Incoming Students Disability Resources Guide

UR Transition

UR Transition Logo

UR Transition is a pre-orientation program designed to support the needs of students with disabilities beginning their academic journey at Rochester. This program brings students with disabilities and their families together with College services to cultivate a supportive relationship and encourage self-advocacy skills, which in turn will ease the transition to University learning.

Students and parents attend workshops and tours facilitated by our access coordinators and study skills consultants, accompanied by CETL Disability Resources student mentors.

Student workshops are aimed at:


Any first-year, incoming student with a documented disability who is admitted to the College is eligible to apply. CETL Disability Resources requests that supporting documentation be on file or be submitted along with the application for acceptance in UR Transition.

Since space in this program is limited, we encourage students to apply early. Similar support will be offered during the semester to students unable to attend. 

Program Dates 

Students attending UR Transition will be able to move into residence halls two days before regular orientation. Students and families will meet CETL Disability Resources staff and peer mentors for an informal meet-and-greet activity on the evening of move-in day. UR Transition workshops will take place a full day before regular student orientation.

Tentative 2017 Schedule 

Sunday, August 20: UR Transition Mentor Training

Monday, August 21: Move-In Day and Evening Meet-and-Greet Activities

Tuesday, August 22: UR Transition Pre-Orientation Program

Wednesday, August 23: Join UR Freshman Orientation


UR Transition is located/housed? in the CETL Disability Resources offices, 1-154 Dewey Hall on the River Campus. See campus map.

Program Cost

UR Transition is generously co-sponsored by Arts, Sciences & Engineering, the River Campus Libraries, the University Counseling Center, the Office of Admissions, and the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services. There is no cost to attend the UR Transition workshops or to move into residence halls early.

Hotel costs for parents will be at the families’ expense. A block of rooms will be arranged at Staybridge Suites for families’ early arrival under “UR Transition.” Reservations are based on availability, which cannot be guaranteed. Other area hotels can be found on the Orientation website.


To apply, download and complete the UR Transition Application (PDF) and submit it to Applicants looking to move in early must register by July 24. Applicants not requesting early move-in arrangements must apply by July 31.

Monday evening programming attendance is required for Tuesday program participation.

Applications can also be submitted by:

(585) 273-1116

CETL Disability Resources
Attn: UR Transition Program
1-154 Dewey Hall
Box 270359
Rochester, NY 14627


If you have any questions about UR Transition or your readiness for college life, contact Elizabeth Carpenter at or (585) 275-9049.