Transition to College

Guides to First Year Post-High School

  • A Family Guide: Supporting Your Child After High School. (Available in Arabic, Chuukese, Marshallese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese). The strategies help set realistic expectations and problem-solving behaviors that students will need in order to be successful in college. 
  • A Student's Guide To Your First Year of College. Reach Higher partnered with YouTube and NowThis to create a 10-episode series to help students navigate their first year of college and persist on their journey to graduation. They cover everything from how to pay for college, finding a community, to taking care of mental health. You can watch the trailer here and all 10 episodes here.
  • Graduate Handbook: Next Steps for First-Year Students. This "Summer Melt" student guide contains information on critical next steps. It also covers resources and support, registration, tips for commuters, common stages in the first year, strategies for students planning to transfer, and financial aid information.
  • Make Your College Plans a Reality (Available in Arabic, Chuukese, Marshallese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese). There are important steps that must be completed over the summer before you enroll in the fall. The tasks listed are common to most colleges. 

Resources & Support on Campus

What to Expect/Information for First-Year Students