Transition Year is the next step for most of our students after completing the 2-year core curriculum. In Transition Year, students live in an apartment off campus and work toward employment in a paid job.
Transition Year is a 10-month independent living program that most of our students enroll in after graduating from the 2-year core curriculum. During Transition Year, you'll live in an apartment off campus and work toward gaining paid employment. When you finish Transition Year, you'll earn 3 college credits and a
certificate of completion, but more importantly, you'll be ready to live and work on
We strongly recommend Transition Year for most graduates. Alumni who have completed Transition Year are more likely to be employed and live independently, and they report higher levels of satisfaction with their social lives and level of independence.
Some of our students enter Transition Year after Bridge Year—an additional year of on-campus living and individualized personal and professional development after graduation.
In June, shortly after you graduate from the 2-year core program (or conclude Bridge Year), you'll attend a mandatory 9-day seminar to prepare for the start of the academic year. In September, you'll move into your apartment, start class, and begin receiving employment support.
In the June Seminar, you'll focus on:
You'll take a couple of structured courses on campus, but you'll spend most of your time working on your skills during advising and mentoring sessions with our faculty and staff.
You'll receive these supports during Transition Year:
Students in Transition Year meet with advisors to build upon the skills they learned in the first 2 years of the program.
"When Victoria walks down the street, she knows everyone. She has friends. She had a few close friends in high school, but now she is truly among her peers."
—Susan, mother of Victoria, one of our students in Transition Year
"The program helped make learning easier for me. It helped me gain new skills I needed to go on and take more college courses."
Students participate in an informal admissions process during the spring of their second year (or Bridge Year). Admissions decisions are made in late March and are based on a student's performance during their second year or Bridge Year, as evaluated by Threshold faculty. Students must demonstrate motivation to build upon social, job, and life skills, and readiness for a less-structured living environment.
Majors and Curriculum
Faculty and Staff
800.999.1959, extension 8182
Office of Admissions/Threshold ProgramLesley University29 Everett StreetCambridge, Massachusetts 02138-2790
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