Date of Award

Spring 2011

Project Type


Program or Major

Recreation Management and Policy

Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

Chris Harrist


The transition to college is critical; it sets the stage for the rest of the student's undergraduate career. Colleges and universities across the nation are building mentor-based transition programs in an attempt to supplement orientation programs and facilitate the successful transition of incoming freshmen students. By applying concepts from the field of Positive Youth Development, we can look at the time spent in college as an extension to adolescence. Furthermore, we can see that students who have successfully transitioned should be capable of maintaining social relationships, passing academic classes, and getting involved in the campus community. Analyzing participants' perceptions of one transition program shows some components of the program to be extremely helpful and others to have little actual influence on the transition period.