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Success Coaching

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This program, open to all Southern Miss students on the Hattiesburg campus pursuing a bachelor's degree, offers one-on-one academic support with a success coach trained to maximize your strengths to improve the skills you'll need to excel in college.

Skills discusses throughout the program include:

  • goal-setting
  • time management
  • study skills
  • social skills

You'll meet with your success coach four times throughout the semester. During each session, you'll be guided through activities and conversations designed to improve your time management skills, study strategies, and knowledge of campus resources. 

Meetings are personalized to meet your individual needs and will focus on motivating you toward achieving your personal definition of success by accomplishing academic and personal goals. 

All Southern Miss students are welcome to apply, but priority consideration is given to first-year, first generation, underrepresented minority, and transfer students. 


Benefits of Success Coaching

  • Provides one-on-one connections with faculty, staff and graduate assistants
  • Helps you outline and make progress toward academic and personal goals
  • Connects you with on-campus academic and social resources
  • Offers accountability and support for success skill development


Testimonials by Success Coaching Participants

"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!"

A Success Coach student

"My 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 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." 

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

"My experience with Success 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."



Application is open at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.

Student Application



If you have any questions about the program, please email successFREEMississippi.  

Faculty & Staff: Interested in Becoming a Success Coach?

Build connections with students as you work with them to develop their skills and build on their strengths. Success Coaches attend a training before being assigned students, and will have access to online resources through the Success Coaching Canvas shell after training is completed.

Faculty & Staff Interest Form


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The Center for Student Success
Cook Library Room 138

Hattiesburg Campus

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