Bridge to Bulldogs
Bridge to Bulldogs is an innovative program for alternate entry into Louisiana Tech University. This collaboration between Academic Affairs and Student Advancement is an invitation-only program that begins during the summer quarter immediately following graduation from high school and extends through the end the fall term, giving students the chance to make a seamless transition into college life at Louisiana Tech. Bridge students who then meet freshmen admission requirements are guaranteed unconditional admission status.
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 apartments for the first quarter of the program. 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 is 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 for unconditional admission to 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 summer or fall quarter immediately following high school graduation and do not meet University admissions standards may be invited to join Bridge to Bulldogs. Information regarding the Bridge to Bulldogs participation will be sent to students meeting selection criteria as soon as their admission application has been reviewed and evaluated. Invitations will be sent to eligible students as early as January of the graduating year. Invited students must confirm their participation in one of the sessions prior to May 15. The program has a limited capacity and students will be registered on a first-come, first served basis.
Students may be invited to participate in the Bridge to Bulldogs Program based on the following criteria: an overall earned high school GPA of 3.0 or greater on a Core curriculum, an English ACT subscore of 18 or higher, and a math ACT subscore in the range of 17-18, and a minimum ACT composite score of 18.
To be conditionally admitted to Louisiana Tech University, students enrolling in the Bridge to Bulldog are required to enroll in one of the summer sessions in addition to the fall quarter. During the summer, students have the option to select from one of two 5-week options (as long as space allows):
-June 13-July 15, 2016
-July 11-August 12, 2016
Coursework follows a specific path designed specifically for the Bridge to Bulldogs program. All of the courses are designed to compliment one another and build off of the theory behind building a community and stronger support network. Students participating are approved to complete the following classes as part of the student’s transitional admission status:
Summer Quarter 2016:
Math 102 (3 credit hours)
ENGR 189B (2 hours supplemental math instruction)
Fall Quarter 2016:
Subsequent math course depending on intended major (3 credit hours)
FYE 101 (3 credit hours)
Communications 101 (3 credit hours)
General Education Requirement or college specific course (up to 3 credit hours)
To support student success, the Bulldog Achievement Resource Center (BARC) services in conjunction with the Students in Transition, administers a plan for the Bridge to Bulldog students. Placing B2B students in unconditional admission status requires the following:
-Bridge to Bulldog participants must enter the program during the summer quarter and complete a minimum of 16 credit hours by the end of the 2016 Fall Quarter while in transitional status. Students are not allowed to withdraw from any courses during the program.
-All courses taken while participating in the B2B program must be pre-approved by the Director of Students in Transition
-Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
-Complete structured activities, including but not limited to weekly visits with the Director of Students in Transition, class attendance according to the syllabus, and mandatory study session.
The best news about the Bridge to Bulldogs Program is that most students who are invited to attend are eligible to receive a scholarship, which covers the majority of expenses of the program for the summer! Bridge Scholars receive an award that allows students to receive tuition, room and board, and textbook for their around $300. That’s a scholarship valued at over $3,000 for the summer!
While the scholarship is a one-time award, any student eligible for federal financial aid (including but not limited to TOPS) may apply those awards towards tuition and fees for the fall quarter. Students are encouraged to submit FAFSA applications early in order to get an idea of their awards before the fall rush (deadline to submit is June 30, 2016)