Transitions: First-Year Focus

Transitions: First-Year Focus is an optional, year-long program for first-year graduate students, sponsored by the Office for Graduate Student Development and Diversity (OGSDD), to provide incoming students with the skills, connections, and community that will let them flourish at Yale.

Transitions will help you to:

  • gain effective, personalized strategies for navigating academic culture both within your department and beyond
  • identify university resources available to assist with the attainment of academic and professional goals
  • connect with mentors and learn strategies for developing useful advising and mentoring relationships
  • experience a richly diverse interdisciplinary community

What Does Transitions Involve?

If you join the Transitions: First-Year Focus Program, you will: 

  • participate in a Transitions Orientation event before the beginning of the Fall Semester 
  • attend and actively participate in at least four Transitions Workshops per semester 
  • participate in at least two Peer-to-Peer Advising sessions per semester with OGSDD Fellows
  • enjoy social events and networking opportunities

Contact us

Additional Resources for First-Year Students