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2017 Excel Summer Program - MSU TRIO Student Support Services

Dear New Spartan,

Congratulations on your admission to Michigan State University! You have taken a great first step towards a bright future by making the decision to attend a world-class institution of higher learning. Continue to align your steps on the pathway to success and whatever you dream will be within your reach.

My name is Ryan Barr and I am the Coordinator of TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) at MSU. We provide preparation, orientation, and academic support programming for first-generation students, students from low-income backgrounds, and students with disabilities. Our program is made possible through grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education and support from The Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education at Michigan State University.

The summer before your first semester presents a unique opportunity to further develop the skills and discipline that will help you transition to a more rigorous academic environment. College is very different than high school! Incoming TRIO SSS students, those who have submitted an completed application and are selected, will have the opportunity to also apply to the 2017 TRIO Excel Summer Bridge Program (3-week residential program).

Please take the time to closely review this information packet, paying careful attention to the application details. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the programs or process, I’m here to help. You can also connect with us online at, MSU TRIO SSS on Facebook, and @MSUTRIO on Twitter and Instagram.

SSS was first implemented on MSU’s campus in 1974, and since then, thousands of students have received significant academic tutoring, mentoring, financial guidance, personal counseling, and help with applying for graduate school. These services provide support for students outside of the classroom while also encouraging student success in the classroom. Centrally located in the Office of Supportive Services, TRIO SSS is committed to being a source of guidance and support in students’ quests for educational excellence. We hope to connect with you soon!


Ryan Barr
Coordinator, TRIO SSS

Michigan State University
Office of Supportive Services
434 Farm Lane, Room 209 Bessey Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824

Office 517-353-5210
Fax 517-432-2964

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