College Transitions

College is a time of transition and each semester brings new challenges and opportunities. Get expert advice on how to support your student through these changes.

Supporting your ASU student in the transition to off-campus housing

Get tips and strategies on how to support an ASU student's transition to off-campus living from family members and ASU Off-Campus Relations staff members. Three parents share their experiences about finding off-campus housing for their Sun Devils. The ASU staff members discuss the many resources available, including the biannual Off-Campus Housing Fair at Off-Campus Housing.

Transitions: Student "Senioritis"

An expert ASU Family Connection panel from the university's psychology department dives deeper into the phenomenon of "senioritis." Faculty members discuss the causes of this temporary lack of motivation for some students, how they can overcome it, and what you can do as family members to help them succeed in their senior year at ASU.

Transitions: International students

Two Sun Devil parents and ASU's director of residential life explore the transition of international students in the first year of college. In this ASU Family Connection video, the panel looks at the challenges new international students often face, what families and students can expect, the resources available at ASU and more.

Transitions: The sophomore slump

When students make the transition to the second year of college, it can lead to the sophomore slump. For some, that's where the novelty of college has worn off and they feel less satisfied with the experience. Our panel of ASU Psychology faculty members provides tips on how students can avoid this slump and how families can support them through it.

Transitions: The First Year of College

The ASU Family Connection Transitions series continues with a look at the first year of college and the adjustments that Sun Devils and family members can expect. Sun Devil parent Calvin Emanuel and Psychology Professor Leah Doane look at some of the growing pains students may face in the first year and how family members can support their growth.

Transitions: Upper-division students at ASU

While the transition to upper-division levels in college can be exciting, students often start to feel additional pressure due to more complicated projects and highly focused courses. Three ASU Psychology Department faculty members discuss what Sun Devils can expect in the upper-division years and point out some resources to help them succeed.

Transitions: The first year on campus at ASU

When students begin their first year on campus at ASU, they are adjusting to college life and often living away from home for the first time. ASU's Director of Residential Life and a Sun Devil dad discuss the challenges that often come in the first year, and the many resources the university provides to help students make a successful transition.

LGBTQIA+ Students and Stress

Identity development for students who identify as gender or sexual minorities can present a unique set of stressors. Learn about ways to support your LGBTQIA+ student and the many ASU resources available to them from members of ASU’s Counseling services.

How to support your ASU student in selecting the right major

Many ASU students change their majors at least once before graduation. Find out how the university can help you and your student with one of the more challenging aspects of college — finding a major that matches the student's talents, interests and career goals.

Why ASU students study abroad and how it impacts them

Whether it was learning to speak Chinese in Shanghai, helping the indigenous people in rural Peru, or exploring the diverse culture in South Africa, six ASU Study Abroad students have one thing in common: studying abroad changed them in positive ways and helped set them up for success.