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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 Monday August 3 to Thursday, August 13, 2020.

What is the university doing about COVID-19?

The university is implementing a Mount Safe plan to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. This plan includes limits on group meeting sizes, residence hall and classroom occupancy, social distancing guidelines, and symptom monitoring. Students returning to campus must complete a symptom monitoring questionnaire (Health Questionnaire) as they arrive on campus and every day thereafter before engaging with the Mount community – whether eating in Patriot Hall, attending classes, reporting for an on-campus job, or attending extra- or co-curricular activities. You must be free of ANY symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 to be eligible to engage in any the above activities.

Do I need to be tested for COVID-19 before Mount 101?

Yes. Every Mount student must be tested for COVID-19 prior to returning to campus. This simple nasal swab test is provided by the Maryland Department of Health at free testing sites within the state for Maryland residents. Pennsylvania also has free testing sites for Pennsylvania residents. We are not clear about free testing in other states. Please go online to review your state’s COVID-19 testing sites to see where the free sites are in your state.

If you have any issues or challenges identifying free COVID-19 test sites in your home area, please connect with your program leader to discuss how to proceed. And if your state does not provide free COVID-19 testing, then determine if your personal or family health insurance plan will cover the cost. We will work with you to get a pre-testing plan solution prior to your return.

  • Test results should be dated within 3 days prior to returning to campus.
  • Students who are returning to campus should reduce their contact with others after the testing and before returning to the campus.
  • Due to the short timespan of the program, students who test positive will not be permitted to attend Mount 101. Refunds will be issued in this case.

Are face coverings required at the Mount?

Yes. Face masks or face coverings must be worn by all members of the Mount community when in the presence of others and in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., common work spaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, etc.).

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 participate?

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?

Due to unique circumstances this year, social distancing guidelines only allow for 25 students.

How much does it cost?

The cost for the program is $700 for the 2020 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?

Limited financial aid is available. Please contact Timothy Fritz, Ph.D., for details.

Is there a refund policy?

Due to the short timespan of the program, students who test positive for COVID-19 will not be permitted to attend Mount 101. Refunds will be issued in this case.

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 course will I take during Mount 101?

Students will take FYSM 102 – Foundations of the Liberal Arts. This course will equip students with academic tools and strategies for success in our rigorous core curriculum. FYSM 102 will teach critical writing skills, reading comprehension, and research capabilities centered on the impact and utility of the liberal arts in all facets of life. Complete attendance at all class meetings is required for course credit.

How many credits is the course?

Students will earn 3 credits.

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

All students in the program will be registered in Foundation of Liberal Arts automatically.

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, you can bring your laptop or desktop computer from home and use it in your residence hall. More information on student computer use can be found at the Information Technology Support Center (ITSC).

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.

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.

Please also refer to our COVID-19 testing information above.

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.

Where can I find additional information?

Feel free to contact the program director, Dr. Timothy Fritz, at 301-447-5828 or via email at