Student Success Center

About the SSC

Our Mission

The Student Success Center (SSC), a division of the Office of Undergraduate Education, serves as the University’s resource for academic support. The SSC promotes active learning and academic achievement for students through enhanced learning experiences.

Program History

Formerly known as the Gateways for Excellence in Math & Science (GEMS) Center and Learning Resources, the Student Success Center was named in 2012 and fully launched in 2012-2013. Located in the McDermott Library, the SSC offers academic support services for all majors aimed at improving and ensuring academic success for all UT Dallas students.

The center includes Peer-Led Team Learning for science and math, Supplemental Instruction is a peer-led program offered in historically difficult courses, Individualized Peer Tutoring and one-on-one assistance with academic success coaching. The Math Lab provides math and statistics help for undergraduate math courses. The Testing Center supports online exams for all colleges. The Writing Center provides assistance at any stage of the writing process for nearly any writing assignment and the Communications Lab provides oral presentation assistance. The Comet Cents Financial Success Program provides free education and information to currently enrolled students on personal financial topics.

The philosophy of the SSC asserts that peer-assisted learning and mentoring helps students to integrate course content with facilitated study strategies while learning collaboratively from successful peers. Our peer mentor programs rely upon faculty liaison roles with all units to ensure the integration of course content.

In addition to impacting retention and graduation rates, students participating in SSC programs gain improved critical thinking and communication skills.