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.
Commuter Student Life is committed to addressing your specific needs and concerns. Commuter students are an integral part of the Saint Joseph's University community. Our mission is to provide a supportive environment so that you can engage in active campus life. We understand that commuting has many challenges and we want to help you have a positive, rewarding and inclusive experience at Saint Joseph's University. We encourage you to take advantage of the many programs and resources that are available.
If you commute to campus we strive to make you feel at home. Commuter students are encouraged to participate in all programs including student organizations, campus recreation, service learning, campus ministry and study abroad.
If you have any questions, please visit Nancy Komanda, Director of Student Transition, in the Commuter Lounge in the Perch or call 610-660-1068 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A dedicated commuter lounge, located in The Perch/Simpson Hall, has swipe access for commuters. The commuter lounge is equipped with lockers, lounge space, computers, printing and a full-size refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker.
Lockers are available for commuter student use.