Requirements & Policies

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The Bridge Program will be held February 21 – 27, 2023

In order to matriculate and enroll in the upcoming semester at Guttman, students must fully participate in all Bridge activities, including in-person activities and asynchronous modules. Participants must also complete all final assignments and turn them in before the final Bridge deadline.

These requirements are connected to the main components of the Bridge:

  • Exploring Community Mini-Course
  • A.B.S.S. (Learning About Being a Successful Student) Mini-Course
  • Skills and Resources Workshops

Students will explore the content for each component through in-person meetings with faculty and staff as well as asynchronous modules housed on Blackboard. These modules will contain activities, tasks, and assignments for which students are responsible on a daily basis.

Before Bridge Checklist

Attend New Student Orientation

  • Follow the instructions provided to set up the Guttman email
  • Contact the IT Helpdesk at Helpdesk@guttman.cuny.eduor 646-313-8008 for further assistance

Ensure reliable computer and Internet access

  • Refer to the Resources page for guidance 
  • Using your Guttman email, contact the IT Helpdesk at Helpdesk@guttman.cuny.eduor 646-313-8008 to reserve a laptop and/or a Wi-Fi hotspot 

Complete Are You Ready? Online Student Readiness Course on Blackboard

  • Log in to CUNYfirst
  • From CUNYfirst, click on Blackboard
  • From Blackboard, click on Are You Ready? Online Student Readiness Course under My Organizations
  • Contact the IT Helpdesk at Helpdesk@guttman.cuny.eduor 646-313-8008 for technical assistance with access to Blackboard

Get the Common Read and do the tasks assigned

Upload Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination to CUNYfirst


In order to complete the Bridge program and enroll in classes at the College, students must submit the two assignments below as well as two additional assignments throughout the weeklong program.

However, students are strongly encouraged to complete all assignments and fully engage in Bridge program content and activities in order to best prepare for the semester ahead.

  • “City Limits” Discussion Post: Students will write a discussion post reflecting on how Colson Whitehead defines community, and how their experiences of NYC communities affect who they are.
  • “I am” Poem: Writing an “I Am” poem is a chance for you to tell your story, get to know your peers, and reflect on the experience. This poem is an opportunity to share about yourself and what is important to you using descriptive language, sensory details, personality traits, emotions, and more.

Meetings & Events

Schedule of Required In-Person Meetings & Events

Tuesday, February 21st 2023

Exploring Community with Faculty

Discuss the Common Read with faculty and peers


LaBSS: Building Community with Student Success Advocate

Learn about the Bridge program and what to expect in your first year of college


Technology Workshop

Learn how to navigate important academic technology tools such as Guttman email accounts, my.guttman, Starfish, and Blackboard


Optional Tabling Event

Connect with Guttman staff (e.g., Information Technology, Financial Aid) and current students (e.g., Student Government Association) to begin building your own Guttman community

Wednesday, February 22nd 2023

Studying Community with Faculty

Learn how to conduct your own research on a community of your choice guided by faculty


LaBSS: Diving into the FYE

Learn about Guttman’s unique First-Year Experience Program and Learning Communities


Introduction to the Guttman Library

Tour Guttman’s Information Commons and hear about all available resources from Guttman Librarians


Student Success Workshop

Learn about academic strategies that will lead to success in your first year of college

*Exact time to be determined and shared upon completion of New Student Orientation

Attendance Policy

Active participation in and fulfillment of all asynchronous Bridge modules and assignments through Blackboard are required in order to matriculate and enroll in courses at Guttman. This constitutes attendance during the remote delivery of Bridge, in addition to being present at synchronous workshops, meetings, and events.

To stay on track, students are expected to fully participate in and complete the tasks, activities, and assignments set out within asynchronous content modules in a timely manner. This should take approximately 3-4 hours each day. All modules and final assignments must be completed and turned in prior to the final Bridge deadline.

Attendance will be monitored by the Bridge Care Team, which is composed of the Program Coordinators and representatives of the Division of Student Engagement and the Division of Academic Affairs. In the event of an emergency or extenuating circumstance that prevents them from fulfilling all Program requirements, students must provide documentation to the Bridge Care Team. All documentation must be sent to​ for review and approval.

If a student is unable to fulfill all of the requirements, they will not be permitted to enroll in the semester to which they have been admitted. In such a case, a student may defer admission. If a student defers admission, they will be required to complete the Bridge Program that precedes the start of the next semester.

The Bridge attendance policy can also be found in the College Bulletin.