Geared toward high performing students who didn’t receive a university-track curriculum, the Academic Bridge Program (ABP) helps high-potential, first generation college students complete a college education.

The program provides advising, mentoring, and tutoring to students making the transition from high school to college.

High school students who are selected for ABP begin their college career at UT Dallas during the summer following their high school graduation.

A History of Student Success

The program has a track record of success:
  • Approximately 90 percent of ABP students return as sophomores.
  • Approximately 45 percent major in engineering, science or business management.
  • Approximately 70 percent graduate with a bachelor’s degree, which is significantly higher than the University, state and national averages.
  • Approximately 30 percent of ABP alumni are pursuing graduate degrees and over 20 percent have received their degrees.
  • Approximately 80 percent return as sophomores with at least a 2.5 GPA.

How ABP Works

As an ABP student on the first day of the summer program, you will take a math assessment test and be placed in sections for calculus, pre-calculus or college algebra based on your score. The first day also includes orientation, registration and book distribution.

You will start attending classes the following day. All students take math, rhetoric and ABP seminar.

Classes run Monday through Thursday. ABP conducts a weekly meeting each Friday, giving you an opportunity to discuss your experiences and allowing the ABP staff to follow up on your progress, address issues or concerns and distribute the weekly stipend.

All ABP students are required to attend math tutoring every week. The math tutors will meet with you individually and hold weekly review sections.