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Mount 101: Summer Bridge Program FAQs

Mount Summer Bridge Program FAQs

When and where will the Mount 101: Summer Bridge Program be held?

Mount 101 will be held at our beautiful mountain home in Emmitsburg, Maryland, from Wednesday, August 2 to Thursday, August 17, 2023.

Where will I stay for Mount 101?

Students will move into their residence halls for the year at the beginning of the program.

Who can attend?

Any accepted first year students who intend on attending the Mount in the fall can apply for the program. This program is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

How many people can attend?

The program is capped at 60 students.

How much does it cost?

The cost for the program is $1,300 for the 2023 year. The cost covers the accommodations, course materials, most meals, and activities. Payment in full is required to process your registration. You can pay and register through the Summer Bridge Registration form. Please note that your registration is not complete until your payment has been processed.

Is financial aid available?

Students are eligible to apply for federal financial aid for the Summer Bridge Program. To apply for financial aid:

  1. Student and parent will need to create a FSA ID if you have not yet created these.
  2. Complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA (deadline to apply is June 30, 2023) here.
  3. List Mount St. Mary’s in the school section – our school code is 002086.

Mount 101 falls within the 2022-2023 FAFSA year. This application should be completed with 2020 income information.

Even if you already applied for financial aid for the Fall 2023 semester, you should also complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA for Mount 101. The 2023-2024 FAFSA, which you may have already completed, is used for Fall 2023, Spring 2024, and Summer 2024 semesters and thus does not cover Mount 101.

After you complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA, the financial aid office at the Mount will receive your information in 3-5 business days. The office will review your eligibility and notify you if additional documents are needed. It is important for you to monitor your Mount St. Mary’s email account.

If you have any questions about applying for financial aid or need assistance in completing the FAFSA, please contact the financial aid office at 301-447-5207 or email at financialaid@msmary.edu.

Is there a refund policy?

No refunds will be given after the program begins.

How does the MOUNTCard work?

The MOUNTCard serves as your student identification, door access, meal plan, dining dollars, flex money and Mount Money. Each student is expected to carry this at all times. There are two kinds of funds stored on the MOUNTCard:

Flex dollars: flex dollars are considered part of the student meal plan and can be used at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore (grocery items only), Mount Café, Patriot Hall and concession locations.

Mount Money: Mount Money is just like cash and can be used at the accounting office, Athletic Recreation Convocation Complex (ARCC), Mount Bookstore, Coffee Cart, concession stands, copiers, media center, Mount Café, Patriot Hall, public safety, select vending machines, McGowan Center, various student activities and the health services center. 
More information can be found at the MOUNTCard office.

Do I have to attend orientation before I begin Mount 101?

It is best to attend one of our summer orientation events before Mount 101. Learn more about Orientation.

What courses will I take during Mount 101?

Students will complete two 3-credit courses: FSYM 100 - Foundations of the Liberal Arts and FSYM 103 - Quantitative Problem Solving.

How many credits is the course?

Students will earn six credits total across both courses.

Do I need to register for the course or is that done for me?

You will be registered for both courses as part of the registration process.

Can I commute?

No. An important component of the Mount 101 experience is living on campus, as such, all students are required to stay on campus for the length of the program.

Can I bring my car to campus?

Yes. The Mount’s campus is intimate enough that you won’t need to drive to class. That said, you are welcome to bring your car to campus, and you do need to abide by some basic guidelines and rules. Additionally, a summer parking permit is not required.

Can I bring my own computer?

Yes, in fact, you must. More information on student computer use can be found at the Information Technology Support Center (ITSC). Loaner laptops may be available for those unable to furnish their own. Contact Dr. Fritz with questions at fritz@msmary.edu.

What should I bring/not bring with me?

Since you're officially moving in, you will need to be prepared for dorm life on campus and bring all that you need for the school year. A good reference to start with is our Move-in Packing List.

Packing List - English Version

Packing List - Spanish Version

What kinds of trips will we be taking?

Will I need to bring money for the Mount 101 side trips or food?

Yes, students will need their own spending money for any side trips, some food away from the Mount, and any souvenir purchases from our travels.

Do I need any shots or a physical examination before starting school?

All of the required health forms for Mount St. Mary’s University must be on file by your chosen summer Orientation date. Learn more at Health Services.

May I leave the program early to handle personal matters?

No. Please schedule all medical, dental and other personal appointments either before or after Mount 101.

Am I able to work while I am in the Summer Bridge Program?

Mount 101 includes a very intense and busy schedule. We are unable to accommodate student's work schedules during the program.

What services do you provide for students with disabilities?

It is the policy of Mount St. Mary’s University to make admissions decisions without reference to disability. If you would like more information on the services available to you, please call the office of Learning Services at 301-447-5006, or visit Learning Services to find out more.

Is there anything else I should know about the program?

Due to the immersive nature of the program, you will need to stay on campus to for classes, activities, and study times. Off campus activities will be frequent as well. Because of this, we discourage the use of personal vehicles during the program. There will be weekend programs and plenty of activities to help ease your transition into on-campus life.

If you are an athlete on a team with summer activities, please check with your coach to ensure that Mount 101 does not overlap with any scheduled team events or training.

Where can I find additional information?

Email mount101@msmary.edu or call 301-447-5828.