Academic Success Office

Academic Success Office Academic Success Office

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

  • Our Vision
  • Our Goal
  • Our Services

Connect, Thrive, Succeed

Connect, Thrive, Succeed

Academic Success Office leads student success initiatives. We inspire students to identify and utilize the power within them to be independent learners, successful scholars, and contributing members of society at and beyond Saint Mary's College of California. The campus community recognizes and values our holistic, strengths based approach to promoting academic excellence and student achievement.

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?


During individualized coaching sessions, Success Coaches work with students to ensure their academic, personal, and social growth and development.  Students have the opportunity to explore what is on their mind guided by their Success Coach and leave the meeting with an idea, a motivation, a goal, a plan of action and/or a greater sense of clarity. Coaches work closely with academic advisors and other resources across campus to support students in achieving their goals.

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
  • Many others!

Some strategies we seek to resource 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

Coaching Model

Academic Success looks to support students beyond academics. We firmly believe that working with students in a holistic way will develop students to gain valuable life skills that go beyond the classroom and into their personal and professional lives. Our office can offer more formal services and programming to cater to your student's needs.

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

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