Summer Transition Program

When you start college, you’re taking a big leap.

STP students enjoy a backstage tour at the Oldcastle Theatre

That's why we offer the Summer Transition Program (STP) to first-year TRIO students.

STP is a five-day program that runs the week before first-year orientation every August. The 2018 Summer Transition Program will take place Sunday, August 19 to Thursday, August 23. During the week, you will live on campus with other students and upper-class students who serve as mentors. You'll participate in workshops, projects, and experimental activities about learning styles, time management, test taking, and paying for college. We'll acquaint you with the ins and outs of campus life and discuss how you can succeed in college.

Oh, and did we mention STP is fun? Past STP groups have attended plays, watched movies, tried rock-climbing, and hiked Vermont's beautiful mountains, all while making new friends. By the time first-year orientation is underway, you'll be a part of the team - and feel much more at home at Castleton. Apply Today!

Program Highlights

Strategies for Success

• campus resources
• policies and procedures
• personal responsibility
• drug and alcohol policies
• financial aid help

Study Skills

• note-taking
• memory techniques
• test-taking
• organization
• problem solving/decision making
• reading/writing/math


• adventure education
• movies
• theater
• outdoor activities
• picnics


• goal-setting
• learning styles
• time management
• career and major planning
• stress management
• community service 

Best of all the Summer Transition Program is free to all students accepted into the program. It includes housing, meals, and all workshops and activities, and it’s open to residential and commuter students. Applications are available in May and are due by July 1.

Are you playing a fall sport?          

Good for you! However, your practice and training schedule will probably conflict with STP. But don’t worry: your time with your team will give you the same jump-start on college life, and you can always meet with us during the semester to discuss everything we cover during STP.

 The latest group of STP mentors

Application Information  

The Summer Transition Program admits thirty first-year students selected according to U.S. Department of Education TRIO grant guidelines.

Applications are due July 1, 2018. Preference for STP admission will be given to students who meet two of the three following criteria:

  • Neither parent has a four-year degree, OR
  • Your family has a low to modest income (according to TRIO guidelines), OR
  • You have a documented disability according to the Americans with Disabilities Act

To earn the $1000 Spring 2019 TRIO Grant, all criteria below must be met: 

  • Receipt of Federal Pell grant in Fall 2018
  • Successful completion of STP
  • Regular meetings with ASC staff during the 2018-19 year
  • Fall 2018 GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Grant application due in October 2018;

TRIO Grants will be awarded in February 2019.

Apply to participate in the 2018 Summer Transition Program today!

The Summer Transition Program helped me to discover my inner academic potential that I had not recognized on my own. The Academic Support Center at Castleton laid the foundation for future success during my formative years as an undergraduate student.

David Stebbins B.A., Magna Cum Laude, '07

The Summer Transition Program has definitely helped me grow into the college student I am today. I remember how hard it was for me to have my parents leave, but with the Summer Transition Program you are given the push forward you need and end up running through your first semester. This program sets you up for success if you are willing to let everyone help you.

Mariah O'Hara B.A. in History, '16, Former Lead Summer Transition Mentor