Transitions Program

Transitions, Dominican University’s “bridge” program, gives students academic support as they make the transition from high school into college. The program helps prepare students for a successful first year of college and provides ongoing academic support to help students stay on course through graduation.

In choosing candidates for admission through this program, Dominican looks for students who are strongly motivated and have the potential to succeed in college though they may not meet all of the university’s traditional admission requirements. Students who participate in Transitions consistently report high rates of academic success: in the most recent academic year (2013-14), 97 percent of the students who entered Dominican through Transitions continued on to complete their freshman year (a higher rate than that of the freshman class overall) – including one who made the Dean’s List. Even after graduation, many Transitions students stay on to serve as peer mentors to incoming freshmen.

Here are some additional highlights of the program:

  • Transitions is a five-week program that gives students a “head start” on the English, math, and Freshman seminar classes that they will be taking in the fall.
  • Transitions is not an extra session of separate summer classes – instead, students and professors simply begin those specific classes five weeks early, and then continue together through the fall semester.
  • There is no extra tuition (or any other cost) charged to students in the Transitions program.
  • During the summer, and continuing through the fall and spring, Transitions students receive dedicated advising, tutoring, and mentoring support – also at no extra charge.