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Menlo College Rising Scholars Program

Program Highlights


Wednesday, August 11 – Friday, August 20, 2021


Final deadline for registration is August 3, 2021.

Apply early if you would like to be considered for one of 40 spots we have available.

Program Overview

Menlo College is pleased to offer the opportunity to apply to the Rising Scholars summer math and English bridge program for incoming first-year students; it is a ten-day residential writing and quantitative skills program held preceding New Student Orientation for the fall semester. 

Participants will have the opportunity to arrive at Menlo and move into the residence halls early, work closely with first-year faculty, learn about campus resources, and begin the process of developing friendships with other incoming students.

The program focuses on collaborative learning through problem-solving and on reading and writing activities with minimal lecture content, allowing you to refresh quantitative reasoning, reading, and communication skills so that when the semester starts you can hit the ground running. 

Most of the ten days include morning and afternoon classroom sessions and evening activities. The program also features invited speakers, day and evening trips, movies and discussion, a storytelling event, networking events, and more. Day trips provide opportunities for real-world application of skills and have in the past included outings to San Francisco and to the San Jose Tech Museum.

The Rising Scholars Program also provides students with the opportunity to retake math and English placement tests to become eligible to enroll in Math 101 and/or English 101.

Student Testimonials

2020 Rising Scholar and Freshman Class President Diana Guardado — “The Rising Scholars Program reinforces the community-oriented culture for which Menlo is recognized. With the support and guidance of faculty and students in the program, I grew the confidence to run for the position of Freshman Class President and my love for advocacy began.”

2019 Rising Scholar Esther Funez — “Being able to participate in the Rising Scholars Program enabled me to find ways I needed to improve in both English and math. This program also assisted with my transition from high school to college–making the transition much smoother than I had anticipated.”

2019 Rising Scholar Zidane Mili — “Menlo’s Rising Scholar Program benefited me significantly in regards to preparing me for the college coursework at Menlo College. When I was attending the program, they gave us math and English lectures as well as assignments that were graded. The work given at the program was very similar to the work given by my professors now which allows me to feel more confident.”


This program is subsidized by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The program fee for participants is $150; this fee includes room and board for the duration of the program, as well as supplies, and off-campus activities.

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for students who are Pell-grant eligible; please contact the program directors if you have questions about eligibility, or would like to apply.

Arriving on Campus

Students should plan to arrive on campus and move into the residence halls on Tuesday, August 10. 

*Note: To support a safe return to campus, Menlo College will require that ALL students — residential and commuter, US-based and international — be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of the Fall 2021 semester. Every student must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination through the ATS platform at least two weeks before arriving on campus.

For Rising Scholars participants, this means you will need to submit proof of your complete COVID-19 vaccination by Monday, July 26.

In line with California law, Menlo College will only grant medical exemptions, and not religious or philosophical exemptions. For more information about the college’s vaccination policy, or other COVID-19 protocols, please visit the Menlo College Coronavirus Information and Campus Support homepage.


If you have questions about the Rising Scholars program, contact Dr. Lisa Villarreal, Associate Director of Student Academic Support or Erik Bakke, Senior Director of Student Academic Support

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