Second-Year Experience

students outside the Campus Center

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Congratulations on successfully transitioning into the next stage of your college career!  We commend your resilience and tenacity after facing a challenging year of taking virtual and/or hybrid courses. The office of Student Transition Programs and campus partners are excited to welcome you in person and support you through a special series of programs designed for students entering their second year of college. Take a look at some opportuntiies below that are recommended for second-year students:


  • Attend “Second Flight” Welcome Back events listed below that were specifically designed for second-year students toconnect with peers, staff, and faculty, and become more familiar with resources on campus.
    • Friday, 9/3 and Saturday, 9/4 Cosponsored by Student Transition Programs, and Wellness Center
      • Therapy Dogs | 9am-5pm | Galloway Campus - Campus Center Coffee House next to Dunkin Donuts
      • Yoga Session | 11am-12pm | Galloway Campus - I-Wing Gym
      • Salsa Lesson | 1pm-2pm | Galloway Campus - I-Wing Gym
      • Wellness Fair | 2pm-3pm | Galloway Campus - Campus Center Coffee House next to Dunkin Donuts
    • Monday, 9/6 Cosponsored by Student Transition Programs, and Event Services
      • Karaoke & Game Room | 3pm-4pm | Galloway Campus - Center Coffee House
    • Tuesday, 9/7 (Build your own quesadillas and learn about emergency resources!) Cosponsored by Student Transition Programs, Dean of Students, Student Conduct, Residential Life, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Center, Stockton Police Department
      • Just in Quesadilla | 4:30pm-5:30pm | Galloway Campus - Lakeside Lodge
    • Thursday, 9/9 (Attend this special program if you are the first in your family to attend college!) Sponsored by Academic Achievement Programs
      • First Ospreys Welcome Reception | 4:30pm | Galloway Campus - L-wing Lower Art Gallery (adjacent to the PAC 1st & 2nd floors)
    • Friday, 9/10Sponsored by Residential Life, and Student Transition Programs
      • Color Run | 4pm | Galloway Campus - Housing 4 Quad/Lake Fred
        • Rain date: Sunday, 9/12 | same time and location
    • Wednesday, 9/15  Cosponsored by Student Transition Programs, Academic Achievement Programs, Career, Education & Development, and Residential Life
      • The Glow-Up Opportunity Fair | 4pm | Galloway Campus – Campus Center Event Room


  • Attend the fall 2021 co-curricular and academic support programs. This schedule is subject to change, search “Student Transition Programs” on for updates and further details on date, time, and location.
    1. Managing Your Time(Academic Advising) – Friday, 9/17 | 3:30pm | F222
    2. Understanding Your Leadership Style (Student Development)  – Friday, 10/1 | 3:30pm | F222
    3. Learning about Undergraduate Research (Academic Achievement Programs, and Academic Affairs)  – Thursday, 10/14 | 2:30pm | Board of Trustee Room
    4. Identifying Internship Opportunities (Career Education and Development)  – Friday, 10/15 | 3:30pm | F222
    5. Discovering Service-Learning Opportunities (Community Engagement and Service-Learning)  – Friday, 10/29 | 3:30pm | F222
    6. Tapping into Tutoring (Tutoring Center)  – Friday, 11/5 | 3:30pm | F222
    7. Applying for Financial Aid and Scholarships (Foundation Office, and Financial Aid) – Friday, 11/12| 3:30pm | F222


  • Utilize Stockton University’s Food Assistance Program
    • The Food Assistance Program supports Stockton students through access to its on-campus food pantries, dining vouchers, and other community resources. Stockton students who are currently enrolled at the University are eligible to enroll in the Food Assistance Program. *Donations of non-perishable food items are accepted for the food assistance program in the Dean of Students Office.  


  • Follow Student Transition Programs on Social Media for updates on events and opportunities!  
    • Instagram: @stocktontransitionprograms 
    • Facebook Groups: Stockton’s Student Transition Programs 


The Second-Year Experience includes programming and activities designed specifically to help students through their second year.  Research suggests that during the sophomore year, students may experience a period of confusion and uncertainty. There is a new set of stressors sophomores experience when they return to college. Unlike freshmen, sophomores receive less attention with regards to adjusting to college life and are expected to be familiar with how things work. The combined pressure to declare a major, find an internship and decide whether or not to study abroad may lead sophomores to fall into the sophomore slump. Sophomore slump is a decline in academic performance during a students’ second year of college. The following programs are provided to help students avoid the sophomore slump.   

Second-Year Plan

  • Academic Planning and Support
    • Identify academic major
    • Take advantage of the tutoring center, writing center, and library
    • Continue meeting with academic advisor
    • Make a personal connection with a faculty member
    • Visit professor's Office Hours
    • Contact faculty about assisting with research
  • Career Planning
    • Explore possible majors and careers
    • Register for a career decision-making course for elective credit
    • Learn about and apply for internship opportunities
    • Search for volunteer opportunities
  • Involvement and Leadership Development
    • Become involved in Extracurricular activities
    • Participate in fun and free events
    • Become involved in your major organizations
    • Apply for leadership positions such as T.A.L.O.N.S or Student Ambassador
    • Run for a seat in Student Government
    • Explore Greek Life opportunities
    • Participate in sports
    • Attend at least one campus program or event each month
    • Participate in at least one multicultural event per month
    • Stay up to date with the campus calendar of events
  • Study Abroad
    • Visit a Study Abroad Advisor
    • Prepare to participate in a study abroad program
  • Taking Care of Business/Money Management
    • Work with a Financial Aid Counselor to be sure you are on track
    • Submit the FAFSA in January
    • Attend a financial literacy event each semester
  • Health and Wellness
    • Make an appointment with Student Health for physical and mental wellness
    • Engage in chosen self-care activities on or off campus