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Jacket Link Bridge

Baldwin Wallace University
Jacket Link/Summer Bridge Program
Phone: 440-826-3360

JACKET LINK: A BRIDGE to Student Success

August 14 - 17, 2016

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 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
Academic Affairs
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 freshman with early access and exposure to campus life and resources
  • Receive individualized academic support throughout the first year

Quotes from Current Students

"Through the JLB Program, I learned that you can never be too prepared. We were given so much information during the first few weeks of being here, and I am glad we were. Now I feel more confident and familiar with the programs and offices on campus and am not afraid to ask for help when needed."(2015-2016 JLB Participant)

“It has been wonderful having someone to help with the first year experience of college. Having a mentor has really helped.” (2015-2016 JLB Participant)

"The best lesson that I learned from JLB is that it's very important to get involved within the university because it can lead to new things and for you to meet new people!" (2015-2016 JLB Participant)

"I enjoyed learning about successful ways to transition and how to be a good first-year student." (2014-2015 JLB Participant)

"The financial-aid session was helpful because I was unaware of some of the information." (2014-2015 JLB Participant)

"My favorite part about the JLB summer session was participating in the peer mentor debriefs and the field trip to University Circle.” (2014-2015 JLB Participant)

Parents & Families "BEE-LINE"

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

We are here to offer them support, advice, tips and information because we know that they deserve to remain informed of the college experience that you are participating in here at BW. The information provided will also enable them to assist you in new experiences, setting goals and moving toward becoming a responsible citizen.

The "BEE-LINE" will work to keep your family abreast of all our services and important campus offerings and events. This resource will give them the information they need to assist you in using the available campus resources and participate in meaningful activities in order to gain the most from your college experience.

We look forward to supporting you and your family during this transformational time in your life.

Resources for Parents & Families

Suggested Readings
Information on the "BEE-LINE" Mentors

Helpful Tip: Our students love to hear from home! Consider sending a package or letter to your student's campus post office box. And include extra goodies for your student's roommates and friends!