Students from the McDaniel College Step Ahead program. illustration

McDaniel Step Ahead, hosted by the Student Academic Support Services (SASS) office, is a unique summer bridge opportunity for first-year students with disabilities. Participants in McDaniel Step Ahead become equipped with the academic, social, and independent living skills necessary for a smooth transition to college.

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.

The SASS office will mail more information after students register with the office.