The Transitions program supports undergraduate students conditionally admitted to Webster University by preparing these students for the academic rigor of the University. The Transitions program provides students with overall knowledge of available University resources. Specifically, the Transitions program serves students who are conditionally accepted to the University and have 30 or fewer hours of college coursework completed. The Transitions program offers a variety of resources to help students reach their academic potential. Examples include academic counseling, PSYC 1000: Learning Strategies, organization and time management strategies, peer tutoring, writing support, and academic integrity.

As a Transitions student, you will be assigned an academic counselor with whom you will meet one-on-one regularly. Together, you will explore your strengths, areas of possible improvement, and how best to achieve your goals. The transition to college can be challenging, which is why Webster University offers the summer Transition and Academic Prep (TAP) program for Transitions students.

If you have any questions about the Transitions or TAP program, please call 314-246-8768 or email

Transitition and Academic Prep session

What is the Transition and Academic Prep (TAP) program?

Transitition and Academic Prep session

Gain confidence as you begin your education at Webster University

The TAP program is a residential program for students accepted to Webster University through the Transitions program. There is no cost to students participating in the residential program. All meals, supplies, and lodging are provided. The program also provides three credit hours toward participating students’ degrees at no cost. Please schedule an advising appointment to learn how to secure your spot in this program.

Student Testimonials

Four graduating students shared their experiences with TAP and how it benefited them and impacted their four years at Webster University. Watch the video to learn about their experiences and hear the advice they have to offer future TAP participants.

More Information about the Transition and Academic Preparation (TAP) Program

The dates for this year’s program are July 18-30, 2021. Students move into their dorm rooms on July 18 and move out July 30 following the Closing Dinner. Students live on campus throughout the program and follow their personalized schedules for the entirety of the program.

You will:

  • Gain confidence as you begin the Fall semester at Webster University
  • Earn a total of three credits at no cost (PHIL 1010: Introduction to Critical Thinking)
  • Receive a free Surface Go to use during the program and beyond
  • Build a network of friends by meeting other students who are new to Webster
  • Learn from returning students and their experiences
  • Meet faculty and staff at Webster University who can help you through your transition to college and beyond to successful graduation from Webster University
  • Become familiar with campus resources and how to access them
  • Understand how a college course is structured and the expectations of university-level coursework
  • Attend one-on-one writing coaching sessions to learn academic writing strategies
  • Participate in collaborative workshops that address study skills, financial literacy, and effective communication strategies for college students
  • Enter into a Fall Discover U Learning Community with your new classmates

PHIL 1010 emphasizes identifying the techniques of critical analysis and analyzing arguments in a variety of short essays, most of them not by professional philosophers. It gives special attention to educating students to distinguish between their own beliefs as to the truth or falsity of a claim and the validity of the arguments offered in support of that claim.

PHIL 1010 is coded for the Global Citizenship Program in Critical Thinking and Written Communication.

The TAP program is held at Webster University’s main campus in Webster Groves, Missouri. Students accepted into the program will receive a detailed, personalized program itinerary.

There is no cost to students participating in the program. Students will live on campus in one of the residence halls, and all meals and materials are provided for free.

Yes. TAP participants are expected to live on campus for the duration of the program, including weekends.

Yes. TAP participants receive three free credit hours for completing PHIL 1010: Introduction to Critical Thinking. These credits count toward your Global Citizenship Program requirements (we’ll talk more about the Global Citizenship Program during your academic counseling meeting!).

You will work with your admissions counselor and an academic advisor to register for the TAP program. Questions regarding the TAP program can be directed to

You will receive a confirmation email once you are registered for the program. You will also receive a packet detailing everything you need to know about the program, including what to bring and when to move in.

You will be assigned to a single-occupancy dorm room. All participants, faculty and staff members, and presenters will be required to follow University COVID-19 policies and protocols, including wearing masks and maintaining social distancing if they are not fully vaccinated (meaning it has not been at least two weeks since their second vaccine shot). Fully vaccinated individuals may wear masks and social distance if they would like, but they are not required to do so.

Learn more information about the University's COVID-19 Pandemic Resources.

The Discover U Learning Community is specifically created for those students who have gone through the summer TAP program. This Learning Community is designed to help foster the continued development of the TAP community and will offer TAP students the opportunity to participate in many educational and social experiences inside and outside of the classroom that are crafted to help them with their transition into the World of Webster. Learn more here.