Jacket Link/BRIDGE

Baldwin Wallace University
Jacket Link/BRIDGE Program

Jacket Link: A Bridge to Student Success

Monday, August 15, 2022 – Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Jacket Link/BRIDGE (JLB) is a program designed to provide incoming first-year students with the necessary tools and resources needed to jumpstart their first-year experience. During the 2022-23 academic year the Jacket Link/BRIDGE program will be facilitated as a Living and Learning Community.* Jacket Link/BRIDGE is open to both residential and commuter students.

Preceding the Week of Welcome (W.O.W.), students spend three 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, Jacket Link/BRIDGE aims to provide a welcoming and supportive community for students throughout the academic year. Students are provided with activities and resources with an emphasis on academic readiness, campus support and social/cultural enrichment.

All Jacket Link/BRIDGE Living and Learning Community students will be expected to actively engage in on-campus residential, social, cultural, service and academic programming during the bridge summer portion of the program and beyond. Students who live on campus will live together, and commuters will join to participate in one shared course, enrichment programming and service projects as a group.

There was a $100 registration fee for the summer portion of the Jacket Link/BRIDGE Program this year, but we are waiving it for all students due to COVID-19. All other expenses (i.e., meals and cultural/social activities) will be covered by Baldwin Wallace University for the summer bridge portion of the program.

If you are interested in applying to the Jacket Link/BRIDGE program, complete the short online application by the priority deadline, Sunday, May 15th, 2022 at 11:30 p.m.

*The Jacket Link/BRIDGE Living and Learning Community is a program presented by the Center for Inclusion, in partnership with the Division of Student Affairs (DSA), Office of Residence Life (part of DSA) and Academic Affairs.

By participating in the Jacket Link/BRIDGE Living and Learning Community, students will:

  • Move in/commute and get acquainted with the campus early.
  • Develop a sense of community and belonging early.
  • Have a shared learning experience inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Learn procedures and how to prepare for applying for on-campus student employment.
  • 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.
  • Have a peer mentor who is a current BW student.
  • Meet faculty, staff and peer mentors before classes begin.
  • Make social connections with diverse groups of students who share a common focus.
  • Receive free BW apparel.
  • Gain an edge over other incoming first-year students with early access and exposure to campus life and resources.

Image of Jacket Link Bridge Students

Parents and Families "Bee-Line"

College can be a huge transition for parents and families, which means that access to supporters can make all of the difference. JLB families receive a mentor who is a BW faculty and staff member, called the Bee-Line. This is a place for parents and families to find support as students enter their first year at Baldwin Wallace.

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 with 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.

Resources for Parents and Families

Suggested Reading

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. It is also important to us to provide resources for families as a whole to help with the transition. The following books can help you learn more about the college experience. Many focus on first year adjustment issues for students and parents.

View suggested reading resources.

Bee-Line Mentors

Learn more about 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!