Bridge to Excellence (B2E)

FreshmEn Mentoring Program 

 

Bridge to Excellence (B2E) is a mentoring program for Tech freshmen! Our goal is to connect new Tech family members with a volunteer faculty or staff member who can help new students transition to college. Freshmen will meet their mentors at fall orientation and will have the opportunity to connect with other incoming students. Students should reach out to their mentors throughout the semester with any Tech questions they might have! Ideally, students will meet with their mentors three times throughout each semester--or more! 

The underlying goals of B2E are to improve academic success, increase retention, and encourage persistence to graduation. 

For twelve years, freshmen who participated in the B2E program have returned at a greater rate than non-participants and have also maintained a higher grade point average (GPA) than non-participants.

 

At the end of each fall semester, freshmen are anonymously surveyed about B2E, and here are some typical comments:

"I loved my B2E mentor. He helped me with whatever I needed and still checks in with me to make sure I'm on the right track."

"To me, I like the fact that I have someone on campus who knows the answers to my questions and that is willing to help me out."

"I really like the B2E mentoring program because it helps incoming freshman at least get comfortable and know different programs that are offered at Arkansas Tech."

"My mentor made me feel comfortable instead of the meeting being strictly business. I made a friend from it. She also helped with general knowledge of the college."

"I think the most helpful thing my B2E mentor did was just let me know that he was there if I needed anything. I think just knowing I had the support of someone besides my family really helped me through my first semester."

"He told me that everything I'd ever wanted was within my reach, and that if I was willing to try for it, itcould all be mine. That meant a lot to me - someone really believing in me other than my family."

"My B2E mentor helped me with the transition from high school to college and gave me good advice on how to get around campus and some study tips. She also was available whenever I needed her, and that was reassuring."

 

Do you have a question about B2E? 

We'd love to hear from you! Please email student.success@atu.edu or call (479) 968 - 0249.