About Us


  • We are located on the first floor of Ellsworth Hall in room 1245.
  • (269) 387-4440

Mission Statement

The Mission of WMU's TRIO Student Success Program (SSP) is to provide a diverse, caring, supportive student-centered learning community where students can discover and utilize their unique individual potentials to flourish academically, personally, and socially as they complete their WMU bachelor's degree.

What is the TRIO Student Success Program?

TRIO SSP is a federally funded success program that helps first-generation, income-eligible college students and college students with disabilities in their transition to college and until graduation. TRIO SSP participants learn to have fun while achieving their personal and educational goals.

TRIO SSP is designed to assist eligible students by offering a variety of services tailored to meet their individual needs. We provide services to help students improve class performance and find the necessary resources (academic, financial, career, etc.) on campus and in the community so that they graduate and achieve their life goals.

For over 20 years TRIO SSP has helped hundreds of WMU students obtain their baccalaureate degrees.

All services are FREE to program participants.

How Do We Accomplish This?

Our strategy is a well-trained, knowledgeable, and sensitive staff who creates a climate of support for TRIO SSP students. Our professional staff is always available to help you. We believe that students help students, so we hire and train students to work as tutors and peer mentors. These students have learned how to be successful in college and spend their time helping others learn the ropes.

Participant Eligibility for Program Services

To participate in TRIO SSP, students must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at Western Michigan University. First-generation, income-eligible college students and college students with disabilities are eligible to participate in TRIO SSP projects.

Participant Eligibility for Grant Aid

To receive SSP grant aid, participants of TRIO SSP must be receiving Federal Pell Grants.


Priority Registration

  • Register on the first day of registration (before most of the other 19,000 WMU undergraduates)
  • Get the classes you need when you need them


  • Balance academic, social, personal, and financial needs
  • Graduate school exploration and preparation
  • Caring, knowledgeable staff

Career Exploration

  • UNIV 1030 class in Spring semester
  • Work with our Career Counselor
  • Take the Career Guidance Inventory for FREE

Financial Support

  • FYE 2100 First-Year Seminar Scholarship - 2 Free Credits.
  • Apply for a TRIO SSP Scholarship
  • Win a TRIO SSP Spirit Award
  • Receive help applying for national, regional, state and WMU scholarships

Technological Support

  • Use TRIO SSP mini-computer labs equipped with scanners and color and laser printers

Leadership Development Opportunities

  • Attend national, regional and state conferences
  • Mentor or tutor other students
  • Plan co-curricular activities

Paid Employment

  • Work as an Academic Mentor
  • Work as a Program Mentor
  • Work in the TRIO SSP office

Academic Tutoring

  • Learn strategies to help master course content
  • Receive content tutoring for challenging classes

Peer Mentoring

  • Develop new relationships and friends
  • Explore career options
  • Train for leadership programs


  • Two FREE WMU credits in the fall semester!  As a first-year TRiO SSP student you will enroll in our two-credit FYE 2100 class and will receive a tuition grant from the WMU Provost to cover the cost of this course. FYE 2100 counts toward graduation and will include college-level academic skills and preparation.
  • Attend Fall Welcome for FREE!  Get a jump start on your college experience with Fall Welcome.  Arrive on campus early, get acquainted with campus and your classmates, buy your books, and learn about the WMU experience from faculty, staff, and students.
  • Priority Registration! Each semester you will have the ability to register for classes on the first day of registration (before most of the other 19,000 WMU undergraduates). Get the classes you need when you need them.
  • Scholarships! All SSP participants are eligible for yearly Spirit Scholarships.  In addition, if you receive a Pell Grant, you are also eligible for a SSP scholarship every year.
  • Caring, Knowledgeable Staff! SSP’s well trained, knowledgeable and compassionate professional and student staff are always here to help you solve problems and celebrate successes.
  • Lots More! Leadership development opportunities, volunteer experiences, use of our computer lab, scholarship opportunities, cultural enrichment activities, employment opportunities, graduate school preparation, career exploration. . . .

Graduates' photos used by permission of the Kalamazoo Gazette

SSP Calendar

Jul 10 - Late add fee begins
Jul 12 - 50% refund for complete withdrawal
Jul 24 - 25% refund for complete withdrawal and last day to withdraw
Aug 1 - final day to apply for Dec graduation
Aug 18 - Summer II ends
Sept 5 - Fall classes begin


TRIO Student Success Program
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5303 USA
269.387.4440 | 269.387.4418 Fax