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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 transition program to begin July 7

    First-year students who are concerned about the transition from high school to university, can brush up on their academic skills with SOAR, Summer Orientation for Academic Readiness, beginning July 7.

    “Last year, the eight-week program focused on skills necessary for success in academics, leadership and careers,” says Jennifer Meister, academic skills program co-ordinator in the Student Success Centre, but aside from one week about health and wellness, “the focus this summer is all academics.”

    Through a blog, videos and live chats, students will focus on a particular academic skill each week. Topics include time management, learning in lectures, reading strategies, writing, and studying for exams. To learn more, visit and check out these videos: Welcome to SOAR and Advice for first-year students.

  • 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