The Academic Bridge program (ABP) is geared toward high performing students who didn’t receive a university-track curriculum. 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.

Established in 2000, Academic Bridge serves approximately 160 students each year. Most come from urban neighborhoods in the Dallas area and are the first in their families to attend college. Additional notable facts include:

  • Approximately eighty percent return as sophomores with at least a 2.5 GPA.
  • Approximately 45 percent of ABP students major in Engineering, Science, or Business Management.
  • Approximately 70 percent graduate – an average well above the University or state averages.
  • Approximately 30 percent of ABP alumni are pursuing graduate degrees and over 20 percent have received their degrees.
How ABP Works

On the first day of the program during the summer, students take a math assessment test. Based on their scores, students are placed in either calculus, pre-calculus or college algebra. Orientation, registration and the distribution of books are completed the same day.

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

Students are grouped into three sections: calculus; pre-calculus; and college algebra.

Students attend classes Monday through Thursday. ABP conducts a weekly meeting each Friday, giving students an opportunity to discuss their experiences and allow the ABP staff to follow up on student progress, address issues or concerns and distribute the weekly stipend.

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