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The Student Success Center within Undergraduate Education exists as both a physical center located at University Park as well as a broad-based commitment to University-wide student support, retention, and graduation goals. The Center partners with various Penn State offices, programs, and initiatives to assist students in their academic pursuits while also promoting opportunities for meaningful campus connection and personal development. The Student Success Center supports undergraduate students and their advocates by contributing to a University-wide culture of care and assisting students as they strive toward academic goals and degree completion.

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The Student Success Center launched in the summer of 2019 and is a tangible example of Penn State's commitment to University-wide Access and Affordability. Our center will align our goals and future programming with the tenets of Achieve Penn State, the guiding principles of One Penn State 2025, and the Foundations of the University's Strategic Plan. Our advocacy and student services will be guided by data and will promote our core values to holistically support students as they work towards achieving their goals at Penn State.

Denise Poole
Denise Poole
Director, Student Success Initiatives

Our Values

The Student Success Center supports the values set forth by Penn State and the academic administrative unit of Undergraduate Education. Additionally, the Student Success Center will develop all current and future programs and services around a set of unique core values which have been determined as essential to fulfilling our mission and goals.


Penn State Values

  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Discovery
  • Excellence
  • Community

Undergraduate Education Values

  • Respect
  • Innovation and Risk
  • Excellence
  • Learning and Discovery
  • Student-Focus
  • Diversity
  • Academic Integrity
  • Individual and Community Responsibility
  • Collaboration

Student Success Center

  • Advocacy
  • Collaboration
  • Community Responsibility
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Respect
  • Student-Focus
  • Transparency

University-wide Student Success News

International student acclimates to Penn State and her virtual internship >
A virtual international internship — with a Los Angeles-based company from her home in Scotland — represents just the latest opportunity Domino Geddes has embraced during her time at Penn State.
Education student honored with Stand Up, Adult Student awards Education student honored with Stand Up, Adult Student awards >
Divine Lipscomb, an undergraduate student majoring in rehabilitation and human services and special projects coordinator for the Restorative Justice Initiative, is one of four students University-wide to be honored with the 2020 Stand Up Award from...
Students who remain home in fall will have opportunities to keep learning >
As the University prepares to welcome students back to its campuses in August, Penn State has also developed plans to enable students who must remain home to move forward uninterrupted with their Penn State education.
Psychology student's experience at York campus prepared her for next steps >
Mindy Gruzin is headed to medical school and she credits the opportunities and experiences she had at Penn State York for making it possible. She said there was plenty of hard work, but the environment at York campus inspired her to do more.
Adult students recognized for leadership in life, as well as the classroom >
Perseverance and service to others moved two Penn State adult learners through several life obstacles toward their goals to achieve a bright future for not only themselves, but for those in their care. Divine Lipscomb and Prince Koomson both faced...