Academic Success Office


The Academic Success Office provides supportive opportunities and implements initiatives that foster holistic learning, academic excellence, and degree achievement for students.

  • We inspire students to identify and utilize the power within them to become independent learners, successful scholars, and contributing members of society at and beyond Saint Mary's College of California. 


  • During individualized coaching sessions, Success Coaches work with students to ensure their academic, personal, and social growth and development. Coaches work closely with academic advisors and other resources across campus to support students in achieving their goals.


  • The Academic Success office supports students beyond academics. We firmly believe that working with students in a holistic way will help them develop valuable life skills that go beyond the classroom.


  • Our office can offer more formal services and programming to cater to your student's needs.


Connect, Thrive, Succeed

Connect, Thrive, Succeed

Here in the Academic Success Office, our motto for each of our students is: Connect! Thrive! Succeed!

  • Connect: holistic coaching considers important areas leading to satisfaction both inside and outside the classroom
  • Thrive: active student engagement fosters connections and a sense of belonging
  • Succeed: GAELS for Life! Finding meaningful ways to contribute an succeed at SMC and beyond

Location & Hours

Coaching Model

Network of Student Support


What Is Coaching All About?


Our Success Coaches work with students in the following areas in order to help them maximize their college experience:

  • Improving effectiveness in and out of the classroom
  • Connecting students to the campus community
  • Building leadership skills
  • Creating balance and managing stress
  • Boosting self-confidence and developing goals for the future

Some strategies we seek to provide students with:

  • Academic and personal success
  • Transition to college and campus
  • Balancing home and college
  • Academic exploration and planning

Student Support Workshops

Tutorial and Academic Skills Center

Holistic Support

Students working hard in the Project Success class

Some of the support services we offer are:

  • Success coaching
  • Student outreach
  • Academic monitoring
  • Referral and interdepartmental collaboration
  • Workshops - academic success, major exploration, time management, anti-procrastination techniques, study skills, etc.
  • Academic and Project Success for students on academic probation

Student Success Programs

Project Success Class

Schedule A Coaching Session


Academic Success Office Events