Bridge to Bulldogs
Bridge to Bulldogs is an innovative program for alternate entry into Louisiana Tech University. This academic collaboration between Louisiana Tech and Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) is an invitation-only summer program that gives students the chance to make a seamless transition into college life at Louisiana Tech. Bridge to Bulldogs students experience life at Louisiana Tech while taking BPCC courses on the Tech campus. At the end of the summer program, Bridge students who then meet admissions requirements are guaranteed automatic entry into Louisiana Tech. The program's course schedule is specially designed to ensure a smooth transition into Louisiana Tech for the upcoming Fall Quarter.
We know how important it is for first-year students to build a community and support group. That's why Bridge to Bulldogs students live in Tech's on-campus two- and four-bedroom apartments. Between the built-in community created by housing and social and academic programs coordinated by the Bridge to Bulldogs staff, Bridge students are provided ample opportunities to experience college life in an encouraging and supportive environment. The program's course schedule is specially designed to ensure a smooth transition into Louisiana Tech for the upcoming Fall Quarter; and the program staff at both BPCC and Louisiana Tech are committed to providing students with the educational tools and services they need to succeed. Bridge to Bulldogs includes dedicated academic advising, student support services and a student life component--all of which are designed to help students succeed in meeting the requirements to transfer into Louisiana Tech.
Bridge to Bulldogs is an invitation-only program for eligible first-time freshmen. Students who apply to Louisiana Tech as first-time freshmen for the fall quarter immediately following high school graduation and do not meet University admissions standards may be invited to join Bridge to Bulldogs. Invitations will be sent to eligible students beginning in mid-spring. Invited students must confirm their participation in the program by May 1. The program has a limited capacity and students will enter on a first-come, first served basis.
Bridge students enroll through Bossier Parish Community College for the summer program to take place June 3-July 8, 2015. To be admitted to Louisiana Tech for the Fall Quarter, Bridge students are required to successfully complete the required developmental math or English course and a selected humanities or behavioral science course. Students who satisfy Bridge requirements will be admitted to Louisiana Tech for the following Fall Quarter without being required to resubmit a Louisiana Tech application for admission. Students who do not satisfy the Bridge academic requirements at the end of the summer may be selected to continue the Bridge program under special circumstances or be invited to apply for admission to Louisiana Tech at a later date.
Bridge participants pay the Bridge program fees (which include housing and meals) to Louisiana Tech and tuition fees through BPCC. The $250 Bridge deposit is due April 15 with the balance of $500 ($750 total) due June 1. BPCC tuition and fees are due May 27 and are separate from the fees for Louisiana Tech.
BPCC processes and awards all federal and state financial aid during the Bridge student's Summer Quarter. Bridge students should include both Louisiana Tech and BPCC information on all FAFSA applications. Students should complete and submit the FAFSA (available at FAFSA.gov) and include both Louisiana Tech and BPCC's federal codes. For additional information regarding financial aid, including deadlines and forms, please visit the BPCC Financial Aid webpage.