Academic Support

The Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success provides staff and services to help you succeed as a student at Michigan Tech.

Individual Assistance

If you have academic or personal concerns that may be inhibiting your success as a student, our staff are available to assist you. Contact us at 906-487-3558, email, or stop by our office located on the first floor of the Administration Building.

Group Assistance

Academic success workshops, exercises, and other services are available to student organizations by request. Please email to schedule a meeting to discuss your needs.

First-Year Academic Advisor Meetings

Academic Advisor meetings are opportunities for first-year students to learn about major requirements, ask questions, and meet faculty members. Meetings are held each fall and spring semester prior to registration for the following semester, and all first-year students are strongly encouraged to attend.

You will receive notification by email directing you to the First-Year Academic Advising Meetings list. Please read it carefully and if you have any questions, follow up with your department's office. If you need assistance at anytime, please contact your academic advisor for an appointment.

Academic Success Course Work

The Wahtera Center offers a variety of courses designed to enhance academic and personal success. Visit Success Skills Courses for more information.

Resources that Complement Canvas Use

Explore the variety of resources available that can make course material more accessible and user appropriate.
Have you ever found content in your course that was difficult to read, or you wish came in a different format?
Access Ally (for alternative course material formats)

The Microsoft Immersive Reader enhances your reading experience by improving accessibility and boosting reading comprehension.
Access Immersive Reader

Equation allows you to create equations, formulas, and more, digitally.  Helping to make math and STEM classes more accessible and engaging for every learner.
Access EquatiO (video)

Tools such as Text-to-Speech help with word recognition and accessibility tools including a screenshot reader and the ability to simplify online content that suits your diverse learning style.
Access Read & Write

Academic Success Workshops

The Center has developed workshops designed to teach students how to be deeper and more effective learners. For more information please contact


The ExSEL Program offers academic support through services such as peer mentoring, study skills and time management techniques, academic progress monitoring, campus resource referrals, campus and community involvement events, and career and personal development seminars. The program is a comprehensive partnership between the Wahtera Center for Student Success, Financial Aid, and all colleges and schools on campus, and is aimed at increasing student success and retention.

The ExSEL Program is open to all undergraduate students at Michigan Tech. For more information, contact

Midterm Outreach

Any first-year student receiving two or more unsatisfactory (UN) grades at midterm will have a meeting scheduled with success staff from the Wahtera Center or a collaborating area on campus. This meeting is intended to provide suggestions for opportunities to improve their performance.