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2010-2011 General Catalog 
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Student Support Programs and Resources


Academic Support Programs and Services

Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) provides learning assistance and academic support programs to help students enhance their academic performance, with goals of improving study skills and learning strategies, academic self-efficacy, and confidence in their ability to succeed in their college courses. The ARC’s comprehensive “tiers of service” specifically addresses the academic and developmental needs of students.


PSY 1730 , Strategies for Academic Success (1-3 credits), involves practice and application of important learning strategies and study skills. Topics include test preparation, note-taking, textbook reading, test-taking, etc.

MGT 2160 , Student Applied Leadership Training (2 credits), is designed to develop the skills of students working as tutors. This class meets the standards of the CRLA National Tutoring Certification Program.

Individual Assistance

Staff members provide individual instruction and consultation for students needing help with specific learning strategies in one or more of their courses.

Supplemental Instruction

A program of Supplemental Instruction (SI) for selected University Studies Breadth classes is sponsored by the center. A qualified student who has completed the specific course is hired by the center to attend all class sessions, conduct review sessions, and demonstrate effective study strategies. SI helps students with “what to learn,” as well as “how to learn.” SI classes are identified in the Class Schedule on Banner and on the Web: http://www.usu.edu/arc/supplemental_instruction/

Tutoring Programs

Drop-In Math and Statistics Tutoring

Free tutoring is provided by trained, certified tutors in the Tutoring Center, Taggart Student Center 225. Schedules can be picked up in Taggart Student Center 305 each semester or can be found on the Web-based Tutor Directory.

Tutor Directory

The center publishes a directory of all on-campus free tutoring. The directory is available through the center’s Web page: http://www.usu.edu/arc/

Tutor Advertiser

Students can hire a qualified tutor or list themselves as private tutors through the Web-based Tutor Advertiser. These tutors must be paid by the student receiving the tutoring.


Workshops are offered on a variety of learning topics for classes or student, faculty, and staff groups. To arrange for a workshop, call (435) 797-1128.

Idea Sheets

Free Idea Sheets on a variety of study strategies and self-management skills are available in the center and through the center’s Web page: http://www.usu.edu/arc/

Video Viewing Library

The center has a collection of study strategy videos, which students may view in the Merrill-Cazier Library.

Referral Resources

The center provides students with referral information for a variety of on-campus and off-campus services and agencies.

For more information, contact the Academic Resource Center, Taggart Student Center 305, (435) 797-1128.

Career Services

University Inn 102, ground level, (435) 797-7777

Career Services is the link between students and successful career employment. A dedicated group of career coaches is ready to help by offering expertise in four broad areas related to career paths. These four areas are briefly outlined below.

Career Exploration

A variety of exploratory activities and assessments are available to help students develop self-awareness in selecting a major and focusing on career choices suiting their needs, interests, and abilities. In addition, PSY 1220  (3 credits), a Career and Life Planning course, is taught to help students more fully explore career options.


Students who participate in this program can graduate with the experience employers are looking for. Students can receive pay and academic credit for one or more relevant work experiences in their field of study.

Graduate School Preparation and Testing

Students planning to attend graduate school can receive help in the preparation of their graduate school applications and personal essays. Tests are also available for undergraduate and graduate schools, credit by examination (CLEP), and admissions tests. Tests available include: ACT, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, LSAT (Law), MCAT (medical), and the Miller Analogies Test. Test times can be scheduled directly by calling (435) 797-1004.

Career Employment

From on-campus recruiting to fairs, expos, and forums, a wide variety of services are offered to assist students in obtaining employment upon graduation. Students can meet their career coach one-on-one to discuss resume/cover letter preparation, networking contacts (both employer and alumni), and personal career search strategies.

Whether students are sure of what they want to do after leaving Utah State University or are just beginning to think about their career options, their career coach can help. By visiting Career Services early and often, students can take control of their future.

Cooperative Education Internship Program

The Cooperative Education Internship Program offers both undergraduate and graduate students a unique opportunity to integrate career, social, and personal development into the educational process. The program is designed to allow students to alternate classroom study with a series of paid preprofessional work experiences related to their field of study. These experiences increase in complexity as the student’s background in a given field increases.

The program offers several specific benefits to students. It provides those students who have decided on an academic major an opportunity to obtain pregraduation work experience in their chosen career. The program provides those students who are unsure of their academic major an opportunity to explore several career possibilities. It provides them a chance to earn money for their education and credit toward their degree. Finally, it substantially improves the students’ opportunities for employment after graduation.

