Student Success Centre
The Student Success Centre provides support for students from the moment they accept their offer of admission, up until ten years after graduation. Here are some of the ways the Centre can support you:
We can support you in your transition from high school to university, offering diverse programs, services and events that will make your transition to university easier. We also provide many online resources and in-person support services to support your financial wellness and career exploration (which includes volunteering!)
We also offer the Career Access Program for Students (CAPS), which provides a customized approach to skill building and career development for students and alumni who identify as persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities, First Generation students and 2SLGBTQ+ identified persons. The program instills optimism and confidence to guide you in your career journey by offering multiple ways to access its services, through a flexible time commitment that meets individualized needs.
Academic Skills Development Support
Supporting you in developing your academic skills is important to the Student Success Centre. You can access programs and services related to academic skills development as well as writing, study and exam preparation, academic coaching and peer tutoring.
Whether it’s a fully drafted assignment, essay outline, or even scrap pieces of notes that don’t fully make sense just yet, we offer writing assistance that can help you achieve your writing goals. Meet with one of our trained upper-year or graduate Writing and Academic Skills Tutors to speak about a writing assignment or your academic writing questions.
Professional Development Programs and Services
The “what’s next?” question can be overwhelming for students at any stage of their undergraduate journey, which is why the Student Success Centre provides career development programming, services and events. Unique to this office is career counselling, where you can meet one-on-one with a certified career counsellor.
Global Experience Programs
Have you ever thought about studying or working abroad? Going abroad can offer you the opportunity to gain tangible skills in your program of study, challenge your personal limits, foster your global perspective, and give you an edge in your career field – all without missing out on your time at McMaster.
We also provide support in figuring out how to make a global experience happen, which includes immigration consulting to financial planning.
Many travel awards for studying or going abroad for a global work experience are available to support your plan. Meeting with our education abroad or global experience coordinator will help you find out how to make a global experience a reality during your time at Mac.
International Student Services (ISS)
The Student Success Centre has an international students division that focuses on the academic, personal and professional success of international students. From getting ready for university to making friends and accessing services including health care, international students can use these services to get ready for university life.
If you are an international student, student success coaching is also available; this is a personalized service that will support and help you with challenges such as accessing and understanding supports on-campus, academic questions, financial concerns, and feeling connected on-campus.
Immigration consulting is also available through ISS. Common topics addressed in these appointments include:
- permit/visa applications and renewals
- applying for residency
- bringing family to Canada, and,
- mobility outside of Canada.
Consulting is also available for those interested in working in or outside of Canada, during and after their time as a student.
Student Wellness Centre
Wellness in mind, body and spirit is essential as you learn, grow and change during your time here at McMaster. The new Student Wellness Centre provides services that will enhance your personal and academic success. Staffed by highly qualified service providers (family physicians, personal counselors, registered nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, wellness educators) with a special interest in university students, we provide student-centered, accessible, confidential, and caring services for you.
- personal and psychological counseling
- medical care for illness and injury
- wellness education and health promotion
- academic success counseling
- student leadership opportunities in wellness outreach
- group counseling and workshops
- sports medicine, psychiatry, naturopathic medicine, referrals AND MORE!
The Student Wellness Centre clinical and educational teams are here to support you in reaching your full potential.
Student Accessibility Services (SAS)
Committed to the continual improvement of learning accessibility for students with disabilities including learning disabilities, acquired brain injury, mental health disorders, ADHD, chronic illness, and sensory or mobility disabilities. Students are encouraged to contact our office prior to the start of classes to become familiar with our services which include:
- Academic Accommodations for Courses
- Guidance from a Program Coordinator
- Study and writing skills from a Learning Strategist
- Assistance with technology from an Assistive Technologist
- Summer Orientation Program to support the transition from High School to University http://sas.mcmaster.ca/transition
Student Wellness Education Lower Lounge (SWELL)
Located on the basement level of the Student Centre across from the Underground design centre, the lounge was conceived as a drop-in space for students hoping to relax, chat with wellness educators and take a break from the hectic nature of campus life. The lounge aims to introduce students to the various mental health services offered at McMaster, including group, personal and psychological counselling, and a wide variety of wellness activities.