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Bridges College Success Program



Academic & Social Support for Students with Autism 

The faculty and staff of LeTourneau University continue a longstanding commitment to provide a welcoming and comfortable home to all of its students, no matter where they are in their educational journey, how they're wired or what their learning styles are. We recognize that as diagnosis and awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder increases, the numbers of students with Autism attending college has also increased. We partner with families to create a college environment in which social and life skills, as well as community living and learning, are thoughtfully fostered. LeTourneau University offers additional support to students with Autism and the faculty and staff who work with students on campus through its Bridges College Success Program for Students with Autism.


Student Services Provided
  • Pre-Fall Semester Orientation (first-year and transfer students only; $400 program fee) 
  • Individual coaching (weekly in first semester, as needed in subsequent semesters)
  • Weekly skills group focusing on academic, social, daily life skills and cultural supports
  • Weekly support group focusing on perceptions of college life and being a college student
  • Liaison support with faculty, staff and university departments
  • Supported community outings
  • Undergraduate Peer Mentors providing support with academics, social life and navigating the campus and its culture
  • Supervised study hall for program participants

Eligibility Requirements
  • Acceptance to LeTourneau University
  • Willingness to participate in all program activities
  • Agreement to have pertinent program information released to parents
  • Agreement to provide pertinent information from previous educational and treatment providers to program staff
  • Students must fall on the Autism spectrum, as diagnosed by an appropriate medical provider
  • Motivated to succeed academically and self-advocate
  • Bridges costs $4,000 per semester, in addition to tuition and fees; a discounted rate is available for those entering the inaugural program cohort in the Fall of 2019 

Application Process

Only a limited number of students can join Bridges so that each student can receive optimal personal attention by mentors and staff. In order to be accepted to Bridges, students must first apply to LeTourneau University. 


Learn More 

Tessa Stinnett
Bridges Program Coordinator 
TessaStinnett@letu.edu
903.233.3307