Transition Programs Help Low-Income, First-Generation Students Adjust to College

Mary Jarvis

In 2014, the White House declared its effort to make college more accessible to low-income students, highlighting the struggles first generation students often encounter while trying to prepare and eventually graduate from school. To help combat the obstacles that many first-generation or low-income students might face, a number of universities are providing pre-freshman summer programs designed to bridge the gap between high school and college and offer a smoother transition into the rigorous academic and social culture that exists on elite campuses. These summer sessions include classes and enrichment programs to prepare students for college academics while also providing them with community and resources.


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