Excel Students

REACH (Retain, Engage, Aspire, Connect, Help) Peer Mentoring program focuses on the experiences of students of color and first-generation college students. First-year students are paired with returning student mentors who serve as a resource and a support person. The REACH program fosters identity, academic and social engagement, and personal development. Formerly known as EXCEL, REACH is a 3-day summer bridge program for students to find community and develop a sense of belonging on campus. Students will have opportunities to:

  • Connect with upper class mentors and other first-year students
  • Engage in developmental and interactive activities
  • Experience living in the residence halls

The REACH Mentor Program continues in the fall with a 1-credit hour course focusing on building academic and social skills to assist with the transition of the first year. The class will be every Thursday from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. for the first 10 weeks of fall. For more information about registering for the course, email mc2@bsu.edu, call 765-285-1344, or speak to your academic advisor.

Program Dates

Program Dates have not yet been determined for Summer 2023.

Please note that three other Summer Bridge Programs - Accelerate, Cardinal Leadership and Service Seminar, and Early Start - take place during the same dates as REACH, so if you are registering for this program, you cannot register as a participant in any of the other four.

Program Fee

The program fee has not yet been determined for Summer 2023 but includes meals, lodging, and activities.


It is anticipated that registration will open May 1, 2023 and a registration link will appear here.

Itinerary for 2022

  • Morning and Afternoon - Move into your residence hall
  • Evening - Welcome and social activities
  • Morning and Afternoon - Opening sessions and college transition
  • Evening - Social activities
  • Morning and Afternoon - Opening sessions and college transition continued
  • Evening - Social and closing activities

For More Information

Contact Huy Huynh in the Multicultural Center.

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