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About the Center

The Dr. Patricia Lynch Stith Student Success Center is a dynamic resource (primarily) for freshmen and sophomore students. Our The Dr. Patricia Lynch Stith Student Success Center supports Norfolk State University's mission of transforming lives and communities by empowering a culturally diverse student population through comprehensive educational programs that promote academic and social engagement, educational commitment, and self-efficacy.



  • Develop in each student the skills, attitudes, and beliefs necessary to foster an understanding of the process of learning to achieve academic, career and life goals.
  • Foster an open and responsive environment that encourages faculty and students to take an active interest and role in student success.
  • Work collaboratively with the campus community to promote student persistence and successful completion of the students' educational goals.
  • To assist students in becoming more independent, self-confident and efficient learners.
  • Assess the effectiveness of the Success Center and evolve in response to student needs.