Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative

River Trail Engagement Center

  • McDonel Hall, 1st Floor, C101
  • 17 E Shaw Lane 
  • East Lansing, MI 48823
  • (517) 884-4080
Mon - Thurs 8AM - 8PM Fri 8AM - 5PM

Resources at River Trail

Academic Orientation and Transitions

Learn about MSU’s Learning Goals, enroll in courses, become familiar with resources, get a taste of campus life & see what it means to be a Spartan.

Unit: Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education

Academic Orientation and Transitions

Learn about MSU’s Learning Goals, enroll in courses, become familiar with resources, get a taste of campus life & see what it means to be a Spartan.

Unit: Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education

Business Advising

Walk-in advising in the Neighborhoods for business majors with quick questions. Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Unit: Business

Major: Changing a Major

Students can submit an online major change form and/or see an advisor in the NSSC or in their college.

Unit: Neighborhoods

MSU Libraries Peer Research Assistants

PRAs help find information for research papers, search for articles or books, and connect you to the library services that will help you most.

Unit: MSU Libraries

Major: No Preference

Students who are below 56 credits and who have not declared a major. Students are assigned to an advisor in the NSSC.

Unit: Office of the Registrar

Math Learning Center

Get free help for 1825, 100 & 200 level math classes, and even some upper-level courses. Courses not supported by MLC: MTH 101, 102, 201 & 202.

Unit: Department of Mathematics

Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC)

NSSC advisors are the primary academic advisors for students who have not declared a major preference.

Office of the University Ombudsperson

The Office of the University Ombudsperson is a resource for students to support success initiatives for grade disputes, academic misconduct, as well as any other complaints/concerns a student may have with the university.

Unit: Office of the University Ombudsperson

Social Science Help Rooms

Offers a variety of support options for students, including drop-in tutoring & review sessions for partner courses in CJ, EC, HST, IAH, ISS, & SOC.

Unit: College of Social Science

Writing Center

Services for all students—from freshmen to ESL students to graduate students—in all stages of the writing process and for any type of assignment.

Unit: Writing Center

Career Services Network

Career Services serves students from freshman year through graduation and beyond in selecting the right major, exploring career options, looking for a part-time job or internship, or preparing for an interview.

Unit: Career Services Network

Career Advising

Career advising can help at every stage of planning for life after MSU. Schedule a career advising appointment for one-on-one advising.

Unit: Career Services Network

Major: Changing a Major

Students can submit an online major change form and/or see an advisor in the NSSC or in their college.

Unit: Neighborhoods

EXCEL Network

A holistic approach to experiential learning, career education, student advising, & alumni networking to chart successful paths to meaningful careers

Unit: College of Arts & Letters

First Year Mentor Program

Supports First Year Students in their transition to James Madison/MSU and encourages successful academic and personal development.

Unit: James Madison College

Forests Forevery Scholars Program

The Forests Forever Scholars, FFS, Program provides opportunities for leadership development and further learning outside the classroom.

Unit: Department of Forestry

LeaderShape Institute

An intensive, energizing, and unique 6-day educational experience designed to develop college students to lead with integrity.

Unit: Department of Student Life

Major: No Preference

Students who are below 56 credits and who have not declared a major. Students are assigned to an advisor in the NSSC.

Unit: Office of the Registrar

Major: Picking a Major

Learn about majors by: attending Marathon of Majors, seeing an advisor, or taking an exploratory course, freshman seminar, or career assessment.

Unit: Career Services Network

Peer Career Advising

Meet with a peer for help with resumes, figuring out Handshake and learning about ways to find a part time job or internship

Unit: Career Services Network

Residential Business Community (RBC)

The RBC experience prepares students to be business leaders and encourages their own professional development throughout their college experience.

Unit: The Eli Broad College of Business

Running Start

Running Start is MSU’s multi-disciplinary program that helps equip students for life as a working musician in the 21st century.

Unit: Collge of Music

International Students & Scholars (OISS)

The mission of the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) is to provide support to MSU’s international students, scholars and families.

Unit: Office for International Students and Scholars

Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience (MRULE)

Discussions and events designed to bring students from all backgrounds together to promote multiracial unity and diversity.

Unit: MOSAIC: The Multicultural Unity Center

Multicultural Business Success Academy

MBSA extends the Summer Business Institute experience into the freshman year by providing additional resources and support.

Unit: The Eli Broad College of Business

Summer Business Institute

An intensive, week-long residential learning experience for mutlicultural students that includes seminars, training workshops & team activities.

