Students make decisions every day that foster their success. Creating resources and opportunities to build student success is a shared project across UMass Amherst.
Student Success Strategic Priorities
The UMass Amherst undergraduate Student Success unit is a division of both the Office of the Provost (academic affairs) and Student Affairs and Campus Life. We create and contribute to campus-wide approaches and programs that increase student persistence and retention, support timely progress toward degree completion, build campus partnerships, and support holistic student learning and development through the advancement of high-impact educational practices.
The Student Success strategic priority is fulfilled through the following:
Calling all academic advisors and student success personnel – join us for training & professional development. We offer Advising Foundations, a robust Success@UMass Professional Development Series, resources online and more!
The UMass Amherst Academic Alert initiative partners with instructors and advisors to connect undergraduate students with the resources needed to meet the rigors of college-level academic work and expectations. Through a coordinated referral network, students are guided toward resources that support mastery of course content and academic skill development.
Academic integrity matters at UMass. The Academic Honesty Office (within Student Success) assists faculty, staff and students with implementation of the Academic Honesty & Academic Grievance policies.
Through the National Student Exchange, students have the opportunity to study-away at over 170 universities and colleges in 48 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. By studying at another college or university, students are able to live in another geographic area, access courses and facilities not offered at their home campus, and broaden their undergraduate experience.
The Five College Interchange allows UMass Amherst students to enroll in courses offered in the 'five college community,' including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College and Smith College.
RAP provides academic learning community opportunities for first-year and transfer students. RAP courses are infused with transitions and student success strategies.
The Student Success Planner provides relevant campus and departmental information, time management resources, thoughtful reflection questions and much more. Hard copies are given to all first-year students, while returning students can obtain a copy through Student Success. All students have access to a fillable online version.
We assist faculty and instructors in incorporating the Common Content Goals into their FYS. We also develop student facing materials that provide information related to the FYS Common Content Goals.
Stop by to Say Hello or Ask Questions
Students, Faculty and Staff are welcome to drop by with questions at 408 Goodell (Student Success Programs & Services offices). Goodell is located opposite of the Old Chapel. We are open Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm.