Jul 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 

Academic Success Center


Academic Success Center

 (702) 895-3177 / asc@unlv.edu / https://www.unlv.edu/asc

Purpose and Focus  

The Academic Success Center (ASC) is a resource and service hub that partners with the UNLV campus community to welcome, guide, and support students through their academic careers. The ASC offers a wide variety of programs that include academic advising for Exploring Majors and non-degree seeking students, campus-wide tutoring and supplemental instruction, academic success coaching, math bridge programs, first-year seminars for ASC students, student-athlete academic services, scholarship programs, a learning specialist program, and much more.

Academic Success Center Service Areas



Academic Advising (Exploring Majors, Major Pathways, and Non-Degree seeking)


Students in the Exploring Major (including Major Pathways) should meet with an academic advisor in the ASC at least once per semester, to discuss the current semester, their individual goals and interests, and to explore majors and careers. The academic advising unit’s academic advisors have resources designed to help with the exploration of various majors, minors, careers, and continuing educational pursuits. The planning process for students begins in their first semester, and continues each time a student meets with an academic advisor until they declare their major of choice; making an informed decision. Students who have completed more than 48 credits in the Exploring Major are required to meet an advisor each semester to discuss future plans in more detail. Students in the Exploring major can declare their majors at any time as long as they meet the entrance requirements for the college, and major selected. This includes returning students admitted as Exploring.

Change of Major Policies
Students can change their major to Exploring if they are: 1) Unsure of a major/career path, and 2) have earned fewer than 48 cumulative credits. Students over 48 credits who are currently declared in other majors may meet with an advisor in the ASC to discuss majors but are generally not changed to Exploring.

All students are subject to University policies regarding University probation and suspension.

Students wishing to appeal University suspension may submit a petition for Early Reinstatement after College/University Suspension including a personal statement and supporting documentation of extenuating circumstance(s) to the Academic Success Center’s Academic Standards Committee for review.

Undergraduate Non-Degree Seeking Students
Undergraduate non-degree seeking students can take a maximum of eight credits per fall/spring semester. No more than 24 credits earned as a non-degree seeking student at UNLV may be applied toward a bachelor’s degree at UNLV. Non-Degree seeking students who are close to earning or have earned 24 credits are highly encouraged to apply for degree-seeking status if their intent is to complete a bachelor’s degree at UNLV.

Credit Overload Petitions
Degree-seeking freshmen may take a maximum of 17 credits per semester and sophomores through seniors may take a maximum of 18 credits per semester. Degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students wanting to enroll in more semester credits than their standing allows may submit a credit overload petition. Credit overload petitions will be considered only for students who have established a minimum UNLV GPA of 3.0 or at the most recently attended institution of higher education and/or a combination of all institutions attended.





The ASC’s campus-wide Tutoring program provides structured study time with peers, review of subject material, and insight into learning strategies for students to gain a deeper understanding of the supported UNLV course content. ASC tutors are current UNLV students who have completed the supported courses with a grade of B or better and are recommended by partnering UNLV faculty. ASC Tutoring is a service at no additional cost to enrolled UNLV undergraduate students. ASC Tutoring offers both in-person and virtual drop-in tutoring. A complete listing of all available ASC Tutoring locations through our campus partnerships, including times and subject availability, can be found at unlv.edu/asc/tutoring.



Supplemental Instruction (SI)


The ASC Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program is a peer-led study group that partners with historically difficult courses and provides an active learning environment to assist students with course concepts and discuss learning strategies. Each group is conducted by a current UNLV student who has recently completed the course with a high grade and is highly recommended by partnering UNLV faculty. SI is a service at no additional cost to enrolled UNLV undergraduate students and is typically offered for lower-division Biology, Chemistry, and more. In a partnered course, frequent SI attendance by students enrolled in the course has been correlated to increased rates of performance and retention when compared to non-SI participants. Please feel free to visit our website for a current listing of partnering courses and session times at unlv.edu/asc/si.



Math Bridge Program


The Math Bridge Program is a virtual academic support program designed to help students gain the skills and confidence needed to succeed in college-level mathematics with a goal of improving their ALEKS scores for placement into a higher college-level math course. The program combines online learning through customized Webcampus modules with instruction from expert math facilitators, instructors, and peer tutors to help students better understand core math concepts and overcome math anxiety. In addition to math instruction and skill development, students are introduced to various campus resources and peers to help build a strong foundation for success at UNLV. Our Math Bridge team works to help students develop a growth mindset and reach their goals as they navigate a five-week program. The program is separated into STEM and NON-STEM cohorts and comes at no additional cost to students upon completion of program requirements. Currently, all Math Bridge sessions are conducted during summer sessions for eligible students.

