Ways in Which We Help

Professional Advising

All freshman students are assigned a Professional Academic Advisor based on their major, even if the student is undeclared. Students are advised by a Professional Advisor for the first year and then assigned a faculty advisor at the end of the freshman year. Advising is more than registration. We aim to assist undergraduates by collaborating with them in identifying and pursuing their educational objectives, providing accurate and timely information, and promoting students responsibility and accountability for their own academic, personal and professional success. 

Free Tutoring

Tutoring is provided to every undergraduate student in every undergraduate course on campus as part of the students’ tuition. Some tutoring is provided one on one, and some is provided by weekly drop in sessions. Please check out the Tutoring Page for more information on how to sign up for a tutor and to see the drop in schedule for the semester.

Freshman Success Seminar

The Freshmen Success Seminars are dedicated to assisting first year students in becoming active and engaged members of the university community. Students focus on adjusting to the collegiate experience, exploring the opportunities and expectations of university life, and charting their degree plan.

College Student Inventory

The CSI is a student completed assessment taken during the first week of the fall semester. The inventory helps to  assess the student’s college readiness both academically and socially, and identifies the student’s receptivity to support on campus. Each student meets one on one with his or her Professional Advisor to discuss the results and identify areas of strength and resources that may benefit the student. We use the data from the inventory to help students find the resources they need most on campus.

Early Alert

Early Alerts are one way schools can identify which students need intervention right away.  At Ashland University we survey faculty at week five. Undergraduate professors are sent an email asking them to identify any student who has missed two or more classes unexcused and/or any student who is receiving a C or lower in the course. Identifying students early who may be struggling in a course allows students time to create a plan to be more successful in the course(s). Students, along with their Professional and Faculty Advisors are notified if they have received an alertThe students should meet with their faculty member who submitted the alert(s) and their advisors to discuss their plan to get back on track.  

Academic Dismissal

According to the university catalog, students whose semester GPA falls below a 2.0 are subject to probation or dismissal. 

Students will receive a letter indicating that they are on academic probation and are required to meet with the Center for Academic Support before the end of first week of classes to discuss strategies for improving their grade point average, to review their current class schedule and to go over the requirements the student must meet in order to remain at Ashland University.

The Professional Advisor partners with the student to create a plan for success.

Living Learning Communities

Each community consists of approximately 25 incoming freshmen students from specific colleges who have chosen to live in the same housing unit and attend one or more classes that have been blocked specifically for the CBLLC. The communities intentionally develop connections with programs, services, faculty, staff and other resources and opportunities on the Ashland University campus. The program includes special presentations by faculty and outside speakers, as well as social and recreational activities. Membership in a CBLLC is not determined competitively by academic rank. Membership is open to all students in a college as long as space is available.

Learn more about the LLC groups here.

15 to Finish

We encourage all students to register for and complete 15 credit hours per semester in order to accrue 30 in a school year. Fifteen credit hours per semester helps students to complete 120 credit hours in four years, the required number of credits to graduate. **It is important to note that students need to successfully complete the credit hours and the requirements of their academic program. Some programs require more than 120 credit hours. Please see your Professional Advisor for more information.

Know a student in need of support? Submit referrals to:

Kristina "Tina" Cunningham

Assistant Director of Academic Advising- Student Support

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