Sponsored by the Office of Residential Life, Transitions is a comprehensive, four year program for first-generation and/or undocumented, and low income students. This program, now in its 7th year, was built on the thoughtful work of a group of incredible current and former first-generation and low income Vassar students.

Transitions initiatives include, but are not limited to:

  • a 6-day pre-orientation program for incoming first-year students
  • Hermanx (a peer mentoring program)
  • a 2-day career and networking summit for seniors
  • Transitions, Too Day (a day to recognize and show pride in our Transitions family)
  • Transitions, Too (a program to include first-generation, low-income and/or mixed-residency status employees)
  • a senior reception
  • monthly lunches

Transitions seeks to maximize student success at Vassar by:

  • Discussing academic expectations and realities before the beginning of the regular school year;
  • Providing a personalized overview of the campus, its resources, and its support opportunities;
  • Facilitating networking and mentoring relationships with peers, professors, and administrators;
  • Fostering community ties and relationships

Applications for the 2016 Transitions cohort will be available end of May 2016.


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