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    What is TRIO SSP?

    TRIO provides services to help students improve class performance and find the necessary resources (academic, financial, career, etc.) on campus and in the community so that they graduate and achieve their life goals.

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    Meet Our Staff

    The TRIO Student Success Program has a dedicated staff full of professionals and student mentors ready to help you in any way they can.

  • Discover TRIO

    Develop new relationships and friends with SSP participants, explore career options and receive leadership training.

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    Tools to Succeed

    TRIO offers a variety of tools and resources geared toward student success.

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The TRIO Student Success Program is a learning community funded by the U.S. Department of Education that helps first-generation, income eligible and students with disabilities complete their baccalaureate degrees. Since 1984, TRIO SSP has been a vibrant part of the Western Michigan University campus community. Providing students with services like learning opportunities, scholarships, and career prep, TRIO continuously works to help students succeed.

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Facts and figures

  • 2.99+ average cumulative GPA for TRIO students in 2018/19

  • 60+ first-time freshman register each fall semester

  • 98% cumulative credits passed for all TRIO students in 2018/19

  • Over 85% of first-year TRIO students return for a second year.

Merze Tate College

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    The TRIO Student Success Program is part of WMU's Merze Tate College.

    Merze Tate College exists to help our students envision the future, embrace their potential and discover their purpose. Like guideposts on a map, the offices and services within this college equip students with invaluable resources, skills, knowledge and connections that will help guide them on the path toward success. All explorers start somewhere—and that place is Merze Tate College.

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