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Transition to University (T2U) Program

The Transition to University (T2U) program is designed to help incoming first-year students adjust to their new social and academic community at Queens. This is also beneficial for transfer and international students.

Session Topics

Sept. 4 – Session 1: Introduction & Expectations about University

Sept. 11 – Session 2: New Friends & Campus Connections

Sept. 18 – Session 3: Balancing Act: Academics and Social Lives

Sept. 25 – Session 4: Relationships

Oct. 2 – Session 5: Personal Values & Beliefs

Oct. 16 – Session 6: Social Support

Oct. 23 – Session 7: Spring Registration

Oct. 30 – Session 8: Daily Living & Healthy Habits

Nov. 6 – Session 9: Embracing Diversity

Nov. 13 – Session 10: Open Topic

Nov. 27 or Dec. 4 – Session 11: Wrapping up & Staying Focused

First-Year Students

Beginning the week of September 4, 2023, groups of 8-10 first-year students will meet with two upper-class student leaders one night a week to discuss topics about the transition to university life. These session topics cover a variety of areas, including how to establish new social ties and deal with professors. Evening sessions last for at least 1 hour and discussion is considered private and confidential. International and transfer students are also welcome to join!

These groups provide a safe and supportive setting for students to discuss some of the experiences and normal challenges of starting university life, and share strategies for dealing with these issues. It is also an opportunity to make new college connections, find friendship and support, and essentially have a small “family” on campus.

Students who have participated in the T2U program have described this experience as fun, exciting, and helpful! Snacks and drinks are provided at each meeting!

Want to Join?

There are three ways to join T2U:

  1. Sign up at the T2U table at the resource fair during ROAR.
  2. Look for sign-up sheets in Trexler and around campus during the first week of classes! T2U group leaders will also be available in Trexler to answer any questions. Sign up early by giving your name and phone number to a T2U group leader.
  3. Email Dr. Melinda Harper (

Spaces are limited so sign up early!

Upper-Class Students

Another component of the T2U program that appeals to Queens students is that it is an approved internship/leadership experience for upper-class students. The program allows student leaders to learn in an applied setting about leadership and group dynamics skills that they can use in their future careers or professional roles. It is also an opportunity to give back and build a sense of community and connection to Queens.

Interested in Applying?

If you are a rising junior or senior and want to give back, please complete an application. Applications should be submitted in the spring, with interviews/acceptances offered for the following academic year.

More Information

For more information, ask your RA, ROAR Leader, or contact Dr. Melinda Harper ( Or you can visit the T2U website to learn more about the program.