TRIO Student Support Services

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EXCEL/Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally-funded TRIO program designed to help students overcome academic, social, cultural, and other barriers to their success in college. EXCEL/SSS serves 200 participants annually. There is no cost to students or families who participate in EXCEL/SSS.

Mission Statement

To provide the support necessary for each EXCEL/SSS student to reach his/her own level of academic excellence and succeed in achieving a postsecondary education.

Advisory Services

Tutoring in all general education courses and many electives combined with academic, financial aid, and transfer advising are key components of EXCEL/SSS. Success rates for students who take advantage of services are excellent. 

Approximately half of EXCEL/SSS students who graduate each year transfer to four-year universities. EXCEL/SSS alumni have earned bachelor's and/or master's degrees at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO), St. Louis University, Washington University, Missouri University of Science and Technology (S & T), University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), Central Methodist University (CMU), Truman University, Missouri State University, and others. Major areas of study include engineering, psychology, elementary education, secondary education, social work, sociology, counseling, nursing, and other health-related areas.

Almost all MAC students are eligible for our program.

To find out if you qualify, come to the Learning Center. We'll take care of everything!

If you can't stop by, give us a call at (573) 518-2131. You can also schedule a welcome session online! Just go to, click on the "Book Now!" button, and select the "Join our Program!" category; from there, you can schedule an on-campus welcome session or a virtual welcome session over Zoom.

  • EXCEL Scholarships Available! Ask us!

Office Hours (Fall and Spring)

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Office Hours (Summer)

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Contact us

The Learning Center
Located off the Concourse in the Arts & Sciences Building

Call: (573) 518-2131