Exploratory - Saluki Success Initiative

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The Exploratory Student - Saluki Success Initiative (EXP2/SSI) program is designed to provide academic support to a select group of students who show potential for college-level work but who do not meet regular University admissions requirements.  Without such an opportunity, these students would not be able to attend the University.

Our program provides students with academic support services during their first year that are designed to assist them in meeting SIU undergraduate requirements and in progressing toward graduation while preparing to declare their major or reapply to a competitive program.

Services include mandatory academic coaching, advising, mentoring and tutoring for students as they take college-level courses that apply to their intended degree programs.  Motivated and committed students will find academic advisors and other staff members who will work with them to take them from where they are to where they want to be.

EXP2 Students are:

  • Students who show potential to be successful but were not admitted to SIU based on the admission criteria
  • Students who have a major of interest, have multiple interests, or are undecided

EXP2 Students will:

  • Work with their Academic Advisor to schedule classes
  • Create a personal academic plan to identify their area of interest
  • Be required to adhere to their Saluki Success Initiative contract
  • Attend mandatory workshops each semester
  • Have a Saluki Success Coach to assist with their transition to college
  • Take a UNIV 101: Saluki Success course
  • Meet with a Tutor and/or Academic Coach in the Center for Learning Support Services



Learn more about how Exploratory Student Advisement prepares our students for success. We will discuss the contract terms for the Saluki Success Initiative (SSI) program and allow you time to ask questions about this program and more.

Our team can’t wait to meet you!


Day Date Time
Wednesday July 24 3:30 PM
Wednesday July 31 3:30 PM
Wednesday August 7 3:30 PM

Program Director
Dr. Kris Marshall
sheed@siu.edu | 618-453-6807

Coordinator for Recruitment and Retention
Rita Medina
rita.medina@siu.edu | 618-453-6896 

Ready to Register for Classes?

When advisement for your starting term begins, our office will reach out to schedule your Academic Advisement appointment. 

Fall and Summer Admits - Outreach usually begins in March

Spring Admits - Outreach usually begins in October

If you have any questions before then, feel free to contact our main advisement office at: