Center for Student Success

Located in the heart of RMU’s campus, the Center for Student Success offers a variety of free services to undergraduate students.

The Center’s mission is to provide results-driven academic support and one-on-one personal guidance in an inclusive environment, helping each student persist and thrive at the university.  

We are with you every step of the way.

As an undergraduate student at Robert Morris University, a Collegiate Support Coordinator in the Center will be appointed to you.  Your Coordinator is your go-to person to help you stay on course as you navigate through your collegiate journey.  It is each student’s responsibility to make the right decisions about his or her educational and career goals; it is the Coordinator’s responsibility to help each student consider options and pursue the right path.  Your personal Coordinator will:

  • Guide you through the course registration process each semester
  • Help you consider all options before making changes to your schedule and academic program
  • Create awareness about University resources and services, and encourage you to use them
  • Promote the use of effective decision-making skills to help you establish and clarify your goals
  • Serve as an advisor to help you resolve conflicts that are social, personal, or confidential
  • Provide you with access to various educational support services
  • And more!

To learn more about the Center for Student Success, please contact:

Center for Student Success
Nicholson Center, Suite 137

Additional Resources

Early Success Program (ESP)

The Early Success Program (ESP) endeavors to prepare every student for the academic rigor and social environment of college, positioning them for successful lives and careers. This is achieved through early immersion into Robert Morris University, continuous support from mentors, peers, and the student’s Collegiate Support Coordinator, along with intentional academic and social integration.

With the assistance of faculty, students attend academic workshops and informational sessions, and receive personalized attention through community building activities, participants gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to persist to and through graduation. The program starts in the summer before the first year and continues through the academic year – with academic and personal advising continuing to and through graduation. 

For more information about the Early Success Program, please contact Tracy Frazier at or 412-397-6814.

First Year Seminar Program (FYSP1000)

The First Year Seminar Program is a 1-credit course designed to support student learning and development in the first semester of college. This is achieved by acclimating students to the academic and social environments of Robert Morris University. Students will identify personal strengths, develop skills, and begin to explore motivation. FYSP gives our students the potential to increase opportunities for success in the first year and beyond. 

Incoming students are registered for FYSP1000 in the first semester. Course sections are designated by academic school and assigned a Peer Mentor and staff instructor. Meeting weekly with students in a similar degree program creates a starting point for major and career exploration. The curriculum is supplemented by social programming and opportunities for campus engagement designed specifically for new students.

For more information about the First Year Seminar Program (FYSP1000), please contact Lauren Speerhas, Associate Director, Center for Student Success, Nicholson Center, Suite 137, or 412-397-6869.

Faculty/Staff Links

Submit a Testing Form
The Testing Form for SSD exams can be found on the Test Center page linked to the Office for Services for Students with Disabilities.

Submit an Academic Alert
Use Navigate to submit an academic alert to the Center for Student Success.

Submit a CARE Team Report
Click here to submit a CARE Team report to the Counseling Center and the Center for Student Success.


Navigate Student

Navigate is a free mobile app that provides personalized information to keep RMU students on the path to academic success and timely graduation. Reduce the noise and get connected to the right campus resources at the right time by downloading today. All you need is your RMU log-in!

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PA ACT 101 Program

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Enrichment Program, ACT 101, is an academic support program that offers various services for qualified Pennsylvania students.  The program provides an opportunity for students to develop their academic abilities through educational programs, counseling services, enrichment and cultural experiences, and peer tutoring. It is designed to supplement a student’s opportunity to engage in life-enriching and academically-supported opportunities.  

For information about this program, please contact,, or Tracy Frazier, Associate Director, Center for Student Success at 412-397-6814 or

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)

Robert Morris University is committed to providing equal opportunity for students with physical, learning, or psychological disabilities and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to its programs and activities. The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities connects qualified students with the necessary accommodations and resources so each students has access to their education, programs, and activities.

Course Testing Form:

The Course Testing Form to submit an exam request for a student can be found on the Test Center page under the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities link.

Student Food Pantry: Colonial Cupboard

About the Pantry

The university is pleased to offer this resource to our students.  Our pantry was established in Spring 2019 and is managed by the Center for Student Success under the direction of the Dean of Students Office.  The Colonial Cupboard is located on the 2nd floor of the Nicholson Center.  The pantry is designed to meet the immediate food needs for all of our currently registered students.  All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to use the pantry as we know that food insecurity can impact the ability of our students to achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals. 

Robert Morris University and the Colonial Cupboard are members of the College and University Food Bank Alliance.  For more information about the pantry, please contact the Center for Student Success at 412-397-6814 or

What to Expect

Students are welcome to visit the Center for Student Success during normal business hours to access the Colonial Cupboard.  Students interested in utilizing the pantry for the first time will be asked to complete an on-line registration form located at  The registration form helps us understand the needs of our students as well as to connect them with additional resources.  Our goal is to have a process in place that is quick, easy, and private.

Students will swipe their Freedom Card each time they visit the pantry.  We provide recyclable bags for students to use for their items, and students are invited to take what he/she may need.

How to Donate

The pantry welcomes donations of non-perishable food items.  Arrangements can be made to accommodate limited donations of perishable items, fresh fruits and vegetables.  The pantry can accommodate items that must be refrigerated or frozen.   

Favorite items include:

  • Soups
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Peanut butter and Jelly
  • Canned vegetables and fruit cups
  • Packaged items such as instant potatoes, rice, pasta, and macaroni and cheese
  • Juice and other bottled beverages
  • Breakfast items (cereal, pancake mix, syrup, pop tarts and muffins
  • Snack items such as salsa, chips, microwave popcorn, cookies, and granola bars

We also have a section of the pantry for basic necessities and personal care items.  Soap, toilet paper, tissues, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, cleaning supplies, and laundry soap are much appreciated by our students.

Individuals or organizations wishing to organize a drive or make a monetary donation should contact the Center for Student Success directly at 412-397-6814 or

Tutoring Service

The Center for Student Success University Tutoring Center provides comprehensive peer tutoring focused on helping students excel in their courses.  Our Tutors are both undergraduate and graduate students who have taken your course(s) and were recommended by faculty teaching that course. 

Tutoring is free to all Robert Morris University students on a first-come, first-served basis, and walk-ins are preferred.   Tutoring is available during the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.  Click here to view the tutoring schedule.  During the Fall and Spring terms, assistance with writing and reviewing essays and other papers is available in the RMU Writing Center in Wheatley Center, Room 147.  Click here for more information.

For more information about tutoring services, contact Dr. Natacia Owens, Success Coach, Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction, at 412-397-6864 or by email at  The University Tutoring Center is located in the Nicholson Center, 277.