Bridge to Success Program

A Bridge to Success

Lewis University’s Success program provides opportunities for academic success to students who need assistance in meeting the admission requirements of the University. The program accomplishes this by providing on-going mentoring and academic support services to students during their first year at Lewis.

Goals of the Success Program
  • Provide a strong and supportive environment
  • Support retention, academic success, and graduation
  • Connect learning experiences with improved learning strategies
  • Guide students through:
    • Peer mentoring
    • Academic advising, registration and career orientation
    • Tutoring and online remediation
    • Learning Strategies Workshops
    • Regular contact with the Success Program Coordinator
    • Ongoing follow-up with professional staff and faculty
Why the Program is a Success

The Success Program exemplifies Lewis University’s Catholic and Lasallian Mission by making a college education accessible to deserving students of all academic backgrounds. Personal, one-on-one attention, a hallmark of a Lewis education, serves as a key component of the program. The University community is committed to helping students in the Success Program achieve their goals. Professional staff and faculty mentors provide students with a solid foundation for continued academic success.

What is the Bridge Program?

Success begins with the Bridge Program, which takes place each summer for two weeks at the end of July. All students who wish to be admitted to Lewis University through the Success Program must first participate in and successfully complete Bridge.

The Bridge Program is a two-week, residential, intensive college preparatory program held on the Lewis University campus. Bridge provides potential students with learning strategies to assist them in making the most out of their college experience. Course work focuses on:

  • College readiness skills
  • Writing, reading and mathematics
  • Library research orientation
  • Computer/technology literacy
  • Learning strategies to improve study and test taking skills

Admission to Lewis University through the Bridge Program is based upon academic performance and appropriate participation in Bridge social and academic activities. Attitude, motivation, skills, and self-awareness will also influence admission.

The Success and Bridge Programs are house in the Center for Academic Success & Enrichment (CASE), located on the 3rd floor of the Learning Resource Center..

Accepted Students

Have you received an acceptance letter from the Lewis University Office of Admissions? Are you ready to enroll? If so, please read the information on the Accepted Students page.

Additional Information
For additional information, please contact Melissa Eichelberger, Student Success Coordinator, at (815) 836-5583 or via e-mail at