POSTED: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 10:22am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A new academic opportunity is now available for students hoping to go to LSU.
Students who can’t initially get in now have the chance to participate in a new program that lets them experience LSU campus life while attending courses at Baton Rouge Community College during their freshman year.
"This is a moment of great joy and satisfaction for me personally," says LSU President, Dr. Williams Jenkins.
Bridge programs have been discussed for years and are successful across the country; now, one is finally coming to life here in Baton Rouge.
The Tiger Bridge Program gives students who didn't get into LSU the chance to attend after their first year without even reapplying.
“I think it will be a great collaborative effort between BRCC and LSU," says Academic Affairs of BRCC, Monique Cross.
As long as students take 30 hours at BRCC their freshman year, they will be able to experience life on LSU’s campus while studying at BRCC.
"LSU will consider the students to be full-time visiting students on the campus. This means they will have full access to campus resources," says Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management at LSU, David Kurpius.
Along with having a school ID, like any other LSU student, they get to live on campus for the first year at McVoy Hall. The students who hopefully transfer to LSU after their first year will have something other students might not.
"This will certainly set students apart form their peers that have started on the typical four-year track, because these student will have obviously obtained thier Associate's Degree, and they will be poised with additional earning power," noted Cross.
The main focus of the bridge program is to help students prepare at BRCC and LSU before beginning the four-year university experience.
"The goal is to help the students find the additional help they need through academics," says Kurpius.
The tuition for Tiger Bridge students will be less than students enrolled full-time at LSU.
The first set of invitations will be sent out March 11. LSU and BRCC are hoping to get 184 students involved.