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What can I expect if I am admitted through Transition Studies at A-State?

At Transition Studies, the emphasis is on meeting the needs of students admitted through our program and helping them to be successful. We take a personal interest in you and work with you to make the most of your college experience. Your Making Connections instructor is also your academic advisor. He or she meets with you individually and monitors your progress during your first year. If difficulties arise, your academic advisor will work with the TS Student Services Coordinator to identify the resources and services that can best help you.

What will be expected of me as a Transition Studies student at Arkansas State?

You must maintain a minimum grade point average of a 2.0 with a C or above in developmental courses (if your test scores require that you take them) for the two semesters that you are in Transition Studies. Failure to meet these requirements will result in probation or dismissal from the program.

You will be expected to meet the A-State attendance policy for freshmen and sophomores, meet with your advisor and instructors as requested and attend any required activities. If you are having difficulty in a class you will be expected to follow through on tutoring, supplemental instruction, study groups or other activities that may be employed to help you get back on track.

What courses will I take as an TS student?

You are officially listed as undecided while you are in Transition Studies. However, your advisor will work with you to ensure that you are taking the correct courses for your planned major if you have one. All students at A-State take Making Connections their first semester. If you have below a 19 on your ACT or the equivalent in math, reading or English, you will be required to take developmental courses in those areas. If you have one, two or no developmental courses to take, the rest of your schedule will consist of general education courses such as English Composition, US History, College Algebra, Psychology, etc in addition to Making Connections. Class enrollment hours and course selection are limited while you are in the TS program. TS students take only one course that is not required for all other A-State students which is a two-hour continuation of Making Connections during second semester.

What about student organizations and living on campus?

TS students are no different than any other freshman. You may live in any of the appropriate freshman residence halls and request any roommate that you wish. You are strongly encouraged to participate in campus activities, but obviously not to the extent that it has a negative impact on your academic life.

What if I raise my test scores or grade point average?

Even if you have already been admitted through Transition Studies, you can be regularly admitted if you meet the ACT composite of a 21 or equivalent and a 2.75 GPA. You will be notified by the Office of Admissions of your status change.

Are there any additional fees for TS?

TS students pay the same tuition and fees as all other A-State students, but there is an additional one-time fee of $250 to help defray the cost of the extra services that are provided to students admitted through Transition Studies.

Admission Criteria Through Transition Studies

Students may be admitted to A-State through Transition Studies if they have a composite of 19 on the ACT or an equivalent score on SAT or Asset and a minimum high school grade point average of a 2.3.