2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Sophomore and Junior Year Experience Programs

The sophomore and junior years of college mean profound change. While the freshman year is a time of newness, excitement and exploring all the college environment has to offer, years two and three brings a need to begin focusing on a smaller set of concerns:

  • deepening relationships with selected peers, staff and faculty
  • discovering and naming what’s important and how that fits into one’s emerging identity
  • wrestling with questions of major and career
  • developing personal competence, a sense of autonomy, tools and strategies for resilience

It is important that choices are made thoughtfully, with knowledge of all the options and based on a sense of alignment with personal values, strengths and sources of meaning. Those who can make choices in this manner and begin living into the future with increased confidence are more likely to make meaningful commitments about their lives and take responsibility for their future (Schaller, 2005). The Sophomore and Junior Year Experience supports students during this time through a variety of programs and services, including the Annual Sophomore and Junior Week, the Annual Sophomore Pinning Ceremony, Mission Statement Scholarships, One Million Reasons financial literacy program, the Sophomore Getaway weekend retreat program, and Frog it Forward campaign.

Transfer Center

Included in the Sophomore and Junior Year Experience is the Transfer Center. Located in BLUU Suite 2003, the Transfer Center provides a study space and student mentors to help with a successful transition to TCU. Additionally, the Transfer Connection Space in the GrandMarc allows transfers and veterans to enjoy student space and computer access on the east side of campus.