Student Stories

Student Success departments supports tens of thousands of students every year progress towards graduation by helping them recover from the flu, get tutoring for a difficult class, form friendships, explore their major, find an internship, develop leadership skills, attend (or plan!) events, get mental health counseling, do financial planning and so much more. 

Although we showcase our innovative care management model and predictive analytics, our students' success relies on the entire body of work by our team of professionals. 

student Temiloluwa working at a white board

Temiloluwa, Mechanical Engineering

To address financial predicaments, senior leadership established a special fund to assist struggling students.  With just two semesters left, unexpected financial barriers were going to halt the graduation plans of this high-achieving engineering student. The Persistence Committee tapped into the Don't Stop Don't Drop Fund and helped Teme with the support he needed to complete his degree.


student Dalton sitting outside with backpack

Dalton, Public Health

Dalton was referred to an academic advocate by his college advisor who had concerns about his progression. The advocate learned that Dalton needed classroom accommodations due to a hand injury and facilitated the process.  She also connected him with Care Team partners to address other challenges, helping him to get back on track with his studies.


student Maria in white coat working in a research lab with pipette and test tubes

Maria, Cellular & Molecular Biology

Maria's last year of college was threatened due to financial difficulties when civil unrest affected the currency of her home country.  Determined not to have her dreams halted, Maria reached out to the Student Ombuds, who took her case to the Persistence Committee.  The cross-functional team was able to coordinate a scholarship for this talented young woman through USF World so that Maria could complete her degree and graduate.


student Brandon working on laptop at a table in Muma College of Business atrium

Brandon, Business Analystics & Information Systems

Far from home and family for the first time in his life, Brandon struggled in his first semester.  Identified through predictive analytics, an academic advocate reached out to him, explored his interests, and connected him with both college and fraternity advisors.  Brandon soon found himself feeling at home on campus and with an academic direction.