New Freshmen Bridge

2018 New Freshmen Bridge Cohort

2018 New Freshmen Bridge Cohort

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) New Freshmen Bridge (NFB) is a free, three-week, on-campus program available to incoming IAIA Freshmen. Students establish skills for college readiness, leadership, and creativity with dedicated instructors and staff.


  1. Acceptance into IAIA, from the IAIA Admissions Department, for the Fall 2020 semester
  2. Complete online application
  3. Important Note: Registration for the 2020 New Freshmen Summer Bridge Program will open soon, so please check back at a later date.
  4. New Freshmen Bridge takes place July 17–August 7, 2020

Students earn three college credits in rigorous, structured classes including:

  • Creative and Critical Inquiry in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • College-level English and Math course preparation
  • Performing Arts

Participants will also:

  • Attend Pueblo cultural events
  • Explore Santa Fe and surrounding areas, including visits to artist hotspots such as Meow Wolf and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA)
  • Participate in movie nights, personal-wellness activities, and attend master class sessions with IAIA’s Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R)
  • Foster friendships and work collaboratively with fellow participants
  • Gain early access to campus resources including the library and financial aid

Participant costs are paid for by the NFB ($5,000 estimated value). 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.

Jennifer Love, MFA

Jennifer Love, MFA

Assistant Professor
Creative Writing
P (505) 424-2362


Jennifer V. Love holds degrees in Creative Writing (MFA) and Literary Studies (BA). With a multidisciplinary background, she has taught writing and English classes in both interdisciplinary and traditional programs at the secondary and post-secondary level since 2007. Her essays and stories have appeared in a variety publications including Wards, The Santa Fe Literary Review, The Santa Fe Reporter, and Ragazine. She is currently working on a book exploring childhood trauma, adoption, and multicultural identities. She was a 2014 Fund for Teachers Fellow, where she worked with writers and students at University of Burundi in Bujumbura and was the 2019 Institute of American Indian Arts AICF Faculty Member of the Year.

Jay B. Muskett

Jay B. Muskett


Adjunct Faculty
P (505) 862-1430

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