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Transition Program

The Transition Program is a personal and academic support program required as a condition of admission for selected Bridgewater students. The program is coordinated by the director of academic support and is assisted by upper class students. The program is designed to provide personal and academic support, learning skills, academic advising, and peer academic assistance.

Program Components

1. Class Schedule

  • For the fall semester, students register for a maximum of twelve credits; spring: 12-15 depending on student academic performance and decision of the program director.  
  • Students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and a grade of C/2.0 for each course taken in the fall semester based on twelve credits for consideration to increase credits in the spring term. Twelve credits are considered full-time.
  • The director of academic support arranges class schedules during the first year.

2. ENG 105: Strategies In Academic Reading and Writing – First semester

Students will enroll in ENG 105 for their first semester. This course is designed as a bridge between high school English classes and reading-intensive/writing-intensive college classes.

Credit for this course counts toward graduation.

3. Academic Coach

Students meet every week with an academic coach. Emphasis is on planning, organization and management of college work. Academic coaches are students; meetings occur twice per week.

4. Study Hours and Tutor Assisted learning

Students participate in study and tutoring hours for a minimum of six hours per week.
Some hours are at the Academic Support Center between 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Most hours are tutored assisted. Study hours promote "ongoing" learning, effective time management and work completion.

5. Student Progress

The director of academic support stays in regular contact with students regarding their personal and academic progress.

Program Requirements

  • Students are expected to attend all Transition program sessions.
  • Requirements are completed when all program components have been fulfilled.

For additional assistance, please contact:

Chip Studwell, Ed.D., LPC
Director of Academic Support
Director of Disability and Tutoring Services
Bicknell House
Phone: 540-828-5370
FAX: 540-828-5757
cstudwel@bridgewater.edu