Student Success

Students define success differently. The Office of Student Success helps students maximize their academic potential and reach their personal goals through a range of programs and services, regardless of personal background. Its goal is to help students develop skills and plans to graduate in a timely manner while engaging with its community of learners.

The work of student success is focused in five areas: first-year transition programming, academic success programs, student money management, military and veteran student support and online student support.

Its goals include helping students:

  • transition successfully to WSU,
  • improve academic performance and achieve academic excellence,
  • set and achieve personal goals,
  • build confidence and resilience in the face of challenge,
  • develop financial literacy skills, and
  • participate in campus programs that improve student satisfaction.

Information about specific programs such as Orientation, Supplemental Instruction and tutoring, as well as a number of study skills resources and documents can be found online (

The Office of Student Success will continue to partner with faculty to offer general education courses called First-Year Seminars. These 3-credit-hour courses are unique classes designed specifically for new, traditional freshmen and taught by faculty. The seminars cover a broad range of topics from current events to cultural competency to the arts and include elements that engage students in learning communities and teach successful student and life skills. More information including a list of seminars offered can be found at the first-year seminar webpage (