The Cooperative Education Internship Program option is available in all departments on the Utah State University campus. Generally speaking, students begin their work experiences in their sophomore or junior year, although seniors can take advantage of program benefits. Students can undertake either part- or full-time work experiences. Work experiences are available both during the academic year and during the summer. These work experiences may be with a single employer or with different employers; increasing complexity is the critical principle. Salaries vary with the field of work and the complexity of the job.

The amount of academic credit awarded for a given work experience varies, and depends upon the amount of work completed and upon the career-related nature of the experience. The decision regarding credit and the amount to be granted rests with the academic department, and specifically the faculty co-op/internship coordinators. Students must make the credit arrangement with their faculty co-op/internship coordinators prior to their work experience.

Students interested in entering or learning more about the program should contact their academic department; or visit Career Services, located in University Inn 102, ground level, tel. (435) 797-7777. Additional information can also be found online at: http://www.usu.edu/career/internships/

Cultural Exchange Program

Approximately 1,000 students and scholars from 79 countries are currently enrolled at Utah State University. Many of these students are in great demand by the community to visit various school, church, and civic functions. Students often bring from their countries videos, slides, photographs, artifacts, maps, music, and costumes which they share with the community. Other students are requested by various organizations to display their talents in song, dance, cooking, fashion shows, martial arts, and many other crafts and skills.

These outreach programs benefit the community, enhance the University, and also provide excellent opportunities for USU international students to learn how the community operates. It also gives internationals the occasion to develop friendships with Americans. The sometimes long-lasting and far-reaching friendships are valuable to developing peace and friendship across the globe. Also, these students further develop their talents and skills in communication and become familiar and comfortable with the American culture.

Those needing help in arranging programs with international students may call the Office of International Students and Scholars at (435) 797-1124.

Disability Resource Center

The mission of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) is to provide supportive services to qualified individuals with disabilities, so they may participate equally in academic, employment, social, and cultural opportunities available at Utah State University.

Services offered by the Disability Resource Center include:

  1. Campus orientation
  2. Registration assistance
  3. Assistive Technology Laboratory and equipment loan
  4. Alternate-format textbooks and class materials
  5. Accommodated testing procedures
  6. ASL interpreters and note-takers
  7. Community referral Information
  8. Counseling for academic and personal needs

To qualify for services, students must complete an application process, which includes: (1) meeting with a DRC counselor; (2) providing documentation of a physical, sensory, emotional, or learning disability; and (3) participating in an orientation program. Services offered to each student are determined on a case-by-case basis and must be supported by the provided documentation.

The Disability Resource Center is located in University Inn 101 and can be reached by telephone by calling (435) 797-2444 or (800) 259-2966 (voice) or (435) 797-0740 (TTY).

Mathematics and Statistics Drop-in Advisement

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics maintains a Drop-in Advisement Office in Lund 201. Students in need of information about and advisement related to placement in courses are welcome to stop by the Drop-in Advisement Office during office hours. Hours for this office can be found on the Department of Mathematics and Statistics website (http://www.math.usu.edu/) or may be obtained by phone at (435) 797-0268.

Study Abroad Program


The USU Study Abroad Office provides information on a wide range of affordable programs providing USU students with opportunities for study throughout the world. Through exchange partner institutions or consortiums, students can study at more than 125 universities in more than 40 countries worldwide during a semester, academic year, or summer program. Exchange program costs are based on tuition and fees at USU. Students can earn credit toward their degree at USU while studying abroad. In many countries, even when the native language is not English, students can study in English, or have the opportunity to build language skills. Full immersion options are also available at selected sites, based on student language ability.

Exchange Programs

Students can study in Spanish or the Spanish language at all levels at Monterrey Tec University in Mexico. Students may choose one of nine different campuses. Students may also study many subjects taught in Spanish at the University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica; the University of Guadalajar Mexico; the University de La Rioja in beautiful Logroño in Northern Spain; and at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, in Valparaíso, Chile, a UNESCO world heritage city. Pontificia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil offers students the opportunity to study regular coursework in Portuguese or study the language. Students can study at Leicester University in Leicester, England, as well as at University of Northampton in Northampton, England, both located just over an hour north of London. Other study abroad programs in English include: study in landscape architecture at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; American Studies at Innsbruck University in Austria; music at Corinthian State Conservatory of Music, Austria; and study in fine arts at Southern Cross University, Australia. Other partners, including University of Copenhagen, Denmark; University of Groningen, Netherlands; and University Viadrina, Germany; offer a variety of courses in English. Jonkoping University, Sweden; Western Sydney, Australia; West England; and Hanze University, Netherlands offer courses in English specifically for study in business. At Kansai Gaidai, Kobe, Gifu, and Yokohama National universities in Japan, all levels of Japanese are taught. Students may also earn credits in subjects taught in English at Kansai Gaidai or Yokohama. Keimyung University in Daegu, Korea, as well as USU’s partners, Korea and Sungkyunkwan universities in Seoul, provide classes taught in English and the Korean language. Hongik University in Korea is a great choice for art and sculpture study. Students may study economics, business, and Thai studies courses taught in English, at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, including Thai language and culture. Jon M. Huntsman School of Business students may participate in business exchange programs in Australia, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. For graduate-level study in economics, exchanges are available in the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Greece, France, or Germany. Students can also study Russian language and culture at St. Petersburg State University in Russia, at all levels. Students can study Chinese language with Feng Chia University, Taiwan.

