Center for Student Success


Making the jump from high school to college, or from one college to another, can be a daunting experience but the St. Francis College Center for Student Success is here to make those transitions as smooth as possible. As part of a comprehensive First-Year Experience program, it is our mission to improve the quality of students' college experiences by helping with everything from academics to personal issues, including guiding incoming students through the crucial social adjustment they will make during college life.

We provide academic advisement and guidance to all incoming students.

The Center provides advisement and guidance to all incoming students, including freshmen and transfer students. The freshman program includes a freshman summer orientation, a mandatory Freshman Seminar course (SFC 1001), academic advisement, and various academic success workshops. The transfer program includes an orientation and registration session prior to transfer students beginning their coursework at SFC, social gatherings, and academic support throughout a transfer student’s first semester. Working closely with the Academic Enhancement Center, the Center for Student Success strives to meet the changing needs of incoming students.

Our work has been recognized nationally, the magazine, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, featured St. Francis College in an article on how city colleges help students stay in school.

Learn more about our Freshman Orientation as well as our Academic Success Resources.

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Freshman Seminar (SFC 1001)

SFC 1001 is a student success course designed for your first semester at St. Francis. This one credit mandatory course teaches you the important practical tools you need to be successful during your academic career.

Our Freshman Advisors guide the course to help you develop academic and study skills, and to teach you how to organize a successful academic plan as you work toward your bachelor's degree. SFC 1001 also supplies information on campus resources, assists in laying the groundwork for choosing your major and planning your career, eases the transition from high school to college, and generally helps you build a connection to the College, the campus and your fellow students.

A sampling of the Freshman Seminar course topics include:

  • College level Study Skills (note-taking, test-taking, textbook reading, memory, etc.)
  • Career Exploration
  • Academic Planning (including choosing a major)
  • Time Management
  • Goal-Setting
  • Opportunities & Resources Available at St. Francis
  • Communication Skills
  • Stress Management

Academic Advisement

Academic Advisement
For freshmen, a student’s Freshman Seminar (SFC 1001) instructor also serves as their academic advisor during his/her first year. We feel a student’s interaction with an advisor is so important for educational planning that all freshmen students are required to meet regularly with their advisors to discuss their academic progress. During pre-registration periods in the Fall and Spring semesters, advisors help freshmen plan their courses for the next semester. Since each particular major has specific course requirements for a degree, the expertise of our advisors is crucial to plan these first steps into academic life. Our academic advisors are always committed to giving students the personal attention they deserve, and strive to help the students design an academic program that suits their interests and needs

Transfer students also have a dedicated team of transfer academic advisors available to them during their first semester at St. Francis College. These advisors coordinate Transfer Orientation and Registration Sessions, pre-register transfer students for their first semester of courses based on their transfer credit evaluations, help incoming transfer students understand and review their academic information upon entering the college, and are always available to assist transfer students with any questions or concerns they may have while adjusting to a new institution. Transfer students are encouraged to seek academic advisement from their major departmental advisors after their first semester at the college so they can begin building relationships with faculty. Undeclared transfer students will continue to meet with transfer academic advisors in the Center for Student Success after their first semester until they select and declare a major of study.

If you are a current student and wish to make an appointment with an advisor in Freshman Studies, please visit:

Freshman First Semester at a Glance

April - May
Admitted Students Day and Student Placement Testing
June - August
Day Long Student Orientation Event and Course Registration
Fall Semester Begin Including Freshman Seminar Course (SFC 1001)
Midterm Examinations
Advisement for Spring Semester Begins
Registration for the Spring and January Intersession courses
Final Examinations
End Fall Semester / Christmas Break

Peer Mentorship

To help students make a smooth transition to St. Francis College, the Center for Student Success connects students with peer advisors. Peer advisors are successful upperclassmen who can provide new students with advice on how to connect to the vast array of opportunities available at the College, as well as provide insight by sharing their experiences. Peer advisors are available at Orientation and also visit the SFC 1001 freshman seminar courses and help students learn more about college sponsored academic and social activities.

Contact Information

Monica Michalski
Associate Dean for Student Success
Room 3001
Samantha Scott
Administrative Coordinator for the Center for Student Success
Room 3001
Christine Davis
Director, Center for Student Success
Room 3001
Meagan Grieger
Assistant Director, Center for Student Success
Room 3001
Steven Boyarsky
Student Success Coordinator
Room 3001
Jeanty Bernier
Academic Support Services Coordinator
Room 3001
Victoria Ford
Academic Advisor/Instructor
Room 3001
Nick Sulicki
Academic Advisor/Instructor
Room 3001
Anthony Desiderio
Academic Advisor/Instructor
Room 3001
Keisha Lewars
Transfer Academic Advisor
Room 3001