Academic Programs & Support
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You will be assigned a professional academic advisor in your college, school, or department who is committed to supporting your academic success from orientation to graduation, providing academic and life skills during your college experience. Through one-on-one meetings with your advisor and learning from your advisor how to utilize degree-tracking technology, you will track your curriculum as you stay on track to graduate in four years.
This program provides all students free, quality one-on-one, and drop-in peer tutoring for numerous undergraduate core courses and encourages students to become independent learners by promoting academic excellence, improving study skills, and achieving curriculum specific competencies.
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This free academic program will help you navigate historically difficult courses, providing relaxed, peer-assisted study sessions led by students who have successfully completed the course in a previous semester. Integrating what to learn with how to learn it, this collaborative approach provides regularly scheduled sessions outside of class, during which students work together to improve knowledge, discuss complex topics, and prepare for tests. SI leaders attend all class lectures, take notes, and guide sessions.
In this appointment-based program, you’ll meet individually with a trained coach who’ll help you build the academic skills necessary to be successful at a major research institution such as Auburn. Topics focus on workload management, academic goal setting, textbook reading, note taking, and test preparation.
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The Miller Writing Center offers free, one-on-one consultation for all writers at Auburn University. Our highly trained staff of undergraduate and graduate peer tutors helps all students with all kinds of writing. The ePortfolio Project is a campus-wide initiative that offers students the opportunity to enhance their learning through the creation of professional, personalized websites to communicate and showcase skills, experiences, and learning.
The Exploratory Advising Center is the home for first-time freshmen who have not selected a specific major within a college upon admission. Exploratory (EXPL) freshmen will receive two semesters of customized assistance from academic and career counselors. The program will help students find the right major more quickly to assist them to complete their degree within four years. By the end of the students’ second semester, they will be required to choose a major (or at least a college). The EXPL program is not available to transfer students.
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Choosing a major can be one of the most difficult and important decisions you will make as a college student. If you are unsure about your career interests, visit the Career Center to learn more about majors, careers, and planning your future. You’ll take assessments to learn about your personality, interests, and values and use career resources to evaluate the many options available. Skilled career counselors will design a plan with you to reach your individual goals. Beyond choosing a major and exploring career options, the Career Center can help you develop a strong professional resume, polish interview and networking skills, and connect with recruiters from more than 1,900 companies. Students who use the Career Center are better prepared to compete for top jobs and professional school programs upon graduation.
Honors College students come from all majors within the 13 colleges and schools. The Honors College offers qualified students a unique academic experience designed to provide many of the advantages of a small college in the midst of Auburn’s many diverse opportunities. Honors classes are taught in small sections to provide in-depth dialogue and interaction between students and faculty.
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Most Auburn undergraduate degrees consist of 120-124 semester credit hours of courses, which means you need to take 15-16 hours/semester to finish your degree in eight semesters (four academic years). If you complete only 12 credit hours/semester, you’ll need to attend at least two additional semesters to finish your degree. Auburn charges undergraduate students the same base tuition rate for 12 hours as it does for any number of credits over 12 hours/semester. If you don’t graduate in four years, you’ll spend additional money, delay your entry into the job market, and lose income you could have been earning. And if you’re starting Auburn with AP/IB/dual enrollment credits earned in high school, you’re already on the way to finishing your college degree in four years.
Learning communities (LC) is a free academic program for our first-year students. LC students are placed into groups of 19, based on a common major or interest and are pre-registered and co-registered into core curriculum courses and a First Year Seminar course to help new students build relationships and encourage strong study habits. LC students receive instruction from Auburn staff and faculty who are directly related to the topic of their LC.
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Available to all first-year students, Success Strategies is a one-credit-hour general elective course for credit that helps students make a smooth transition to college life by encouraging them to explore available academic and personal resources. Students will learn the academic skills necessary to help them ‘Finish in 4,’ including note taking and study strategies; reading, writing, and presentation skills; memory and test taking tips; and career opportunities
Each year, approximately 1,100 Auburn students study abroad in programs lasting several weeks, months, or multiple semesters. Students have studied on every continent, and programs feature a variety of disciplines, including intensive language training, internships, volunteer opportunities, research, cultural experiences, and courses in every college and school. Housing choices are varied, and several programs include home stays. Through the Auburn Abroad Experience, students earn credit by participating in Auburn faculty-led programs, exchange programs, or in programs organized by other American and international universities.
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Auburn DegreeWorks is a degree-auditing and degree-tracking online tool (used in conjunction with your academic advisor) that helps you “check your status” to graduation and should be used often. In addition to making your academic advisor meetings more effective, it gives you curriculum and course progress, 24-hour real-time status information, and interactive “what if” scenario planning if you consider changing your major.