Are you a First Generation College Student?
The term First Generation College Students refers to students from families in which the parents did not earn a four-year degree. These students often need more support in college understanding jargon and the culture of higher education. Here is a link to a handbook which helps define typical college terms.
The Office of Student Transitions supports these students and offers a network of other University partners in supporting first gen student success outside the classroom.
Once a transfer student is accepted and deposits to SJU, the Office of Student Transitions offers the student an orientation program either in the Fall (Monday, August 17, 2020) or Spring (January) semester which includes orientation and additional social activities in order to get the student involved and learn about campus resources and advising as soon as possible. This multiple program orientation is called "A Transition Program for Students" as the goal by the start up of classes is that the transfer student feels comfortable and knows other students and Hawk Hill surroundings.
Mentors for these students were themselves transfer students in previous semesters!
Through intentional initiatives designed to engage first year students with one another and with the University as a whole, the First Year Experience is the launching pad for a successful college experience at Saint Joseph’s University. The ultimate goal of the program is to create a sense of belonging for all first year students while exposing them to the time honored ideals of a Jesuit education that are known around the world.