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ROAR 2 Success!

ROAR 2 Success! Peer Mentors standing aside one another for a photo
ROAR 2 Success! Peer Mentors

What is ROAR 2 Success?

Did you know; that your comfort with resource access and your overall performance in the first year of college typically predicts how successful you will be for the remaining three years? Your first year is where you begin to make connections on campus with peers, staff, and faculty. These connections begin to build your network of support for years to come.

ROAR stands for Recognizing Opportunities Achieving Results. The program is focused on providing advocacy and customized support to first year students. This effort is designed to ensure that first year students have what they need to be successful, which aligns with the college’s mission to empower students to succeed.


How are students selected for ROAR 2 Success?

Currently, any perspective first year student that confirms their attendance at Buffalo State College and is not enrolled in any other support program on campus is eligible to participate. Students who are accepted to Buffalo State through Honors, EOP, or as an International Student are currently ineligible for services through the Roar 2 Success program.


Why participate in ROAR 2 Success?

Students enrolled and actively engaged in Roar 2 Success will receive:

  • Summer Transitional Support to college with the "Countdown 2 College" program
  • One-on-one guidance from an assigned Completion Coach
  • Group/Individual Peer Mentoring services
  • Access to specialized programs events
  • Access to the Roar 2 Success Lounge (open M-F 10a-6p, Student Union rm 408)
  • A weekly copy of our virtual "Humpday Highlight", packed with success tips & event info


Our Best Hope

It is our best hope that with the support of the Roar 2 Success program all first-year students will build a foundation that allows them to be successful during their time at Buffalo State.


Meet the ROAR 2 Success Completion Coaches:

Each student enrolled in the program will be assigned to a Completion Coach. Your Coach is here to offer guidance, advocacy, and support, with a focus on navigating the Buffalo State campus. Students can schedule a 1:1 meeting with their Completion Coach in the Bengal Success Portal or attend our Weekly Virtual Drop-In Hours. We suggest that students commit to meeting with a Coach at least once per month. If you are having difficulty, then we suggest meeting with your Coach bi-weekly.

What can a Completion Coach help with?

  • Organization and Time Management
  • Pre-Registration Support
  • Registration Tutorial
  • Resource Connection (on or off campus)
  • Goal Planning
  • Social Support Connection
  • Financial Aid/Hold Resolution Guidance
  • Conduct Hearing Preparation/Guidance
  • Post Conduct Hearing Support
  • Academic Dismissal Hearing Preparation

Anything you need, just ask Roar 2 Success is here for you!

Mr. Zach Jones Butler
Mrs. Paula Love
Ms. Chelsea Allen
Ms. Shawnte Wilson


Catch us in the Union or your Res Hall: Tuesdays/Wednesdays from 12:00p-2:00p

Join our Drop in Support Hours: virtually Wednesdays 10a-12p, or in person 1p-3p in the Student Union 408 

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Text Us: 716-452-9430 M-F 10-6p

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"ROAR 2 Success" is part of the Department of Education's Title III Grant initiative




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