Native Bridge to Success Program

A program funded by a generous gift from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

What is Bridge?

The Native Bridge to Success Program guides new Alaskan Native, Native American 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 one week before the fall term begins. New out-of-state freshmen who plan to attend an August NAU Orientation should enroll for the Aug. 23-24 session. This will allow the out-of-state freshmen to fully participate in the Native Bridge program should they be accepted.

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 assigned 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/family members on Sunday afternoon (2/19) and concluding with dinner with their student. Parents/family depart after dinner.
  • Upon completion of program requirements, students receive a $275 textbook scholarship.

Who should attend?

New first-year Alaskan Native, Native American and Native Hawaiian freshmen who are enrolled in fall 2018 classes. Space is limited to 75 students on a first-come, first-served basis.

Program dates

The program runs Sunday through Wednesday, Aug. 19-22, 2018. All accepted Bridge Program students must plan to attend activities and events for the full duration of the 4-day program (day and evening activities) as well as program requirements for the academic year.


Participants will move in early into their fall housing assignments on Sunday morning (9am-12noon) of August 19th 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. Early move-in fees will be covered by the program.

New students who plan to live off-campus will be asked to be prompt to attending the daily Bridge activities and meetings. Off-campus students who plan to park on campus will need to purchase a parking permit or go to the various kiosks to pay a daily parking rate. For more info, contact NAU Parking Services.


The Native Bridge to Success Program will cover participant's move-in fees (campus housing only), meals (Hot Spot and catered), supplies, van transportation, and textbook scholarship during the four days ($500 value). Participants are responsible for other incidental expenses (transportation to /from the program, spending money, etc.).

The Native Bridge to Success Program and other programs were funded by a $1 million gift from San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to support Native/Indigenous students at Northern Arizona University. The Native American Student Services department is deeply appreciative of this funding support to new Native students with this unique 4-day residential program. 

 Eligibility requirements 

  • Native American, Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian students
  • First-year, full-time freshmen
  • Enrolled in classes on the NAU Flagstaff campus
  • Must have accepted admissions offer and paid the $350 enrollment deposit (enrollment deposit may be deferred if FAFSA determines a student to be Pell Grant-eligible. Contact Undergraduate Admissions, 928-523-9011.)
  • If planning to reside on-campus, the NAU housing application must be complete and $175 housing deposit paid by the May 15 priority deadline.
  • If planning to live off-campus, no housing application or fee needed. Be sure to work with the apartment leasing office for all necessary arrangements for move-in.
  • Out-of-state students who are enrolled members of an Arizona tribe are eligible for in-state tuition, click here 

How to apply

Priority deadline date: May 15, 2018
Deadline date: July 6, 2018

Fill out your Native Bridge Application:

Submit your forms by postal mail, fax or email: 

Native American Student Services
Box 5653
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Fax: (928) 523-8855 

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