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
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.
Topics appropriate for the Journal include:
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 publishes quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods empirically based
studies. Readers include educators with a wide range of research backgrounds; therefore,
all statistical material should be presented as clearly and succinctly as possible.
It is important that all relevant methodological information is included in the Method
section; however, the article should focus on the findings, the significance of those
findings, and their implications for practice, policy, and/or future research.
The Journal of The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition does not publish
manuscripts describing program evaluations or assessments. Manuscripts of this type
will not be forwarded for peer review.