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Where to Get Support on Campus

Where to Get Support on Campus

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  • Sep 03, 2019
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Going to college is exciting, but may also be challenging as you encounter new people, places, and ideas. Luckily, there are many people and places on campus who can help you succeed.

Need help with your classes?

  • Advising: Academic advisors help students choose the classes, majors and programs that are right for them.
  • Office Hours: Professors and teacher's assistants (TAs) hold regular times for students to ask questions and get extra help.
  • Tutoring: Most colleges offer free tutoring services. Some colleges, like Western Oregon University, have additional support for math, writing and other subjects.

Concerned about money?

  • Financial Aid: The college's financial aid office can answer questions about scholarships, grants, loans and work-study awards. Some offices may host workshops or events to help students complete the FAFSA or ORSAA, learn about budgeting and other financial topics.
  • Career Services: Need a job? Most colleges have an office dedicated to helping students explore career interests, prepare for job applications and interviews, and find jobs during and after college.
  • Social Services: Many colleges have additional resources for students such as the student food pantry at Klamath Community College or emergency loans at Oregon State University.

Not feeling your best?

  • Health Center: Many colleges have a health center so students who live on campus can easily access a health professional.
  • Counseling Services: Most colleges provide trained counselors to support students' mental health, as well as support groups and classes in mindfulness like at Lewis & Clark College.
  • Physical Education & Fitness Centers: Regular exercise is an important part of staying healthy. Colleges often offer physical education classes and free fitness centers for students. Use PE classes to try something new (and get credit!)

Want to meet new people and get involved?

  • Student Clubs: From video games (like Southwestern Oregon Community College's eSports club) to ballroom dance (like at the University of Oregon), there is a club for you! Colleges also encourage students to create new clubs.
  • Community Engagement: Learn about volunteer opportunities at a college's office for community or civic engagement.