Academic Support

Center for Student Success

The Center for Student Success offers Student Success Coaching where professional staff and peer coaches are available to meet with undergraduate students experiencing challenges at USD that impact academic performance and persistence. Workshops are offered to assist first-year students with the transition to college. Session topics cover issues that new first-year students are likely to encounter, including faculty expectations, time management, study skills, choosing a major, health and safety at college, and the unique history and character of USD. The center also processes undergraduate leaves of absence requests as well as undergraduate withdrawals. The Center for Student Success is located in the University Center, Room 114. More information is available at USDCSS or (619) 260-5995.

Mathematics Center

The Mathematics Center provides peer tutoring to students in their lower-level mathematics courses. The goal of the Mathematics Center is to provide short-term assistance while helping students become independent learners. The Mathematics Center is located in Serra Hall, Room 310, and is available to USD students on a walk-in basis and for scheduled group tutoring sessions. Our tutors are selected through recommendations by faculty members. Although the tutors have been asked to give priority to students in lower-level classes, those tutors with advanced training will help with other mathematics questions whenever they have time to do so. Information about the Mathematics Center, including its schedule, is available through the Mathematics Department website.

Student Support Services

Student Support Services (SSS) helps to meet the "success beyond college" needs of 320 eligible students who enroll at USD from low-income and/or first generation backgrounds, and/or who have documented disabilities. Admitted students transition to USD during a one-week Bridge program. Services are provided in the academic year and summer through the senior year: advising, financial aid and personal counseling, instructional support, peer networking, mentoring, and post-BA planning. SSS strengthens its participants' abilities through academic foundations, values and support systems. It provides services to retain and graduate students, helping them to begin careers and pursue graduate education. Student Support Services is located in Barcelona, Room 301. More information is available at Student Support Services or (619) 260-7580.

Writing Center

The Jack and Helene Drown Writing Center, administered by the Department of English, offers help to USD students from all disciplines and class levels. The Writing Center is staffed by trained, faculty-recommended peer tutors. Students and tutors work one-on-one in relaxed but structured sessions. The tutoring hour may address any step in the writing process, including understanding a text, brainstorming, expanding or refining ideas, and organizing the work. Writing references and computers are available. The Writing Center is located in Founders Hall, Room 190B. Students may make an appointment or call (619) 260-4581. For the current schedule and further information, please visit Writing Center.