Summer Bridge Program for Business Students

The Summer Bridge Program for Business Students is a seven-week rewarding academic opportunity for minority high school seniors who will be graduating, have been admitted to and are planning to attend UAB, and will major in business. Selection for this program is competitive.

Program Details

Selected program participants are required to enroll in three credit courses at UAB - one English course, one Mathematics course, and one Physical Science course – all of which count toward their bachelor’s degree in business at UAB. These students receive tuition for the term, free textbooks, a meal allowance and a free room in a UAB residence hall. * Please note that all students are required to live in the residence hall to participate. Additionally, students receive a $700 stipend for successful program participation, with an opportunity to receive an additional academic achievement stipend of up to $900, based on academic performance during the program. Additionally, students will participate in: tutoring sessions; career counseling; seminars; PowerPoint and competitive poster preparation; mentoring support, competitive business training and social activities to promote networking. Each student works on a business - related concept project during the program. A concluding conference highlights the accomplishments of the Bridge students and participants receive certificates of participation and awards for outstanding projects.

Application on-line



Lauren Johnson

(205) 934.2453


Sponsoring Dept/Unit

School of Business & Office for Equity and Diversity



The Answers You've Been Looking For. (Note: Some of these answers may change as UAB academic guidelines are continually under review.)

Q. How many hours may I transfer to UAB?
A. Up to 60 semester hours from a junior college may be applied toward a degree.

Q. What are the admission requirements?
A. Admission to the Collat School of Business is restricted to those students who are admitted to UAB as regular students. A "C" average is required for admission to the Collat School of Business.

Q. Is the school accredited?
A. Certainly! UAB's Collat School of Business is accredited through the Masters level by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) and has separate AACSB Accreditation of Undergraduate (Bachelor's level) and Master of Accounting Programs. AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide.

Q. How long will it take me to complete my degree once I transfer to UAB?
A. If you have followed the articulation guide provided by your counselor, thereby having completed the entire pre-business core upon transfer, and if you meet all of the grade point average requirements, then you may transfer to UAB with half of your degree complete. By attending UAB two semesters per year and successfully completing fifteen hours per semester, you could graduate approximately two years after transferring.

Q. I've already decided to continue my education at UAB, but I'm unsure about which courses I can take at my two-year school that will transfer. Where may I get such a list?
A. Consult your academic advisor for a copy of this list and for advice about course sequencing. Also see UAB Transfer Articulation.

Q. You mentioned GPA. What does it need to be?
A. The Collat School of Business encourages academic excellence. There are three minimum GPA requirements that students must meet to be eligible to take junior/senior level business courses. These minimum requirements are: 2.0 Total Cumulative 2.0 UAB 2.0 Pbus/Bus GPA* *The Pbus/Bus is calculated with ALL attempts at the lower level business courses, regardless of where the courses were taken.

Q. What undergraduate majors are available?
A. We offer Bachelor of Science degrees in the following majors: • Accounting • Information Systems • Economics • Finance • Management • Marketing • Industrial Distribution

Q. What about minors for non-business majors?
A. The Collat School of Business offer several minors. Read more about business minors

Q. If I am a business major, can I have a business minor?
A. Collat School of Business majors may also earn a Business minor, with the exception of the minor in Business Administration. The minor must include at least nine semester hours beyond the requirements of the student’s selected business major. The undergraduate advisors can assist Collat Business majors in tailoring a Business minor.

Q. What if the UAB catalog in effect now changes before I transfer? Will I have to change my core curriculum even though I've already completed courses currently required?
A. Those students entering the Collat School of Business immediately after completing work in another institution of higher learning are permitted to choose the catalog outlining requirements comparable to their standing at the time of transfer. However, in cases where continuous enrollment has been interrupted by one year or more, transfer and former students are expected to meet catalog requirements effective at the time of their re-entry.

Q. Whom do I contact about scholarships and/or financial aid?
A. See Paying for College for information on scholarships and financial aid provided through the university.  In addition, students enrolled in the UAB Collat School of Business may apply for Collat School of Business scholarships.

Q. I work full time. Do you offer any courses at night?
A. Because UAB is an urban university, we recognize the need to offer classes at times that do not conflict with work schedules. In addition to day classes, most business classes will be offered one night per week. The time slots will be 4:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Some classes may also be offered on weekends. Once you begin your coursework at UAB, you should consult with the Advising Office in planning your schedule to include non-traditional time periods as they are offered.

Q. I'm concerned about finding a job can you help?
A. Our Career and Professional Development Services Office offers services to Collat business students. These services include, but are not limited to, part-time and full-time job lists, summer jobs and tips for resumes and interviews.