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Journal of The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition is a semiannual refereed journal providing current research on the first college year and other significant student transitions. The primary purpose of the Journal is to disseminate empirical research findings on student transition issues that inform practice in all sectors of postsecondary education, such as

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  • Explorations into the academic, personal, and social experiences (including outcomes related to success, learning, and development) of students at a range of transition points throughout the college years. These transitions include, but are not limited to, the first college year, the transfer transition, the sophomore year, the senior year and transition out of college, and the transition to graduate work.

  • Transition issues unique to specific populations (e.g., non-traditional, traditional, historically underrepresented students, transfer students, commuters, part-time students)

  • Explorations of faculty development, curriculum, and pedagogical innovations connected to any of the transitions identified above


The Journal is indexed by ERIC, the Educational Resources Information Center, and Higher Education Abstracts. ISSN 1542-3077 (Print) ISSN 2373-0153 (Online)

Contents Volume 28 Number 2
STEMing the Shock: Examining
Transfer Shock and Its Impact on STEM
Major and Enrollment Persistence
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Challenge and Support for the 21st Century:
A Mixed-MethodsStudy of College Student Success
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First-Year Students' Loss Experiences and Institutional Belongingness in the Transition
to College
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Hold on Tight or Let Go: Exploring
the Parental Role in First-Year
Students' College Adjustment
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Compassionate Values as a Resource During the Transition to College: Quiet Ego, Compassionate Goals, and Self-Compassion
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Choice Versus Transition: The College Choice Process for Students With Disabilities
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First-Year College Students' Strengths
Awareness: Building a Foundation for
Student Engagement and Academic
Excellence. 26(2), 69-68.
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Bridge to Success: Insight Into Summer Bridge Program Students' College Transition. 20(1), 11-30.
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Learning How to be a Successful Student: Exploring the Impact of First-Year Seminars on Student Outcomes. 17(1), 11-47.
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Making the Connection: The Use of Student Development Theory in First-Year and Transition Programs. 25(2), 13-26.
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First-Generation College Student
Achievement and the First-Year Seminar:
A Quasi-Experimental Design. 26(2), 51-67.
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What Type of First-Year Seminar is Most Effective? A Comparison of Thematic Seminars and College Transition/Success Seminars. 21(1), 29-42.
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