Florida SouthWestern State College Buccaneer Bound Summer Bridge Program

Florida SouthWestern State College is excited to announce the launch of Buccaneer Bound, a six-week summer bridge program designed specifically for incoming first-year students. This program sets the stage for academic success and a seamless transition to college life, empowering students to start their collegiate journey on solid ground. 

“FSW’s new summer bridge program, Buccaneer Bound, is designed to give new first-time-in-college students a jumpstart on courses foundational to any major,” said Dr. Judith Bilsky, FSW Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Combined with wrap-around advising support services, students will be well-prepared for success in the fall term and beyond.” 

Buccaneer Bound propels students’ academic pursuits by allowing them to complete two core courses, crucial for their degree progress, while a $1,000 scholarship addresses the financial aspects of tuition, fees and books.

The program emphasizes a supportive ecosystem through personalized academic advising, priority registration and financial aid guidance. Additionally, it cultivates a peer network and familiarizes students with essential campus resources, ensuring a comprehensive foundation for their college journey. 

As part of the program, students will enroll in two courses: Cornerstone Experience and Mathematical Thinking. The Cornerstone Experience course is designed to support students in their transition to college life, covering topics such as goal setting, career exploration, learning styles and strategies, and mental and physical health management. The Mathematical Thinking course, focuses on problem-solving within real-life contexts, engaging students through practical applications and highlighting math as a human endeavor.  

Courses will be held on campus Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. -1:30 p.m. on the Lee Campus. 

For more information or to apply, visit www.fsw.edu/summerbridge 


Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and most affordable institution of higher education. Annually serving nearly 20,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees and professional certifications, several with 100 percent licensure pass and job placement rates. Study and travel abroad opportunities are available for students through FSW’s Center for International Education. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. Visit www.FSW.edu for more information.

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