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Your success is at the core of the services and programs offered by the Student Success Centre at McMaster University. Our long-standing commitment will support you from the time you accept your offer of admission up to five years after graduation in the areas of student orientation, academic skills, leadership, service-learning, volunteerism, educational planning, employment and career transition.

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What's New

  • SOAR enters week four

    Week four of SOAR, Summer Orientation for Academic Readiness, begins July 28 and runs until Aug 1. The theme for the week is Academic Reading Strategies. Visit SOAR and learn more. Check out these videos to get an idea of what to expect as you transition to university: Welcome to SOAR and Advice for first-year students.

    SOAR is an eight-week program that began July 7. Through a blog, videos and live chats, students focus on a particular academic skill each week. Topics include time management, learning in lectures, reading strategies, writing, and studying for exams.

  • Register for the Common Reading Program

    Register for the Common Reading Program and get your free copy of Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese on Welcome Day or during Welcome Week.

    Be part of a shared reading experience and live discussion with other first-year students, peers and staff and don’t miss the opportunity to meet the author and have your copy of the book autographed on Sept. 3.

  • MacServe volunteer and science grad working at the hospital that saved his life

    Ben Diplock says he doesn't need to be a scientist to know that exercise helped him recover from the post-operative effects of a brain tumour. But now that he is one, he’s working to prove it – and he’s doing it at the same hospital where his life was once saved. Diplock, a psychology, neuroscience and behaviour graduand who will receive his degree Thursday, is spending the summer working with Donald Mabbott at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.

    CBCnews Video: Ben Diplock goes from patient to researcher at Sick Kids

  • Arts grad offered job as a result of Career Field Experience Program

    On May 21, Alicia Giansante, a Level 4 Honours Art and Art History student, was the first student to be offered a job as a result of participating in the Career Field Experience program co-ordinated by the Student Success Centre (SSC) in February.

    Giansante participated in the program at Centre3 for Print and Media Arts under the supervision of McMaster alumna Becky Katz, the centre’s education and community arts director. Giansante made such a good impression guiding local elementary school students through programs that she was hired as a curatorial and event intern for the summer.

    More about a job as a result of Career Field Experience Program

  • Need help with your academics?

    Academic skills and writing drop-in hours are available every Wednesday from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. in Gilmour Hall 110. If you are not available to come in for drop-in, email to arrange an appointment.

Mary Keyes Certificate of Leadership Graduates 2013-2014