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About Student Success Programs

Mission & Goals

The mission of the Student Success Program is to increase retention and graduation of students who are first generation, low-income, or students who have a documented disability. We work to foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of a diverse group of students who have an academic need by providing educational opportunities, giving attention to individual needs, and emphasizing academic excellence.


  • Recruit and enroll 340 students each project year (200 TRIO Classic/120 TRIO STEM/20 new First Scholars).
  • Build a supportive, welcoming environment with a sense of community and cohesion among SSP staff and participants.
  • Develop strong participant connections to The University of Memphis by assisting students to become involved and engaged in University organizations, activities, and mentor relationships.
  • Provide an intrusive, structured program to set participants up for success and prevent early participant discouragement and failure.
  • Present a variety of workshops and cultural activities that will address the academic, personal, career, financial, technological, and social development of SSP participants.
  • Provide financial-based incentives to help participants work less hours, live on campus, and stay enrolled and successful in school.
  • Forge key relationships and develop partnerships to support SSP mission.

How Can SSP Help?

The primary goal of the SSP program is to increase the retention, persistence, performance, and baccalaureate graduation rates for eligible students.  Our services are designed to:

  • Assist students with academic, financial, and personal skills for success in college and in everyday life.
  • Provide assistance with the application process for financial aid and scholarships.
  • Expose students to the process of career exploration as well as the different careers and their requirements.
  • Assist students in securing admissions and financial aid for enrollment in graduate and professional programs.
  • Offer cultural and business experiences and campus involvement that encourage a broader worldview and expand familiarity with the academic community.
  • Provide students with the tools needed to make their educational goals become a reality!


Student Success Programs
405 Mitchell Hall
Phone - (901) 678-2351
Fax - (901) 678-0382

Email TRIO Classic
Email First Scholars

Our goal is to provide SSP students with the support and skills needed to remain and be successful in college and complete a baccalaureate degree.

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