West Texas A&M University

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Buff Bridge Program

Buff Bridge Program 2018

For questions about this program, contact Dr. Ann Fry, Director of First Year Experience and Learning Communities. 806-651-2358 afry@wtamu.edu

Buff Bridge Details
Buff Bridge is designed for students who want a jump-start on their college journey.  It especially benefits first-generation students,  students from under-represented populations and those who may or may not quite meet admission requirements for acceptance into WTAMU. Occurring over the first summer session, students accepted into the program will enroll in 6 hours of predetermined coursework that is designed to enhance your initial experience by immersing you into college culture and identifying college coursework expectations. Coursework will include IDS 1071 (3 hours credit) which is designed to help students develop the skills necessary to succeed in college, enhance leadership skills, and explore the various pathways to career development, as well as one required core or developmental class (to be determined at a later date). If chosen to participate in the program you will work closely with faculty, staff, and peer mentors to create academic and personal goals to meet the challenges of university life and be better prepared for the fall semester. The program will begin June 4, 2018, and conclude July 9, 2018.

Summer Bridge Students in the Pedestrian Mall
Advantages to Participation in Buff Bridge:

• Completion of 3-6 hours of courses toward your degree plan

• Jump start on your college experience and the development of the skills you need to succeed

• Career exploration to help you be more confident in your educational goals

• Access to student services including Tutoring, Counseling, Advising, Activity Center, etc.
• Activities with student peer mentors
• Guidance from dedicated faculty and staff

Program Requirements:

• Completion and submission of Buff Bridge application form accompanied by required essay and high school counselor   recommendation by April 1, 2018

• Enrollment in IDS 1071 (3 hours) and one core or developmental class as determined by an academic advisor

• Participation in a Living and Learning Community which requires living on campus in assigned residential living spaces

      • Participation in the first New Student Orientation Session (early June)

• October 2017/18 FASFA and other required financial aid forms must be completed as soon as possible in order to qualify for financial aid for the summer session

Estimated costs to participate:

  • Standard Tuition and fees - Approximately $1920
  • Assigned residence hall room – Approximately $600
  • Meal Plan (Select one)
    • 60 Meals and no Dining Dollars - $495
    • 102 Meals and no Dining Dollars - $645
  • Books and course related materials - depends on course requirements
  • Buff Bridge Program Fee - $450.00
  • NSO - $150 plus $50/guest

How do I sign up?

To be considered for Buff Bridge, you must include a recommendation from your high school counselor, complete the Buff Bridge Application/Agreement, and submit an accompanying essay (approximately 300 words). In the essay, you will identify a person in your life that you see as an inspiration and role model of success. You will discuss why you feel this person is successful and three actions you will take during your college experience to honor this person and pay it forward.

Students will be selected based on their completion of the Buff Bridge Application, the content of their essay, GPA, class ranking, SAT/ACT scores, and the nomination from their high school counselor.

More details on Buff Bridge will be communicated directly with those selected for Buff Bridge.