About OSS

Summer 2014 TRIO Excel Participants

For more than 50 years, the Office of Supportive Services has assisted students throughout their collegiate careers here at Michigan State University. Through various programs, workshops and in-house resources, our highly trained staff has guided students to academic and professional success with the motto “opening doors to success.”

The mission of OSS is to provide comprehensive services to first-generation, low-income college students or those who may have a disability. We are committed to creating and maintaining a student-centered learning environment that encourages academic excellence; values the importance of an education that promotes a global vision; and moreover, nurtures and facilitates movement toward academic achievement and personal goals of students.

The primary purpose of the Office of Supportive Services is to assist students to prepare for the challenges of higher education. OSS works to enable these students to develop coping and self management survival skills for success within the University. OSS also provides motivation, academic advising, social counseling, personal planning, career guidance and skill enrichment seminars.

In the 1960’s the Office of Supportive Services was established by a team of committed faculty members who were concerned about addressing unjust institutional and other social factors. They also recognized the need to provide post-secondary educational opportunities to students who might not have had the chance to attend college. It is the commitment of higher education, as well as our office, to provide educational and career opportunities to such students. OSS is dedicated toward the advancement of students admitted to Michigan State University.

The mission of OSS is to provide comprehensive services to first-generation, low income college students and those who may have a disability. We are committed to creating and maintaining a student-centered learning environment that encourages academic excellence; values the importance of an education that promotes a global vision; and moreover, nurtures and facilitates movement toward academic achievement and personal goals of students.

Our Vision:

  • Be a source of support and guidance in students’ quest for educational excellence
  • Assist students in developing the skills to compete successfully in undergraduate, graduate and professional environments
  • Create, promote and support life enriching educational opportunities
  • Foster learning through innovative advising initiatives