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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 look forward to helping you achieve success.

Discover What’s New

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We’re at the airport!

For the month of August, our Airport Welcome Team will be at Pearson International Airport (terminals 1 and 3) to welcome incoming international students studying in Hamilton. Follow our International Students Facebook Group to learn more about what we’re up to.

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Get ready for university during Welcome Week

SSC Academics will be hosting a number of sessions to help you thrive and succeed in University. Last year’s most-attended sessions were: Note-taking in University, What I Wish I Knew in First-Year, and Time Management and Procrastination.

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Fall Career Fair

This year, Fall Career Fair will take place on Thursday, September 19. Meet face-to-face with employers, develop connections, receive feedback, and uncover professional opportunities. We also recommend checking OSCARplus for sessions to help you prepare.

Thanks again for all you are doing to help our students! I have heard many positive comments about your workshops and some of our students are already applying some of what they have learned. That's the mark of success!

McMaster University Faculty Member

Did you know?

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We provide academic programming for incoming students before they arrive to McMaster in the Fall.

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Risk taking, curiosity, optimism, flexibility, and persistence are attitudes that can help create opportunities for yourself. Learn more through The Planned Happenstance Project.

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We offer career services for up to ten years after you graduate! Learn more by visiting the website.

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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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.