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UR Transition

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What is UR Transition?
UR Transition is a pre-orientation program designed to support the needs of students with disabilities beginning their academic journey as members of the College. This program will bring students with disabilities and their families together with College services to cultivate supportive relationships and encourage self-advocacy skills, which in turn will ease the transition from previous educational environments to the UR. Students and parents will attend workshops and tours facilitated by CETL Access Coordinators and Study Skills Consultants, accompanied by CETL Student Mentors.

Who can join UR Transition?
Any first year, incoming student with a documented disability who is admitted to the College is eligible to apply. CETL requests that supporting documentation be on file or be submitted along with the application for acceptance in UR Transition.
Note: space is limited; we encourage students to apply early. *

Why attend UR Transition?

Students participate in workshops aimed at:

  • Building self-advocacy skills
  • Exploring study skills and time management strategies based upon individual strengths and approaches to learning
  • Establishing classroom accommodations through CETL disability services
  • Familiarizing students with resources and support for assistive technology, where applicable
  • Providing geographic orientation for accessible routes to, and within, campus buildings
  • Acquainting freshmen with successful CETL peer mentors


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

Where is UR Transition?
UR Transition is hosted by the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL), 1-154 Dewey Hall on the River Campus.

How much does it cost?
UR Transition is generously co-sponsored by the College of Arts, Sciences & Engineering, the River Campus Libraries, the University Counseling Center, the Office of Admissions, and the Office of Residential Life & 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. **

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

*CETL staff will offer equitable support during the semester to those students unable to attend.

**A block of rooms will be arranged at Staybridge Suites and Courtyard Marriott for families’ Sunday arrival under “UR Transition.” Reservations are based on availability, which cannot be guaranteed.

Other area hotels can be found on the Orientation website.