). 
  • Students who participate in the Wildcat Immersion Program (W.I.P.) are required to reside in Joyner Hall (females) and Ja-Flo Davis Hall (males) for the summer and the academic school year. Students will not be moved to any other residence hall after the program is over. 
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