Native Bridge to Success
What is Bridge?
The Native Bridge to Success Program guides new Alaskan Native, Native American and Native Hawaiian freshmen students through the college transition process and provides an overview of the university community. Participants connect with key staff, faculty, and support services while meeting other students and building skills for success. The Bridge Program begins with a four-day residential program occurring one week before the fall term begins and continues throughout the academic year that includes an 8-week course, NAU 100 (Aug. 26 – Oct. 18) and one-to-one meetings with an assigned peer mentor and pro staff plus fun social activities. New out-of-state freshmen who plan to attend an August NAU Orientation should enroll for the August 22-23 Orientation session. This will allow the out-of-state freshmen to fully participate in the Native Bridge program should they be accepted.
Participants will be assigned a peer mentor and OISS staff member to receive mentoring during the 4-day program and throughout the academic year.
Additional benefits of the program include:
- Early move-in to assigned fall residence hall
- A head start on becoming familiar with campus community, class locations, and other key places
- Enjoy the opportunity to meet other new Native/Indigenous students
- Attend a 1 unit, 8-week class (NAU 100 – Transition to College) with other Bridge students
- Upon completion the 4-day program & fall milestones including the 8-week class, eligible Bridge students will receive a $275 textbook scholarship for the spring 2020 semester. Note: Bridge students must be enrolled in full-time hours for the spring 2020 term at NAU to receive the funds.
Who should attend? Accordion Closed
New first-year Alaskan Native, Native American and Native Hawaiian freshmen students who are enrolled in fall 2019 classes. Space is limited to 75 students on a first-come, first-served basis.
Program & class dates Accordion Closed
The 4-day program dates are August 18-21, 2019 (Sunday through Wednesday). All accepted Bridge Program students must plan to attend activities and events for the full duration of the 4-day program as well as program milestones for the academic year. The 8-week NAU 100 class is a required course for accepted Bridge students which begins on August 26 and ends October 18.
Housing Accordion Closed
Participants will move in early into their fall housing assignments on Sunday morning (9am-12 noon) of August 18th with the help of OISS peer mentors and staff, and stay there during the Bridge to Success Program. It’s important to complete the on-campus housing application and pay the housing rent confirmation deposit ($175) by the May 15 priority deadline. The daily early move-in fees for Sunday to Wednesday will be paid by the Bridge program as student’s housing contract will begin on Thursday, August 22, 2019.
New students who plan to live off-campus will be asked to be prompt to attending the daily Bridge activities and meetings. Off-campus students who plan to park on campus will need to purchase a parking permit or go to the various kiosks to pay a daily parking rate. For more info, contact University Transit Services.
Cost Accordion Closed
The Native Bridge to Success Program will cover participant’s move-in fees (campus housing only), meals (mid-morning snacks, lunches, dinners), supplies, and transportation during the four days plus the $275 textbook scholarship to be awarded to eligible participants in January 2020. Participants are responsible for other incidental expenses (transportation from home to /from the program, extra spending money, etc.).
The 2019 Native Bridge to Success Program is funded by the NAU Enrollment Management & Student Affairs to support Native/Indigenous students. The Office of Indigenous Student Success is deeply appreciative of this funding support to new Native freshmen students as they transition to Northern Arizona University Flagstaff campus.
Eligibility requirements Accordion Closed
- Native American, Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian students
- First-year, full-time freshmen
- Enrolled in classes on the NAU Flagstaff campus
- Must have accepted admissions offer and paid the enrollment deposit (enrollment deposit may be deferred if FAFSA determines a student to be Pell Grant-eligible. Contact Undergraduate Admissions, 928-523-9011.)
- If planning to reside on-campus, the NAU housing application must be completed and the $175 housing rent confirmation deposit paid by the May 15 priority deadline.
- If planning to live off-campus, check out Louie’s List for local housing options. Be sure to work with the apartment leasing office for all necessary arrangements for move-in.
- Out-of-state students who are enrolled members of an Arizona tribe are eligible for in-state tuition.
Did I Make It into the Bridge Program?
Thank you for your interest and if you applied, check your NAU email inbox for further instructions and updates.
If you missed the deadline date to apply, we encourage you to attend our Open House on August 23 and 24, 2019 at the Native American Cultural Center.
We look forward to supporting you as a new incoming Lumberjack!