Friar Foundations is a summer bridge program aimed at easing the transition from high school to college for approximately 30 students each year.
Supported through the generous funding of The Angell Foundation, Friar Foundations addresses two fundamental issues students must face when entering college — academic responsibility and social assimilation.
Participants in the program — normally accepted students — live on campus for five weeks for portions of July and August. During this time, the students complete credit-bearing courses, attend skills-building workshops, and partake in a host of on- and off-campus social and cultural experiences.
Friar Foundations days start early and end late. Academics are the priority, but a fun and fulfilling experience beyond the books is just as important. Here’s the program at a glance:
Morning classes 4 days per week
Night classes 2 days per week
Supplemental workshops one morning and one evening each week
Quiet study and/or tutoring daily
Social and personal time daily
Community service, intramural sports, and an off-campus trip or event each week
Participants are expected to meet regularly with an OAS staff member during the summer program and on a regular basis for the entire first-year and:
successfully complete the required program courses, seminar, and workshops, and
participate in all program activities