Student Transition Programs

Student Transition Programs

   The Office of Student Transition Programs, aligning with the divisional mission, aims to provide integrated student-centered educational activities that engages our urban commuter campus and promotes a holistic approach to student success and engaged learning.

The Office of Student Transition Programs creates dynamic, student-centered experiences to inspire purposeful transitions and equip students and their family members with resources, guidance and peer connections. Student transitions such as the first year of college, transfer experience, degree completion, and new graduate student experiences are critical junctures in the educational pipeline and provide unique opportunities for postsecondary student learning and development. These experiences include, but are not limited to: Accepted Students Day, New Student Orientation, Weeks of Welcome, Convocation, Commencement Week, Commencement, and the Peer Ambassador Leadership Program.

Goals of New Student Programs (Accepted Student DayOrientation, Weeks of Welcome, Convocation):

  • Generate a feeling of pride, spirit and tradition as a new John Jay Bloodhound
  • Provide intentional opportunities for new students to interact with new and continuing students, faculty and staff;
  • Provide time for students and their families to become acquainted with the physical campus environment;
  • Encourage new students to utilize the many resources available on campus to prepare them for life as a Bloodhound;
  • Provide a framework for four years of success through the communication of expectations and standards;
  • Assist family members in navigating campus resources, services, and programs.

Goals of Commencement Related Activities (Commencement Week and Commencement):

  • Provide celebratory events for graduating students in order to generate a feeling of pride, spirit and tradition;
  • Encourage students to utilize the many resources available on campus to prepare them for their post-college life;
  • Support graduating students through the transition from their campus community to the world of work, additional formal education, and citizenship. 

Goals of the Peer Ambassador Leadership Program:

  • Provide a comprehensive paid-student leadership experience geared toward an urban-commuter population
  • Foster professional and personal development through training and on-the-job experiences;
  • Assist student ambassadors in creating leadership identities as individuals and members of a team;
  • Students will learn foundations of leadership, civic responsibility, and practical skill building.

Goals for Family Programs:

  • Assist family members in navigating campus resources, services, and programs
  • Assist family members in supporting their students and empowering them to take responsibility while enrolled at the College
  • Enhance communication between the College and family members
  • Develop a sense of community amongst John Jay families to provide support, advice, and opportunities for involvement