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Student Success

Academic Coaching

This program offers Southern Miss students one-on-one academic support with a success coach trained to maximize students' strengths to improve skills needed to excel in college. Some of the skills discussed throughout the program include goal-setting, time management, study skills, and social skills.
Students are asked to meet with their success coach four times throughout the semester. During each session students will be guided through activities and conversations designed to improve time management, study strategies, and knowledge of campus resources. 

Meetings are personalized to meet each student’s individual needs and will focus on motivating the student towards achieving their personal definition of success by accomplishing academic and personal goals. 

Priority consideration for this program is given to first-year, first generation, underrepresented minority, and transfer students. 

The Spring 2021 Academic Coaching Application for students is NOW live. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 29th.  If you have any questions about the program, please email successFREEMississippi.  

The Spring 2021 Academic Coach Application is currently closed. If you have any questions about serving as a coach in future semesters, please email successFREEMississippi 


  • Student success skill development
  • Providing student support
  • Increase department awareness
  • Opportunities to establish student connections through mentorship
  •  One on one support from your coach
  • Faculty/Staff connections
  • Mentorship
  • Stronger study skills, time management skills, and better academic practices!
  • Once coaches apply, they are required to attend a training session before being assigned students
  • All online resources for coaches are stored on the program's Canvas shell in which only trained coaches have access to

Testimonials by Academic Coaching Participants

"My Academic Coach helped grow and develop skills I never thought I could achieve, but with her help and motivation I have a much better outlook on college than I did at the beginning of the semester."

"My Academic Coach was extremely passionate about helping students find their way through college. She helped me grow in a lot of areas, and I can tell she really cared about my success at this university and in life in general. I thoroughly enjoyed having her as my academic coach, and I am extremely grateful for all the advice she has provided me." 

"Academic Coaching helped me improve my grades and have a better outlook on not only my school, but also my future."

"My academic coach really pushed me to do my best at all times. She helped me throughout my entire semester and I appreciate her so very much!"

"My experience with Academic Coaching motivated me to continue to strive for greatness but do so in a well organized manner."

"She was great and definitely helped me feel like I wasn't in this alone."

Contact Us

The Center for Student Success
Cook Library Room 138

Hattiesburg Campus

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