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The Summer Transition Program (STP), established in 1989, is a six-week program designed to enhance students’ math, reading comprehension, and writing skills prior to their first college semester. STP prepares first-year admitted students for Northeastern’s college level course work for the Fall semester and for a successful academic and social transition.

More prominently the 2013 Summer Transition program received the 2014 NASPA Excellence Award - Category Gold for supporting the student transition at a Hispanic Serving Institution through a successful Summer Bridge Program. Read More...

The Program begins with a Welcome event followed by a six-week schedule of rigorous academic and social programs and ends with a Closing ceremony to celebrate student accomplishments. 

IMPORTANT: Students are required to attend all six weeks of the program and both the event and ceremony.

Eligibility and Application

Program Benefits for Students

  • Get a jump-start on your academic career and take a FREE* three-credit hour general education course.
  • Lunch and course materials are provided at no cost to the student.
  • Experience workshops aimed toward improving your math, reading, and writing skills.
  • Navigate college life at Northeastern successfully with the help from program staff.
  • Work with University staff and Student Success Coaches to explore academic opportunities and different careers at Northeastern.
  • Meet and connect with new students.
  • Be eligible to retake the placement exam and possibly advance to the next level in math, reading, and/or writing.

*Please note that participants will need to pay for transportation and/or parking expenses.

Program Results

The results of the Summer Transition Program 2015 show a significant increase in students’ math, reading and writing work.


43% of students placed 1 or more levels higher

  • Of the 40 students who retested for writing
  • 13 placed 1 level higher
  • 4 placed 2 levels higher


47% of students placed 1 or more levels higher

  • Of the 68 students who retested for math:
  • 17 placed 1 level higher
  • 11 placed 2 levels higher
  • 4 placed 3 levels higher

After taking part in the 2015 Summer Transition Program...

98% of participants indicated they are able to:

  • Keep going in college and complete a degree, even if they run into academic, personal or social challenges

98% of participants indicated they:

  • Know what it means to be a successful college student

100% of participants indicated they are able to:

  • Understand the work that is required to be successful in a college class

On average, STP participants have a higher first semester GPAs and retention rates when compared to non-participants.

STP vs. Non-STP Averages 2014

1st to 2nd year retention rate

  • STP – 82.3%
  • Non-STP – 56.6%

Average First Term GPA

  • STP – 2.81
  • Non-STP – 2.35

Important Program Dates

(STP dates are updated as of March 28, 2016)

  • Application Deadline: May 16, 2016
  • Orientation for STP Students and Welcome activities : Saturday, June 25, 2016
  • STP Program Dates: Friday, July 1 – Friday, August 12, 2016
  • Closing Ceremony: Friday, August 12, 2016, Time - TBA

IMPORTANT: Students are expected to attend the entire program, as well the Welcome activities and Closing ceremony.

Program Locations, Times and Sample Schedule

Northeastern Illinois University

5500 North Saint Louis Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625
Monday – Friday | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Main campus sample STP schedule

Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies

700 East Oakwood Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60653
Monday – Friday | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

El Centro

3390 North Avondale Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60618
Monday – Friday | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
El Centro sample STP schedule

Student Transition Services

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