The Student Success Center is located in the 100-level wing of Old Main, and is referred to as the Academic Support Center. The Academic Support Center is open to all Five Towns College students on a drop-in basis. The Center provides tutoring, academic counseling, learning strategy seminars, and a variety of other services designed to help each student reach their academic potential. The Center also administers the College’s HEOP and Student Access Office.
- HEOP (Higher Education Opportunity Program) is designed for academically and economically disadvantaged students. If selected for the program, HEOP participants are required to attend a pre-freshman program during the summer preceding fall entry. Advising, counseling, tutoring and financial assistance are provided for these students for the duration of their degree programs if eligibility requirements are continuously met.
- Student Access Office is designed to provide support services and reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities.
The Academic Support Center offers a variety of tutorial services to all students upon request and without any additional fee. Tutoring is provided by peers, faculty members, and other qualified experts. In-person tutoring is always held on-campus in the Academic Support Center or the College Library, or remotely via Zoom. Tutoring may take the following forms:
- One-on-one tutoring on specific topics or issues
- Group Tutoring on specific topics or issues
- Tutor or Faculty-led study groups focusing on subject areas
- Faculty Extra-Help Sessions
- English Writing Clinic
Academic planning and advisement are an integral part of the ongoing educational process at the College and begin as soon as a student is accepted. For the freshman year, each student is assigned to a professional academic advisor, who supports the student throughout their first year of college, including helping them to register for classes, monitoring attendance, and supporting their academic progress. During the sophomore year, the student transitions to a faculty academic advisor, who is familiar with their career choices and employment goals. While the faculty academic advisor may change, typically a student elects to stay with that faculty advisor for the remainder of their college career.
Periodic conferences with academic advisors provide opportunities for students to plan their programs and review their academic goals. Prior to each registration period academic advisors help students to
prepare their class schedules for the following semester. Academic advisors maintain regular office hours and may be consulted for individual needs at any time throughout the academic year.
Although academic advisement is provided, students are solely responsible for their course selections and for meeting degree requirements. Students are urged to be active participants in the academic advisement process. Students must know their own degree programs, be familiar with the own transcripts, and understand each of the requirements for graduation.
The Career Services Center makes students aware of job opportunities and helps them acquire the necessary skills in searching for jobs, developing resumes and cover letters, and preparing for interviews and networking opportunities. The Center offers materials and resources to support this effort.
The selection of a career is one of the most crucial decisions a student is called upon to make. The College’s Career Center offers individual based career counseling as well as hosts a series of events that offer opportunities for student to connect with employers, practice their professional etiquette and build their networks. The Center also facilitates the internship, cooperative education, study abroad, and other experiential learning opportunities. The College’s most recent employment rates for its graduates are published only in this Catalog annually. The College provides no guarantees regarding post-graduation employment and makes not claims regarding its employment rates, except as published herein.
The Career Services Center is also home to the Alumni Association. Five Towns College staff not only assist current students with finding internships and job opportunities, but also serve to help alumni with career development, networking and adjustment into life after college. Upon graduation, students become a member of the Five Towns College Alumni Association. This is an established group of talented and accomplished professionals, many of whom have ventured into the entertainment, education, communications and media production industries. There is an Alumni Newsletter and ongoing networking opportunities. Five Towns College welcomes alumni to on campus events such as games and performances as well as career fairs and other professional level networking opportunities. The Career Services Center hosts an annual Alumni Networking Event.
Experiential Learning refers to those educational opportunities that students experience outside of the regular class setting. Many courses and programs have experiential learning opportunities infused in the course objectives, while others are optional experiences that further programmatic and other institutional-level learning goals. Students attending Five Towns College enroll with the understanding that some experiential learning opportunities will necessitate that they travel to off-campus locations or participate at times outside of the normal academic class block. They also recognize that the College does not always provide transportation to such events, and in order for them to participate they will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements.
The College Counseling Office provides support and referrals for professional psychological services. The College Counselors meet individual students to discuss a broad scope of concerns related to academic, emotional, social, mental and overall well-being. Services provided are strictly confidential. Students are encouraged to either schedule appointments or come in as needed.
The College does not provide on-campus medical services, but maintains relationships with area health providers. These providers are included in the Student and Residence Life Handbooks. In addition, the College does not require that students purchase mandatory health insurance through the College, but they are expected to have such insurance as mandated by Federal law. Resident students and student athletes are required to present proof of health insurance prior to moving into a campus residence hall or engaging in team practices.
The College has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center/Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk (VIBS) and provides cost-free counseling, advocacy and physical and emotional support and medical care for sexual assault victims in compliance with NYS Education law, Article 129-B.
The individuality of each student is a basic concern of the College. Every effort is made to provide an environment in which each student can develop their particular capabilities and interests to the fullest. The College Counseling Office provides personal counseling in a confidential setting to assist students in making decisions related to personal and academic situations. Referrals to outside professional agencies may be made in situations requiring more specialized counseling.
The Living/Learning Center is a complex of four residence halls. Each building has a variety of single and double rooms, Internet access, and other services. A mandatory meal plan is required. Students interested in on-campus living must file an application for housing.
If granted, a housing license is valid for the current academic year/semester. While every effort is made to accommodate the housing needs of continuing students, the College does not guarantee that a subsequent license will be issued beyond the current academic year/semester. In order to respond to the high demand for on-campus housing, students who have resided on campus for six (6) semesters may remain in residence on-campus thereafter only with the permission of the Director of Residential Life.
Students who reside on campus are required to attend classes on a full-time basis and to carry a course schedule of classes that meets not less than four (4) days per week, except with permission of the Director of Residence Life.
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New Student Orientation is designed to familiarize students with the College and with the social and recreational resources in the area. The New Student Orientation Fee of $115 is required for all new incoming students. Orientation includes an introduction to the general education, technological competency skills necessary to utilize various learning technologies, including knowledge of computer hardware and software, file management, word processing, Internet, and email systems. It includes an overview of College policies and regulations, with emphasis on the development of self-management, career planning, and decision-making skills.
Orientation events include a special schedule of informal small group meetings where freshmen may share opinions and plans with other students and faculty members in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Students are encouraged to participate in varied campus activities so that they may become well-adjusted members of the College community. In addition, during this time, the required onboarding education under NYS Education law, Article 129-B is provided to all required populations.
Five Towns College students who have a physical, medical, learning, or other disabilities, either temporary or permanent, may receive reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. In order to establish eligibility for such accommodations, students are required to submit a written application to the Student Access Office, which is available online and provide supporting documentation. Then, an appointment with the Director of Student Access will be scheduled in a timely manner to assess what reasonable accommodations are needed and can be provided.