Institute for Student Success

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Katie O’Brien

The Student Success and Retention Specialist works to support and advance retention efforts. The Retention Specialist provides oversight, management, and support for the academic early alert process and the programming around Academic Probation. The Retention Specialist helps to identify, implement, and/or refer students to the appropriate interventions and resources to advance student success.


Katie comes to Ursinus from Drexel University where she served as an Academic Advisor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions since 2016. Before that, Katie completed a master’s program in clinical mental health counseling at Villanova University. In her downtime, Katie loves to cook and bake, read, and spend time with her husband and rescue dog, Piper.