Native Bridge to Success Program

Native Bridge Students

A partnership of Native American Student Services and the Native American Cultural Center.

What it is

The Native Bridge to Success Program guides new Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian freshmen through the college transition process and provides an overview of the university community. Participants connect with key staff, faculty, and support services while meeting other students and building skills for success. The four-day residential program occurs the week before the fall term begins.

Students are also paired with a peer mentor and NASS staff member during the program and continue to receive mentoring throughout their first academic year.

Additional benefits of the program include:

  • Early move-in to fall residence hall
  • A head start on building academic and technology skills
  • Familiarity with campus community, class locations, and other key places
  • Fun programs and activities
  • A special session for parents and guardians on the first day, including a panel discussion and topics on how families can partner to ensure their student’s success.

Who should attend?

New first-year Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian freshmen who are enrolled in fall 2017 classes. Space is limited to 75 students on a first-come, first-served basis who meet eligibility requirements.

Program dates

The program runs Sunday through Wednesday, Aug. 20-23. Students move into their fall residential hall assignments with the help of NASS peer mentors and staff.


Participants will move in early into their fall housing assignments with the help of NASS peer mentors and staff, and stay there during the Bridge to Success Program. It’s important to complete the on-campus housing application and pay the deposit by the May 15 priority deadline.


The program covers early move-in fees, meals, program materials, activities, activity transportation, and book scholarship during the four days. If selected, a $25 non-refundable program fee is required to confirm participation. The fee will be applied to the student’s Jacks Debit card at the conclusion of the program. 

Eligibility requirements

  • Native American, Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian students
  • First-year, full-time freshmen
  • Must have 2.50 or higher high school core GPA
  • Enrolled in classes on the Flagstaff campus
  • Must have accepted admissions offer and paid the $350 enrollment deposit. (Your enrollment deposit may be deferred if your FAFSA determines you to be Pell Grant-eligible. Contact Undergraduate Admissions.)
  • Must reside on campus in an NAU residence hall
  • On-campus housing application must be complete and $175 housing deposit paid by the May 15 priority deadline

Students must be willing to participate fully in the four-day program and work with their NASS advisor and peer mentor throughout the year.

How to apply

The Native Bridge application is currently closed. 

For inquires about an application, contact Native American Student Services at 928-523-8086.