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West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-1000

Undergraduate Studies and Student Support Services

Academic Development Program/Act 101 Program

Location: 231 Lawrence Center
Phone: 610-436-3274

The Academic Development Program is a special admissions program for students who do not meet current admission requirements but who show the potential to succeed as students at West Chester University.

Students admitted to the program must complete a five-week summer session in which they take classes that may include writing, reading/critical thinking, mathematics and speaking. In addition to classes, students are engaged in extra-curricular activities which are designed to help them make a smooth transition from high school into college. Students are provided with academic advising, tutoring, mentoring and academic monitoring.  Upon successful completion of the summer session, students are admitted to the University for the fall. The program continues to support students through coursework and with specialized academic support during their undergraduate years at West Chester University. 

Learning Assistance and Resource Center (LARC)

Location: 224 Lawrence Center
Phone: 610-436-2535
Learning Assistance and Resource Center (LARC) Website

The Learning Assistance and Resource Center (LARC) strives to provide quality academic support services that help students become independent, active learners who achieve academic success. The LARC offers tutoring services in most general education courses such as mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, other languages, music, and introductory business. Interested students register on a first-come, first-served basis and are assigned tutors depending on availability. Tutoring sessions are 50 minutes long and are held by appointment only on a continuous basis for the remainder of the semester.

In addition to traditional tutoring, the LARC offers Supplemental Instruction (SI) in several general education and "high-risk" courses; furthermore, Academic Success Workshops (ASW) demonstrate the application of learning strategies and/or affective skills influencing learning, such as time management, test anxiety reduction, assertiveness, note taking skills, short essay writing, finals preparation, and motivation. Registration for the ASW is available at online, and the sessions are offered to student groups upon request. Online tutoring for general education math and science is available through Smarthinking. An access code for free online tutoring hours can be obtained through the LARC. The LARC website includes information on our services, a list of courses we tutor, and links to helpful resources.

The LARC provides opportunities for paid practical training for undergraduate and graduate students. The LARC offers a comprehensive training program for new tutors, which includes seminars, workshops, individualized projects, and peer observation. Tutors employed by the LARC acquire the knowledge and experience necessary to meet the requirements for certification by the College Reading and Learning Association. Students interested in tutoring positions can apply online.

Other Programs Housed in 224 Lawrence: Students concerned with academic challenges should contact the Early Alert Program (EAP). The EAP connects students with graduate students from the Counselor Education program who review academic concerns, suggest methods to improve academic performance, and provide information, understanding and access to other University services. Athletic Study Hall is open to all athletes Sunday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the LARC.  Achieve! is a proactive academic support program, which provides students with the best chance of success at WCU.  For more information on these programs contact us at

or (610) 436-2187.

The LARC is open Monday-Thursday from 9am to 9pm, Friday from 9am to 4pm, and Sunday from 6pm to 9pm You may contact us via



 Office of Services for Students with Disabilities/TRIO Student Support Services

 Location: 223 Lawrence Center 

Phone: 610-436-2564
Office of Services for Students with Disabilities Website

The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD) offers services for students with physical and learning disabilities. The OSSD is designed to help students make a successful transition to the University. We take a proactive stance that encourages students to understand their needs and strengths in order to best advocate for themselves.

At West Chester University we recognize that some students with disabilities want minimal assistance while others require the full range of support and services. To facilitate successful transition we recommend a comprehensive assessment of needs through our office. We can also provide advocacy with faculty for classroom accommodations, but we work to provide students with the tools to be independent.

The OSSD is located within the Division of Undergraduate Studies and Student Support Services. Our main purpose is to arrange for accommodations for students and create a level playing field within the classroom. In addition, we provide academic services through a federal TRIO SSS grant-funded program. We coordinate services with other units within the division, such as the Learning Assistance and Resource Center, the Academic Advising Center, and other University offices including the Writing Center and the Office of Residence Life and Housing Services.

Students needing financial support for personal services or interpreters should register with the appropriate agency (e.g., OVR, BVS) at least six months in advance of matriculation. It is the student's responsibility to provide services of a personal nature (e.g., attendants, special equipment).

Services offered through the OSSD may include the following:

  • Special summer orientation
  • Central documentation file
  • Advocacy with faculty
  • Referrals for LD testing
  • Alternative test-taking arrangements
  • Academic coaching
  • Priority registration
  • Note-taking support
  • Study skills tutoring
  • Adaptive technology for test taking
  • Interpreters for deaf and hard-of-hearing students
  • Peer support
  • Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society for students with Disabilities

See the West Chester University Handbook on Disabilities and OSSD web site for additional information.

 Pre-Major Academic Advising Center

Location: 222 Lawrence Center
Phone: 610-436-3505
Exploratory Studies Website

Pre-Major Academic Advising (PMAA) provides support to undergraduate students prior to admission to an academic major. Assignment to PMAA either reflects the student’s own choice or a designation by the University because the student either does not meet all of the preparation and/or academic requirements for a particular major or a student’s prospective major has reached its maximum enrollment for the academic year or semester.  Pre-major students take prerequisite courses for their intended major and/or courses in a particular major program because of personal interests.  Pre-major faculty academic advisors assist students in interpreting University and departmental policies and requirements, as well as with appropriate course selection. Advisors also make referrals and discuss vocational and career interests. 

Together, the advisor and the student develop a strategic plan for success.

The Pre-Major Advising Center is located in Room 222, Lawrence Center. Contact the center at 610-436-3305 or

, or visit the Exploratory Studies Website for a wealth of information.

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