College Opportunity Program

Raising the BAR

(Braves Academic Readiness)
at UNC Pembroke - a Summer Bridge Program for Selected Freshmen


Raising the BAR (Braves Academic Readiness) is a new summer bridge program designed for freshmen students at UNC Pembroke who do not meet regular admissions requirements. This program is available to a limited number of students and will give students who would not normally be admitted, but who demonstrate academic potential, the opportunity to take courses at UNCP. Students may earn up to 7 hours of college credit in the summer program as well as receive extra support with the transition to college, and costs are covered for those students who are selected.

Students must enroll in the following courses: ENG 1050 Composition I, MAT 1050 Introduction to College Mathematics, and PED 1010 Wellness and Fitness for a total of 7 credit hours.

Dates: Raising the BAR runs with Summer Session II.

Raising the BAR is a residential program during the summer session as required by UNC General Administration.

The requirements of the program include:

    • Raising the BAR is a residential program. All students must live on campus Monday-Friday for the 5-week summer session.


    • All students will have a rigorous daily schedule from 8:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m., which will include classes in English and Math, writing and math labs, computer tutorials, academic enrichment activities such as sessions on study skills/habits, the transition to college, and major and career choice, a physical education class, and required study halls. Some weekend activities and sessions may be required as well. Students will have the opportunity to earn 7 hours of college credit toward their degree during the summer session.


    • Students are admitted to the BAR program on a conditional basis, and if they successfully complete all courses, they will be admitted to UNC Pembroke and continue in the fall.


    • BAR students will participate in a guided reading seminar of a contemporary novel.


    • All students must sign an academic and behavior contract agreeing to abide by the rules of the program, and UNCP reserves the right to dismiss any student from the program who violates this contract.


  • For students who are admitted to the program, funding for tuition, room, board, and books will be provided at no cost to the student. Students will be responsible for a one-time $150.00 housing deposit that is required for all students who live on campus at any time. This must be submitted before moving into the residence hall for the summer session. Students who are admitted for the fall semester will be responsible for all costs for the academic year, including a new student orientation fee.


Admission to the Program

This program has a separate admissions process. Students must first apply to UNC Pembroke though the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and eligible students will be referred to the Director of Raising the BAR. Then, eligible candidates must submit an admissions essay specific to the BAR program (Please contact the Director of Raising the BAR for essay requirements and details). In addition, BAR candidates will be required to go through a personal interview on campus if invited by the Director.