West Virginia University freshmen are able to jumpstart their WVU experience prior to the start of the fall semester.

The Seamless Transition Program provides incoming students with the chance to begin their college careers early and earn up to seven hours of credit during the summer months. Students are able to meet their professors and fellow students, live in University housing and learn their way around campus.

The transition from high school to college can represent some unique challenges for students,said Anita Mayer, director of the WVU Undergraduate Advising Services Center.This program provides an opportunity to receive personal attention in order to develop strong study habits and time management skills. Plus, they are able to experience some of the activities associated with campus living, so when the fall comes, they are able to make a smooth adjustment to college.

More than 50 students are expected to participate in the program, which runs from July 5-26. Classes include a required freshman orientation course that introduces students to the resources at the University, along with offerings in humanities, psychology, mathematics and chemistry. The size of each class is limited, so students receive personal attention from faculty members and academic tutors.

We focus the program on helping the students develop the skills and discipline needed to succeed in college,Mayer said.From special support in the classroom to the residence hall staff who serve as student mentors, the program puts a special emphasis on helping them develop study and time-management skills.

The program also treats participants to social and recreational activities to simulate a real college experience. Day trips to various West Virginia landmarks such as Coopers Rock and outdoor recreation days in conjunction with the Adventure WV program are combined with activities at the WVU Student Recreation Center, movies and shopping trips to encourage students to learn about the area and develop friendships.