The International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) is one of the most varied study abroad exchange consortium opportunities at USU. Most program fees are based on USU tuition, housing, and food costs. Through ISEP, students may study in Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, and Latin America. ISEP offers traditional European study abroad opportunities at some of the leading institutions in Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Other opportunities for study include such countries as Argentina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Poland, Iceland, Ghana, and South Africa. There are more than 125  universities to choose from in all. As ISEP participants, students matriculate directly into a host institution abroad. Direct matriculation means students register as regular students at their host institution, take the same courses, have the same assignments, and participate in the same activities as all other students at that institution. At many locations, coursework taught in English is available for semester, academic year, and summer study.

Affiliated Programs

Further expansion of short-term, summer, or semester-long study opportunities is possible with the addition of the following USU-affiliated program providers: AsiaLearn, AustraLearn, EuroLearn, Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), International Studies Abroad (ISA), Middlesex University (England), School for International Training (SIT), and Study Abroad Italy (SAI).

Short-Term Programs

Students can participate in a variety of short-term programs. These programs vary in length from two to six weeks. With USU’s partner, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, students with little or no Spanish language experience have the opportunity to study beginning Spanish in Chile during January, May, or June, live with a local family, and participate in an excellent program offering language instruction and local excursions of interest. The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business has summer programs in Latin America and Asia, as well as internship or short-term study abroad programs during the fall or spring semesters. Summer options are available with ISEP in such locations as France, Korea, the Netherlands, and Thailand, or with other partner institutions, such as University of Northampton, England; and Korea University, Seoul, Korea.

USU Faculty-Led Study Abroad Summer/Short-Term Programs

Faculty at USU take students to varied destinations every year for coursework taught in English, while students earn USU credit for the experience. A sampling of current programs abroad led by USU faculty include: acting in England; art in Germany; family, consumer, and human development in Germany; graphic design in Switzerland; humanities in England and Italy; international business in EurAsia (Armenia, Russia, and Turkey); Latin America (Brazil, Chile, and Peru); and Asia (China, Korea, and Vietnam —including a service learning option); and student teaching experiences in Chile or the Philippines.

Summer faculty-led language programs include: study at all levels of Chinese in Taiwan; intermediate and advanced study in Spanish in Logroño, Spain; French language at all levels with home-stay in Annecy, France; and intensive German at all levels at the Goethe Institute in Freiburg, Germany.

Volunteer English Teaching Opportunities

USU offers students a volunteer option to teach English in Chile for a ten-week period of time during the summer. Room and board is provided with a family, and teacher volunteers assist in English classrooms. This option may soon be available for credit. For further details, contact the Study Abroad Office. Other English teaching opportunities include Japan, China, and Thailand.

For additional information about these and other programs, contact the Study Abroad Office, Taggart Student Center 311, by phone at (435) 797-0601 or (435) 797-1253; or by e-mail at: studyabroad@usu.edu. Detailed information is available on the following website: http://www.usu.edu/studyabroad/

Study Abroad Scholarships

There are various scholarships for study abroad, including Boren scholarships for alternative language study; Fulbright scholarships for post-baccalaureate English teaching or research; Gilman scholarships for students having Pell Grants; Phi Kappa Phi awards for students with high academic acheivement; national awards for study in Asia; and a USU honors program scholarship. For more information about these and other scholarships, visit http://www.usu.edu/studyabroad/

Student Support Services

Student Support Services is a special program financed through a federal grant and Utah State University with the purpose of providing additional support to students who meet particular qualifications. The Student Support Services Program seeks to prepare and support students for the challenges of higher education by offering assistance in:

  1. academic advising and guidance,
  2. tutoring on an individual and group basis,
  3. course selection,
  4. reading and study skills enrichment (PSY 1750 , PSY 1730 ),
  5. mathematics and statistics instruction (MATH 0900 , MATH 1010 , MATH 1050 ; and STAT 1040 ),
  6. financial aid education and planning, and
  7. early registration.

