About Bridge program
Q: What is a faculty mentor?
A: A faculty mentor is your one-to-one advisor for your first year. Your faculty mentor will work with you throughout that entire first year, helping you make the transition between high school and college.
Application and Eligibility
Q: Why do I have to apply to ISU?
A: Admission to ISU is required for course registration.
Q: What if I don't intend on continuing at ISU in the Fall semester, can I still apply?
Q: When does Bengal Bridge begin and end?
A: ISU Bengal Bridge 2020 runs from Monday, June 14, to Friday, July 30.
Q: What is the latest date I can apply for Bridge?
A: The last day that you can apply is April 15.
Q: Do you accept applications after the deadline?
A: No, unfortunately, we do accept new applications after the deadline unless stated otherwise
Q: Can students with a GED apply?
A: Yes, however, the time between your GED and your application to Bengal Bridge may impact your eligibility for Bengal Bridge. (Students must attend Bridge during the summer between high school and college.) Contact us if you are not sure you qualify.
Paying for Bridge
Q: What money can I use for this program? Can I use scholarships?
A: Pell grants, student federal loans, other federal aid, private loans, or personal funds can all be used. If you have questions, please contact us or the ISU Financial aid Office at Phone: (208)282-2756 or email: email@example.com ( Open M - F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Q: Can I use scholarships?
A: Yes, however, if the donor or organization must agree to use the scholarship for summer funding. If you have questions, please contact us or the ISU Scholarship Office at Phone: (208) 282 -3315 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: My parent/guardian works for ISU, can I apply the employee dependent tuition reduction?
A: No, Bengal bridge tuition is already reduced at $65 per credit.
Class schedule and registration
Q: Can I take more than 9 credits?
A: No, the maximum number of credits to take in the summer is 9 credits, but in some cases, depending on your course schedule, it is no more than 10 credits
Q: Can I take less than 6 credits?
A: No, the minimum number of credits is 6, but in some cases, depending on your course schedule, it is no less than 5 credits
Q: Can I register for non-bridge courses?
A: No, and NO EXCEPTIONS. Non-bridge courses are not offered at $65 per credit but are instead $402 per credit. ONLY bridge courses are offered at $65 per credit. Be advised that registering for non- bridge courses could result in removal from the program.
Q: How is my class schedule determined?
A: First come, first-serve basis. The Bengal bridge team works hard to place you in courses centered on your major, test scores, and dual enrollment courses. Please make sure to provide the correct information required to put you in appropriate classes.
Q: How can I check my class schedule?
A: Your faculty mentor will help you register for classes. After you enroll in your courses, you can check your schedule by login Bengal web >>Academic tools >> My Concise Schedule (select the summer term and submit)
Q. What if I change my major before attending Bridge?
A: That's fine; changing your major is common. Contact your faculty mentor as soon as possible before the program begins so that changes can be made to your class schedule. Be advised that changes are not guaranteed because classes fill up fast.
Q: How can I contact my instructor about course requirements such as textbooks, etc.?
A: Make sure to confirm your course section and then refer to our Bridge instructor page for their contact information. If you do not know how to see the course section, contact your faculty mentor or peer mentor for help.
Q: How do I get a reasonable accommodation for a learning, medical, or physical disability?
A: Students can request accommodation services through the office of Disability Services.
Attending the Program
Q: Do I have to move to Pocatello?
A: No, but all classes are offered ONLY on the Pocatello campus; attendance is expected for the entire 7-week period.
Q: Can I take classes online?
A: Unless particular circumstances arise, all Bengal bridge courses are in person, in a classroom environment.
Q: Can I miss class and go on a family vacation?
A: We strongly advise against missing class due to the rigor of the program. If you choose to go on a family vacation during the 7- weeks, communicate with your Faculty mentor and instructors before leaving. Plan ahead
Q: Is on-campus housing available?
A: Yes, and for a reduced fee for Bridge students only. If you intend to stay in the dorms, housing will contact you via ISU email on details for move-in days.
Q: Is the housing application required?
A: No, however, we do encourage living on campus
Q: Can I choose my roommates?
Q: What if I want to live off-campus?
A: You don't have to live on-campus, go through Idaho classifieds or other resources to search for off campus housing
Q: Can I reapply?
A: Yes, you can reapply to be a mentor each academic year.
Q: Do I have to take the ACAD 1105 ST: Bengal Bridge Leadership and Development course?
A: Yes, the course is designed to help prepare you to be a mentor.
Q: What if my schedule does not allow for ACAD 1105 ST: Bengal Bridge Leadership and Development course?
A: Talk with the advisor of the mentorship program and see what other ways you can be involved in the program
Q: Can I take the ACAD 1105 ST: Bengal Bridge Leadership and Development course in the Spring semester, instead of the fall semester?
A: Depends if the course is offered.
Q: Do I get paid as a mentor?
A: No, but if you qualify for work-study, you may be paid in the summer during the Bridge program.
Q: What employment opportunities are available?
A: It differs every year
Q: Do all members of the program get jobs?
A: No, if we have open positions, and it is highly competitive. It depends on your experience, schedule, and qualifications.
Q: Can I apply for a tutoring position?
A: Yes, if positions are available and if you qualify.