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New Freshman Summer Bridge Program

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) New Freshman Summer 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 2023. 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 while attending the program.


  1. New Freshmen with no college experience who have been accepted to IAIA for Fall 2023 semester
  2. Complete Online Application Form
  3. Complete housing application and submit all housing requirements to the housing office for the Fall 2023 semester. For more information regarding the housing documents and application process, please visit


  • July 16–August 5, 2023


(505) 424-2312
(505) 424-4500 (fax)
Register for Bridge

Institute of American Indian Arts
Office of Admissions and Recruitment
83 Avan Nu Po Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87508

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Earn college credit early (LIBS101 Indigenous Leadership Special Topics, 3 Credit Hours),
  • Move into their dorm rooms early for the Fall 2023 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, as well as campus services such as Financial Aid, Internship and Career Services, the Learning Lab, and the Academic Computer Labs.
Enjoy the program without worrying about costs. Participants’ costs are paid for by the NFSB program. Students pay a one-time $250 housing deposit* (refundable).

New Freshman Summer BridgeCosts
Cultural TripsFree
Housing Deposit*$250
*One-time deposit, required for all IAIA New Freshmen, which covers both the fall and spring semesters.

Extra Resources

To learn more about IAIA’s acceptance process and next steps, please visit the Admitted Students webpage at  at

Tyisha Mitchell

Tyisha Mitchell

(Colorado River Indian Tribes/Diné)

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

Tamara Riley

Tamara Riley

(Laguna, Mescalero Apache, and Acoma)

Outreach Program Assistant
Admissions and Recruitment
P (505) 424-2345

Mary Silentwalker

Mary Silentwalker

(San Felipe Pueblo/Navajo)

Associate Dean
Admissions and Retention
P (505) 424-2307