To qualify for these services, a student must be an American citizen or permanent resident of the United States, must be registered at Utah State University, must demonstrate academic need for services as defined by the institution, and must meet one of the following U.S. Department of Education criteria:

  1. low income, as established by the U.S. Commission of Higher Education;
  2. disabled, including physical disabilities and learning disabilities; or
  3. first-generation college student, meaning that neither of the student’s parents have graduated from a four-year institution of higher education.

For more information, contact Student Support Services, University Inn 103, (435) 797-3372, ssstrio@usu.edu. Further information is shown online at: http://www.usu.edu/sss/

Other Student Resources

Academic Resource Center

Taggart Student Center 305, (435) 797-1128

For information about the programs available through the Academic Resource Center, see the Academic Resource Center section above.

Advising, Office of University

Taggart Student Center 304, (435) 797-3373

The Office of University Advising (UA) provides advising referrals and information regarding University requirements, academic policies and procedures, academic program planning, University Studies requirements, services, and resources of the University. UA also facilitates the Peer Advising program. Students who are designated as Undeclared, Undeclared Business, Undeclared Science, or Provisional Admission Warning are advised by UA advisors.

Undeclared Program

The chief function of the Undeclared program is the advisement of students who have not yet decided upon a major or area of specialization. Students in the Undeclared program typically work on their University Studies requirements while exploring major options. This allows them to make progress toward overall degree requirements and provides them with extra time to make wise, informed decisions. Undeclared students are advised by UA until they choose a major.

Students who are enrolled in another department, but feel they have chosen their major unwisely, may transfer to the Undeclared program upon receiving permission from an advisor in UA.

No degree is offered through the Undeclared program. Most Undeclared students are freshmen or sophomores. Prior to the junior year, students should select a major and be taking major courses. Students should not remain in the Undeclared program beyond 60 credits or past the end of the sophomore year.

Provisional Admission Warning Program

Provisional Admission Warning is the designation used to identify students who do not meet the admissions requirements of the seven academic colleges. By state policy, admission of students to this category is limited.

The primary function of the program is to assist and encourage students in the improvement of their academic status, so they may transfer to the major of their choice. To accomplish this purpose, participants are urged to limit their course loads each semester, satisfy remedial requirements when indicated, and meet frequently with an advisor. Students admitted provisionally are encouraged to take General Education and exploratory classes. Resources in the Academic Resource Center, the University Counseling Center, the Testing Center, and Career Services are available to assist such students with career, aptitude, life skills, and study skills counseling.

When a student has demonstrated an ability to maintain a GPA appropriate for the intended major, the student may submit a Change of Matriculation form through the Registrar’s Office. It is the student’s responsibility, in consultation with an advisor, to complete all necessary paperwork.


Taggart Student Center 123, (435) 797-1666

The USU Bookstore has been serving USU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community since 1904. The Bookstore offers materials for academic needs, as well as insignia items that promote pride, spirit, and the traditions of Utah State University.

As the official location for all USU coursework needs, the Bookstore stocks the following:

  1. Textbooks
  2. School and Art Supplies
  3. Computers, Software, and Accessories
  4. General Books
  5. Aggie Clothing and Gifts

In addition to providing course materials, the Bookstore also offers the following services:

  1. Textbook Buyback
  2. Book-It Textbook Reservation
  3. Educational Discounts on Software and Computers
  4. Special Orders
  5. Gift Wrapping
  6. Parking Validations
  7. Gift Cards

Campus Recreation

Health, Physical Education and Recreation 126, (435) 797-7529

Campus Recreation houses and advises six major recreation and conservation programs: Intramurals, Outdoor Recreation Center, Utah Conservation Corps, Informal Recreation, Club Sports, and Recreation Instruction Program. These programs are run by professionals, students and volunteers. Campus Recreation sponsors numerous events, activities, and volunteer service projects throughout the year, including the following:


Intramural sports include basketball, racquetball, table tennis, badminton, soccer, volleyball, softball, and many more. The rejuvenation resulting from participating in intramurals is a crucial part of the college experience.

Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC)

The ORC is one of the nation’s premier university outdoor education and leadership programs serving students and the public through diverse educational programs and comprehensive rental services. The ORC provides rigorous experiential learning experiences fostering independent problem solving, leadership, and communication skills. It also promotes academic excellence, physical and personal development, and responsible involvement and service in the outdoors.

