12 resources to help students succeed at McMaster

McMaster community members walking through the University Hall archway

The university experience is so much more than academics.  

That’s why at McMaster, there are supports in place to help students with their physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing. 

Here are twelve resources that students can take advantage of:  

A hand writing something on a clipboard. In the background there is a person seated with their fingers interlaced1. The Student Wellness Centre 

The Student Wellness Centre (SWC) provides a range of counselling options, medical services and wellness programs to McMaster students. Find the SWC in rooms 210/201 in the Peter George Centre for Living and Learning (PGCLL) and follow them on Instagram.  

A hand on an open laptop2. Student Accessibility Services 

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) provides academic accommodations and related supports for students with disabilities at McMaster. From note-taking services to assistive technology, the SAS Team can help students get the most out of their university experiences. 

A person holding a backpack with their back to the camera3. The Student Success Centre 

The Student Success Centre (SSC) supports the academic, personal and professional growth of McMaster students. Areas of support include International Student Experience, Writing and Academic Skills, Spiritual Care and Learning, Leadership Development, Financial Wellness, Experiential Learning, Career Counselling and Job Search and Global Experiences. Follow the SSC on Instagram.

Students lined up with their arms stretched overhead4. Housing and Conference Services

From food drives to clothing swaps, to mental health workshops and everything in between, stay up to date with all of the events offered to those living in residence at McMaster by following MacRezLife on Instagram.  

A person on a rock climbing wall5. Athletics and Recreation 

From aquatics to Zumba, the Department of Athletics and Recreation provides a range of activities to get you moving. Visit their website to explore the many fitness classes, recreational activities and facilities available to Marauders. 

A student in a MSU Maroons jersey6. The McMaster Students Union 

The McMaster Students Union (MSU) represents undergraduate students and operates 25 different services and businesses. Looking to get involved in an extracurricular? Use the MSU’s clubs directory to search the 300+ student clubs on campus.  

The exterior of the Black Student Success Centre7. The Black Student Success Centre 

The Black Student Success Centre (BSSC) is dedicated to supporting and championing the holistic (academic, personal and professional) success and overall well‑being of Black/African descent students and fostering a positive Black student and athlete experience. Follow the BSSC on Instagram for events, support and services.

A painting by internationally renowned Canadian Indigenous artist Norval Morrisseau, titled The Family8. Indigenous Student Services 

Indigenous Student Services (ISS) provides a culturally safe space for Indigenous learners to develop community and access support. ISS provides resources to learn about culture, university life and academic skill development while celebrating Indigenous values and ways of knowing. Follow ISS on Instagram 

McMaster's Edwards Arch9. The McMaster Okanagan Office of Health & Well-being 

The McMaster Okanagan Office of Health & Well-being offer a range of supports for McMaster community members like the Period Equity Pilot Project, the Bring Your Own Bottle initiative and Campus Food Charter. Okanagan is also launching a new student volunteer program this fall. 

McMaster's Hamilton Hall in a maroon circle10. The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office 

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO) is committed to providing inclusive and trauma‑informed response and support to all members of the McMaster community. Explore their support options, training and workshops, events or visit them in University Hall.

A body of water with blue skies overhead 11. Nature at McMaster  

We are lucky to have waterfalls, valleys, meadows, wetlands, and forests near campus to explore and discover. Nature at McMaster runs hiking events, stewardship projects as well as classroom and outdoor learning programming. Follow them on Instagram. 

The logo of The Forge in a maroon circle12. The Forge  

The Forge is an entrepreneurial hub backed by McMaster University, catering to startups in the Hamilton, Greater Toronto and Niagara Regions. The Forge offers programs, resources, and mentorship opportunities to empower innovators, entrepreneurs, and dreamers as they transform their ideas into successful ventures. 

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