Steps to Success

The Steps to Success program is designed specifically for first generation college students who are starting at Mercy College in the Spring 2015 semester. Student Success Center staff will help students transition to Mercy College and support student success by providing a wide range of academic support services

Academic Support

Students participating in the Steps to Success Program will complete a College Student Inventory to identify their academic strengths, interests, and motivations to be used as a tool in creating strategies for learning. The Success Center staff will help students create SMART goals related to their educational pursuits and arrange support services while enrolled in the program. Students will be given free individualized tutoring for most courses and academic support.  

Success Seminars

Success seminars are available to help students with studying and test-taking strategies, scholarship searches, resumes and interviews, health and wellness, financial literacy, writing and APA citations, and stress management. These sessions are free to all students enrolled in the Steps to Success program. Sessions are available in a variety of formats taking into consideration student needs and availability. Food and refreshments are provided for in-person sessions. Program participants must attend at least two sessions during the Spring 2015 semester.

Eligibility Criteria

  • First-generation college student or pell eligible
  • Have not previously enrolled in the Steps to Success program

Program Requirements

  • Students will take 15-minute College Student Inventory (CSI)
  • Students will participate in monthly check-ins with Success Coordinator
  • Students will complete two success seminars
  • Participants will earn a $20 gas card upon successful completion of program requirements
  • Tutors

Tutors provide extra assistance to students in specific courses and subject areas. Tutoring services are FREE and available to program participants.

Apply now!

Apply to the program using the Steps to Success online application. Applications are reviewed in the order received. Enrollment is limited to 20 students each semester.

Quick Info

Gayle Walter
Success Coordinator, Freshman
(515) 643-6730

Kris Owens
Director of Student Success
(515) 643-6659