Bridge to Bulldogs program prepares students for college success

Oct 10, 2021 | General News, Student News Bureau, Students, Tech Family

Incoming freshman applying to Louisiana Tech University have the opportunity to participate in the Bridge to Bulldogs program made specifically to aid students in an alternate entry into Louisiana Tech. This program allows students to form a bridge to their Louisiana Tech experience through student support, academic advising, and student life.

Students applying to Louisiana Tech must have an overall GPA of a 2.5 or greater and an ACT composite score of 23. The Bridge to Bulldogs program allows incoming freshmen students who excelled in high school with a GPA of over 3.0 but did not meet the ACT requirements to attend Louisiana Tech over the second session of summer quarter and take different courses that will help them meet the criteria for them to attend the university.

The program is overseen by Melanie Peel, Director of Students in Transition, through the Bulldog Achievement and Resource Center. Since the program began in 2014, Peel has aided students in their Louisiana Tech journeys.

“Bridge to Bulldogs gives students with a strong work ethic all of the tools they need to be successful in college,” Peel said. “It’s simply the best avenue to become acquainted with campus all while building a stronger math foundation.”

The program also provides student mentors that are there to help these incoming freshmen adjust to college life and to have a friend or familiar face they can go to throughout the year.

This program is invitation only with the criteria of a high school GPA of 3.0 or greater, an English ACT subscore of 18 or higher, and a Math ACT subscore ranging from 17-18, and a minimum ACT composite score of 18. This unique program spans across two quarters.

If you would like more information about Bridge to Bulldogs, contact Melanie Peel at

This story was written by Communication major Leslee Bennett.