Transition Program and Support

Transitioning from high school to university is exciting, but there can also be a lot of adjustments. The Transition Program and additional supports can help you learn what you need to know as a new university student. Plus, discover all the ways you can get help when you need it throughout your university journey.

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Need to register for MacStart 2022?

MacStart is the summer transition workshop series for incoming students. Learn more and register on the event page.

MacStart 2022

About the Transition Program

The Transition Program supports incoming McMaster students with disabilities and accessibility needs as they begin a new stage in post-secondary studies. Participate in the program to get introduced to university learning, Student Accessibility Services offerings, accommodations and more.

  • Learn how to request and use academic accommodations.
  • Discover services and supports at McMaster.
  • Build self-advocacy skills to grow your confidence in using academic accommodations.
  • Explore and practice learning skills for university, such as note-taking and time management.
  • Learn about assistive technology options and explore what’s available through Student Accessibility Services and Library Accessibility Services (LAS).
  • Practice using McMaster’s online learning management system, Avenue to Learn.
  • Make peer connections and start building your personal community at McMaster.

MacStart summer transition series

The Transition Program starts with the MacStart summer transition series for incoming students. This is your opportunity to get prepared before classes start in the fall. Plus, discover the resources that can help you succeed throughout your time at McMaster.

Choose your own journey! Participate in the live workshop series or at your own pace through the online course on Avenue to Learn, McMaster’s online learning management system. Visit the MacStart event page to learn more and register.

We designed the MacStart workshops to meet your needs and those of your fellow incoming students who may experience barriers to education throughout university.

  • Discover important information about McMaster.
  • Start developing essential learning skills.
  • Make friends and start building your McMaster community.

Participate in the Avenue to Learn online program to complete MacStart at your own pace throughout the summer. Based on your schedule, you can explore university skills, resources and more to support you on your new academic journey.

The MacStart online program is a partnership with Queens University and the Regional Assessment and Resource Centre (RARC).

Personalized transition support

We’re here to support your academic transition throughout the year. Check out these options to receive personalized support from peers and dedicated staff members.

When it comes to supporting students in university, we recognize the importance of including diverse perspectives and lived experiences. At Student Accessibility Services, student ambassadors work with staff and students to advocate for student needs. Plus, ambassadors can address your questions and concerns and help you navigate the university based on their lived experiences at McMaster.

Contact sastransition@mcmaster.ca to learn more.

Meet one on one with the transition program coordinator to receive individualized guidance. Prospective and incoming students, parents, family members and supporters are welcome!

Through a consultation, you can learn about Student Accessibility Services offerings, academic accommodations and more. Bring any questions you have about your university transition. We can help!

Contact sastransition@mcmaster.ca to learn more.