Syracuse University is committed to helping students from all walks of life have the most successful college experience possible. But we can’t do it alone. Parents and other family members play a critical role in helping students cope with the social and academic challenges of college life.
Parents are Key to Student Achievement and Success
Unfortunately, some parents have no firsthand knowledge of the college experience and are unable to support their child through the transition from high school to college.
Project Transition was created to ensure that all SU parents—regardless of socioeconomic or other barriers—have a firm connection to the University and gain the insight and confidence they need to coach, counsel, and cheer on their children to four years of academic success.
Project Transition Maximizes Parent Power
In recent years, SU has admitted some of the most academically gifted and diverse classes in its history, with a significant increase in low-income and first-generation college students. But many of these students find themselves underprepared for the demands of college life.
Without advice and encouragement from family back home, these deserving students are at risk of dropping out of school. Project Transition maximizes parent power to help students make a smooth transition from high school to college, stay in school once they get there, and thrive.
Project Transition offers eligible New York City School District students and their parents many points of contact throughout the year. Following the first spring information meeting at Lubin House, they are encouraged to participate in a series of cost-free events both on and off campus─including trips to campus for Family Weekend, informational meetings at Lubin House in New York City, and a capstone dinner for graduating seniors. Learn more about the types of events parents participate in.
A first-year Project Transition student
with his grandparents at Family Weekend 2009.
A Track Record of Proven Success
Project Transition’s approach has proven to be highly successful. Currently, Project Transition students boast a 94 percent graduation rate and consistently equal or surpass the general Syracuse University student population in academic achievement—a significant accomplishment, considering most students from low-income families have less than a 10 percent chance of earning a college degree.
“Family Weekend was a wonderful experience filled with many activities, such as Dean’s Breakfasts, a concert, study abroad information sessions, and sports events,” one grateful parent remarked. “Now, I’m a happier parent because I personally know my daughter’s college life. Sending your child away to school is difficult, and I thank you for making it a bit easier!”