Unit: The Eli Broad College of Business

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS)

Provides career counseling, personal advising, & academic support to first-generation college students, students who come from low-income backgrounds, & disabled students.

Unit: Office of Supportive Services

Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS)

Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS) serves as the central access point for students seeking mental health services on campus. Our new location is on the 3rd floor of the Olin Health Services Building.

Unit: Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS)

Olin Health Clinics

Conveniently located in Hubbard, Brody, Holden and McDonel Halls, these clinics are open to any student for treatment of illness or minor injuries.

Unit: Olin Student Health Services

Group Exercise

Trained Instructors show you how to have fun & get stronger by using cardio, strength training, dance, & stretch movement exercises to great music.

Unit: Recreational Sports and Fitness Services

Neighborhood Group Fitness Classes

From yoga, to zumba and cardio kickboxing, group exercise classes are offered for free throughout the week in every neighborhood.

Unit: Recreational Sports and Fitness Services

Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD)

The RCPD is committed to lead Michigan State University in maximizing ability and opportunity for full participation by persons with disabilities.

Unit: Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities

Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS)

Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS) serves as the central access point for students seeking mental health services on campus. Our new location is on the 3rd floor of the Olin Health Services Building.

Unit: Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS)

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

CAMP offers individuals with migrant or seasonal farm work backgrounds a unique opportunity to begin an undergraduate program in MSU.

Unit: Migrant Student Services

Engineering and Science Success Academy (ESSA)

A 7-week, residential, academic intensive program designed to acclimate incoming freshmen with both the academic & environmental aspects to college.

Unit: College of Engineering

FAME: Foster Academics, Mentoring Excellence

A resource center for foster youth alumni, as well as for youth who were in kinship care, have experienced homelessness, or are otherwise independent.

Unit: School of Social Work

First Year Mentor Program

Supports First Year Students in their transition to James Madison/MSU and encourages successful academic and personal development.

Unit: James Madison College

Forests Forevery Scholars Program

The Forests Forever Scholars, FFS, Program provides opportunities for leadership development and further learning outside the classroom.

Unit: Department of Forestry

Greek Life

With over 60 organizations, Greek Life promotes self-governance, leadership development, academic achievement, community service and friendship.

Unit: Department of Student Life

Honors College First Generation

The First Generation Honors Association assists first-generation HC members in their transition to college and fosters their continued success.

Unit: Honors College

INQUIRE Program

The program offers the opportunity for you to take your science courses with a cohort in an encouraging and supportive environment.

Unit: Lyman Briggs College

International Students & Scholars (OISS)

The mission of the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) is to provide support to MSU’s international students, scholars and families.

Unit: Office for International Students and Scholars

LateNights at the LBGT Resource Center

The Center is open 5-7pm Mon-Wed to assure that students have a place to connect with other LBGTQ+ students to study, play, or connect with staff.

Unit: Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Resource Center

LeaderShape Institute

An intensive, energizing, and unique 6-day educational experience designed to develop college students to lead with integrity.

Unit: Department of Student Life

Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Resource Center

Leads university-wide initiatives that prepare students to thrive in our diverse world, & enhances the campus climate & support services for students.

Unit: Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Resource Center

LBGTQ+ Student Support Specialist

The Center has trained staff members to help navigate coming out, breaking-up, or anything that impacts student physical, mental, & academic wellness.

Unit: Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Resource Center

Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience (MRULE)

Discussions and events designed to bring students from all backgrounds together to promote multiracial unity and diversity.

Unit: MOSAIC: The Multicultural Unity Center

Meet Your Neighbors

Knock on our door. Give us a high-five.

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  • Mr. Scott T. Fitzpatrick
  • Advising Director, River Trail
  • McDonel Hall, 817 E. Shaw Ln., Room C101J
  • (517) 884-4080
  • fitzpa33@msu.edu
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  • Jeane Kring
  • Neighborhood Advisor, River Trail
  • McDonel Hall, 817 E. Shaw Ln., Room C101K
  • (517) 884-4080
  • stebleto@msu.edu
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  • Jasmine A. Lee, MSW, PhD
  • Neighborhood Director, East
  • Hubbard Hall, 964 Hubbard Rd, Room 183
  • (517) 884-4080
  • leejasm@msu.edu
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  • Lisa A. Robitaille
  • Engagement Center Assistant, River Trail
  • McDonel Hall, 17 E. Shaw Lane, Room C101N
  • (517) 884-4080
  • robita11@msu.edu

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