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Services for student success
- There are many services and resources on campus to empower students for success.
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Murphy Learning Center (MLC)
Tutoring, Writing Center, Public Speaking. All UW-La-Crosse students can receive free tutoring services in a variety of courses, as well as utilize the Writing Center and the Center for Public Speaking at the MLC. In addition to on-site tutoring they can also direct you to tutoring offered by other campus departments.
The OMSS peer tutoring program provides free course specific tutoring to multicultural UWL undergraduate students upon request.
Student Support Services (SSS)
SSS provides academic, personal, career, and financial advising and support services to low income and first generation college students, as well as students with disabilities.
The ESL Institute at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse endeavors to help students develop the necessary academic skills, English language skills, and cross-cultural competence to be successful in a university setting.
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Eagle Alert allows instructors to provide feedback during the 5th week of classes regarding academic progress. The student receives an email and can access the feedback through WINGS after an instructor and/or advisor provides feedback.
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- Assist with course selections and schedule planning for one or more semesters.
- Advice on progression toward graduation (Gen Ed requirements, major, minor, college requirements).
- Discuss opportunities such as undergraduate research and creativity, job shadowing, internships, study abroad programs
- Need the name of your faculty advisor? Check your Student Center in WINGS.
College Academic Services
Your major determines which of the following colleges you are in:
- College of Business Administration (CBA)
- College of Liberal Studies (CLS)
- School of Arts and Communication (SAC)
- College of Science and Health (CSH)
- School of Education (SOE)
Each college office provides extensive academic services:
- Process program (change of major) change forms.
- Perform credit checks and degree verifications.
- Ensure accuracy of the Advising Report (AR) report.
- Interpret academic policies and procedures
- Advise incoming transfer students and assist with transfer credits.
- Approve off-campus courses for transfer credit.
- Notify and advise students who are ineligible or on probation
- Advise students without a declared major who are following health-related pre-professional tracks OTHER than pre-PT or pre-OT (those students should contact the Academic Advising Center)
Academic Advising Center
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- Advise students in the College of Science & Health (SAH) and the College of Liberal Studies (CLS) without a declared major, including students following a pre-PT or pre-OT track.
- Students without a declared major who are following other pre-professional tracks in health should contact the SAH College Office.
- Assist students with exploring alternative majors, transferring schools, or researching graduate school and careers.
Are you ...
- Choosing a major?
- A student without a declared major and registering for next semester?
- Changing your major?
- Getting the most out of advising?
- Looking for ways to be more academically successful?
- Having trouble with WINGS?
- A student with a declared major and registering for next semester?
- Concerned about Advisement Report (AR) accuracy?
- Planning for Commencement?
- Making post-graduation plans?
- A student with other questions about advising, registration, grades or transcripts?
How do I declare a major?
You will need to submit a completed "Change of Program" form and take it to the College Office to which your major belongs. This form is available in any of the College Dean's Offices and the Academic Advising Center.
How do I find who my advisor is?
Log in to your WINGS account. Your "Program Advisor" is listed on the right side of your student center. Your advisor is typically a faculty member who teaches in the department and is well-versed in the coursework required for your specific major/concentration/career path.
How often will I meet with my advisor?
You are required to meet with your Biology advisor at least once each fall and spring prior to registering for classes. Biology advisors will email you shortly after mid-semester in the fall and again in the spring with instructions for setting up a meeting time. If you have questions or issues at other times of the semester, feel free to contact your advisor (email or phone) to set up an appointment.
If you are a Biology major with 60 credits or less, you have access to the "Advising Site for Biology Majors" D2L site. There are links there for finding certain kinds of information and explanations for how to do a variety of things such as drop a class or find a tutor. Visit frequently as information is updated weekly.
What do we do when we meet for registration advising?
You should arrive to your meeting promptly with an idea of the courses that you want to take. Your advisor will discuss that list of courses with you and make suggestions for better choices, if applicable. It is our job as advisors to give you the best advice we can to help you navigate through your required coursework as swiftly as possible, but in the end, you are the one that chooses the courses to take. You can also ask other questions at this session, including ones about careers, etc.
What if I'm struggling academically?
There are a number of resources on campus for students experiencing difficulty in their coursework. First, you should consult the instructor of the class with which you are struggling. The instructor may have recommendations on how to study or who to ask for help.
The Murphy Learning Center has Biology tutors. Check the website athttps://www.uwlax.edu/Murphy-Learning-Center/ for Biology tutoring hours.
The Counseling & Testing Center has learning specialists on hand to assist with study skills and test anxiety. The self-help page (https://www.uwlax.edu/Counseling-Testing/Self-help/) might be a place to start for some online assistance.
If you believe that dropping the course is in your best interest, be sure to be aware of drop deadlines and methods (consult https://www.uwlax.edu/records/ or the SAH Dean’s Academic Services Office, 205 Graff, 608.785.8156).
What if I'd like more of a challenge or a new experience?
Biology majors have opportunities to do undergraduate research and/or internships. Talk to your faculty advisor about research opportunities, or consult https://www.uwlax.edu/URC/ to learn how to get started. Internships (paid or unpaid) may be taken for academic credit, usually in the junior or senior year. The Career Services office coordinates internship opportunities.
How do I apply to graduate?
Complete the “Apply for Graduation” found in your WINGS Student Center. It is recommended that you make an appointment with the Dean’s Office (608-785-8156) to do a credit check as you approach the time to register for your last semester of classes.