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National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding our events. If you have a question that is not answered here, please email the Conference Staff at

General Questions

We highly encourage you to submit proposals for the 2020 Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience. The call for proposals is now closed the 2019  National Conference on Students in Transition

We typically send out proposal decisions six weeks after the end of the proposal submission period. 

The 2020 conference will take place in Washington, DC. For your convenience, we will have a room block available for participants at the conference venue as well. Reservation and conference registration information is posted to the conference page.

All of our finalized upcoming events are posted on our Events Page. Institutes rotate each year but tentative dates can be found on their respective pages. Finalized dates will be posted as soon as they are final.

In the event the conference venue no longer has vacancies, there will be a listing provided of other nearby venues on the conference main page. Unfortunately, the conference rate will not be available at these overflow locations.

Presenter Questions

Program chair is just another name for Lead Presenter on our proposal submission forms. 

A flipchart and markers, LCD projector and screen, and a head table for two will be provided for all session types except for Facilitated Dialogues and Poster Sessions. For Facilitated Dialogues and Poster Sessions, an LCD projector and screen will not be provided so as to promote discussion.

Laptops will not be provided. The laptop you bring for your session needs to have either an HDMI or VGA port to be compatible with the projectors.

Please send the conference staff a digital copy of your slides and/or handouts after the conference by emailing them to We will then upload them to our conference archives for others to access. If you have extra unwanted printed handouts at the conference, you may place them at one of the designated "Session Handout" stations throughout the venue.

Yes, there is a $20 discount for presenters during the early registration period. The fees are detailed for both of the conferences on their respective Registration and Fees pages. 

Author lunch and dinner sign-ups are run through the individual vendors hosting those events. You can sign-up via their preconference emails or on-site at their vendor booth during vendor hours.

Your acceptance email included a link to a form for changes. Please complete that form and we will update your information in both the digital program app as well as the printed program as long as the changes are submitted before the included deadline.


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