Jacket Link/Bridge


BRIDGE to YOUR College Success

BW Jacket Link/Bridge


August 16 - 19 followed by Week of Welcome

Quotes from Current JLB Students

"I enjoyed learning about successful ways to transition and how to be a good first-year student"


"The financial-aid session was helpful because I was unaware of some of the information"


"My favorite part about the JLB summer session was participating in the peer mentor debriefs and the field trip to University Circle"


BEE LINE Mentors

A resource that includes

 helpful tips and suggestions for

parents and families of first-year college students

JACKET LINK: A BRIDGE to Student Success

Jacket Link/Bridge is a program designed to provide incoming first-year students with the tools and resources needed to jumpstart their first year experience. Preceding the Weekend of Welcome (W.O.W.), students spend a residential week on campus connecting with mentors, getting familiar with campus resources and services, and learning strategies to successfully transition from high school to college. Beyond the first week of the program, and throughout the fall and spring of the academic year, Jacket Link/Bridge aims to provide a welcoming and supportive community for students. Activities and resources with an emphasis on academic readiness, campus support, and social/cultural enrichment will be provided for students.


By participating in Jacket Link/Bridge during the summer and beyond, students will:


  • Move in early and get acquainted with the campus (Monday prior to W.O.W.)
  • Receive student employment on campus for the fall term (renewable for spring term based on work performance during the fall)
  • Get priority registration
  • Receive a textbook voucher at the close of the summer portion of the program to be used towards the cost of one (1) textbook or school supplies purchased in the BW Bookstore
  • Meet faculty, staff, and peer mentors before classes begin
  • Develop social connections by making friends early
  • Engage in social/cultural events
  • Get free BW Apparel
  • Gain an edge over other incoming freshman with early access and exposure to campus life and resources
  • Receive individualized academic support throughout the first year 


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