Academic Services and Student Development
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The staff of Academic Services and Student Development assists student athletes in their pursuit of academic excellence. The professional staff, which consists of four full-time advisors and an intern, helps the students make the most of all of the opportunities Northwestern University offers.
FRESHMAN ASSISTANCE: The advisors work closely with the freshmen to help ease the transition from high school to college. The freshmen meet weekly with their advisors to discuss their performance in the classroom and to receive academic assistance when necessary. The evening Study Skills/Tutoring program is held at the University Library from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The tutoring staff consists of mostly graduate students, with some outstanding undergraduates. The tutors are available for drop-in assistance, small group learning teams and individualized tutorial sessions.
PRE-REGISTRATION ADVISING: In close collaboration with the advising staffs in all of the undergraduate schools, the Academic Services and Student Development staff also provides advice to help student athletes develop a plan of study, including guidance in selecting a major and possible minor. An important component of their services is course registration advising. Prior to the beginning of each quarter, student-athletes meet individually with both their athletic academic advisors and their school advisors to plan their curriculum for the upcoming quarter and discuss the registration process.
CAREER PLANNING: Preparation for a productive and successful entry into the workforce or graduate school begins during the freshman year during the orientation programs. In conjunction with University Career Services, the provision of career counseling and the education of job search skills help Northwestern student athletes obtain relevant summer employment and internships, as well as permanent employment or graduate school admissions upon graduation. The 'Cats Life Skills Program includes programs on major selection, finding a summer internship, securing a full time job, and the transition from school to work. The NClub has partnered with the Life Skills program to implement a web-based platform through Career Athletes to provide mentoring opportunities, as well as advertise job postings for both internships and full time employment. With the numerous companies and organizations that specifically recruit Northwestern student athletes, and with the help of the Wildcat network of alumni and fans, excellent job opportunities in all fields are possible.