Applications for incoming freshmen are now open (see below) and are accepted on a first come, first served basis until the program fills.  Please note that the twice-weekly coaching option is now closed; once-weekly coaching is still available.

Applications for returning students who attended coaching in Spring 2018 are being added to our wait list.

This semester-long partnership offers students the opportunity to work one-on-one with an assigned coach.  Together, the student and coach develop an individualized learning plan to apply appropriate strategies and to empower students to make a smooth transition to the college learning environment. Coaching sessions coincide with the start of classes and take place each week over the 16 week semester.  Each weekly session is 50 minutes.

A coach will monitor course progress, explore barriers to success, encourage self-advocacy and heighten personal accountability.  A coach will help the student achieve success by helping with organization, encouraging perseverance, and strengthening study skills.

This fee-based program is open to first-year students at Saint Joseph's University.  The cost to work with a coach is $975/semester for one session weekly and $1,950/semester for twice weekly sessions.  Limited financial support is available based on demonstrated family need.  An application (below) is required.

Here is what students coached in Spring 2018 had to say about the program:

  • "I am grateful to have had a transition coach during my freshman year.  This experience helped me become a more confident student and learn new skills that will support me through all four years of college.  I learned new ways to manage my time, how to take better notes when reading a textbook, and many other tips that will help me be successful as a student.  This program really helped my transition to college become easier."
  • "Through coaching, I have been able to see my true potential inside and outside of the classroom!"
  • "Coaching is a great way to take that extra stride and become a successful student at SJU.  It helps in every aspect of college, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to take part in the coaching experience."
  • "Coaching really allowed me to identify what wasn't working for me.  It encouraged me to be more accountable, recognize areas for self-improvement, and develop a plan to rectify these issues.  I would highly recommend working with a transition coach."