Academic advisors help students select appropriate classes, understand academic policies, and plan a course of study based on individual interests, skills, and talents. Each new student is advised by a professional advisor in the University College advising office until he or she enters a major degree program. The advising office provides additional services for students interested in health professions and students in University College degree programs.
Learning Assistance Program (LAP)
The Learning Assistance Program (LAP) provides tutoring in introductory level courses, supplemental instruction, and courses and consultations to enhance students learning skills. LAP also works with special populations of students – such as modest-income and/or first generation college students, as well as student-athletes – to provide a comprehensive support system that maximizes academic success.
Office of Testing Services
The Office of Testing Services is certified by Educational Testing Service, Pearson VUE, and several private boards to coordinate the administration of more than 15 different standardized testing programs in both computer-based and paper-and-pencil formats. Exams for licensure, certification and academic admissions are administered throughout the year.
Orientation helps new students explore Appalachian's academic and social opportunities and make a smooth transition to life on campus. During summer orientation, academic advisors assist entering students in choosing courses and planning a program of study. Students also have opportunities to meet professors and get to know other students. All new students – freshmen and transfers – are required to attend.
University Documentary Film Services
The mission of the University Documentary Film Services (UDS) is to encourage students, staff and faculty to engage in short scholarly documentary projects and support their efforts. Specifically the UDFS coordinates existing documentary efforts and resources on campus; provides information and support for producing documentaries; offers classroom instruction and workshops about basic documentary skills; as well as archives and disseminate campus documentary projects.
University Writing Center
The University Writing Center offers free services on a variety of projects: papers for academic courses; master's and senior thesis chapters; personal essays for job, graduate school, and law school applications; and creative writing projects. The staff works with writers at any stage of the writing process, from inventing topics to editing sentences.
Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)
In support of Appalachian's writing requirements in the General Education Program, consultants from the Writing Across the Curriculum Program work closely with faculty members and the University Writing Center to incorporate the teaching of writing into course and assignment design. They also help develop effective means for faculty and writing center staff to discuss, respond to, and evaluate student writing in all disciplines.