With the start of the fall semester at West Virginia University just six weeks away, some freshmen are getting a leg up on the experience.

Making the leap from high school to college can be difficult, so the Seamless Transition Programpart of WVU s first-year experiencetakes some of the stress away by helping students develop good study habits and instilling the self-confidence needed to be successful.

Through July 29, the two dozen students enrolled in the program are meeting fellow classmates, becoming better acquainted with the campus and getting a jump-start on study skills and credit hours.

Students can earn up to six credits in less than three weeks by taking University 101, a required freshman orientation class, and either Humanities 101, Psychology 101, Mathematics 129 or Statistics 211.

For many freshmen, the first semester away at college can feel academically overwhelming,said Keith Garbutt, dean of the Honors College.The Seamless Transition Program has a staff of dedicated teachers and resident mentors to help them in their journey.

You are taking a college class and will be treated as a college student with all the freedoms and responsibilities that go along with it,added L.G. Jackson, a former participant.The classes are small, and the professors have time to focus on each student.

During the program, participants live in Stalnaker Hall, WVU s honors residence hall, and receive support from resident assistants, upperclassmen who double as live-in tutors.

The RAs will go to class with them and help them in their study halls,said program assistant Rose Simis, who helps coordinate the program out of the Honors College.Theyll also take them around Morgantown.

Last summer, they went to High Street to get wings or pizza. During weekends and free time, they may go to Coopers Rock, go swimming or to the mall, and work out at the Student Rec Center.

For more information, visit the Seamless Transition Program Web site:http://www.honors.wvu.edu/STP/.