The Transitional Year Program (TYP) is an integral part of Brandeis University's founding and enduring commitment to social justice. Established in 1968, the TYP is a one-year academic program for students who have developed the skills for college success by practicing leadership in their life experiences. The program allows these students to learn about new possibilities for their lives and enables them to apply the focus, energy, perseverance, and maturity previously devoted to prevailing in the face of personal challenges to academic success.
The intelligent and talented students selected to participate in the TYP typically have not had access to advanced placement and honors courses in their previous schools. For this reason, the TYP guarantees small classes, rigorous study, and strong academic support.
There were three directors of the program in the first eight or nine years of the processed collection, including Thompson Williams (1968–1972), Clarence Hunter (1972–1977), and Ed Redd (1977-1978). Williams resumed the directorship in the academic year 1978-1979, retired as director in 2004 and left the program in 2005.