Second Year Success (SYS)

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Helping Students Get on the Fast Track to Graduation

What We Do:

Second Year Success (SYS) provides students with the guidance, support, and necessary tools to succeed in college. We work alongside students to develop individualized academic, personal, and social plans that help students meet their goals. SYS’ holistic and student-focused approach helps students strengthen their critical thinking skills while empowering them to navigate the complexities of college. Our services include, but are not limited to: mapping a plan for success, creating action steps to reach goals, building a network of campus resources, fostering opportunities for major/career development and exploration, and reassessing study and time management practices.


Our Mission

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The Second Year Success (SYS) Program's mission is to provide holistic and student-focused advising in an effort to increase retention and graduation for second-year students.

Program Impact

student studying outdoors90% of students who connect with an SYS advisor or mentor return for the following semester. Students enrolled in SYS’ Academic Strategies Course (SI) have experienced an average Term GPA increase of nearly a whole grade point.

Who We Serve

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SYS serves all second-year students who have faced some academic challenges during their first year. Students who meet the program criteria are required to meet with one of our Graduate Counselor Interns or Professional Advisors.

Who We Are

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The SYS Team is comprised of Professional Advisors, Mentors, and Graduate Counselor Interns.

From the bottom row, left to right: Gabrielle Hoskins, Elizabeth Velasquez, Stephanie Serrato, Andrew Gratto-Bachman

Top row, left to right: Kylee Sharp, Kristen McCarroll, Mayrose Acob, Iza Bedolla

Words from the Students

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“I really enjoyed the second year advising session with you yesterday. The advising and resources you presented to me were very useful and you were very friendly and clear in the way you explained things and answered my questions" -A.M.

“Thank you soo much for helping me and guiding me to get my grades up! You are a big help and I really appreciate it soo soo much! (: THANK YOU!!!” – J. R.