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Center for Student Success

Established in 1991 through a grant from the Teagle Foundation, we’ve continued to expand our staff and services in order to meet your needs. You won’t be charged any additional fees for the services we provide. Visit us on the main floor of the Thorne Library and Learning Resource Center.

CSS Mission Statement

The Center for Student Success (CSS) exists to equip students for independent, effective, and life-long learning through programs and services tailored to assist them in achieving their personal and educational goals.

Our Services


Our tutors are student employees who have been trained to help you master course content and fine-tune your studying skills. 

Traditional students can access tutoring here.


The SI Leaders are student employees who lead weekly group study sessions outside of class on topics covered in class during the week. Supplemental Instruction Leaders have successfully completed the class for which they lead SI, take notes, and model exemplary student practices. The Center for Student Success offers SI for many courses in the General Education Core.

You can find a complete list of courses that offer SI and their meeting times here


Our Academic Peer Mentors (APM) are upper-level student employees trained to help new MVNU students transition into college life. If you work with an APM, they’ll meet with you weekly to provide academic assistance and accountability. They can also help with time management, organization, study strategies, and other forms of personal or academic accountability and support. 

Interested in meeting with an APM? Send us an email: or sign up here.


The MVNU Writing Lab exists to create a safe and friendly space for you to share your work and receive thorough and considerate feedback from attentive peer tutors. Our job is to empower you to become a more confident, self-sufficient, and effective critical thinker and communicator.


Goals and Commitments:

- to assist you on any writing assignment at any stage of the writing process

- to provide face-to-face, one-on-one support 

- to ask questions and listen so we can help you explore, clarify, and articulate your ideas.

- to support and guide you as you develop your writing process and style.

- to offer writing workshops that address your needs and focus on challenging concepts in writing.


To book an appointment for a Writing Coach click here


Are you a first-time freshman looking for a course that will equip you to meet the academic demands of higher education? If so, you can take a College Success Strategies course and it will count as an elective credit toward graduation.

Also, these courses are required for you if you’ve been conditionally admitted to the university and are likely to benefit from additional support and preparation for college-level academic work.

College Success Strategies 1 (CSS 1002): This introductory course provides an orientation to college and assists you in the transition to the college environment. It provides an overview of college policies and procedures, services offered at the university-- including the learning resources center, counseling, and academic advising- and encourages building community with other students and staff. Specific emphasis is placed on techniques, habits, and skills essential for college success. Effective listening, active reading, test-taking skills, and study habits are discussed. Information related to career and academic planning, as well as other college resources, is provided.

College Success Strategies 1 (CSS 1012): This course is a continuation of the material discussed in CSS 1001 and gives you the opportunity to build and enhance skills related to college success. Topics include goal setting, communication, collaborative and cooperative practice, leadership, conflict resolution, time management and planning, public speaking, community and technological resources, academic skill development in reading, writing and research, critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. Prerequisite: CSS 1002

Get in Touch

If you have any questions, concerns or if you'd like to request a job application to work in the Center for Student Success, please come to our front office, located on the main floor of the Thorne Library. You may also email

Disclaimer: While every attempt is made to provide personal, individualized attention and support to students, there is not a guarantee that tutors/sessions will be available in every subject area and/or timeframe that you desire.

Get in Touch


Assistant Vice President of Student Success & Retention

740-397-9000, Ext. 4281



Director of Student Success

Nease Institute Director

740-397-9000, Ext. 4612



Associate Director of Accessibilities Services

740-397-9000, Ext. 4280



Academic Enrichment Coordinator

Director of the Writing Lab

740-397-9000, Ext. 4282



Student Success Coach & Testing Specialist

740-397-9000, Ext. 4287

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