PIcture of bear statue at the bottom of the 99 steps. UPIKE First Summer Bridge Program. Join us on campus this summer and get a jump start on college life!
  • FREE tuition for FS 102 First Year Seminar (a two-credit hour general education course required of all first year UPIKE students) 
  • Small class size of no more than 15 students
  • Early orientation to college life for a smooth transition
  • Access to accelerated academic coursework
  • Early service, social, academic, career and personal development programs outside of coursework

Currently accepting applications for 2024

Four-Week Program

Students will participate in a four-week program where class meets every Tuesday and Thursday.

  • Non-residential
  • FREE parking
  • Attending all course meetings is vital for this accelerated course


  • Completing FS 102 prior to the fall semester allows more flexibility for fall semester courses
  • Training in skills necessary for college success that are built into the curriculum of FS 102, such as time management, critical thinking and growth mindset
  • Early access to campus resources and your first-year advisor
  • Make new friends
  • Connect with classmates
  • Early completion of college requirements


  • Students must attend GROWL on May 22, 2024 from 1:30-7:30 p.m. and register for the Fall 2024 semester (full-time)
  • Students who qualify for the Pikeville Promise scholarship will be given preference. (Must be a Kentucky resident and display full eligibility for Pell Grant while also receiving College Access Program and Kentucky Tuition Grant state financial assistance awards)


For more information, contact Admissions at (606) 218-5251 or wewantyou@upike.edu or Stephanie Stiltner at (606) 218-5815 or family@upike.edu.