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Academic Resources

Get the academic help you need! Please view the resource list below to find help for you to be academically successful at the University of Minnesota.

You can also view the site Academic Resources for International Students to see a comprehensive list of academic resources and services for international students or make an appointment to talk to an ISSS adviser to learn about ISSS's Academic Services.


  1. The Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE)
    511 Science Teaching & Student Services
    • One-on-one academic and career coaching through appointments and drop-ins.
    • OUE 2100, Academic Planning and Exploration, is a 1 credit course to guide students through the academic and career exploration process.
    • Day-long intensive exploration workshops.
    • Connect to students that are declared in majors that interest you through Major Network.
  2. Minnesota English Language Program (MELP)
    20 Nicholson Hall
    • Student English Language Support offers free, face-to-face ESL support to international undergraduate students.  ESL consultants can help with: speaking skills, participating in class discussions, communicating with instructors, grammar, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and pronunciation.
    • ESL classes in listening, speaking, reading, composition, and grammar, including ESL 3001 which is a mid-semester course to help with academic English.
  3. Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence(MCAE)
    140 Appleby Hall
    • Supports multicultural students, students of color, and first-generation college students through walk-in tutoring with focus on gateway STEM courses.
    • Workshops on writing, time-management and test preparation strategies, high-stakes writing, success strategies for STEM courses, study group and study night facilitator training, and (in collaboration with student organizations) the Power Productivity Palooza Thursday evening study group.
    • MCAE Instructional Center offers tutoring support.  View the tutor schedule on their website.
  4. SMART Learning Commons
    Wilson Library 1st floor, 612-626-8262
    Walter Library 204 (2nd floor), 612-624-1584
    Magrath Library, 612-624-2125
    • Free drop-in one-on-one and small group tutoring. View the tutoring schedule on their website.
    • Some tutors can schedule free appointments outside their scheduled shifts.  Instructions for requesting an appointment are at the website.
    • Peer Research Consultants offer help researching topics and finding sources for papers.
    • Peer-Assisted Learning, or PAL sessions, are weekly group study sessions for specific sections of an instructor's course.
    • Test prep resources including a test bank of exams given in select courses during previous semesters, and free preparation materials for exams such as the GRE, MCAT, and LSAT.
  5. Student Academic Success Services (SASS)
    340 Appleby Hall
    • For-credit courses and individualized academic support for students.
    • LASk 1001 provides a survey of active learning concepts and strategies for academic success; LASk 1102 provides an intensive class experience for students experiencing academic difficulties (including probation); and, LASk 1101 offers support over the second half of the semester for students who may have started the term off with some difficulties.
    • Academic coaching is available to all students by appointment (through the UCCS office).
  6. Student Conflict Resolution Center (SCRC)
    254 Appleby Hall
    • Offers informal and formal conflict resolution services to resolve students' university-based problems and concerns. An ombudsman provides confidential, neutral and informal options. An advocate is available to assist students in formal grievance or disciplinary proceedings.
    • Assist with academic complaints and student conduct and academic integrity issues.
  7. Student Parent HELP Center
    24 Appleby Hall 
    • Offers programs and services that are designed to promote access, retention, and academic success for University of Minnesota undergraduate students who have children.
    • Weekly parent support group.
    • Offers assistance finding child care resources.
  8. Student Writing Support
    15 Nicholson Hall 
    • Free writing instruction for all University of Minnesota students—graduate and undergraduate—at all stages of the writing process.
    • Help students develop productive writing habits and revision strategies.
    • Face-to-face and online collaborative consultations.

  9. University of Minnesota Libraries
    • Free computer use and quiet places to study.
    • In-person and online tutorials and workshops on topics such as citation managers and research strategies.
    • Peer Research Consultants provide one-on-one assistance to develop the research strategies needed to write an excellent research paper. They can help with finding research articles, selecting a research topic, and creating a thesis statement and research questions.

Please view the Counseling resource page for additional help.