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Summer Transition at Randolph (STAR) Program

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The Summer Transition at Randolph (STAR) program is a FREE two-week, online/residential session designed to make the transition to college just a little easier.

Not only will you get advice and guidance that will put you ahead of the game academically, you will get the chance to move in early, meet new friends, and adjust to college life before everyone else.

You will earn a total of 4.5 credits in the program and be able to polish and enhance all of those skills you will need to succeed in college—things like note and test taking, time management, and goal setting.

Don’t worry, college isn’t all work and no play! STAR students will have plenty of time for fun, with activities like ropes courses, bowling, minor league baseball games, and other social events designed to help you get to know and connect with other students and the College.

Program Elements

The program includes 4.5 academic credits, group activities and entertainment, and room and board for a week of the two-week session. The program will begin online for the first week.


The program is FREE to those selected.

Important Dates for Summer 2021-2022

August 5      Online portion begins with STAR orientation in the evening

August 12    Students move into Randolph

August 18    Two-week summer program ends

August 19     First-year orientation begins

August 23     Session one courses begin for fall 2021


STAR students will earn a total of 4.5 credits as they familiarize themselves with campus, establish relationships with faculty and staff, and share academic and enrichment experiences.

Students will begin their first-year writing course, Writing in College (WRIT 104). (The course will continue on a weekly basis until fall break.) WRIT 104 is a graduation requirement and it is a typical course for students to complete in the first year.

Students will also complete the I ST 101 course, Academic Strategies, which addresses skills, such as goal setting, self-regulation, time management, and note and test taking. I ST 101 will help you hone your skills as a successful student in college.

College Life

The STAR program will give you the advantage of living on campus and adjusting to college life before fall orientation begins. The program is residential, and students will live together in one of Randolph’s residence halls beginning on August 12 of the two-week session, regardless of residential status for the academic year. Commuter students and residential students are encouraged to participate. Meals will be provided in the Dining Hall.

Inquire Today

STAR students must be enrolling, first-time, first-year students at Randolph College. You may be accepted directly into the program in your admissions letter, or you can complete the STAR inquiry form for consideration. Candidates are encouraged to confirm participation by July 1. Space in the program is limited.

More information?

Contact Kim Sheldon, director of student success,, 434.485.8066.

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