Bridge Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3086
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3086
Phone: (208) 885-6205
Fax: (208) 885-2825
Email: bridgeidaho@uidaho.edu


Bridge Idaho
Lapwai High School
404 S. Main
Lapwai, Idaho 83540
Phone: (208) 843-2241


Bridge Idaho
Orofino High School
300 Dunlap Road
Orofino, Idaho 83544
Phone: (208) 476-5557


Bridge Idaho
Kamiah High School
1102 Hill St
Kamiah, Idaho 83536
Phone: (208) 935-4067


Bridge Idaho
Clearwater Valley High School
4643 Idaho 13
Kooskia, Idaho 83539
phone: (208) 926-4511
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Post Secondary Programs

The state of Idaho ranks last in the nation in the percentage of college students that continue from their freshman to sophomore year and barely over 40% of all college students at Idaho’s institutions make it to graduation (National Center for Education Statistics). The numbers are worse for low-income students. Only 34% of Pell-grant recipients graduate college in Idaho—and while the University of Idaho has the highest graduation rate in Idaho for low-income students, we are committed to doing more.

The successful transition to college and ongoing support are critical to the educational attainment of low-income, first generation students. Bridge Idaho administers and operates post-secondary programs and collaborates with entities across our campus to provide services and develop relationships that support student success in college. Our partners on campus serve as a resource for our participants and assist with the implementation of our Bridge Program and The Alliance for Low-Income Students (TALIS). These partners include, but are not limited to, the Department of Student Involvement, the Dual Credit Program, the Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, Student Financial Aid Services, University Housing, the College of Engineering & the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium, the Career Center, and the College of Business & Economics.

  • Bridge Program
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    Following their high school graduation and before their first semester in college, Bridge Idaho students have the opportunity to live on campus, enroll in 6 credits at the University of Idaho, and engage in curriculum and services especially designed to support the transition of low-income and first-generation students—all at no cost to the participant. The Upward Bound Bridge Program provides an intensive focus on students’ individual needs and goals as they enter into college.

    Recent research from the National Center for Postsecondary Research has concluded that typical summer bridge programs, those without a prior connection to the students in high school and without follow-up once the students are in college, are largely ineffective. In the words of the researchers, “short-term interventions yielding strong, long-term effects are difficult to find.”

    Bridge Idaho’s summer bridge program is entirely different than those short-term interventions so often applied as a remedy for student achievement. Our six-week summer residential program continues a relationship with our students and builds upon the development we’ve supported throughout high school. We not only improve students’ learning strategies and study skills, but also allow them to explore careers and majors through hands-on experience, including exclusive internships and service-learning opportunities. The Bridge Program also assists students in establishing relationships on campus and becoming more comfortable utilizing college support and understanding the institution. Furthermore, given Bridge Idaho’s role on campus, we continue to support our students after the completion of the summer bridge program—serving as advocates and providing follow-up services