ASCEND Bridge Program

The ASCEND Summer Bridge is a one-week residential program designed to offer students a transitional experience from high school to Kennesaw State University with KSU CARES to help students integrate into university culture and to introduce them to campus resources.

The program focuses on first-year success. Students attend sessions covering a variety of topics and resources available to KSU students, while also participating in team building and social events offered exclusively to the ASCEND community.

Participants will:

  • Participate in sessions to introduce them to college life and learning
  • Cultivate friendships with peers in your freshman class that may last throughout your college career
  • Gain skills necessary to excel in your chosen major

All participants of the ASCEND Summer Bridge also become part ASCEND scholars and benefit from the resources of KSU CARES, which offers dedicated programming and opportunities throughout the academic year for cultural and learning experiences.

ASCEND scholars are expected to actively participate in ASCEND and remain committed to actively participate in the program for this academic year.

    • The 2020 ASCEND Summer Bridge will take place August 10 – August 14.
    • Acceptance into the ASCEND Summer Bridge is based on acceptance to KSU and verification of Unaccompanied Homeless Youth status based upon the McKinney-Vento Act provided by school system and/or acknowledgement of eligibility for educational/vocational sponsorship by the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), Independent Living Program (ILP) of the Georgia Foster Care unit.

    • Freshman or Sophomore status as of Fall Semester 2020

    • On-campus residents with an assigned apartment will move into their assigned apartment on August 10. Students who are on the on-campus waitlist or who choose to live off-campus will have housing arrangements made for them.

    • For more information on Fall 2020 Campus Housing, please contact Kennesaw State University Housing and Residence Life.

    • Meals will be provided for all ASCEND Summer Bridge students beginning with dinner on August 10th through dinner August 14th

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For more information about ASCEND Summer Bridge, please contact Carrie Olsen at or 470-578-5260.