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Our team provides Stony Brook undergraduates additional academic advising support working in conjunction with students’ general advisor and academic major advisor. As our name indicates, it is our mission to help students stay on track to graduate from Stony Brook University in four years. We proactively work to retain students and guide them along the path towards four-year degree completion. We help guide junior and senior students who started as first-year students at Stony Brook.


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Jennifer Poma
Lead Retention Specialist & Academic Success Advisor

Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut in Human Development & Family Studies with a minor in Sociology.  She then went on to Hofstra University to receive her Masters of Science in Education in Counseling. She has worked over 10 years in retail including running her own store, then going on to working in undergraduate admissions.  She has begun her journey as a Seawolf joining the Finish in 4 team in 2016. Jennifer helps create student success by teaching a first-year seminar, making sure students are on track with their SBC’s, and making sure there is a plan for timely graduation.

Jennifer Rodriguez
Lead Academic Success Advisor & SUNY Korea Advising Coordinator

Jen earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Social Work at Stony Brook University, where she discovered a passion for social justice and higher education. She has cultivated a variety of experiences in academic advising, new student orientation, teaching, leadership development, community mental health education and counseling. She is excited to continue her work with the Stony Brook community and values her role in supporting fellow Seawolves as they pursue personal and academic success.

Michelle Setnikar
Lead Academic Success Advisor & Academic Standing Coordinator   

Michelle has been a proud member of the Stony Brook University community for many years. As a student at SBU, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and the experiences she had as a peer educator and Career Center intern motivated her to pursue a career in higher education. She earned a Master of Social Work degree with a specialization in Student-Community Development (Higher Education), worked as a member of the Campus Residences team, and served as an academic advisor in Academic and Transfer Advising Services for seven years. In her current role, Michelle will support success and retention initiatives through the Division of Undergraduate Education, particularly around academic standing. She serves as the assigned advisor for conditionally reinstated students and assists in the coordination of the academic standing process. Michelle appreciates the opportunity to serve as a guide for students as an advisor, teacher, and advocate for their success.

Just when I felt like I was hopeless
and would have to stay another year,
my counselor helped me fit in everything
I needed into one semester. It really
took a huge load of stress off my shoulders.
- Timothy Class of 2018

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Countdown to Graduation!

Friday May 21, 2021