Experience the Klesse College Summer Bridge Program

About the Program:

The Klesse College Summer Bridge Program is a 4-week residential program for incoming freshman with backgrounds historically under-represented in the engineering field. Students admitted to this program attend classes and workshops designed to help prepare them for the rigor of their first semester calculus and chemistry courses while also introducing them to college resources, our college’s various engineering programs, and skills to help prepare them for college life. Students will:

  • Develop their math skills to help them place into Calculus I and be admitted directly into the Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design
  • Review chemistry concepts to help them prepare for General Chemistry I
  • Be paired with an engineering faculty mentor to help students learn more about engineering opportunities, get advice, and set goals for the upcoming year
  • Connect with engineering student organizations to learn about projects, workshops, competitions, and national workshops they can get involved with
  • Attend workshops to learn about study skills, career preparation, engineering identity, and UTSA resources
  • Spend time with a small group of other freshman engineering students to help them build connections with peers prior to the start of the academic year

After the Klesse College Summer Bridge Program:

Students will be automatically admitted into our Freshman Interest Group (FIG) Program where they will be a part of a community with other engineering students for their entire freshman year. Students in the FIG Program will live directly next to each other in on campus housing, be enrolled in the same courses, have an upper-classman peer mentor to connect with for academic and social support, and be invited to special events during the fall and spring semesters.

Program Details


The Klesse College Summer Bridge Program is seeking to support students who:

  • Are Admitted to UTSA for the Fall 2023 semester and plan to major in an engineering field
  • Belong to a racial/ethnic minority group as identified as Hispanic/Latino, Black/African American or other group underrepresented in the engineering field
  • Have completed or are enrolled in a high school Pre-Calculus course


The 2023 Klesse College Summer Bridge Program is anticipated to take place during the 4 weeks leading up to the Fall 2023 semester. The dates are planned to be from July 24th – August 18th. During this time students will be expected to be available during the day to make it to their scheduled lectures and workshops.


The Klesse College Summer Bridge Program is absolutely free. Selected students will be provided with housing and meals for the duration of the Summer Bridge Program at no cost to them.

Additional Incentives:

Students who complete all of the requirements of the program will receive a stipend that will be applied to their student account. The amount for this stipend is expected to be $1,500 to help compensate students for their time and participation.

To Apply

Apply online at: https://utsa.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5gAtnApYFcMDq18

Have Questions?

For more information about the Klesse College Summer Bridge Program, please contact Carlos Velez, Diversity & Outreach Program Manager for the Klesse College Student Success Center, at carlos.velez@utsa.edu