About Student Success


What is student success?

To us, student success is when students like you graduate having achieved your self-identified goals while staying actively engaged both in and out of the classroom. Success means that you’re ready to apply what you’ve learned after graduation. Our mission in the SSO is to help you achieve success.

Our 5 Hacks for Success at Waterloo


  1. Get ahead by getting started - tap into our academic resources
  2. Lead with your actions - polish your leadership skills in a workshop
  3. Add some adventure to your degree - study abroad or go on exchange
  4. Feel at home in Canada - maintain your documents and join a supportive community
  5. Get involved and build your network - connect, volunteer, or work with the SSO

    Our 2019 Impact

    The SSO supports students in a variety of ways during their time at Waterloo. But don't just take our word for it, have a look at some of these stats from 2019:

    ''''2,300+Students participated in the Student Leadership Program

    Learn more about Student Leadership opportunities.

    ''''430+Students participated in an exchange, internship, or study abroad program

    Add some adventure to your degree!

    ''''660+Appointments made or drop-in visits with Peer Success Coaches

    Tap into these academic resources.

    ''''4,650+In-person immigration consulting appointments plus another 5,700 via email support

    See what other international student resources exist.

    ''''20,000+Students using the UWaterloo Portal app

    Download the Portal app and see for yourself!

    ''''1,000+Student volunteers supporting orientation activities

    See what other opportunities exist to be involved with the SSO team.

    We're here to help!

    You've come this far, take the next step and connect with us.

    Our Commitment to sustainability

    Green Office Silver Certified badgeThe SSO joined the Green Office Program to reduce our environmental impact and inspire staff to do their part both at work and at home.