The mission of the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC), formerly known as the Undergraduate University Division (UUD), is to help undergraduate students achieve their academic goals at Michigan State University. Our motto is "Achieving success through academic progress." We believe it is important to empower each student with the knowledge, resources and skills that will lead to academic success and a lifelong desire to learn inside and outside the classroom. Students are encouraged to explore and investigate areas of interest as well as engage in self-discovery to determine the most suitable academic major. Our efforts are intended to promote self-sufficiency, self-responsibility and self-development which will enable students to achieve academic, career and life goals long after their days on the MSU campus have passed.
Who We Are
The Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC) is divided into two departments: Student Academic Affairs (SAA) and the Learning Resource Center (LRC). SAA serves as the Assistant Dean's office for all freshmen and sophomores who are not members of a Residential College (James Madison, Lyman Briggs, or the Residential College in Arts and Humanities).
NSSC advisors are the primary academic advisors for those students who have not declared a major preference and also provide supplementary advising for students with declared majors.
Student Academic Affairs (SAA) works closely with all colleges and academic support units across campus. We are committed to preparing academically successful scholars and leaders, increasing the retention rate of freshmen and sophomores, and assisting students with the major selection process.
SAA Academic Advisors Can
- help students with adjusting to university life
- assist with the process of choosing a major compatible with a student's interests and abilities
- facilitate and support academic skill building
What We Do
- Assistant Dean's administrative functions (withdrawals, late drops, readmissions, etc.)
- Explain academic policies and procedures
- Explain university requirements
- Major selection and Career advising
- Specialization and Minors advising
- Enrollment Conferences
- Academic Probation monitoring
- Collaborate with Colleges, Student Affairs and other academic support units to facilitate the academic success of students
The NSSC has prepared an advising syllabus explaining advisor and student responsibilities. It also provides suggestions for students as they work toward completion of their college education.
Visit the Learning Resources Center (LRC) website for information on learning skills and tutoring services.