Southern Oregon University’s Bridge Program is a first-year experience that helps promising students transition to college successfully by supporting their social, emotional, and academic strengths. The program is open to graduating Oregon high school students and welcomes underrepresented students.
The Bridge Program provides the following benefits, at no additional cost to participating students:
A four-day, pre-Fall experience that supports their transition to college life
Increased financial support
Enhanced academic advising and academic support
On-campus jobs and career connections
Supportive year-long peer mentoring
Up to seven tuition-free credits through first-year Bridge courses
Students nominated and accepted into the Bridge Program will begin their transition to Southern Oregon University during the pre-Fall Bridge orientation in late September. This four-day residential experience includes meaningful workshops and fun activities that prepare students for college success; room and board is provided free of charge. Bridge Program courses and activities throughout the year build on this initial orientation, connecting students to people, program, resources, and opportunities that develop their strengths and contribute to their academic success.
To inquire more about the Bridge Program, contact our coordinator directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bridge Program is designed to invest in the strengths of Oregon college students, especially underrepresented populations: first-generation college students, second language learners, students from low-income families, and under-served minority groups.
When is the pre-Fall session?
The Bridge Program’s pre-Fall session starts September 16, 2018. Bridge students move in early to their residence hall during this session. The early residential activities lead into the Week of Welcome events.
What is the schedule for the pre-Fall session?
2018 Bridge Program Agenda
A more detailed schedule will be provided at Raider Registration. Below is a condensed outline for students and family members who are encouraged to join us for a welcome dinner and introduction to SOU.
Sunday, September 16
3:00 PM – Check-in/Move-in
5:00 PM – Welcome to SOU Dinner (students and families)
6:00 PM – Introduction to Bridge Program and SOU: Family (Transitions) / Students (Expectations)
Monday, September 17 through Wednesday, September 19
Times TBA – Planned Bridge activities
Thursday, September 20
Times TBA – Week of Welcome starts for all first-year students
Nominate a Student
Please consider nominating an Oregon high school senior who has strengths such as leadership, active citizenry, creativity, innovations, passion, or other characteristics that may not be recognized by a SAT score or a borderline GPA.