Beginning this fall, the Ragin’ Cajun Bridge Program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will be available to students enrolled at Louisiana State University at Eunice as part of a new partnership between the schools.
The bridge program benefits LSUE students whose long-term academic goals are to earn a bachelor’s degree from UL Lafayette.
The program allows LSUE students who plan a future transfer to UL Lafayette to begin the process of getting accustomed to the University and its campus, said Dr. DeWayne Bowie, UL Lafayette vice president for Enrollment Management.
“The Ragin’ Cajun Bridge Program gives students the opportunity to start acclimating themselves to the University, so that when they do transfer, the transition will be much easier for them,” Bowie said.
Students who participate have many of the same benefits available to UL Lafayette students. LSUE students will be issued a UL Lafayette student ID card that provides access to resources and services at UL Lafayette such as Edith Garland Dupré Library, Bourgeois Hall recreational facilities and the Student Aquatic Center, Bowie said. Participating students are also eligible to live in University residence halls, and attend home Ragin’ Cajun sporting events.
All students who are enrolled at LSUE full-time each fall and spring semester are eligible to participate in the Ragin’ Cajun Bridge Program.
Summer enrollment is optional. Students who decide to enroll during the summer session will be required to be enrolled for at least three credit hours. In addition to LSUE tuition and fees, the cost of the program is $90 each fall and spring semester, and $70 for the summer session.
Once students meet UL Lafayette transfer requirements, they can do so without losing college credits they have earned at LSUE.
A student participating in the bridge program who has earned at least 24 college credits, including college algebra and freshman English, and has earned at least a 2.25 cumulative GPA, will be eligible to transfer to UL Lafayette.
The program is designed to promote success on both campuses. Students who adhere to the plan will earn an associate’s degree from LSUE and a bachelor’s degree from UL Lafayette.
The bridge program was launched last year with South Louisiana Community College being the first partner.
To learn more about the Ragin’ Cajun Bridge Program, contact the UL Lafayette Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment at (337)-482-6473.