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Student Support Services

Ensure Your Success
At Siena Heights and Beyond

Want to maximize your chances for success? Of course you do. Now that you are a student at Siena Heights University you want to do everything you can to get the most out of your education. The Office of Student Support Services (SSS) can help. Here are some "elite skills" you will learn as  a participant in SSS.
7 Skills to Ensure Your Success
Study Skills
  • How to study (building block for success)
  • How to accomplish academic success (mentoring/tutoring, academic degree plans and monitoring, co-advising, financial aid)
  • How to seek help and support (understanding campus policies and practices, including personal counseling, health, residence life)
Business Etiquette
  • How to conduct yourself during a business luncheon/dinner
  • How to make "small talk" in a professional setting
Career Exploration
  • How to maximize career opportunities (career exploration, co-ops and internships, resumes, cover letters)
  • How to consider the next step (grad school and employment opportunities)
Who Can Participate

To qualify for SSS, participants must meet a combination of the following Federal regulations [Guidelines as to the number of students served varies with each of these qualifications. Therefore, some students may be placed on a waiting list.]
  • First Generation in College: If neither parent/legal guardian has earned a four-year baccalaureate degree. (This includes if you lived with, and received support from, one parent/guardian who does not hold a four-year degree.)
  • Limited Family Income: A student whose family income falls within limits set by the U.S. Department of Education and verified by Siena Heights University.
  • Documented Disability: This includes a physical and/or mental impairment which substantially limits any major life activities or you are regarded as having such an impairment.
Commonly Asked Questions
Q: Am I considered dumb if I become a SSS participant?
A: Absolutely not! The above qualifications include students from all academic backgrounds. During the past two years approximately 47% of our participants earned a GPA of 3.0 and higher during their fall semester with 36% of those students making the Dean's List. Pretty impressive don't you think?
Q: Do I qualify for SSS only during freshman year?
A: No. Our office checks on eligible students each year and tries to invite all who meet one or more of the criteria, including transfer students, up to their senior year at SHU. Once you qualify and become a SSS participant, you are with us until you receive your baccalaureate degree.

How You Can Benefit...
From Student Support Services

Student Support Services offers a wide variety of programs and services to assist and encourage student academic growth and success.

Study Strategies: Instruction/Workshops
  • Textbook study
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Test taking
Learning Assistance Offerings
  • Tutoring and Peer Mentoring
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
Advising and Advocacy
  • Academic advising and monitoring
  • Career services
  • Resume/cover letter writing
  • Individual support
  • Financial Aid support
Additional Services
  • Freshman Transition Scholars Program
  • Support for students with disabilities
  • Cultural enrichment
  • Information and Preparation for career co-ops and internships
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Laptops, calculators, tape recorders and more
A TRiO program established and funded in 1970 by the U.S. Department of Education, Student Support Services was first awarded to Siena Heights College in 1979. It continues today at the university through 100% grant funding by the Department of Education. The current five-year cycle of 2010-2015 is valued at $1,466,560 and serves 160 participants each year.

    Employment Opportunities
    Work for Student Support Services

    Student Support Services offers a variety of employment opportunities throughout the academic year. We hire peer mentors and tutors throughout the year, all application can be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate link located in the right sidebar under the 'Documents' section.
    (The general SSS Participant Application is different than the FTSP summer bridge program application. All non-FTSP applicants must complete this form.)

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