Spartan Success Scholars


About Spartan Success Scholars (SSS)

Spartan Success Scholars is a program that propels first and second year students at Michigan State University towards academic success and graduation.Designed with first-generation students in mind, this program supports students in their transition from high school to college and beyond. Each scholar in the program has a peer and professional coach who is dedicated to building academic skills, navigating the university experience and supporting personal growth. Scholars also participate in learning experiences designed to reduce the cost and time it takes to earn a degree from MSU.


Join us in supporting you as a first-generation scholar at MSU!

  • Learn how college works and how to make it work for you
  • Make MSU feel smaller by joining our community
  • Connect with a team who have shared your experiences
  • Get coached to build your strengths and find your purpose in college
  • Get support for any academic, personal, and administrative needs
  • Experience unique opportunities to give back and contribute to the community
  • Be an admitted in state or out of state student to Michigan State University
  • Identify as a first-generation college student
  • Have an interest in being a part of a small community focused on college success
  • Commit to participation in the program for the first two years at MSU
  • Meet with a peer coach
  • Meet with an academic advisor twice a semester
  • Attend regular tutoring sessions provided exclusively to scholars
  • Enroll in a Spartan Success Scholar first year seminar course
  • Small supportive community of professionals and peers
  • Dedicated peer coach to support your personal goals
  • Professional academic advisor to establish and support attaining academic goals
  • Academic support for common first year courses
  • Leadership development, professional development and community service outreach across the state of Michigan and various parts of the country