Policies and Logistics

Based on the most current information available about the COVID-19 pandemic in Richmond, all Spiders in the Bridge to Success program should plan to live on campus in a residence hall. Final decisions about what components of the program will be held in person and what will happen remotely will be made closer to the program’s start date based on the best available public health guidance from the Virginia Department of Health. Additionally, information about COVID-19 testing policies for the BTS program will be made available closer to the program start date.


  • Successfully complete a one unit course in a Field of Study General Education course
  • Virtually participate in all writing and academic skills workshops and Program events
  • Work closely with Bridge to Success Writing Consultants on all your assignments
  • Check university email address throughout the day for communications from professors, the Bridge to Success Program Director (Dr. Nathan Snaza), and University staff.
  • Follow all University of Richmond policies and all applicable laws

Students must get written permission of the Director to miss any of the required sessions.

Bannerweb, Blackboard, and Zoom

For access to important information about course registration, lesson planning, and remote class participation, please take some time to become familiar with three important sources: Bannerweb, Blackboard, and Zoom.

Bannerweb is an online system where you will register for class, check final grades, track your progress to graduation, and be able to see your schedule. You will need your NetID to log in and the first time you use it you will set a PIN, and you will need to install Duo on a second device for two-point authentication. Please log into http://bannerweb.richmond.edu/.

Your high school may have used a website for hosting course content and Blackboard is the university's main platform for this. When you log in to http://blackboard.richmond.edu you will see page for each course in which you are enrolled. This summer you will use two pages: one for your Field of Study course, and one for the Bridge to Success Program. These pages will contain downloadable syllabi, course readings, and assignment prompts. You may also be asked to participate in asynchronous (not all at the same time) discussions using the Discussion fora on Blackboard.

If any program events cannot be safely held in person according to Virginia public health guidelines, we will primarily use Zoom, an online synchronous video conferencing platform, for classes, workshops, and program events. This will enable face-to-face interaction with peers, professors, writing consultants, staff, and invited experts. See the University’s page on Zoom here to download the application and create a Basic (free) account using your university email address.


Students will enroll in one of three available courses meeting a requirement for graduation. You will soon receive an email with a form asking you to rank your preferences from first to third. We will do the best we can to place everyone in their first choice, but we also need to balance the number of students in each section so we cannot guarantee that you will receive your first choice. However, all three of the courses are interesting and have similar assignments, and each of them satisfies one of the Field of Study requirements toward graduation.

History 199: "A History of U.S. Empire." Taught by Dr. Samantha Seeley

Political Science 250: “Introduction to International Relations.” Taught by Dr. Stephen Long

English 299: "Literatures of Empire." Taught by Dr. Nathan Snaza

What You Will Need for the Program

  • A computer. You will need to be able to access email, BannerWeb, Blackboard, Zoom, and the university library Written assignments will typically be completed either in Microsoft Word or Google Docs and submitted electronically to professors. If you require a computer or help accessing high speed internet, please see this link.
  • A university email account.
  • All course books will be mailed to you through the United States Postal Service to the official address you have on file with the University.
  • This may seem obvious, but a lot of time, preferably in a distraction-free environment. Successful completion of the Bridge to Success Program will require approximately 30-40 hours of work per week reading, taking notes, participating in online discussions, and completing assignments.

Program Launch

On Sunday, June 20, 2021 there will be two live online events to kick off the program.

At 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, Program staff and University leaders will welcome new Spiders and their families, and explain the program's vision.

At 5:00 PM EST, BTS participants and program staff will meet to go over all expectations, requirements, and policies, and to answer questions.

Links to both events, held on Zoom, will be sent to participants' university email addresses a few days beforehand, and also posted on the program Blackboard page.

Please feel free to reach out to Director Nathan Snaza with any questions or concerns before or during the summer program at nsnaza@richmond.edu.