Utah Conservation Corps (UCC)

The UCC is dedicated to improving the quality of public natural resources and the community through partnership projects, community service-learning volunteer efforts, disaster relief, and environmental and outreach education.

Informal Recreation

The HPER and Fieldhouse facilities, including pools, weight rooms, track, and fitness center, are areas where participants can engage in self-directed exercise.

Club Sports

Club sports are for students who wish to play in a competitive team environment at a high level. Some clubs are well-established and require tryouts. There are 16 club sports to choose from, including (but not limited to) ballroom dance, soccer, ultimate frisbee, rodeo, and lacrosse.

Recreation Instruction Program (RIP)

The RIP program offers various instructional programs fostering awareness of different cultures and their lifestyles. A few examples of Campus Recreation’s classes are yoga, aikido, and karate.

Card Office/Customer Service Center

USU ID Cards, Debit and Dining Accounts, Information, and Ticket Sales Taggart Student Center 212, (435) 797-3852

The Card Office/Customer Service Center is the location where students receive their USU ID Card. The USU ID Card allows students  access to many campus resources and events. In addition, it provides access to an Aggie Express debit account, print account, and meal plans. For further information, see ID Cards  text within the Tuition, Fees, and Refunds  section of this catalog.

The Card Office/Customer Service Center staff can answer general questions about the University and provide student information. The center offers assistance, information, maps, and problem-solving assistance for students, staff, and visitors. The center also handles Lost and Found items for the Taggart Student Center.

There is an outlet for the USU Ticket Office at the center. Tickets are available for performing arts, theatre productions, STAB events, and athletic events.

Career Services

University Inn 102, ground level, (435) 797-7777

Information about Career Services is shown above.

Computer and Information Literacy (CIL)

Eccles Science Learning Center 131, (435) 797-2405

As part of the University Studies Requirements, all students receiving a bachelor’s degree from USU must score 70 percent or higher on each of the following six computer and information literacy examinations: (1) Information Law and Ethics, (2) Information Resources, (3) Document Processing, (4) Computer Systems, (5) Spreadsheets, and (6) Electronic Presentations.

There is a $30 fee associated with this exam. There is no limit to the number of times a student can take each test. Once a test is passed, a student may not retake that test. After all tests are passed and the fee is paid, the CIL requirement will be posted to the student’s transcript.

Students should complete the CIL requirement as early as possible during their academic experience at USU. Some courses require as a prerequisite the completion of the CIL requirement.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Taggart Student Center 306, (435) 797-1012

Counseling and Psychological Services assists students with personal growth and adjustment, mental health concerns, relationship issues, problem-solving, and career/academic adjustment. Services include individual,  couples/relationship, and group therapy; outreach programs; problem-solving consultations; and psycho-educational assessments.

Common problems for which students may seek help include: symptoms of depression and anxiety, adjustment challenges, stress, eating and body image concerns, problems managing emotional reactions, social/interpersonal conflicts, trauma/grief, behavioral addictions, identity issues, and loneliness. Services are confidential and free for students enrolled in 6 or more credits on campus. (There is a nominal fee for psycho-educational assessment.)

For an appointment, call (435) 797-1012 or come to Taggart Student Center 306.

Dolores Doré Eccles Center for Early Care and Education (DDECECE)

Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services Early Childhood Research Center, (435) 797-3657

Student parents attending the University may enroll their children at the new Dolores Doré Eccles Center for Early Care and Education (replacing the Children’s House). The DDECECE is a quality early care and education program, providing year-round services to infants, toddlers, preschool, and kindergarten age children (6 weeks to 6 years). Children through second grade (6 weeks to 8 years) may be enrolled during summer semester.

Professional staff provide a healthy, safe, and nurturing learning environment for children by promoting their physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development. There are several flexible full-day and part-day enrollment options from which parents can choose, as space is available.

Disability Resource Center

University Inn 101, (435) 797-2444 or (800) 259-2966 Voice or (435) 797-0740 TTY

Information about the services offered by the Disability Resource Center is shown above.

Financial Aid

Taggart Student Center 106, (435) 797-0173

For information about assistance available through the Financial Aid Office, see the Financial Aid and Scholarship Information  section of this catalog.

GLBTA Services

Taggart Student Center 316A, (435) 797-4297

The GLBTA Services Office provides support to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allied (GLBTA) students, faculty, and staff; promotes the understanding and acceptance of diversity through education and campus outreach; and operates a resource and lending library that is open to anyone interested in learning more about GLBTA related issues.

Note: Effective July 1, 2010, GLBTA Services will become part of the new Access and Diversity Center.

