Spartan Success Scholars


About Spartan Success Scholars (SSS)

The Spartan Success Scholars Program is for first generation college students, those students whose parents have not completed undergraduate studies at a four-year university. The program propels first and second year students at Michigan State University towards academic success and graduation. Designed with first-gen students in mind, this program supports students in their transition from high school to college and beyond. Each scholar in the program is assigned a peer and professional coach to work with over two years, who are both dedicated to building academic skills, helping scholars navigate 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
  • Receive coaching on how to build your strengths and find your purpose at MSU
  • Get support for academic, personal, and professional 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 an SSS Peer Coach biweekly
  • Meet with an SSS Professional Coach two times a semester
  • Attend regular tutoring sessions provided exclusively to Spartan Success Scholars
  • Enroll in a Spartan Success Scholar first year seminar course
  • Small supportive community of professionals and peers
  • Dedicated SSS Peer Coach to support your personal goals
  • Dedicated SSS Professional Coach/academic advisor to establish and support academic goals
  • Academic support for common first and second year courses
  • Leadership development, professional development and community service outreach across the state of Michigan and various parts of the country