We are committed, faculty and staff, to supporting students' academic success. From day one, students are mentored one-on-one.
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.
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.
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 Support Center
Our Academic Support Center (ASC) is located in the Albert Solheim Library. Here, library staff and peer coaches collaborate with you to help you build skills and confidence in research, writing, and academics through one-on-one appointments, workshops, and group homework and editing support.
ASC supports research, critical thinking, and creative problem solving in the many forms they take with an emphasis on understanding and honing your own approaches to learning.
You'll work with ASC staff on specific projects (such as writing an outline for a paper, revising an essay, or finding sources for research) as well as techniques for brainstorming, writing, research, presentation, and general homework assistance.