Underpinned by its 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, the University of Missouri–St. Louis introduced the new Student Academic Support Services unit this fall to better align, enhance and advocate for academic support services and college access initiatives across the university and within the broader St. Louis region.


The new unit includes Precollegiate Student ServicesMulticultural Student ServicesStudent Enrichment and Achievement and the newly created University Tutoring Center.

While Multicultural Student Services has long provided academic support services for all students – including academic coaching, professional development, mentoring and a large scope of workshops – the University Tutoring Center is a new department that evolved from tutorial support previously offered through MSS. The center is the first of its kind at UMSL, serving as a focal point for high-quality individual, group and student organization tutoring, walk-in sessions, study halls, alumni tutorial support and more. These two departments are now located in a renovated, student-friendly space in Room 225 of the Millennium Student Center.

The SASS unit also includes the restructured Student Enrichment and Achievement department – formerly Student Retention Services – which provides targeted support and workshops for students facing academic challenges. Here, a team of success coaches partner with students to create a culture of enrichment and achievement through a commitment to holistic and individualized support.

SEA also provides oversight for the early alert system, which initiates electronic communications when a student experiences a success barrier in a course in partnership with faculty and other support service departments. The SEA department is located in 107 of Lucas Hall alongside Precollegiate Student Services, which provides year-round college access programming for K-12 students and parents. Its nationally recognized UMSL Bridge Program continues to equip thousands of area students and families for a successful transition to college.