With added freedom comes more responsibility, and with that in mind, let’s face it; sometimes college can be a challenging adjustment. Fortunately, the University of South Alabama provides students, especially incoming freshmen, with many resources (so many that we had to divide this list into two parts) that help them navigate the ins and outs of university life. Check out some of the resources on campus that freshmen students find the most helpful during their time at South:
Academic Advising and Transfer Services
Academic advisors are some of the most valuable staff members to new students, and the people you might be spending the most time with during your first year. Advisors assist in course selection and degree planning to make sure you continue on a smooth path towards graduation.
Center for Academic Excellence
We all need a little extra help sometimes, and the Center for Academic Excellence makes it incredibly simple for students to access the tutors and other support staff. From writing assistance and academic subject help, success strategies, and even time management, our peer coaches provide students with support in every facet of university life.
The Career Services office is invaluable in helping students explore career opportunities, develop marketable skills, build a competitive resume and navigate the employment search. The office offers individual consultations and assessments and resume reviews, and connects students to employers through internships and fairs.
Peer Success Coaches
Studies have shown that peer coaching increases student success. USA strategically pairs peer coaches with freshman and sophomore students who have similar interests and fields of study and are available to assist fellow students in developing effective study habits, time management, subject comprehension, and more.
Joining student organizations like SGA is one of the best ways students can make the most of their time on campus. SGA provides students with opportunities to make their voice heard. SGA not your thing? Whether you join a greek organization, an academic organization, or a special interest organization, campus involvement is a great way to make friends and feel part of JagNation.
Resident Hall Association
If you live on campus, you’re already a member of the RHA (founded in 1984) which represents the over 2400 students who call the campus of the University of South Alabama home. RHA surveys students in order to develop campus-wide social events, respond to the issues and needs of residential students, and enhance the total residence hall living experience.
USA One Stop
At the University of South Alabama, we provide students with a shortcut to answer questions about everything from financial aid to academic resources to campus activities. It’s called One Stop. The office and its website offer convenient solutions so when issues arise, students can focus on school and make the most of their college experience.
We at USA care deeply about the success of our students. As a freshman, you’ll find friendly faces that are here to assist you in every stage of your transition to college. Schedule a campus tour and come find out why USA is the university for you.