Academic Success Units


Career & Experiential Learning

David Gaston, Assistant Vice Provost

Empowers students to critically apply and enhance their knowledge and skills through meaningful experiences such as internships, undergraduate research, service learning, and fellowship opportunities.


Center for Service Learning

1450 Jayhawk Blvd. | Strong Hall, Room 150
785-864-0960 | Jomella Watson-Thompson, Director

Fosters teaching, learning, and research experiences that develop civic agency, address social challenges, and cultivate a shared commitment to the public interest.

Center for Undergraduate Research

1450 Jayhawk Blvd. | Strong Hall, Room 151
785-864-5733 | Alison Olcott, Director

Works with instructors and mentors to develop and promote curricula and models for mentoring; engaging and advising students in their development as researchers; and by providing campus-wide programs that celebrate undergraduate research at KU.

Office of Fellowships

1300 Sunnyside Ave. | Summerfield Hall, Room 222
785-864-4235 | Anne Wallen, Director

Supports KU undergraduate students interested in applying for competitive national scholarships and fellowships. Oversees the campus nomination process for many fellowships including Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Churchill, Goldwater, Truman, and Udall.

University Career Center

1300 Sunnyside Ave. | Summerfield Hall, Room 206
785-864-3624 | Wendy Shoemaker, Director

Comprehensive career services for students including career coaching and exploration, the Career Advancement Program (CAP), part-time and off-campus job listings, various career fairs, internship information, resume review, mock interviews, job search assistance, on-campus interviews, professional employment opportunities database, career information library, professional clothing closet, workshops, events, and more.


KU Core & Jayhawk Blueprint

1450 Jayhawk Blvd. | Strong Hall, Room 156
785-864-4907 | Holly Scheirman, Coordinator

The KU Core is the university-wide curriculum comprised of three general education goals and three advanced education goals that all incoming undergraduate students will complete as part of their degree requirements. The University Core Curriculum Committee (UCCC) sets guidelines and has final approval of the elements included in the KU Core.

Jayhawk Blueprint is the concurrent enrollment program in partnership with USD 497 – Lawrence Public Schools. Through the program, high school students from the Lawrence Public School District can enroll in KU credit bearing courses taught by their teachers at the high schools.


Lt. Gen. William K. Jones Military-Affiliated Student Center

1300 Sunnyside Ave. | Summerfield Hall, Room 345
785-864-2458 | April Blackmon Strange, Director

Serves as a centralized resource for military-affiliated students – veterans, Active Duty/Guard/Reserve service members, spouses, dependents and ROTC cadets. Provides a variety of services, programs and advocacy for prospective, new and current students. Also offers a full-time Department of Veterans Affairs education and career counselor for veterans and GI Bill users. Provides training and support to faculty and staff who work with military-affiliated students.


Office of First-Year Experience

1450 Jayhawk Blvd. | Strong Hall, Room 133
785-864-4270 | Abby Coffin, Interim Director

Coordinates academic and co-curricular programs to challenge and support first-year students and establish a strong foundation for earning a degree. Programs provide pathways into experiential learning. Includes orientation, welcome programs, KU Common Book, First-Year Seminars, UNIV 101, and learning communities.


Undergraduate Advising Center

1300 Sunnyside Ave. | Summerfield Hall, Room 315
785-864-2834 | Abby Coffin, Director

Provides comprehensive advising services, including transition and development programs for new and continuing students. Also provides assistance for students regarding major exploration, university policies, and academic probation issues.


University Academic Support Centers

1450 Jayhawk Blvd. | Strong Hall, Room 22
785-864-4064 | Andrew Shoemaker, Director

Offers services and programs to assist students in their academic success, including supplemental instruction, tutoring, individualized consultations, and workshops. Facilitate academic accommodations and provide support and advocacy for students with disabilities.


Academic Learning Center

1445 Jayhawk Blvd. | Wescoe Hall, Room 4017
785-864-3624 | Kristin Scott, Associate Director

Offers many services and programs to assist students in their academic success and to enhance their collegiate experience at KU. Choose from individual consultations, group workshops or general or course-specific academic assistance, by appointment or on a walk-in basis.

Academic Retention and Engagement Center

1300 Sunnyside Ave. | Summerfield Hall
Annise Richard, Associate Director

Offers student support through dedicated retention initiatives designed to facilitate a successful transition to KU and the ongoing support needed to help students accomplish their goals. The initiatives and programs within the Academic Retention and Engagement Center will include Hawk Link, the Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP), the Haskell Exchange Program, Peer Mentoring, OPTIONS (in partnership with TRIO), KC Scholars, Hispanic Development Fund Scholars, and the Adidas Leadership Scholars.

KU Writing Center

1301 Hoch Auditoria Drive | Anschutz Library, Room 424
785-864-2399 | Brianna Hyslop, Associate Director

A university-wide writing resource offering individual face-to-face and online consultations, in-class writing workshops, and special services for faculty and graduate students. The Writing Center also oversees the Writing Fellows program, which supports students through tutors embedded in the class.

Student Access Center

1450 Jayhawk Blvd. | Wescoe Hall
785-864-4064 | Arika Sprecker, Associate Director

The Student Access Center assists students with disabilities by facilitating accommodations that remove barriers to their academic success. They authorize reasonable and appropriate accommodations for qualified students with documented disabilities, assist students in self-advocacy, educate the University of Kansas about disabilities, and ensure compliance with federal and state law.