New Freshman Summer Bridge Program

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) New Freshman Bridge (NFSB) is a free, three-week, on-campus program available to incoming IAIA Freshmen with no college experience who have been accepted to IAIA for Fall 2021. Students establish skills for college readiness, leadership, and creativity with dedicated instructors and staff. Students will also earn three credits through educational workshops and classes regarding climate change through an Indigenous perspective. Download and view the 2021 IAIA Freshman Summer Bridge Flier

Important Notes: We are now accepting applications for the 2021 Summer Bridge Program. Deadline to submit is July 14.


  1. New Freshman with no college experience who have been accepted to IAIA for Fall 2021.
  2. Complete Online Application Form
  3. Must have received the COVID-19 vaccination. (Proof of vaccination is required to live on campus.)
  4. Complete housing application and submit all housing requirements to the housing office before July 14. For more information regarding the housing documents and application process, please visit


  • July 18–August 8, 2021

Students will earn three college credits giving them a head start on their semester as well as get the first opportunity to apply for campus scholarships. Classes include:

  • LIBS111 Global Climate Justice Course
  • Outdoor workshops with IAIA Land-Grant Program
  • Hands on workshops in health and education

Participants will also:

  • Move into their dorm rooms early for the Fall 2021 semester.
  • Explore Santa Fe and the surrounding areas.
  • Foster friendships and work collaboratively with fellow participants.
  • Gain early access to campus resources including the Library, Bookstore, Gym and Weight Room, and Disc Golf Course along with Campus Services such as Financial Aid, Internship and Career Services, the Learning Lab, and the Academic Computer Labs.

Participants costs are paid for by the NFSB. Students pay a one-time $120 housing deposit* (refundable).

New Freshmen BridgeCosts
Cultural TripsFree
Housing Deposit*$120
*One-time deposit, required for all IAIA New Freshmen which covers both the Fall and Spring Semesters.

Warrior Brown

Warrior Brown


Outreach Coordinator
Admissions and Recruitment
P (505) 424-2312

Mary Silentwalker

Mary Silentwalker

(San Felipe Pueblo/Navajo)

Admissions and Recruitment
P (505) 424-2307