Making the transition from high school into college can be challenging. Your freshman year is an exciting time, full of changes and new responsibilities. Concordia's first year bridge program provides academic and social support for incoming freshmen to help you prepare for college and set you up for success.

Students who participate in the bridge program get to move into their residence hall a week before school starts to begin acclimating to life on campus. You'll get to meet current students, other incoming freshmen, professors, Academic Resource Center staff, and others, who will all help you prepare for life as a college student. You'll get to tour campus, make new friends, learn about what to expect in college, develop good study habits, and get helpful advice for what it takes to be successful in your college experience.

As part of the bridge program, you'll also meet with your Academic Support Specialist every other week during your first semester. They will check in with you to make sure your classes are going well, and answer any questions that you may have as you continue to get settled in.

First-Year Bridge Program Outcomes

Through participation in the bridge program, students will learn to:

  • Navigate the development for necessary transitional skills
  • Attend to their intellectual, psychological, and physical well-being
  • Have a better understanding of Concordia's resources and connections to enhance their academic experience
  • Practice the mindset and learning strategies required for lifelong success
  • Identify and utilize team building skills

First-Year Bridge Program info session- Thursday, July 29th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. CDT. To register for the info session, or for more information on the First-Year Bridge Program, contact Elizabeth Kirk at