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.
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:
1. Create a schedule that allows dedicated time for class attendance, studying (approximately 3 hours for each credit hour; 3 credit hour class = 9 hours), co-curricular activities (athletics, student organizations, etc.), on-campus or off-campus jobs, and other personal commitments.
2. Put all of your activities on a calendar. A visual calendar helps with organizing and prioritizing, but use whatever works best for you! Consider paper calendars, planners, apps, electronic devices, etc.
3. Make sure you know your advisor and schedule time to discuss future career opportunities and academic course planning. Your advisor can be found by logging into MyAU or contacting the Registration and Student Records Office in Blasco Hall.
4. Become familiar with MyAU, including how to access final and midterm grades, financial information, and the advising worksheet (which identifies required core and major classes and indicates which requirements have been satisfied).
5. Explore study abroad or travel course opportunities. Avila offers several, shorter travel courses a year as well as scholarship opportunities.
6. When necessary, take advantage of the Writing Center and free tutoring.
1. Identify your major or explore career opportunities with a Career Services staff member (in the Hodes Center).
2. Utilize the many career assessment tools found on Avila’s Career Services webpage.
3. Develop or update your resume. For detailed information, or to schedule an appointment with a staff member, visit Career Services online.
4. Consider how a minor or certificate program might enhance your educational experience and career preparation.
5. In the spring, start thinking about summer jobs, internships, or volunteer opportunities related to your career interests.
1. Understand your financial aid package, including the difference between types of aid (grant, loan, scholarship, work study, etc.).
2. Estimate your monthly loan payment upon graduation in order to help make good financial decisions.
3. Reflect on your values and passions. What is your calling and purpose?
4. Create balance in your life to lead a healthy lifestyle. Proper nutrition, sleep, and exercise are so important.
1. Become an active member of a student organization. You might consider an organization that enhances your major/career, and one that interests you outside your career path.
2. Consider service opportunities within the community. For additional information, you can contact Campus Ministry located on the first floor of Carondelet.
3. In the spring, begin thinking about and preparing for where you will live your junior year.
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. The15 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.
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.