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Student Support Services

Services Offered


If you are a participant in the Student Support Services program you are eligible to use the services listed below:

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Academic Advising

Student Support Services provides an advisor in addition to the major advisor assigned through the academic departments. The advisor meets with students to assess and develop educational plans, review academic progress, and provide academic and moral support. The SSS advisor is a great resource for up–to–date information regarding university policies and procedures, educational programs, and campus and community resources. For further help, go to the Advising and Transition Web site.

Course Selection

Assistance with selecting appropriate courses is available. Students will be able to make informed decisions regarding their class registration after considering prerequisites, university study requirements, degree requirements, class schedules, and a good balance of course work.

Major/Career Advising

Assistance is available to help students identify resources available to choose a major and make career decisions considering their interests, talents, and resources. For further help go to the Career Services Web site.

Academic Tutoring

A free tutoring program is provided to students in Student Support Services. Tutorial services are authorized and arranged by the program advisor. Tutoring may be assigned on a one–to–one basis, in small groups, or in a lab environment. Students can avoid the crowds of large labs by attending a Math Lab and Writing Lab designated for Student Support Services participants only.

Study Skills Instruction–Psy 1730

(Psy 1730 – Strategies for Academic Success)
This is a three–credit course designed to help students acquire the necessary skills for having a successful college experience. Students analyze their current academic and personal skills and determine the areas in which they would benefit from changes. A combination of in–class activities and outside readings present strategies such as effective reading, note taking, problem solving, and test taking. Students experience "learning by doing" through application of these strategies in other academic courses.

College Reading–Psy 1750

(Psy 1750 – Comprehension Strategies for College Reading)
This is a one–credit course designed for students who want to improve their college reading skills. Many college students possess adequate reading skills but have not learned to adapt to the demands of different academic areas – they read all assignments the same way and do not comprehend as effectively as they might. This class helps students understand and adapt reading strategies to best fit their learning needs. The philosophy of the class is that students will learn new strategies by practicing and applying them to college reading material. An emphasis is placed on reading a variety of texts – college texts, news magazines, research articles, etc.

Math 0990 – Elements of Algebra

This class is a review of elementary algebra in preparation for Math 1010. It includes understanding the real number system; linear, quadratic, and rational expressions; equations and inequalities; and linear graphs. It is intended for students who have had little high school math or need a refresher course.Prerequisite: a satisfactory score (40 or higher) on the Math Placement Exam within the Math prerequisite accessibility time limit.

Math 1010 – Intermediate Algebra

This class covers linear equations and inequalities, polynomials and exponents, rational expressions, roots and radicals, quadratic equations, lines and system of linear equations. It (or an ACT score of at least 23) is a prerequisite for the classes that fill the quantitative literacy requirements at USU. Prerequisite: C– or better in MATH 0990 or Math ACT score of at least 23 within the Math prerequisite acceptability time limit; or satisfactory score (58 or above) on the Math Placement Test.

Math 1050 – College Algebra

This class satisfies the University's quantitative literacy requirement. It covers the real and complex number systems, graphs, inverse functions, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations, elementary matrix algebra, induction, binomial theorem, permutations, and combinations. A graphing calculator is required. Prerequisite: C– or better in MATH 1010 or Math ACT score of at least 23 within the Math prerequisite acceptability time limit; or satisfactory score (60 or higher) on the Math Placement Test.

Stat 1040 – Introduction to Statistics

This class covers descriptive and inferential statistical methods, with an emphasis on conceptual understanding and statistical thinking. Examples are presented from many different areas. Prerequisite: C– or better in MATH 1010 or Math ACT score of at least 23 within the Math prerequisite acceptability time limit; or satisfactory score (80 or higher) on the Math Placement Test.

Financial Aid & Economic Literacy

The program staff works with the Financial Aid Office to ensure all eligible Student Support Services participants are maximizing financial aid opportunities. Workshops are held to educate Student Support Services participants on Financial Aid and economic literacy.