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Step Ahead Summer Bridge Opportunity

We know that students with disabilities may require or want extra support transitioning to the college environment. Participants in McDaniel Step Ahead become equipped with the academic, social, and independent living skills necessary for a smooth transition to college.

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Getting Ready for College

McDaniel Step Ahead, hosted by the Student Accessibility & Support Services (SASS) office, is a unique summer bridge opportunity for first-year students with disabilities. 

Building a Routine

Through intensive workshops, team-building activities, and field trips, Step Ahead participants will begin to establish both a college routine and a support network that incorporates college resources, supportive faculty and staff, as well as some of their peers. Each participant will be matched with a Step Ahead peer mentor who will support the first-year student in making the most of the SASS office’s resources.

Step Ahead runs each year in the five days before first-year orientation; participants can move in early and begin to establish important connections within the college community.

Making a Difference Invested: Donor Support

Robert “Robin” Salomon, III, a current member of the McDaniel Board of Trustees and a former parent visitor to the board, and his wife, Sarah, both of Bethesda, Md., made a $500,000 gift. A portion of the donation goes toward assisting students with documented disabilities receiving services through McDaniel’s Student Accessibility and Support Services (SASS) office, specifically freshmen and transfer students enrolled in the McDaniel Step Ahead program and students with financial need who are eligible for the Academic Skills Program (ASP).