Smooth Transitions Orientation and Year-Long Mentor Program

Smooth Transitions (ST) is a competitive first-year student summer pre-orientation and year-long peer mentoring program that helps underrepresented domestic students make the transition to college. Students will be informed about important campus academic and social well-being resources to ensure their retention and ability to thrive at Xavier University. Our definition of underrepresented domestic students includes first-generation, low-income students of any racial background, multi-racial students, and students of color.

Smooth Transitions (ST) es un programa competitivo durante el verano y el año escolar para estudiantes domesticos de minorías de primer año. Los estudiantes recibirán un mentor quien les ayudará con la transición a la universidad. Los estudiantes serán informados sobre los recursos academicos y sociales del campus para asegurar su retención y capacidad de prosperar en la Universidad de Xavier. Nuestra definición de estudiantes domesticos de minorías incluye estudiantes de primera generación y bajos recursos de cualquier origen racial, estudiantes multirraciales y estudiantes de color que incluye latinos, nativos americanos, asiático-americanos y negros.


  • To increase the recruitment, retention and graduation of students of color and first generation college students.
  • To build up students social and cultural capital so that they are aware of and know how to access valuable campus resources (i.e. Psych Services, TRiO, Center for Career Development, Writing Center) available at Xavier University.
  • To connect first year students with student, faculty, staff, and alumni mentors.
  • To educate students on issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice.

If you are a graduating high school senior or a parent of a graduating high school senior interested in this program please register through the Road to Xavier website. There are only 60 spots available.

2019 Application Information

Pre-Orientation Program runs from August 12-August 14, 2019. Apply by June 15th.

$25.00 processing fee

Applicants will receive notification of acceptance no later than July 12, 2019.

Please make payments out to Xavier University Smooth Transitions. Our address is:
Xavier University-CDI
3800 Victory Pkwy
Cincinnati, OH 45207-2131
Attn: Dr. Kyra Shahid