Honors Program

Main 15, (435) 797-2715

Information about application to and participation in the Honors Program, as well as details about honors degrees offered by USU, is shown in the Honors Program  section of this catalog.

Housing and Residence Life

1295 East 1000 North, (435) 797-3113 or (800) 863-1085

Housing options available at USU are explained in the Housing and Residence Life  section of this catalog.

Independent and Distance Education

Eccles Conference Center 102D, (435) 797-2137 or (800) 233-2137 (toll free)

Information about independent and distance learning opportunities at USU is included in the Regional Campuses and Distance Education (RCDE)  section of this catalog.

Information Technology

Janet Quinney Lawson Building (North End), (435) 797-HELP (4357)

Information Technology (IT) provides computing and networking facilities and services for instructional, research, and administrative functions. A current description of these facilities, as well as the access procedures for students and staff, may be found on the IT website. Further information about the administration and services of the  Information Technology Office is shown in the Other University Units and Programs  section of this catalog .

International Students and Scholars

Taggart Student Center 313, (435) 797-1124

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is committed to providing the necessary tools for students to succeed, both academically and personally. It provides the support to enhance the academic, social, and personal interactions of international students and scholars while at USU and in the Logan community. It serves as the primary link between the students and local and government agencies. The OISS staff is eager to assist with advising on immigration and other matters, such as personal and social adjustments. A main goal is to create a warm and inclusive environment in which all students can learn and interact in a crosscultural environment. Throughout the year, OISS and the International Student Council (ISC) offer cultural and educational programs to enhance intercultural competencies and communication skills.

Information about international student admission and programs  is shown in the Enrollment  section of this catalog.

Multicultural Student Services

Taggart Student Center 309, (435) 797-1733

The Multicultural Student Services (MSS) Office provides support for student success, as well as direction for campus multicultural relations. MSS achieves its mission through collaborative work in the Division of Student Services and with academic departments. The MSS Office strives to offer quality services for all students, while providing targeted support to first-generation and historically underserved African- American, Asian-American, Native American, Pacific Island, and Latino  students. Programs are designed to promote student recruitment, retention, leadership development, cultural understanding, inclusion, and a positive relational climate on campus.

Services offered through the MSS Office include:

  1. Personal leadership development through clubs and organizations
  2. Educational events and cultural celebrations involving the campus and community at-large
  3. Peer mentoring, personal and social support
  4. Active recruitment efforts and outreach programs serving core constituents
  5. Community and campus service opportunities
  6. Involvement within and support of ASUSU programs
  7. Academic support
  8. Life skills/multicultural leadership courses
  9. Networking and referral to University departments

Note: Effective July 1, 2010, Multicultural Student Services will become part of the new Access and Diversity Center.

Parking and Transportation Services

840 East 1250 North, (435) 797-3414

The Parking and Transportation Office is responsible for operating the on-campus Aggie Shuttle system and charter shuttle service. The parking branch is responsible for maintaining parking lots and parking equipment; enforcement of campus parking regulations; and the management of the hourly parking areas. Parking and Transportation also operates the Visitor Information Center, which is located at the Aggie Terrace.

Students who are unfamiliar with the campus should contact this office for directions and parking instructions. Also available are faculty, staff, student, and visitor parking permits.

Reentry/Nontraditional Student Center

Taggart Student Center 315, (435) 797-1728

The Reentry/Nontraditional Student Center provides information, financial assistance, and referrals to the resources available on campus and in the community to women and men who are returning to school with a gap in their education after being in the workforce or in the home. Anyone who considers herself or himself to be a nontraditional student is welcome to utilize the resources of the center. The center serves as an informal gathering place for reentry students and facilitates their transition to university life through orientations, workshops, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and programs.

Note: Effective July 1, 2010, the Reentry/Nontraditional Student Center will become part of the new Access and Diversity Center.

Residency Office

(Admissions Office)
Taggart Student Center 102, (435) 797-1079

Nonresident students who feel they have met the requirements for instate resident student status must file an official residency application with the Residency Office no later than 14 calendar days from the first class day. Those missing the application deadline will have residency considered for the next semester, provided that the next appropriate deadline is met with adequate updated documentation.

If an application is denied by the Residency Officer, the student may appeal to the Residency Appeals Committee no later than the 20th  calendar day of the semester. Appeals cannot be considered after this deadline.

Information on residency requirements can be obtained from this office. Further information about USU’s residency policy  is shown in the Undergraduate Admission  section of this catalog.

