Jacket Link/BRIDGE

Baldwin Wallace University
Jacket Link/BRIDGE Program
Phone: (440) 826-2055

JACKET LINK: A BRIDGE to Student Success

August 18 - 21, 2019

Jacket Link/BRIDGE is a program designed to provide incoming first-year students with the necessary tools and resources needed to jumpstart their first-year experience. Preceding the Week of Welcome (W.O.W.), students spend four days 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 summer portion 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.

There is a $75 registration fee for the summer portion of the Jacket Link/BRIDGE program. All other expenses (i.e., meals, housing and cultural/social activities) will be covered by Baldwin Wallace University for the summer portion of the program.

Make your check payable to:
Baldwin Wallace University
Mail to:
Baldwin Wallace University
Center for Inclusion
275 Eastland Road
Berea, OH 44017-2088

If you require financial assistance to participate in the Jacket Link/BRIDGE program during the summer, please complete the Application Fee Waiver Form. Your eligibility will be determined.

If you are interested in applying to the Jacket Link/BRIDGE program, complete the short online application.

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

  • Move in early and get acquainted with the campus (Sunday prior to Week of Welcome)
  • Receive assistance in the preparation and procedures for applying for BW campus student employment
  • Get priority registration
  • Receive a textbook voucher at the close of the summer portion of the program to be used toward the cost of one 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 freshmen with early access and exposure to campus life and resources
  • Receive individualized academic support throughout the first year

Quotes from Current Students & BW Staff

“I loved meeting new people and having an opportunity to make some friends before the start of the school year. I definitely made some meaningful relationships through JLB.” (Karley Hiles, 2016-2017 JLB participant)

On family day: "After moving in and being away from my family for some time it was nice being able to spend the day/weekend with them and to catch them up on what was happening on campus." 
On moving in early: "I had the opportunity to be here before anyone else and get the feel of campus and know where my classes would be without having everyone else trying to do the same all at once.” (Brieanna Pennington, 2016-2017 JLB participant)

“My JLB memories were most important to me because I made lifelong friends out of those memories. You can't get that just anywhere.” (Paige Davis, 2016-2017 JLB participant)

“As a professor teaching chemistry for the past 26 years, it has become clear that one of the most important outcomes for a student new to BW is to find a 'sense of place' and 'belonging.' The Jacket Link/BRIDGE program is a great way to find that sense of place that leads to success in the classroom.”  (Dr. Jim McCargar, Associate Dean, School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing)

Parents & Families "BEE-LINE"

The "BEE-LINE" is a place for parents and families to find support as students enter their first year at Baldwin Wallace University.

The JLB program is here to offer support, advice, tips and information, because families deserve to remain informed of the college experience here at BW. The information provided will also enable families to assist students in taking advantage of new experiences, setting goals and moving toward becoming responsible citizens.

The "BEE-LINE" will work to keep families abreast of all services, important campus offerings and events. This resource will provide the information needed to assist students in using the available campus resources and to participate in meaningful activities in order to gain the most from their college experience.

We look forward to supporting students and their families during this transformational time in their lives.

BEE-LINE HOTLINE: (440) 826-2055

Resources for Parents & Families

Suggested readings
Information on the "Bee-"Line mentors

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