The following are some terms referred to in this program:

Associate’s Degree –   A college degree that usually requires approximately 60 credit hours to complete or two years of full time study

Bachelor’s Degree-    A college degree that usually requires approximately 120 credit hours to complete or four years of full time study

Cohort –     A group of people, in this case Students going through an educational experience together

CTE –     A Career and Technical high school such as UTC in Bangor

Dual or Concurrent Enrollment –    • Dual/concurrent enrollment allows a student to earn college credit prior to high school graduation by taking college level courses that are taught at the high school by high school instructors approved by the college for credit. The student, if he/she meets all the requirements (attendance, grades, and codes of conduct) simultaneously earns both secondary and college credit.

Some often asked questions:


For the 2015/16 school year the cost is $40 per credit hour   For eligible students, financial assistance is available.  Contact BYES for more information using the contacts listed under the tab “About BYES”.


Students will have the opportunity to earn up to 25 or more  college credits by high school graduation. The student must receive a grade of C- or better to obtain University/College credit and generally a grade of at least a C for the grade to transfer and/or be accepted in many departments.


The concurrent credits are awarded by both the University of Maine and The University of Maine Augusta and are reported on standard University transcripts. University credits earned through the Bridge Year Program are accepted in the same manner as credits earned on campus. All University of Maine campuses are fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; and as such,  courses are accepted by most post secondary colleges and universities around the nation. Each situation will be different for specific schools, and of course, specific programs. Check ahead of time with the schools you are thinking about one day attending and ask.


This is up to the student and where he/she chooses to continue his/her education. (Students are expected to research different colleges and programs and determine how many University of Maine and University of Augusta courses will transfer.) For instance, students may choose to pursue a Bachelor’s degree at UMaine or another institution. Students may also decide to pursue an Associates degree or a Bachelor’s at The University of Maine Augusta or at a Maine Community College with the earned Bridge Year college credits. In either case it is up to the student and parents/guardians to research individual future program compatibility. One way to do this is to request an analysis of University courses taken while in The Bridge Year at the various colleges of future interest to learn which will be transferred into various programs.


Currently Bridge Year students participate in the program while in their junior and senior high school years. The Bridge Year Program also provides continued advising to students during their 1st year of “on campus” higher education, either in person or electronically as the situation dictates and the student desires.


You will attend different campuses depending on the the course and time of year. Most academic courses will be offered at the student’s high school, technical classes at the local participating CTE school, and some classes and summer activities will held on the University of Maine (Orono)campus, UMA and other college campuses.

What academic and other qualifications will I need to apply successfully?

A student wishing to join The Bridge Year Program will need to complete the admissions packet and be in good standing with their high school. The Bridge Year admission committee will review each applicant as recommended by the sending high school to see if they are a great match for the program.

What will my UMaine and UMA student status be?

Students accepted into The Bridge Year Program will receive some of the privileges of a University student which include: University identification card(s), Library access and a University e-mail address and use of some recreational resources on the campuses sponsoring your courses.

What schools will be participating next year?

For 2014/15 Bangor High School,Brewer High School, Hampden Academy and Hermon High school will participate in Region 4, Medomak Valley High School in Region 8, Houlton High School in Region 2, Waterville High School with Mid Maine Tech and Ellsworth, MDI, Summer and Bucksport High School with Hancock County Tech. will join the program with operational cohorts.

Sanford Regional, Lewiston Regional, Tri County Tech, Skowhegan Tech, Portland Arts and Tech, Farmington Tech. and Region 3 are in the planning phase for 2015/16

When do I apply?

Most schools ask for student applications in March for the following September courses.