Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative

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Welcome to the Neighborhoods. We're here to support you.

Everything at your fingertips, right in your own neighborhood

College is a time to grow, discover yourself and the world around you, and develop long-lasting relationships. Your Neighborhood Engagement Center is a unique space serving as your hub for tutors, advisors, health practitioners, and other consultants that can help you navigate through your college career.

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North Engagement Center

The North Neighborhood is comprised of Mason/Abbot, and Snyder/Phillips Halls, just north of the Red Cedar River and Campbell, Gilchrist, Landon, Mayo, Williams and Yakeley Halls, situated along Michigan and Grand River Avenues. The North Neighborhood Engagement Center is located in the MSU Union.

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South Engagement Center

The South Neighborhood is located southwest of Spartan Stadium, between West Shaw Lane and Trowbridge Road. The South Neighborhood is comprised of four residence halls: Case, Wonders, Holden and Wilson Halls. The South Neighborhood Engagement Center is located in Holden Hall.

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East Engagement Center

The East Neighborhood is located on the northeast side of campus near the intersection of Hagadorn and Shaw Roads. The East Neighborhood is comprised of three residence halls: Akers, Holmes and Hubbard Halls. The East Neighborhood Engagement Center is located in Hubbard Hall.

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Brody Engagement Center

The Brody Neighborhood is located on the west side of campus, just north of the Red Cedar River. Brody is comprised of six residence halls that surround Brody Hall, where many of the neighborhood's common services are located, including the Brody Neighborhood Engagement Center. The residence halls located within the Brody complex include: Armstrong, Bailey, Bryan, Butterfield, Emmons and Rather halls.

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River Trail

River Trail Engagement Center

The River Trail Neighborhood is located along the south bank of the Red Cedar River on Shaw Lane. The River Trail Neighborhood is comprised of four residence halls: McDonel Hall, Shaw Hall, Owen Graduate Hall and Van Hoosen Apartments. The River Trail Neighborhood Engagement Center is located in McDonel Hall.

Resources for your every need

Located in every neighborhood, engagement centers provide the academic, intercultural, and health and wellness services needed for a successful journey at MSU. The best part? Free for all students.

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Academic support resources and advising to support developing effective academic skills.

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Career & Purpose

Support for finding one’s place at MSU relative to future major and/or career goals.

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Engagement with diverse populations and ideas to gain a sense of one's own identity and values.

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Health & Wellness

Assistance with managing self in terms of health and finances, identifying and reducing stress, as well as engaging in pro-health behaviors.

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Community Living

Development of social and peer connections at MSU; contributing to life in a respectful community; developing the ability to discuss, negotiate, and resolve conflict while negotiating multiple communities.

News + Events

Your source for the latest student news and events across campus.

Lunch 'N Learns in Honor of Veterans

All Lunch 'N Learns will take place in Room 6 of the Student Services Building (556 E. Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824) From 12 noon to 1:00 pm the week of November 5th.


Dow STEM Scholars March in the 2018 Homecoming Parade

Marathon of Majors Success

It was a dark and stormy night, but that didn’t stop undergraduate students from coming out and exploring the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative’s (NSSC) bi-annual Marathon of Majors event.



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Erica Fiasky named 2018 To 50 Latinas of Michigan

The purpose of the “2018 Top Latinas in Michigan” award is to recognize an individual woman who has distinguished herself in their organization, her profession, and her community.  The recipient of the Top Latinas in Michigan for 2018 award epitomizes the values for which HLCOM stands and represents the best of who we are as Latinas and as leaders.  Erica Fiasky was named as one of the top 50 Latinas in Michigan. Fiasky is an Advising Director for the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC) at Michigan State University. Congratulations Erica Fiasky!!

Outstanding New Advisor Award!

Each year, Michigan State University recognizes an outstanding advisor who has been in the field of advising for three years or less. This year’s outstanding new advisor award is being presented to Justin St. Charles, a Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC) advisor in the South Neighborhood.



Detroit M.A.D.E. Day of Service!

The Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative’s (NSSC) Detroit M.A.D.E. scholars’ program is a cohort of students that participate in specialized learning experiences that position students for success during and beyond their time at Michigan State University (MSU). The program promotes personal and academic advising and cohort activities. One of those activities is to participate in service learning projects. In mid-September, the Detroit M.A.D.E. students traveled to Detroit to give back to their community.

As part of their first year in the program, sixty-seven undergraduate students and several MSU staff members traveled to Detroit and divided into three groups to work in gardens across the Detroit area. The students visited the Keep Growing Detroit in Eastern Market, Garden of Eden and the Georgia Street Community collective farm where they weeded gardens, planted flowers and cleaned up trash. The beautification efforts were a way for these students to give back to their community.

After working hard for 8 hours, the students traveled to the Detroit Center to debrief about the importance of urban farming, realities of food deserts and the impact that the Detroit farms are having on the community. The Detroit M.A.D.E. scholars program intends to provide ongoing engagement with students through service and outreach to Detroit. Click here to find out more about this program.

Know More Campaign

This fall the Office for Civil Rights & Title IX will launch the Know More campaign to raise awareness on:

  • how to help prevent relationship violence, stalking and sexual misconduct (“RVSM”);
  • how to help support those who are affected by RVSM; and
  • where students, faculty and staff can go for resources, support services and to report RVSM.

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Sister Circle

The Sister Circle organization recently held an event featuring Michigan State University’s artist in residence, Karen Hampton, to make homemade journals. Sister Circle is a group of primarily black women that meet on a monthly basis to provide a supportive space for women. The group is led by Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC) staff Joy Hannibal, Detroit M.A.D.E. coordinator, Alexis Grantham, Academic Advisor and Debra Thornton, Advising Director. Karen Hampton is an artist of color who has made a lifelong commitment to creating artwork that responds to the lives of her ancestors. Karen Hampton and the members of Sister Circle teamed up to enjoy a meal, conversation and journal making. Talia Magoon, senior Neuroscience major at MSU, attended the event and stated "it was a really good experience, not only making the journals but the discussions we had. Talking with Karen Hampton was nice because I learned a lot about Brazilian culture as well as the hardships that continue in Flint." If you are interested in joining Sister Circle, email Joy Hannibal at

Sexual Assault Awareness Poster


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Student Author Empowers Others to Pursue Collegiate Success

Stepping foot onto any college campus for the first time can be overwhelming for new students. These first steps represent more than putting shoe to ground. They represent the first moments of putting one’s best foot forward towards the next four years of collegiate success.  READ MORE.

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Welcome to the College Neighborhood

Not everyone can be Big Man on Campus. But Michigan State’s pioneering ‘Neighborhoods’ program aims to make every student feel like he or she belongs.  READ MORE.

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Best Colleges for Your Money - MSU Cracks Top 30

When it comes to using your college degree to get a job, and achieve success, Michigan State University is one of the top 30 universities in the nation, according to a new ranking by Money magazine.  READ MORE.

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Spartan Success Stories

Spartan undergraduates are connected and challenged in ways that translate into active learning, critical thinking, and, ultimately, higher graduation rates and career success -- strategic factors in MSU's Student Success Initiative. 


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How MSU is Helping Students Graduate on Time and Save Money

MSU will start encouraging students to carry full credit loads to graduate more quickly, cut their costs, and even earn better grades.

Michigan State's new "Go Green. Go 15." campaign urges students to take an average of 15 credits per semester or complete 30 credits in their first year of study by taking summer classes.  READ MORE.


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