S.T.A.R.S. Will Continue To Provide
Student Support Services

The Student Transition And Retention Services Program assists Philander Smith College in addressing the needs of students through a variety of student services such as: Professional Development and Student Engagement; Disability Support Services; First-Year Experience Peer Mentoring; New Student Orientation; Living/Learning Initiatives; and Transition Programs.

Office of Professional Development   Information and learning experiences will be provided for students through a series of activities that include workshops, career and graduate school fairs, volunteer/community service projects, assessment and internships.  This activity will offer programming that provides leadership development and personal growth experiences for students. 



Disability Support Services   Serves as the campus ADA resource center for students, faculty and staff.  Students with disabilities affecting their academic work may receive reasonable accommodations through Disability Support Services.  The role of Disability Support Services will be to encourage and assist students with disabilities to become independent learners with the skills and abilities to take full responsibility for their own academic success.  This will be accomplished by providing educational access through support, resources, advocacy, collaboration and academic adjustments, or accommodations. 

First Year Experience Peer Mentoring Program   Assists first-year students in their social, personal academics, and leadership development while helping them successfully transition to Philander Smith College.


New Student Orientation (NSO)   Provides direct programs and services for incoming students and their families that address the process of transition, introducing them to the broad spectrum of curricular and co-curricular opportunities available at PSC.

Living/Learning Initiatives   Assists Philander Smith College in providing students who enter the college with an environment and services designed to increase their success rate and ensure their persistence to the next collegiate level.

Transition Programs Designed to increase the retention rate for students during their freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years by developing programs designed to engage and assist with their academic needs and improving their decision-making skills while focusing on their developmental, academic, career, personal, and social concerns.  Several programs and events will be provided in order to assist students in successfully navigating each year of their experience at PSC.  Through a broad range of intentional events and programs, Transition Programs will assist students in discovering their strengths, developing their talents, and applying skills and strategies to enhance leadership development, academic and career success, and community and social well being.

“The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”

- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf