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Center for SUCCESS

The Center for SUCCESS uses a holistic approach to foster student development and success both in college and after graduation. The Center provides services, both in-person and virtually, across a variety of topics including academic and career development, student success, leadership, success coaching, and employer engagement. Our pledge is to:

  • Support you with resources to keep you on a path to completion;
  • Use a holistic advising approach to tend to your individual need;
  • Coach you through choosing a major and learning about various careers;
  • Connect you with opportunities to develop lifelong skills valued by employers;
  • Encourage your involvement in service and leadership opportunities to create meaningful lives and achieve career success;
  • Shape your future with graduate and professional opportunities; and
  • Suggest networking opportunities, including events and mentorships

Academic Advising

At Saint Xavier University, we believe that academic advising is a pivotal component of the educational experience, used to empower students to think critically, and to explore and identify academic and career interests. Through guidance and mentorship, advising encourages academic excellence and accountability, and helps students to realize their full potential.

Academic advising is a shared responsibility between student and advisor. Advisors, whether staff or faculty, work to inspire students by building relationships, empowering self-awareness and reflection, connecting students with appropriate resources, fostering personal development, and supporting various college-to-career pathways. Although advisors provide guidance and recommendations, students are ultimately responsible for making academic decisions and satisfying degree requirements.

The Center for SUCCESS provides initial academic advising for all incoming first-year students during Via (New Student Orientation). Academic and career resource advisors then provide continued academic advising services for undecided/exploring and pre-clinical nursing students, along with, math, computer science and computer information systems majors. Undecided/exploring and pre-clinical nursing students remain with the Center for SUCCESS until they are ready to fully move into their major. At that time, they will be assigned to a faculty advisor in their respective programs. All other students are assigned to a faculty advisor during their first semester with the exception of math, computer science and computer information systems students who will continue to be advised by the Center for SUCCESS.

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Career Development

The Center for SUCCESS supports students in their search for meaningful career paths through self-assessment and career planning, internship resources, alumni networking opportunities and job-search-skills training. Programming is focused on helping students prepare for the world of work through personal career counseling and assessment, hands-on workshops, career information panels and opportunities for students to connect with potential employers and graduate school options.

The Center for SUCCESS integrates career development best practices into the services, workshops and appointments provided to help Saint Xavier University students achieve career readiness across competencies including career development, self-development, communication, critical thinking, equity and inclusion, leadership, professionalism, teamwork, and technology.

Student Leadership

Inspired by Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy, Saint Xavier University students participate in leadership and service activities to strengthen their communities while cultivating meaningful co-curricular experiences that elicit the development of life-long skills valued by employers.

Staff within the Center for SUCCESS help students identify the importance of service and leadership in the overall development of the person as well assist students in articulating these experiences to employers both in interviews and in employment applications. Center for SUCCESS highlight the importance of engagement in leadership activities such as Cougars LEAD, the Synergy Leadership Summit, and X-Factor. Additionally, Center for SUCCESS staff participate in the Scarlet and Gray Awards Ceremony which recognizes Saint Xavier University student leaders for their successes and accomplishments.

Champ's Kitchen

Champ's Kitchen is an on-campus food pantry located within the Center for SUCCESS aimed to alleviate hunger on campus for students, staff, and faculty. The food pantry is located in Room L-208 in the Warde Academic Center and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information regarding Champ's Kitchen, please visit the Champ's Kitchen page or email

Additional Resources

Contact Information

Students may schedule an appointment with the Center for SUCCESS.

Center for SUCCESS
Office: WAC L-208
Phone: 773-298-3131