The Steps to Success program is designed specifically for Mercy College Students looking for extra support or resources. The Student Success Center staff will help students transition to Mercy College and support student success by providing a wide range of academic support services. 


In addition to the support provided within the program, participants will be eligible for a financial incentive of $100. This incentive is awarded at the end of the semester to participants who complete all requirements of the program.

Academic Support Services

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 success. The Success Center staff will help students create SMART goals related to their educational pursuits and arrange support services while enrolled in the program.

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

Other resources available include career exploration and readiness, personal counseling or guidance, and academic advising.

Success Seminars

Success seminars are available to provide tips and techniques on topics such as test-taking strategies, note-taking, memorization, scholarship searches, resumes and interviews, health and wellness, 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 enrolled semester.

Eligibility Criteria

  • First-generation college student - parent(s) or guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor degree; OR 
  • Pell grant eligible; OR 
  • Freshman student with less than 30 credits


  • Have not previously enrolled in the Steps to Success program
  • Attended one semester or less at Mercy College of Health Sciences

Program Requirements

  • Students will take 15-minute College Student Inventory (CSI)
  • Students will participate in monthly check-ins with program staff
  • Students will complete two success seminars

Want More Information? Want to Apply?

For additional information or to apply to the program, use the Steps to Success online application. Applications are reviewed in the order received. Enrollment is limited each semester.