Student Success

Who We Are

SCI’s Student Success staff help students identify and build new skills, develop their strengths, overcome challenges, and take advantage of opportunities to make their Pitt experience exceptional.  The idea is to help you explore, discover and succeed!

To do that, we partner directly with students across SCI (from first-year students to doctoral students) to address individual needs and unique goals and aid students in building their support network and skills to become resilient self-advocates, utilizing a student-centered approach with an emphasis on academic achievement and student development. Specifically, we provide students with academic guidance, support and developmental instruction.

We also provide resources to faculty, staff, and parents who share their concerns for student success. We extend our partnership beyond SCI through key offices across the University to provide a support network for student academic and psycho-social wellness.

No matter where you are in your academic, professional or personal journey, Student Success empowers you to take your university experience to the next level. Student Success at SCI supports students to perform well academically; develop holistically; and successfully advance to careers, service and/or continuing education.

And the best part? You know you will never have to do it alone.


Peer Assistants

Student ambassadors are available to answer questions about SCI and its programs, student activities and programming, and make referrals to school and University resources.

SCI Peer Assistants can: 

  1. Help make referrals to the appropriate options to engage in or with school and University-wide offices and resources
  2. Help you identify academic resources to best address your needs (e.g. SCI Tutoring, Math Assistance Center, Writing Center, Study Lab, Academic Advisor, Faculty Mentors, and more)  
  3. Assist you with navigating PeopleSoft, Navigate Student or other University of Pittsburgh systems, apps or tools
  4. Provide opportunities for students to engage with their SCI community.
  5. Facilitate and assist with student workshops and activities.

SCI Peer Assistants cannot:  

  1. Lift your advising hold/replace your advising appointment
  2. Tutor you on any course content  
  3. Provide recommendations or advice on classes
  4. Schedule your classes for you  
  5. Facilitate or interpret learning assessments

Student Success Peer Assistants are available during the following office hours:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays, and Fridays 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

*Office hours will not be held during University holidays and closures.
If we are with another student, you may briefly be placed in a virtual waiting room.

General Resources

COVID-19 Information and Resources

Student Success Objectives

  • To welcome and orient undergraduate and graduate students to the requirements and expectations of university life.
  • To support students during their transition to the learning and teaching environment.
  • To provide ongoing academic and social support for students on their academic journey from enrollment to graduation, leading student interventions, such as poor performance and academic probation.
  • To coordinate leadership opportunities to students in a variety of peer tutoring, peer mentoring, and teaching assistant roles.
  • To provide opportunities for students to engage as contributing members of their University community and to learn the academic and social skills necessary to succeed while at the University and in a diverse global society.