Individualized Support

We are committed, faculty and staff, to supporting students' academic success. From day one, students are mentored one-on-one.


Foundation Year

From day one, students are assigned a First Year Mentor, their instructor for First Year Seminar. This mentor works with them throughout freshman year as the student adjusts to college life. 

When students declare their major, usually during the second semester of the Foundation Year, they are introduced to their Program Advisor, typically the Program Director of their major or another full-time faculty from that major.

Sophomore through Senior Year

Students meet regularly with their Program Advisor. Program Advisors check in a couple of times per semester to help advise a student on their graduation plans. Program Advisors also help students who need assistance with registering for classes.

Senior Year

In Senior Year, in addition to a Program Advisor, students are assigned a Thesis Mentor. A Thesis Mentor’s assistance is focused on supporting the development and production of the thesis project and the student continues to meet with their Program Advisor until graduation. 

Transfer Students

New students who are not Foundation Year students, will be connected to their Program Advisor via an email welcoming them to PNCA. New transfer students will meet their Program Advisor for the first time in person, during New Student Orientation. 

Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center/ARC, located in room 517, is PNCA’s student-driven study support network. Peer Coaches help students build confidence in a broad range of academic areas through one-on-one and online conferences. 

Peer Coaches provide writing support for foundation classes, art history courses, and seminars, as well as professional practices courses, thesis projects, and applications. They share their knowledge in the areas of writing, research, design, presentation, curatorial practice, and software programs. 

ARC coaches work with students in 30 to 60 minute in-person or online sessions. During each session the student and peer coach work on specific desired outcomes (such as writing an outline for a paper, revising an essay, or finding sources for research). 

In addition to peer coaching, the ARC is open for student use during building hours. 

Additional writing resources, such as tip sheets, are available in Room 517, and can be found in the Fine Art Library, research databases, and the ARC Homeroom site.  

Contact ARC

Learn more

The Office of Academic Affairs is open Monday through Friday from 8-5pm. For any questions, please email or phone.

Assistant Director of Student Life
Jackson Seemayer

Student Life General