The Bridgeport Plan
The Bridgeport Plan, housed in the Heckman Center on the second floor of Wahlstrom Library, is a distinctive educational approach that combines academic and co-curricular programs. The purpose of this unique concept is for students to connect education to careers while they pursue undergraduate degrees. The Heckman Center’s open floor design and welcoming environment make it a one-stop destination for these support services that enhance student success.
As soon as students commit to UB, they are encouraged to take advantage of the many services offered by The Bridgeport Plan, including:
From day one, all first-year students are paired with an academic advisor to help them build their first semester around a learning community with three classes and a group of 20 students. Upper-class students serve as peer mentors, and classes are taught by excellent faculty, including the president and provost.
The Academic Advising Center reaches out to students to ensure a smooth transition to college and sets them on a path to graduate on time. Students benefit from strong faculty–student collaboration in which they receive guidance on majors, minors, and general core courses. Students can take advantage of the Tutoring and Learning Center, open six days a week, for writing, math, science, and more.
Career Development helps students find internships and navigate the job search process. Students are advised about careers that align with their interests and talents, receive information about careers of the future, and learn the short- and long-term salary expectations in their chosen field. Other benefits of working with Career Development include resume preparation, interview practice, and workshops; alumni networking (job shadowing); career showcasing; and major fairs.
Internships are vital in preparing students with real-world experience for early career success. UB students often excel in their internships and may be hired by the organizations where they intern. Many UB alumni offer internships, job shadowing opportunities, and jobs to our talented students.
Students may apply to join the Honors Program as early as their first semester or after their first semester (based on GPA), where they will have a dedicated lounge space, interdisciplinary course offerings, early course registration, and extracurricular activities.
Students learn about transformative study abroad opportunities that vary in duration from a week to a semester to a full academic year. Trips to Costa Rica, Guatemala, Hungary, and other destinations take place during spring break, providing outstanding opportunities for students to apply their theoretical knowledge and obtain hands-on experience. While students make an impact on the world, they acquire a strong sense of intercultural understanding.
Volunteerism is an important part of a college experience, and UB students take part in a service day and a service fair during Welcome Week. Students may volunteer locally, during alternative spring breaks, or through faculty-led trips that focus on volunteerism.
The University of Bridgeport is the first university on the East Coast to offer an Equality Lounge, a student-run popup where women connect, collaborate, and activate change—preparing women with confidence to advance in the workforce through programming, mentoring, and community.