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Dates: Friday, July 20 – Saturday, August 4, 2018
Cost: $3,805, plus $50 refundable damage deposit (cost includes double occupancy residence hall room, all meals, and activities)
Landmark College’s Summer Transition to College Program for college-bound high school graduates is all about preparation—through practice and exposure—for that crucial first semester of college.
Even the most high-achieving students often face unanticipated difficulties in their first semester of college that may put them at risk for failure or struggle. Problems often arise not from a lack of academic abilities, but from the enormous jump in independence required in a college environment.
The Summer Transition to College Program is designed to help college-bound high school graduates with learning differences to:
- Articulate individual learning issues that need attention
- Identify the specific supports and accommodations they’ll need in college—and how to access them
- Practice enrolling in a freshman lecture class and other courses freshmen usually take
- Use the self-advocacy skills they’ll need to navigate through their freshman year
- Apply organizational skills, helpful habits, and useful behaviors they’ll need to succeed at college—and identify problem habits and behaviors that might surface during their first year
Students are immersed in a living/learning experience that offers a real “taste” of college life, college-level work, and the challenges they will encounter in the fall. They develop a clear understanding of their personal learning strengths and needs, and discover how resources and self-advocacy can support their success in college.
The Summer Transition to College Program is offered on Landmark College’s rural campus in picturesque southern Vermont. The town of Putney is located just nine miles from historic Brattleboro, named one of the Top 10 Small Art Towns in America. Participants join current Landmark College students who will be working toward their associate or bachelor's degrees in a five-week credit session. Program staff are primarily members of the Landmark College faculty.
- Looking for a program for rising high school juniors and seniors? Check out our High School Summer Program.
Financial Aid is available for the Transition to College Program. Scholarships are available and are based primarily on financial need. Students must be accepted to the program before receiving an award. Financial aid applications for the Transition to College Program are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. More information about financial aid will be available in December.
Completed applications include:
- A completed and signed application
- SAT scores (if available)
- High school diploma or GED certificate*
- Official high school transcript of work completed to date*
- Letter of admission to a four-year college or university
- Two letters of recommendation
- $25 application fee
- Telephone or on-campus interview
- Optional psych-ed testing
Note: For admission to this program, students must provide a letter of admission to a four-year college or university. A diagnosed learning disability is not required to participate in this program.
What Parents Say
“I appreciate the kindness and compassion of the Landmark faculty and staff. They ‘get’ these kids—they understand them. The Summer Transition Program was great preparation for the ‘real thing.’ My objectives were met: giving my son a taste of independent living in a college-like atmosphere.”
“It is a very beneficial program that really addresses each student's individual style of learning and builds upon that to help them achieve success in the mainstream.”
“This program helped my son get a better handle on the work required at the college level. So far, so good at college! He feels ready to take on anything his professors throw at him. Thank you for a great experience!”
“Our son benefited very much having a dress rehearsal of what he might experience his freshman year and learning about advocating for his accommodations. It gave him confidence that he was, in fact, ready for college. And it helped us feel better about him leaving home. It was a reminder that he’s continuing to grow and achieve in spite of learning differences and personality differences.”
“Landmark’s Transition Program helped our son ‘own’ his learning needs and gave him the self-confidence to be his own advocate. Perhaps I helped get him ready for Landmark, but Landmark was the ever-so-important piece that got him to the next level of adulthood. You are simply the best at what you do.”
For more information, download the 2017 Application Brochure. 2018 brochures and applications will be available soon.