Retention and Student Success Office

Taggart Student Center 314, (435) 797-1132

The Office of Retention and Student Success is a dynamic office with a core mission of student success and retention. Through a variety of programs and services, the office is poised to have an impact on students at the time of entrance to the University, throughout the first year, and beyond. Services include information on research, development, design, and implementation of programs and initiatives that directly target the enhancement of retention efforts. Programs include:

Connections. University Connections (USU 1010 ) is an academic graded course designed to ease students transition to Utah State University and to prepare them for their college experience. A description of the Connections course is shown in the New Student Orientation and University Connections  section of this catalog.

First-Year Experience. The First-Year Experience Program will improve student retention by assisting first-year students with the transition to the academic and social environment of the University. (First-year students are defined as any students attending classes on the Utah State University campus for the first time, which includes freshmen and transfer students.)

Parent and Family Programs. These programs are designed to keep parents and family members informed about happenings at USU; provide valuable information, events, and support for parents; and provide an opportunity for parents to communicate with USU. For further information, see: http://www.usu.edu/parents/

SOAR. Retention and Student Success provides orientation services to new first-year and transfer students, information concerning USU programs, and information about available services at the University. More information is available in the New Student Orientation and University Connections  section of this catalog.

Matriculation Advising. USU’s Matriculation Advisor facilitates the retention effort through managing the Leave of Absence Process. As part of this process, students who need to leave USU are “recruited” back through targeted  e-mails, letters, and personal phone calls. Additionally, the Matriculation Advisor oversees the readmission process for students who are not in academic good standing at USU, by guiding students to good standing through readmission contracts and work with each student’s academic advisor. For further information about Leave of Absence  and Complete Withdrawal .

Sexual Assault and Anti-Violence Information (SAAVI)

Student Health and Wellness Center 119D
(435) 797-1510 (General Information)
(435) 797-RAPE (7273) (Crisis Hotline)

The USU Sexual Assault and Anti-Violence Information (SAAVI) Office was created to promote an atmosphere of sexual and physical safety for all female and male students, faculty, and staff at Utah State University. SAAVI works to accomplish this task through an environment of education, as well as sensitive, competent response to those who have experienced violence or hurtful relationships.

SAAVI provides crisis help (i.e., support; assistance obtaining medical, counseling, academic, and legal aid in the aftermath of sexual assault or dating/domestic violence; etc); education (e.g., presentations to groups, clubs, classes, etc); and awareness events (e.g., Red Zone Day, Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities, Walk-a-Mile-in-Her-Shoes, etc). SAAVI services are available to USU students, faculty, and staff; both women and men; both primary survivors (those who experience violence) and secondary survivors (friends/loved ones of those who experience violence). All services are free and confidential.

The SAAVI Office is located in the Student Health and Wellness Center (north of Romney Football Stadium). For help, general information, questions, or to request a presentation, call (435) 797-1510. The SAAVI Office also maintains a crisis hotline: (435) 797-RAPE (7273) (available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year). During nights, weekends, and holidays, the crisis line is answered by CAPSA (Community Abuse Prevention Services Agency), which is a SAAVI community partner.

Student Employment

(Financial Aid Office)
Taggart Student Center 106, (435) 797-0184

The Student Employment Office develops and posts on-campus part-time and off-campus full-time and part-time openings daily on the Job Board in the hallway outside the Financial Aid Office in the Taggart Student Center, as well as online at the address listed above. Summer openings representing camps, resorts, ranches, government, and private industry across the United States are featured from January through May on display boards at the entrance to the Financial Aid Office. Additional information and assistance may be obtained at the Student Employment counter in the Financial Aid Office.

Student Health and Wellness Center

850 East 1200 North, (435) 797-1660

The Student Health and Wellness Center provides students with healthcare for illness and minor injuries, as well as with health and wellness information on a variety of concerns. Just like any comprehensive medical clinic, the services of physicians, nurses, and pharmacists, as well as laboratory, physical therapy, prevention, and dietitian services, are available onsite. The center specializes in the medical needs of students, including sports injury evaluation and rehabilitation, minor emergencies, skin conditions, gynecology concerns, and mental health conditions. Special services include physical exams for pilots, teachers, or missionaries. Pharmacy, X-ray, and laboratory services are available inside the Health and Wellness Center.

Help and information on topics such as depression, nutrition, time and stress management, healthy relationships, and prevention of sexual assault and date rape, as well as assessment, education, and referral for substance abuse, are available from a variety of specialists serving on the staff. Peer educators, as well as office staff, are available to answer questions and provide support or information on health-related topics. Students gain leadership skills while involved in peer educator teams offering prevention activities and promoting healthy lifestyles. Prevention programs, research surveys, and educational classes are also available through this office. Educational presentations on health-related topics, which are excellent supplements to academic course material, can be scheduled by faculty members for inclusion in their classes.

