The College Library and Academic Resources: What Schools Have to Offer

The College Library and Academic Resources: What Schools Have to Offer

A big difference between college and high school is the large amount of academic resources a college or university can offer. Take a look at what’s available outside the classroom…

When you enroll in a university, you immediately gain access to a fantastic array of benefits and resources that can assist you with all areas of the college experience. This will include everything from tutoring to financial aid. The following list outlines examples of the kinds of resources you may be entitled to. As you narrow your college search, make sure you fully investigate what is available to you at each of the schools you’re considering.

  • Every college will have at least one library that can be used by all undergraduate and graduate students. Many schools have specialized libraries, such as Grinnell College, which holds special collections for history courses, and Haverford College, which has a special collection on Quakerism. (The school is located in close proximity to Quaker communities.)
  • Webster University offers a Transitions Program for all students, including freshmen, international, transfer students and those simply looking for support. In this program a mentor offers assistance with everything from course tutoring to counseling if you are struggling to adapt to campus life.
  • If you’re waiting on a paycheck, Purdue University’s Emergency Loan program lends students up to $400 interest-free for 30 days. This differs from financial aid in that it must be paid back immediately and can be used any way the student sees fit.
  • Learning a foreign language is difficult, so Tufts University hosts Foreign Language Circles every week in order to provide extra assistance. Tutors can go over course materials and practice conversation.
  • If you or someone you know has a problem with drinking or with mental health, Louisiana State University has a number of centers aimed at helping students with their mental health and overall well-being. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are just a few of the free programs available.
  • Computer labs are readily available for any students who do not have access to the technology themselves. At some schools, such as Ohio State University, you may be able to borrow a laptop for a designated period of time.

Academic Resources: Tips and Tactics

  • Make sure anything you borrow from the school library is returned promptly. You can lose access to resources and may not be able to graduate if you have overdue materials.
  • Once you’ve declared a major, each department usually has its own tutoring and student-help services.
  • Offer your help as a tutor or mentor as you become accustomed to campus life and the rigors of coursework.
  • Consult your school’s website and faculty members to ensure you are fully aware of all the benefits you are entitled to. Many students will go their entire time at college unaware of some of the resources they could have accessed.
  • If you feel that your school is not providing an essential service, talk to members of the Student Government to see if you can work to get that changed.

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