Student Success

Students define success differently. 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 four areas: First-Year Programs, Academic Success Programs, student money management, and online student support. There are full-time Success Coaches available to help students in all majors stay on track to graduate and set and reach their academic and personal goals.

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, tutoring, the Shocker Learning Center and Success Coaches as well as a number of study skills resources can be found online (

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 are 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 (