All prospective WISE students are required to complete the Summer Bridge Academy program, a 6-week summer program that bridges students into a collegiate setting, and complete the program with a passing grade.

Students who successfully complete the Summer Bridge Academy must express an interest in being a part of the WISE program and be 18-20 years of age with a high school diploma or GED. Students from that pool are then selected based on specific criteria.

WISE recruits 20 students each year with the expectation that each cohort will successfully graduate with an associate degree from Goodwin University, and later, enroll in a bachelor degree program.

Each WISE cohort begins in the fall semester.