What is the Transitions Pre-Orientation?
The Transitions Pre-Orientation is a program created with the needs of first generation, low income, and/or undocumented college students in mind. This six day program provides countless resources and mentoring through Transitions student interns, sophomore advisors, as well as faculty, including the Associate Dean of Students/Director of Residential Life, Assistant Director of Transitions, and Coordinator of Transitions. Programming includes several meetings with different academic resources on campus, as well as group activities and dialogues which give students an idea of the many opportunities and resources they have available to them at this academic institution.
How do you qualify for the Transitions program?
Students from the incoming class who are low income/low socioeconomic background, and either undocumented, and/or a first generation college student are given the opportunity to apply to be in the Transitions program. If you qualify for this program, you will receive an email and letter including the online application for the pre-orientation program by early June.
Where can I find the application?
The application was sent via email by Luis Inoa in the beginning of June. Please check your email.
How much does Pre-Orientation cost?
There is no cost to participants who are accepted into the Transitions program. Once you arrive to Vassar, we completely cover room and board for the duration of the program. Sadly, we are not able to cover transportation costs of any kind.
When does the Pre-Orientation application close?
For the summer of 2016, the application closes June 27th at 9am EST.
When do we know whether we have been accepted into the Transitions Pre-Orientation Program?
We will begin rolling admissions immediately and will continue sending out acceptance notifications until the slots in the program have been filled.
When does Transitions Pre-Orientation take place?
The Transitions program for the 2016-2017 academic year takes place August 16 through August 21, 2016.
When is move-in day for Transitions Pre-Orientation participants?
Move-in day for participants is August 16, 2016 between 8am and 5pm.
Where will I be living during the Transitions Pre-Orientation program?
Students who are accepted into the Transitions pre-orientation program will be allowed to move into their Fall room assignments during the program move-in day.
Will the Transitions Pre-Orientation program overlap with New Student Orientation?
Pre-Orientation ends on the day before typical first-year move in day so you will not miss New Student Orientation.
What time should I arrive if I am driving to Vassar?
The earliest you can arrive on Transitions move-in day (August 16, 2016) is 8am.
What if I am flying to NY?
Students are expected to arrive to Vassar on Tuesday, August 16 no later than 5pm. Students flying into New York City airports will have the ability to take our shuttles from JFK airport to Vassar free of charge. If you are arriving at LaGuardia or Newark Airport, you can take a shuttle bus to JFK in order to catch the Vassar shuttle. However, this is not free nor provided by Vassar. Visit http://www.panynj.gov/airports/lga-airport-connections.html to find out how to travel to JFK from these airports.
What does a typical day in the Transitions Pre-Orientation program look like?
Our schedules change year to year, but here is a sample schedule from a previous year.
Can parents come to the first day of the Transitions Pre-Orientation Program?
Absolutely. The first event is an information session and Friends and Family Dinner on move in day. An RSVP email will be sent prior to your arrival on campus.
Who can I contact if I have any further questions?
Diane Eshelman, Assistant Director of Transitions & Strategics; House Advisor
Capria Berry, House Advisor; Coordintator of Transitions
Luis Inoa, Director of Residential Life, Associate Dean of Students, Director of Transitions