Bridge Program for First-generation Students

Ripon College (WI)

Ripon College offers a bridge program to help first-generation students prepare for college.

The college also offers first-generation students career shadowing internship opportunities. Need-based financial assistance is provided in the form of book vouchers, travel vouchers for students who travel to college from distant states, and meal vouchers for students electing to remain on campus during vacations. During the academic year, first-generation students work with peer mentors and tutors.

Bottom Line:  The first- to second-year retention rate for students who completed the 2008 bridge program was 92 percent, compared with the average first- to second-year retention rate of 83 percent over the past 19 years.