Student Support Services

Empowering Students to Succeed

Purpose

The Student Support Services (SSS) Program at Rider University, one of nearly a thousand projects nationwide, is a comprehensive academic support program designed to increase the performance, retention, and graduation rates of primarily first-generation college students.

The SSS Program tailors its services by considering the academic background, educational and personal goals, and skill development needs of all participants.

Goals

  • Facilitate students' transition and integration into the academic and social environment
  • Enhance students' academic peformance
  • Empower students with skills that enable them to meet their educational, personal, and career goals
  • Foster personal growth and independence

Services

  • Orientation activities for first-year and transfer students
  • Routine assessments of students' needs, goals, skills, and study habits
  • Personal counseling to assist students with non-academic issues that may impact their college experience
  • Advice and guidance with educational and career issues
  • Assistance with courses, academic plans, and financial concerns
  • Newsletter to inform students of Program events, and to provide tips to enhance their college experience
  • Workshops and support groups that address the needs and interests of students
  • Graduate and professional school preparation inclusive of résumé writing workshops, graduate school practice exams, recommendation letters, personal statements, mock interviews and video prep-sessions
  • Recommendation letters and references for jobs and graduate/professional school

Activities

The Program sponsors special events and activities designed to enrich students socially and culturally (e.g., leadership development workshops, conferences, complimentary tickets to plays, musicals, and museums). An annual awards ceremony is also held to honor students' achievements and graduating seniors.

Resources

SSS Program participants have year-round access to the Program's resource room, which contains a computer for student use and information about: careers and job search skills; graduate school requirements, admissions, and practice exams; and books, pamphlets, and materials to assist students with academic and non-academic needs.

Student Support Services
Rider University
Academic Annex
Room 17
2083 Lawrenceville Rd
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
V: 609-895-5614
F: 609-895-5507
SSSProgram@rider.edu

Hours
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Mon.-Fri.

Student Support Services Staff

Queen S. Jones
Director
Office: Vona Annex 18
Phone: 609 -895-5616
Email: qjones@rider.edu

Dana A. Lopes
Assistant Director
Office: Vona Annex 19
Phone: 609-895-5615
Email: dlopes@rider.edu

Betsy Hallinger
Administrative Specialist
Office: Vona Annex 17
Phone: 609-896-5000 ext. 7179
Email: bhallinger@rider.edu