TRIO Summer Link Program

A summer program for students in the TRIO Support Services program.

Aug. 8-17 | Early Move-in Required

A Tradition of Success

TRIO Programs are committed to helping students access and succeed in college up through college graduation and beyond.

TRIO Programs were first established under Title IV of the Higher Education Act as competitively funded programs under the U.S. Department of Education.  BGSU became one of the first universities to host a TRIO Student Support Services program, starting operations in 1970, and won TRIO SSS funding competitions ever since.

The TRIO Summer Link program has been an optional early move-in program for new first-year TRIO SSS students since 2010.  The goals of TRIO Summer Link is to (1) familiarize you with TRIO SSS and key offices and BGSU staff critical to your success at BGSU, (2) set SMART educational and career goals, including time management and organizational skills needed to achieve those goals, (3) develop financial literacy and financial aid awareness needed to better understand paying for college, (4) meet your fellow TRIO SSS students, including your TRIO SSS Peer Mentor, (5) engage in career and carultrual awareness development activities through field trips to meet people working at places of interest to encourage students to think creatively about your career development.

In addition to the summer link program, TRIO SSS offers you:

  • One-on-One Support/Interaction with TRIO specialists
  • Personal/Professional Development Opportunities
  • Career and Cultural Events
  • Small class sections of MATH 1190, MATH 1220, and UNIV 1100
  • Opportunities to meet fellow TRIO SSS students
  • Enjoy fun and educational activities

TRIO Summer Link 

  • FREE early move-in program
  • Get connected with your future friends before the semester begins
  • Establish a solid foundation for your future participation in the TRIO program.

Learn how to register

You must be accepted into TRIO Student Support Services to join TRIO Summer Link.

What is TRIO Student Support Services?

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is part of the TRIO programs created to promote educational access for those who have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education nationally. SSS programs provide advising, tutoring, and academic support.  There are also two scholarships and opportunities exclusively for participating TRIO students.


You are eligible to participate in BGSU's SSS program if you meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • You are a first-generation college student (custodial parents did not complete a bachelor’s degree)
  • Income that fits the requirements determined by the Federal Income Guidelines
  • Has a documented disability with the BGSU Accessibility Services office.

About the TRIO Summer Program 

August early move-in on the Saturday before regular move-in begins

The TRIO Summer Link is a free early move-in program for first-year students that are registered full-time at BGSU admitted to TRIO Student Support Services (SSS). During TRIO Summer Link, you will meet TRIO staff and other SSS students, get acclimated to the BGSU campus, learn about campus resources and discuss goals, time management, and study strategies.  TRIO Summer Link participants join on-campus and field trip activities to explore careers, address anxiety, and build social capital.  Space is limited. Sign up early to reserve your spot.

Program Benefits

Students that participate in the TRIO SSS Summer Link program will be able to:

  • Identify key staff in critical BGSU offices
  • Explain how to effectively engage in the college community
  • Describe the time management and self-organization needed to be successful in college versus high school
  • Track their personal budget
  • Locate and utilize advising and coaching assistance


Students admitted to BGSU who have any questions about or are interested in joining the 2023 BGSU TRIO Summer Link program may call 419-372-2677.

In order to enroll in the fall TRIO Summer Link program, you must first apply to join TRIO Student Support Services and be admitted to the TRIO SSS program to enjoy access to our services and benefits.

ALL TRIO SSS programs and services are free, including the application to join TRIO SSS and TRIO SSS Summer Link program.

How to Register  

To participate in the TRIO summer program, you must:

  1. Apply to join the TRIO Student Support Services program
  2. Then, once you are accepted, complete the Summer Program Application no later than July 31.
  3. After you have completed these steps, we will contact you by the end of the first week of August.

While the TRIO Summer Link program is free, participation in TRIO Summer Link program is REQUIRED. If you move in early as one of our TRIO Summer Link students and do not attend programming, the Office of Residence Life may bill their standard fee for early move-in to you instead. Contact TRIO SSS staff as early as possible if you run into any problems with these obligations.

All TRIO SSS Summer Link students are required to be enrolled in section of BGSU 1910 taught by TRIO SSS staff. Contact us if an exception needs to be made. Examples include majors and programs that have replacement courses for BGSU 1910.

Please note: The Office of Student Housing requires all Summer Link Program students to have their BGSU bursar bill paid in full OR have their payment plan arranged and the first installment paid at least one week in advance of the first day of the start of the summer program. Your Summer Link registration may be canceled if Residence Life does not authorize your move-in before the first day of programming. Call us if you run into any difficulties with meeting this requirement.

Updated: 04/11/2024 12:39PM