Experience Success

Success starts with your first days on campus and continues your whole career.
Student Success

Your success in both college and life is what drives the SMC Experience. The SMCX Team offers a variety of resources to help you be successful at SMC, and we are always here to assist one-on-one as well.

All-in-one advisors
SMC students have one advisor that supports them in all areas of success from enrollment to employment. This includes scheduling your classes, academic success and recovery, and career planning and job searching. This model allows you to get to know your advisor better and have someone that truly understands how to help you reach your goals with SMC!


All Advisors are located in the Advising Suite of the Buchheit Administration Building.

Shannon Bishop
Shannon BishopDirector of Career & Success,
VA Advisor BishopS@smcsc.edu
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Ryan CliffStudent Athlete Advisor

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Brandon Lyles
Brandon Lyles,Advisor, Last Names A-G
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Victoria AnthonyAdvisor, Last Names H-N

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Shannon Bishop
Shannon BishopAdvisor, Last Names O-Z
New Advisor Coming Soon!
Contact ShannonBishopS@smcsc.edu
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The SMC Tutoring Center is free to students and has a fantastic variety of specific class help. The SMCX Success team expands on specific tutoring; we focus on the principles behind how to do better in classes on a foundational level.

Academic Resources Include:

  • How to use a planner to organize your work
  • Techniques for how to study and retain information better
Three Ways to Access FREE Tutoring:

  • In-person Tutoring on the first floor of the Walker Building
  • Online Tutoring via Microsoft Teams with an SMC peer tutor
  • Online tutoring through Upswing
Additional Student Resources:
The Tutoring Center is located on the ground floor of the Walker Building.

Book A Peer Tutor!
Schedule A Tutor Session >

Questions? Contact
Steven Jeter
Steven JeterTutor Coordinator
864.587.4273 | JeterS@smcsc.edu
Walker Building, Office 106

First-Year Programs

SMC's first year programs are designed to not only offer you an introduction to life on campus, but also to help you develop key skills that will help you be successful in both college and life.

SMC's orientation program is required for all first-year students to help you become acquainted with campus and get you started on the right path to success at SMC! You'll meet fellow incoming students, get to know the campus, and meet with various faculty and staff around campus who will be vital to a smooth first semester at SMC.

Experience Orientation Days Include:

  • Welcome from the President
  • Meet the SMCX Team
  • Social activities to get to know your fellow students
  • Student Success & Academic Resources
  • Career Services (Internship Opportunities, Jobs on Campus, etc.)
  • I.T. & Virtual Learning Help
  • Campus Involvement

Important DatesSummer 2022 Orientation Days
(Choose One)
Tuesday, July 26
Wednesday, July 27
Saturday, August 6

*All First Year Students
Are Required To Attend
An Orientation Day!*

Click Here to Register >

Email FirstYear@smcsc.edu >

Your SMCX Success Team

Is Excited For Your Visit!


SMC 101 | The First Year Experience Course

All new SMC students are required to take SMC 101. This important course kicks off your first semester at SMC by preparing you for a career after college. SMC 101 covers such topics as:

  • Time management
  • Studying techniques
  • Goal setting & achieving
  • Major & career exploration
  • Money management
  • Effective note taking, paper writing, and test taking in college
  • Valuing and amplifying diversity
  • Leadership and working effectively with others
  • Maintaining wellness during your college experience

SMC 101 InstructorsSection | Instructor | Room | Mon/Fr

A: Allyson Brown | Ellis 206 | M
B: Dr. DeAndre Howard | Ellis 203 | M
C: Jennifer Dillenger | Camak | M
D: Jerone Wilder | Ellis 203 | F
E: Emily Lausier | Ellis 205 | F
F: Kyle Wade | Mont 115 | F
G: Dr. Mindy Bliss | Mont 115 | M
H: Instructor | Ellis 205 | M
I: Shannon Bishop | Walker 201 | M
J: Ryan Cliff | Ellis 202 | F
K: Brandon Lyles | Ellis 104 | F
L: Instructor | Mont 110 | F
M: Dr. Ethan Birney | Walker 301 | M
N: Elizabeth Paulsson | Ellis 104 | M
O: Dr. Dalicia Raymond | Mont 110 | M
P: Mary Diones | Mont 111 | F
Q: Rev. Tim Drum | Ellis 103 | F
R: Stacey Scarborough | Walker 201 | F
S: Pamela Farmer | Walker 307 | M
T: Dr. Kris Pratt | Mont 111 | M
U: Steven Jeter | Ellis 103 | M
V: Instructor | Mont 116 | F
W: Chief Chris Carter | Walker 307 | F
X: Instructor | Walker 301 | F

Looking for More Information?
Email Dean of Career & Success >
The X, Office 243
Burgess Student Center
Headshot of Meagan Greorgion
Megan GeorgionDean of Career & Student Success

"Student Success from Enrollment to Employment."
Spartanburg Methodist College defines student success as the processes that are most likely to lead to positive academic, economic, and professional outcomes for students. We measure success quantitatively (academic performance, graduation rate, employment rate), as well as qualitatively (student involvement, personal and professional growth). Ultimately, SMC believes that students are successful when they demonstrate self-reliance, academic achievement, a sense of responsibility and purpose, and the ability to secure gainful employment in a chosen career.