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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 29 Number 2
Stress, Depression, and Anxiety Among Transitioning College Students: The Family as a Protective Factor
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Impact of Communication on Parents' and First-Year College Students' Ratings of Student Academic, Emotional, and Social Adjustment
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Differences in Career Development Among First-Year Students: A Proposed Typology for Intervention Planning
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"You Can Do It!" Social Support for Transfer Students During the Transition From Community College to a Four-Year University
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Fostering First-Year Students' Perceptions of Teacher Presence in the Online Classroom via Video Lectures
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A Mixed-Methods Approach to Understanding the Impact of a First-Year Peer Mentor Program
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Challenge and Support for the 21st Century: A Mixed-Methods Study of College Student Success, 28(2), 33-51
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Helping First-Year Students Get Grit: The Impact of Intentional Assignments on the Development of Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance, 29(1), 99-118
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The Impact of Perceived Barriers, Academic Anxiety, and Resource Management Strategies on Achievement in First-Year Community College Students, 29(1), 9-32
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An Examination of Relationships Between Precollege Outreach Programs and College Attendance Patterns Among Minority Participants, 29(1), 33-55
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First-Year Students' Loss Experiences and Institutional Belongingness in the Transition to College, 28(2), 53-72
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Bridge to Success: Insight Into Summer Bridge Program Students' College Transition, 20(1), 11-30
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