Concerns may include: questioning whether you should continue with the semester or take time off instead, wondering if you are in the right major or classes, questions about what it means to take some time off and what forms you need to complete.
Academic advising is an educational partnership between a faculty member and a student whose goal is the student's academic, personal, and professional success. Advisors and advisees collaborate to help students achieve their aims. Advisors explain policies, identify resources, and give advice; however, students are ultimately responsible for making the decisions that will keep them on track.
In University College, we are committed to three ideals: exploration, interdisciplinarity, and access. We are the college of exploration as we are home to students working with the Exploratory Studies Program. Exploratory Studies is for students who have not yet declared a major and are working to find their path. This program is committed to supporting students so they can find the right path to help solve the problems of tomorrow. If students find that the problems they want to help solve require expertise in various fields, they may major in one of the interdisciplinary programs in University College:the Liberal Studies major or the Professional Studies concentration. These programs allow students to build customized degrees that require students to build expertise in multiple areas. University College is also home to a number of support services that help students succeed at WCU including the Academic Development Program (ADP), the Achieve! Program, the Learning Assistance and Resource Center (LARC), the Office Of Services For Students With Disabilities (OSSD), the Ram Initiative, the Summer Bridge Program, and the Writing Center.
Success Coaching provides individualized support to guide students toward academic and personal success at WCU. Each student is paired with a success coach to meet with regularly or as needed. Success coaching topics include: time management, test preparation, note taking, textbook reading, college adjustment and more.
The Financial Aid Office at West Chester University provides financial assistance and counseling to students who can benefit from further education but cannot obtain it without such assistance. Financial aid consists of gift aid in the form of scholarships or grants, and self-help aid in the form of employment or loans.