Paul L. Foster Success Center

Student Success Initiatives

Student Success Initiatives (SSI) strives to positively impact the success of Baylor students by addressing their social, emotional, vocational, spiritual and academic needs. Each of the SSI areas is designed to strengthen a student’s transition, persistence and retention, thereby creating a more robust coordinated care network for undergraduate students.

Special Notice on COVID-19 Response

Our team at Student Success Initiatives deeply cares about the health and well-being of our students, staff, faculty and members of the extended Baylor community.  In order to do our part in reducing the chance of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we are making some intentional changes to continue to provide a high level of care for our students.

While the Student Success Initiatives office supports reducing the risk of increased exposure, we also will provide a high level of support needed for students. Our team will be available by phone, email and video meetings. Please reach out to our team members individually to connect. You can find our contact information on our Contact Us page.

See how to access the Success Center Services .

As we encounter the rapidly changing events caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Student Success Initiatives team will be supporting the prevention efforts as outlined by Baylor University officials:

Aug. 27, 2020
Baylor libraries reimagine technology services
With help from the library, student success initiatives and information technology services (ITS), 200 computers are available for students who have a specific academic need. These teams can use their tools collaboratively so in-need students can have a computer given to them for the semester.
May 21, 2020
Baylor Students Use Summer School to Zero In on Subjects, Graduate Sooner
WACO, Texas (May 21, 2020) – Baylor University’s May Minimester is underway, and students are currently enrolling in large numbers for the University’s Summer of Discovery with two online summer sessions from June 2-July 7 and July 9-August 12, respectively.
Apr. 16, 2020
Providing Bear Care: Baylor Faculty and Staff Volunteers Connect with Students, Provide Care and Resources
WACO, Texas (April 16, 2020) – More than 330 Baylor University faculty and staff, who have volunteered as “Bear Care Coaches,” are reaching out to assigned groups of students each week to help them navigate the stresses of remote online education, being away from their peers and trying to adapt to a college experience disrupted by COVID-19.
Feb. 20, 2020
‘The store’ becomes partners with Central Texas Food Bank
Since opening, The Store has grown from serving 40 students weekly to 230 — making it difficult to keep the shelves replenished. This month the pantry will transition to The Store runs on donations and has a new partnership with The Central Texas Food Bank.

Student Stories

Adley Vahue
"For me, the VETS program has made transitioning from military life to being a student at Baylor seamless. They helped me with the VA education benefits process, and assisted me with VA healthcare enrollment. The VETS team equips their student's with the tools they need to succeed."

Giana Pirolli
"I'm so thankful for the guidance and support from the Pre-Law Office throughout my time at Baylor I have grown professionally and academically since my freshman year because of the opportunities that have been provided."

Norvin Hernandez
"SSI has amazing programs aimed to help students be successful! I am thankful to the First in Line Program for all their help during my college journey."