Dominican University’s “bridge” program, Transitions, 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 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 recent academic years, students who entered Dominican through Transitions continued on to complete their freshman year at a higher rate than that of the freshman class overall—including some 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 two-week residential 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 two 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. Students receive a stipend of $200 for participation. 
  • During the summer, and continuing through the fall and spring, Transitions students receive dedicated advising, tutoring, and mentoring support—also at no extra charge.