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Calvin E. Bright Success Center and Fiat Lux Scholars Program

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Kolligian Library 222
Phone: 209-228-7252

UC Merced faculty and staff are committed to the academic success of every student. The Calvin E. Bright Success Center, located in Kolligian Library 222, is responsible for advising students who are undecided about their majors and any student who has questions about degree or University requirements. The advisors in the Schools and the Bright Success Center (BSC) work closely with the academic programs to ensure that students receive accurate and timely advising. The Bright Success Center also assists students to acquire the skills they need to develop intellectually, become successful learners and achieve their academic goals, through workshops on many topics relevant to college learning and self-management. The Peer Academic Advisors work in collaboration with Residence Life and many other support services to help students make the best use of the resources on campus that promote their success.

The Center’s diverse staff members offer programs focusing on effective study skills, critical reading, and analytical writing that help all students, regardless of major.  Group tutoring and study sessions are offered by the Peer Assisted Learning Support (PALS) team, comprising faculty-approved peer tutors.  These services are available through the BSC free of charge to provide assistance to students of all levels of ability and preparation. Additional programs and workshops also help students adapt to the demands of college. It is common for college students to find that they need to explore new methods for reading, note-taking, time management and other skills in order to meet the demands and pace of college learning. The Bright Success Center, working closely with Career Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Residence Life and many other areas, ensures that students receive the support they need to plan and succeed in their chosen course of study and beyond. Students with advanced skills in science, math or writing should speak to their professors or staff at the Center to find out how to become a trained, paid tutor on campus.

The BSC is headquarters for New Student Orientation, and this includes an orientation program offered to parents and family members of new students, as well. The Center also produces the Partners in Success parents’ and families’ newsletter each semester. Student Success is made possible by a combined, unified effort on the part of all who play a role in influencing students’ lives, and therefore the BSC makes constant efforts to collaborate with as many constituencies as possible in promoting an effective learning environment.

The Guardian Scholars Program is housed in the Bright Success Center, providing a variety of support services for former Foster Youth. 

The Degree Attainment for Returning and Transfer Scholars (DARTS) Program in the BSC provides textbook loans, support for career preparation, community-building with peers, and academic and personal guidance to meet the unique needs of this population.

The Undocumented Students support office is also inside of the Bright Success Center, where the staff provides guidance and support related to navigating legal issues, seeking financial support, career preparation, and a wide variety of services to ensure that students with documentation concerns can live safely, maintain health and personal needs, enroll fully, and plan for a successful future.

The BSC also provides guidance to academically elite students interested in participating in prestigious academic competitions, and is headquarters for the Fiat Lux Scholars’ Program.  This program provides intrusive advising, highly personalized, holistic support, and special workshops, opportunities and events, including a living-learning community option, for students from a wide array of underrepresented backgrounds.  Visit our website at to learn more about all of our programs.