Tips To Navigate the Gator Experience Successfully

  • You are responsible for your decisions and actions. You will have an incredible amount of freedom—USE IT WISELY!
  • Develop a sense of belonging. Join a student organization and make new friends. Student leadership in organizations is highly valued by employers and graduate schools. Always think about your future! The decisions you make today shape the opportunities available to you tomorrow.
  • Treat others with respect, including students, faculty, and staff. Review the Statement of Community.
  • Know the College policies and procedures regarding plagiarism, academic integrity, smoking, property, and more. Be aware of the consequences of violating College policies and procedures by reviewing The Compass or sites.allegheny.edu/deanofstudents/student-conduct-system/student-handbook.
  • Identify important dates and deadlines. Write them in your planner and commit to meeting the dates and deadlines.
  • Go to class every day and on time. On time means arriving 5-15 minutes before the start of class. Your academic success is dependent on attending all classes to get the information you need.
  • Read your syllabus carefully and buy books and other materials listed.
  • Take the time to read assignments listed on your syllabus. Ask questions early and often.
  • READ YOUR ALLEGHENY EMAILS as this is the primary method of communication with students at Allegheny College. Often important communications from the Learning Commons, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Dean of Students, and other departments communicate important information via email. Many students miss important information because they skim emails or do not read emails.
  • Set a goal for your grade point average (GPA) and decide how to meet that goal.
  • Know the names of all your professors and their office hours and locations. Visit your professors often during office hours or by appointment and get to know them. Personal time spent with faculty helps them to understand your commitment to learning as well as the efforts you are making to balance academic and personal demands.
  • Visit with your FS instructor/advisor as scheduled. You should also explore major and career options with Career Education, which is located in the Gateway. Call to make an appointment at (814) 332-2381.
  • Find a quiet place on campus or at home to study. You should study two (2) hours for every one hour of academic coursework. The Gateway and the Library are both located in Pelletier and are wonderful places to study in between and after classes.
  • Know where you can receive academic assistance: The Learning Commons assists with study skills, writing, speech, subject tutoring, disability services, mentoring, and much more. Your professors are also a great resource. For more information, please contact (814) 332-2898.
  • Writing well is essential to your academic success; get feedback on an early draft of a paper, and use the feedback to revise it. Visit the Learning Commons if you need assistance with revising a paper. Do not wait until the last minute to seek assistance or to ask someone to proofread a paper before submitting it.
  • Be prepared for stress. Use a planner to note important due dates for papers and exams. Seek ways to alleviate stress such as talking to a counselor or participating in a fun activity. The Counseling Center staff is available at (814) 332-4368.
  • Keep lines of communication open: Talk with parents, friends, and professors. Email is a good way to communicate when you are unable to find someone to talk to face to face.
  • Remember, sleep is very important. Staying up late (beyond midnight) could affect your class attendance.
  • File your financial aid, scholarship application, and FAFSA each and every year by February 1. Failure to file could cost you big dollars. If you need assistance completing the form, contact your financial aid advisor.

Be prepared to WORK at BALANCING your ACADEMIC and PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITIES!