What's happening at the SSC this December. Photo includes lights and snowflakes.

Website Outage Notice

Student Success site periodically unavailable on Tuesday June 2nd beginning at 8pm until 8am the following day.

Letter to Students, Staff, Employers and Community Partners

To help maintain the health and well-being of the McMaster community during COVID-19, in-person services are no longer available. However, services will be provided online (email, audio/video chat) wherever possible. This means that you still have access to our services, including workshops, one-on-one appointments, career counselling and more.

We continue to be committed to supporting your personal, professional and academic goals. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we work together at this time.

  • For one-on-one or drop-in appointments: Online sessions (Zoom, Skype), email and phone communications are available. These options are indicated on OSCARplus.
  • For workshops: We are exploring alternate formats for our workshops. Please continue to check OSCARplus for details on workshop delivery and potential time changes.
  • For events: All discretionary events are cancelled.

We’re here to support you and answer all your questions. Here’s how you can connect with us:

Read answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the Registrar’s COVID-19 page.

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, visit McMaster’s COVID-19 website.

Stay healthy and take care of yourself.

— Your friends at the Student Success Centre

Welcome

Thanks for stopping by! Your academic, personal and professional success is important to us and likely important to you too; otherwise you wouldn’t have landed on our site. From the time you accept your offer of admission up to ten years after graduation, the SSC will provide the services, programs and resources that are needed to help you achieve your immediate and future goals. So take the time to browse our site, or drop by and visit us in Gilmour Hall 110. We’re here to help you achieve success.

Discover What’s New


Supporting students and their academic success in first year

“Jenna Storey, academic skills coordinator with McMaster’s Student Success Centre (SSC) and former Grade 12 teacher, recognizes that students entering university this fall will likely do so with larger learning gaps.” Check out the article to learn about supportive programs like Archway and the academic skills programs offered by the SSC.


SSC wins silver: CCAE Prix d’Excellence Awards

We’re thrilled to announce that “Encouraging Students to Think Global,” which included 2019 global initiatives such as International Education Week and #GlobalFridays, won a silver medallion for Best Use of Social Media at this year’s Prix d’Excellence Awards. Thank you to the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) and everyone who contributed to the award-winning initiatives!


May is New Grad Month

For new grads, exploring your options and developing your job search skills is essential. To support you, we’ve organized a month of online workshops, webinars and more. We understand that you might be feeling uncertain about what’s next, but we can help you overcome any barriers you may experience to meet your career goals.

The workshops are actually helpful.

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Did you know?

If you’re unable to work because of COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive financial support for up to 16 weeks through the Canada Emergency Student Benefit.

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The Canada Student Service Grant gives you the chance to earn money toward your education while gaining valuable experience and developing professional skills.

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You have access to affordable tutoring through the Undergrad Peer Tutoring Network. Our upper-year peer mentors are trained and ready to help.

From the Blogs

Well, if you are going to procrastinate, we recommend you do it here. We’ve got two blogs. Stories From The Arch shares stories of McMaster students on-campus and in the Hamilton community, told through the perspective of a new student blogger each year. Stories From Abroad captures student experiences from across the globe.

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Image of Manveetha holding a green water bottle in her left hand and placing a letter into a box with the text "MSU Horizons". There is also a watermark on the bottom right with the text "Horizons".

Dear First-Year Me

I was recently looking at pictures from when I attended the Horizons Leadership Conference in 2014 and was reminiscing about my first year in university. I remember writing a letter to myself before I had started my undergrad during the conference in which I gave myself some advice for the next couple of years.

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Photo of Rachelle Scheepers in Denmark. There are beautiful buildings in the background.

Embarking on Exchange!

As it gets closer and closer to your date of departure, you get more and more of this excited yet nervous feeling in your stomach. It almost does not feel real, like you cannot actually believe you are leaving Canada for 6 months and living in an entirely different continent, let alone country.

International Student Services

ISS provides support for international students and internationally-minded Canadian students at McMaster University to promote an internationally informed and cross-culturally sensitive community with a shared purpose: the student experience. Services include: UHIP insurance, help with immigration matters, MacAbroad, transition and academic success.

Employer & Community Partners

With an international reputation for innovative educational programming, McMaster prepares students with the technical, creative and interpersonal skills required to excel and achieve success. Connect with McMaster to meet your organizational needs.

Alumni Career Services

The Student Success Centre and McMaster Alumni Association/Office of Alumni Advancement are pleased to offer continuing opportunities for McMaster alumni to stay connected with the university. Whether you are a recent graduate in career transition or an established professional looking to share your knowledge and experience, discover the opportunities to help you achieve your goals.

Mac’s Money Centre

Invested in your financial wellness, Mac’s Money Centre has been developed for you, the students, to enhance your money management skills. Explore the resources and services available to provide you with the knowledge and abilities to make informed financial decisions.