Most of the costs for services of the Student Health and Wellness  Center are covered by the Student Health Fee, paid at the time students register, but some supplies, procedures, or classes may require a nominal fee. Although the Student Health and Wellness Center provides administrative oversight of the Student Health Insurance Plan, health insurance is not required to use the Student Health and Wellness Center.

Student Involvement and Leadership Center

Taggart Student Center 326, (435) 797-2912

The Student Involvement and Leadership Center strives to provide opportunities for students to receive life, leadership, and interpersonal skills by sponsoring events and activities. These events and activities complement students’ academic curriculum and enhance their overall educational experience through the development of a wide range of leadership development opportunities, programs, and activities. These events strive to promote diversity, cultural appreciation, social interaction, community service, and effective student government representation.

The Student Involvement and Leadership Center includes student government (ASUSU), student organizations, campus activities, Leadership Development, Aggie B.L.U.E. Fall Leadership, the Spirit Squad, the Val R. Christensen Service Center, Service Learning, and the HURD, Utah’s spirit squad for all athletic events.

Students who are interested in getting involved should go to Taggart Student Center 326 or visit: http://www.usu.edu/asusu/.

Student Support Services

University Inn 103, (435) 797-3372

Students meeting the low-income criteria established by the U.S. Commission of Higher Education and/or first-generation college students or disabled students may receive special assistance through the Student Support Services Office. Further information concerning qualification for this assistance, as well as details about the services offered, is shown above.

Testing Services

(Career Services)
University Inn 115, ground level, (435) 797-1004

Through Testing Services, information and test times are available for academic admission, certification, and credit-granting exams. Information about the following exams is available:

GED—for high school equivalency
ACT and SAT—undergraduate admission
GRE and MAT—graduate admission
GMAT—business school admission
MCAT—medical school admission
LSAT—law school admission
TOEFL—English competency exam for international students
at undergraduate or graduate level
Praxis—teacher certification and licensure
FE—engineering certification
Other certification and licensure exams, such as ISO Quality and
CLEP and DSST—college credit by examination programs

Some test preparation materials are also available in the Career Services library, University Inn 102.

The Utah Statesman

Taggart Student Center 105, (435) 797-6397

The Utah Statesman is a USU student-produced news source. The Statesman is published three times weekly and distributed across campus and at several downtown locations. Additionally, the Statesman is produced online, updated regularly with news and important links available at http://www.utahstatesman.com/ Advertising of campus events is welcomed and encouraged in the Statesman.

A large number of students in all majors are involved in the production of the Utah Statesman. The Statesman and its staff have won many awards, including Best Nondaily Student Newspaper in a seven-state region, as determined by the Society of Professional Journalists in 2005.

The University provides a Student Media Board, comprised of staff and students, to advise and define policies toward established student media which receive student funding from University fees. This board provides for a defined relationship between student media and the University at large.

Val R. Christensen Service Center

Taggart Student Center 332B, (435) 797-SERV (7378)

The Val R. Christensen Service Center is a place where students can find opportunities to serve the campus and community. With 19 volunteer programs and connections with local nonprofit organizations, students are bound to find service opportunities matching their desires and abilities. Mentoring, tutoring, environmental, and leadership programs are among the many opportunities available. Time commitments range from one-time service events to three hours per week. The mission of the Service Center is to prepare students to make lifelong contributions through service; provide students with opportunities to serve; and promote positive attitudes, personal growth, and change through service to the community and the environment.

Veterans Services

(Office of the Registrar)
Taggart Student Center 246, (435) 797-1102

The Office of Veterans Services assists eligible veterans, qualified dependents of disabled veterans, and National Guard and Reservists in pursuing their educational, professional, or vocational objectives and receiving their appropriate educational benefits.

Women’s Resource Center

Taggart Student Center 315, (435) 797-1728

The purpose of the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is to support, educate, and empower women of all cultures, races, sexual orientations, and ages; providing a safe environment while respecting all facets of women’s abilities, spirituality, and differences. The USU WRC celebrates women’s achievements and advocates for a climate promoting social justice, free from all barriers and discrimination. The WRC provides scholarships, information, assistance, and referral for resources available on campus and in the community.

Writing Center

Ray B. West 104, (435) 797-2712

The Writing Center provides help at any stage of the writing process and is open to all students. Hours are by appointment, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Monday through Thursday 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Students should sign up online at: http://writing.usu.edu. Consultants are available for one-on-one counseling in the center or online. Summer hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. during the eight-week session.