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LSU Eunice & UL Team Up

LSU Eunice has teamed up with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to ease the transition from the two-year school to UL Lafayette's four-year programs by extending their bridge program to include the junior college.

This fall the Ragin' Cajun bridge program was extended to include LSU Eunice.

The program gives LSU Eunice students special access to some of the amenities at the Lafayette campus while they're still attending classes at the Eunice campus.

The program allows LSU Eunice 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. LSU Eunice 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 LSU Eunice students enrolled full time each fall and spring are eligible to participate in the Ragin Cajun Bridge program. Summer enrollment is optional, but students who decided to enroll during the summer must carry at least three credit hours.

"We're able to provide these students with a sound foundation," said Renee Robichaux, vice chancellor for academic affairs at LSU Eunice. "If their dream is to be a Ragin' Cajun, but they can't start there yet, we can provide that sound foundation with a solid education. We can be their gateway in."

To participate in the bridge program, students must be enrolled at LSU Eunice for three consecutive semesters and earn at least a 2.25 grade-point average. They must have 24 college credits, including college algebra and freshman English.

In addition to their LSUE's tuition and fees, bridge students will pay UL Lafayette $90 in the spring and fall and $70 in the summer to participate.

For additional information on the Bridge program, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment at UL Lafayette at (337) 482-6473 or the Office of Admissions at LSU Eunice at (337) 550-1305.


September 1, 2014