Student Success Center

When in Doubt, Head to Hodes

The Center for Student Excellence at Avila is a collaboration among students, staff, and faculty designed to enhance and further the academic and personal growth of Avila students. Located in Hodes Center (Building #8), the Center is at the center of it all, encompassing a wide range of student services in one, centralized location.

Success in Year Two (and Beyond)

Being a second-year student means a whole new level of accomplishment and exploration. We’re here to take the guesswork out of succeeding and help you make the most of your college experience. If you have questions about the information on this page, contact:


Paige Illum, Ph.D., Director of Student Engagement and Success
P: 816-501-3760 / E:

Academic Success

Career Preparation Success

Personal Growth

Community Involvement

15 to Finish

We want you to graduate on-time, in four years!

For this to happen, you must finish 15 credit hours every single semester. Even though 12 hours is considered a full load, here’s the disappointing truth: It will take 5 YEARS to finish at that pace. Your time and tuition dollars can be better spent. The 15 To Finish program was created to help students achieve academic goals in record time. And, believe it or not, research shows that students who take 15-hour course loads get better grades.It’s a total win!
Finishing on time will help you:

  • Avoid extra debt
  • Begin your career
  • Get a jump on graduate school, travel, or volunteer work
  • Impress potential employees with your hard work and discipline

15 To Finish also has built-in rewards. With every 15-hour semester you complete, Avila will high-five you by upgrading your student status (good for discounts and special events!) and approving your 15 To Finish club membership (read: cookie study breaks, mini parties, and maximum fun!) P.S. Summer classes are also a smart way to stay on track.
The whole idea is to complete 30 credit hours each year (15 a semester is just a great way to get there!)

For more information about 15 to Finish, please contact Paige Illum, Director of Student Engagement and Success. 

Taking 15 hours of college credit a semester may sound like you’re not going to have a life outside studying, but successful Avila students prove you can have it all — friends, sports, volunteer opportunities, AND graduate on-time. 

Here’s how to get it done.
We’ve all been there. You can do this.
You will have a life, even if you take 15-hours a semester.
Do the math.

Student success is the driving mission behind the Student Success Center and our services are available to all students. We work to help students make a successful transition into college, and continue to assist them throughout their college careers as they navigate the intellectual and social community of Avila University. We’re all here for you.

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