The program utilizes an online platform, ALEKS, to evaluate students’ learning and to create customized content for each student. ALEKS is also used as the math placement software for UNLV. Most students that participate in Math Bridge find success in raising their ALEKS score to their goal level, which allows them to enroll in a different 100-level math course for their desired major. Please visit our website for more information: unlv.edu/asc/bridge.



First-Gen Connect 


First-Gen Connect is an annual free program for first-generation college students (students whose parents do not have a four-year college degree). The program offers participants the opportunity to connect and build community with current students, faculty, and staff as they celebrate and explore their first-gen identity. First-Gen Connect introduces student success strategies and resources that can contribute to their transition and success at UNLV (e.g., the Academic Success Center, the Writing Center, and time management skills). Please visit our website for more details: unlv.edu/asc/bridge/first-gen-connect.



Academic Success Coaching 


The Academic Success Coaching Program helps undergraduate students develop strategies for successfully navigating college academically, socially, and personally. Through one-on-one meetings, Coaches individualize their approach by engaging in the process of reflection, goal-setting, and planning. The Academic Success Coaching Program empowers students by helping them establish attainable educational goals, improve time management and organizational skills, develop effective learning strategies, and connect with professors and campus resources. Coaches are current graduate students who provide a peer-to-peer experience. Coaching is a service at no additional cost to students. Please visit our website for information on scheduling a one-on-one meeting or workshop: https://www.unlv.edu/asc/coaching.

First-Year Seminar (COLA 100E)
The ASC, in partnership with the College of Liberal Arts, provides a 3-credit first-year seminar designed to help students build a strong foundation for academic success. COLA 100E addresses topics regarding learning strategies, critical thinking, citizenship, ethics, multiculturalism, college-level writing, and other areas relating to student development. Major and career exploration are intertwined throughout the course content, as students are exposed to a blend of information and experiences to help them investigate potential major and career choices.

The ASC annually offers the ASC Dean’s Award for students in the Exploring major. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, Exploring major students must be in good academic standing (minimum UNLV GPA of 2.0) and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits in the semesters of received awards.  Students submit applications to the ASC advising unit in the spring, and successful awardees are notified in the summer for fall and spring semesters.

The ASC also offers the Hixson-Lied Success Scholars Program for selected incoming and current undergraduate students. The four-year scholarship is geared toward students who have overcome significant challenges (academic, economic, etc.) to find success in-and-out of the classroom. Applications open in the fall semester for the following academic year. For more information, visit https://www.unlv.edu/asc/scholarships/hixson-lied-scholars or email hlscholars@unlv.edu.



Student-Athlete Academic Services


Student-Athlete Academic Services (SAAS) serves student-athletes in their recruitment, transition, eligibility, progression, and retention. SAAS provides the resources and guidance for student-athletes to achieve success in the classroom and in life, from enrollment to graduation and in their future careers and graduate study. Academic eligibility specialists and academic support specialists are assigned to teams and are often available on a walk–in basis as well as through scheduled appointments. Our services and priorities include:

  • Recruitment Assistance
  • Academic Eligibility and Graduation Monitoring/Reporting
  • Advisement & Scheduling
  • Academic Support Counseling & Services
  • Outreach

SAAS is located in the Lied Athletic Complex (LAC). Please visit our website for more information and specific staff contact information at https://www.unlv.edu/asc/student-athlete.

Learning Specialist Program
In partnership with the Disability Resource Center and the PRACTICE, the Learning Specialist Program provides services to undergraduate UNLV students who face challenges that pose barriers to their academic success.



ASC Dual Enrollment Program


The ASC Dual Enrollment Program provides highly motivated Nevada high school students an opportunity to get a head start on their college education by enrolling in UNLV courses before high school graduation. ASC Dual Enrollment Program students also have the opportunity to earn dual credit (university and high school) with the approval of their high school counselors. Students who participate in the program attend regular established UNLV courses that are enrolled with UNLV undergraduate students. In addition, Dual Enrollment students receive full access to ASC resources, such as tutoring, advising, and academic success coaching. The ASC Dual Enrollment Program attracts some of the best and brightest students in Clark County and creates a more streamlined bridge from high school to college. For more information, visit www.unlv.edu/asc/dual-enrollment or email dualenrollment@unlv.edu.