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.

Welcome New Students!

Our Student Success Initiatives team is excited to meet you! Our team is committed to your success. We have created videos, so you can learn more about our programs and services and meet our team. We are excited to invest in your success at Baylor University! We can’t wait to meet you!

First in Line Program
Making Academic Progress
New Student Experience (NSE)Classes
Student Success Stories Podcast
The Store
Transfer Student Success

Recommended next steps:

§  Visit for more information about your overall Orientation experience Be sure to complete the Foundations online modules before your advising appointment.

§  Download the Navigate App in your App Store today for appointment reminders, timely information about holds, and your class schedule. It’s the easiest way to Navigate your path to Baylor success!

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."