Frequently Asked Questions| SSSP

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How do I apply to SSSP?

To apply to SSSP, please use this link to submit an application. To be considered for our program, you must be a first-generation college student, a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, and demonstrate high financial need. If you have further questions, please contact the SSSP Director.

Can someone help me map out my academic and career goals?
The SSSP academic advisors are equipped with tremendous knowledge and skills to help guide you during your time at Brandeis University. Our staff can assist you with creating a four-year academic plan, identifying potential job/internship opportunities, and providing course selection suggestions that align with your academic and career goals. We also co-plan programs with campus partners such as Hiatt Career Center and Academic Fellowships department to provide students optimal resources to fulfill their goals during their college career.
If accepted, how long will I be part of SSSP?

If you are accepted in SSSP, you are part of the program until you graduate from Brandeis University. Even after you graduate from Brandeis University, SSSP will continue to be a support system to you in your endeavors. Our staff often invites SSSP alumni to come an engage in panel discussions and workshops.

How are SSSP students involved on campus?
You will find that SSSP students are very engaged all over campus and play pivotal roles. From working in different offices, to taking on leadership positions, playing on sports teams, and steering different campus initiatives. Students also join clubs and organizations across campus that are of interest to them.  Within SSSP, students also serve on the SSSP Student Leadership Board, sit on planning committees, work as peer mentors and tutors, and come to our awesome events.
How can SSSP help me succeed in my courses?

SSSP staff are equipped to help you with core study skills that can help you succeed. They can also help you navigate situations like: how to talk to your professor, what office hours are, who you can go to for support, and so much more. For content help, students in SSSP can also request a free SSSP Peer Tutor in certain coursework. SSSP also has Graduate Assistants who can help with writing skills and other content areas.

How can I find a job on campus?
We understand that many students want or need to work during college, so finding an  on-campus job is important. To find available positions, please visit the SFS student employment website (careers.brandeis.edu/studentjobs/). SSSP has employment opportunities which include tutor or peer mentor positions, so seek out SSSP staff to get information on how to get involved.
What technology support does SSSP offer?
We offer students in SSSP 24-hour access to our computer lab which is equipped with Mac computers, phone charging port, and a printer. Students are allowed to print academic documents (writing assignments and articles) for free. Laptops are also available to borrow upon request.
Where can I turn if I am experiencing financial difficulties?
As an SSSP student, know that our program and staff members have your best interest at heart, so we urge you to reach out to us if you are experiencing financial difficulties. Financial difficulties include, but not limited to, not being able to purchase course textbooks, lack food security, and insufficient funds for tuition payment. Your SSSP academic advisor can help you find cost-friendly options or connect you with other campus resource options to help alleviate your financial hardships.
What is expected of me when I join the program?
As a member of SSSP, you are expected to meet with your academic advisor for advising at least three times per semester, attend program events/workshops, and stay in good academic standing.
Is the SSSP Learning Community course mandatory for First-Year students?
Yes, the Learning Community course is mandatory for all SSSP First-Year students. The  purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to participate in a collaborative learning experience focused on college success.This is a full semester, two-credit course.
How do I become an SSSP Peer Mentor?
The SSSP Peer Mentor position provides upper-class students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) in our program an opportunity to make an impact on the First-Year students as well as serve as a leader. This is paid and full academic year position. A recruiting email is sent out to upper-class students in late February and those who are interested in the position are encouraged to complete an application. If you want to learn more about the position, please reach out to the SSSP Program Advisor. Please use this link for further information.

Advising Questions

How many majors/minors should I complete during my time at Brandeis University?

As SSSP students, our staff expect you to explore all your options, engage in courses that you find interesting, and take advantage of the liberal arts curriculum at Brandeis University. While it is common for students to add minor(s) and additional major(s), to graduate, students must complete the requirements for only one major (in addition to other core requirements). Your SSSP Advisor can help you navigate all of your options and explore the different offerings at Brandeis.

How many courses should I take every semester?

To graduate in eight semesters and keep up with expected rate-of-work, students should enroll in four classes (16 credits) each semester. We encourage first-year students to take no more than four courses in their first semester to allow time for transition and acclimation to the academic rigor of Brandeis University.

If I get an unsatisfactory grade in a course, will I be required to leave the university?
This is determined on a case-by-case basis. According to the academic regulations at Brandeis University, the following grades are considered unsatisfactory: D, E, U, F or NC. Please refer to the University Bulletin to familiarize yourself with the academic policies at the University.We encourage students to reach out to their SSSP academic advisor if they are in jeopardy of earning a unsatisfactory grade to receive assistance to get back on track academically.