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SUCCEED Program Information


SUCCEED is designed to encourage and facilitate students to gain independence through academics, vocational experiences, and residential/student life. We use Person-Centered Planning (PDF 95KB) to ensure that each student is working toward personal goals related to individual development and independence. Further, we recognize the importance of comprehensive communication and support and value the importance of partnering with families to ensure that each student develops self-determination skills.

Program Pillars

SUCCEED established four program pillars to facilitate student growth in accountability, independence, and maturity. 


SUCCEED academics are designed to support students to explore new subjects, expand existing knowledge and critical thinking skills, and enhance social skills and networks. Students in SUCCEED take a minimum of 12 academic hours a semester (four classes), three of which are SUCCEED Electives (PDF 180KB) and one of which is an UMSL Catalog Class. The students meet with our Student Support Specialist and Coordinator of Instruction to develop their schedule each semester. Students have access to numerous accommodations and modifications offered by SUCCEED staff and volunteers (e.g., 1:1 tutoring, study hall, course accommodations), as well as those offered to all UMSL students (e.g., Disability Access Services, peer mentoring lab).


SUCCEED vocational experiences are designed to support students to explore passions and interests, expand skill sets, and enhance social and vocational networks. Students in SUCCEED engage in vocational experiences (e.g., volunteering, interning, paid employment) during three of the four semesters they are in the program. Our Coordinator of Vocational Experiences hosts a VocExpo each semester where students in the program are able to share their resumes and connect with our partners on campus and in the community. Students collaborate with our Coordinator of Vocational Experiences to:

  • learn how to work independently on the job,
  • arrange transportation independently, and 
  • advocate for needed workplace accommodations and modifications and paid positions. 

Live and Play 

The SUCCEED residential and student life components are designed to support students to explore making decisions independently, expand social networks and areas of interest, and enhance independent living and social skills.

Student who live on campus reside in Oak Hall among approximately 400 degree-seeking students. Students have a private room in suites with three other students who may or may not also be in SUCCEED. Suitemates share a single bathroom, as well as responsibility for bathroom upkeep. Like all other students, SUCCEED students receive support from a Residential Advisor assigned to each floor. Our students also can reach out to a hall mentor for advice. 

Students who commute will take full advantage of commuter support that the UMSL campus provides it students.  The Succeed Program fosters independent living growth through classroom seminars and our independent living lab apartment on campus.  

Students in SUCCEED also have access to all UMSL Activities, Clubs and Organizations. Our Student Support Specialist collaborates with students to find and access events and organizations of interest.