Making The Most Of Your Tuition: Campus Resources

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    Tuition has gotten very expensive over the past 20 years, especially for bigger and more prestigious schools. Everybody wonders where the money goes. As you might guess, most of it goes toward paying the salaries of the professors, staff, and maintenance workers on campus. However, the next big chunk of money usually goes towards what is called “academic support” or “institutional support.” These are the major resources on campus that you have access to while you’re a student and you might as well try to make the most of them. 

    Facilities

    • Student Health Center 
      • Offers services similar to a traditional urgent care center (physicals, x-rays, pregnancy testing, STD panels, and other medical testing 
      • Educates students on important, relevant issues like immunization and drug awareness 
      • Might also have a pharmacy in the same building or nearby to pick up medication 
    • Career Center 
      • Resume/cover letter critiques, mock interviews, and some schools even have their own job search databases 
      • Sets up career fairs on campus to connect students with internships, shadowing opportunities, volunteer work, and other opportunities 
      • Provides information on-campus jobs
    • Library 
      • Books, documents, copying/printing 
      • Has lots of study spaces and group study/meeting rooms
    • Gym 
      • Free or may cost a small fee to provide exercise/athletic equipment and resources 
      • Gives various classes like a normal gym would 
    • International Studies Center 
      • Connects students with study abroad opportunities and helps them find ways and plans to finance it 
      • Distributes resources and information on the significance and feasibility of studying abroad
    • Information Technology (IT) Center 
      • Handles a variety of technological services like sales, repairs, basic technology classes, and software distribution 
    • Student Life Center 
      • Handles most of the organizing and planning of student-based events 
      • Distributes information on campus life, campus news, scheduling, and services 
    • Off-campus Living Center 
      • Provides information and listings for people interested in living off-campus 
      • Provides information on commuting and the social impact of doing so 
    • International Student Center 
      • Acts as a liaison for students coming from another country to get acquainted and comfortable being in a new place in a new country 
    • Financial Aid Office 
      • Helps students understand their finances, fees, and payments 
      • Connects students with financial aid opportunities and scholarships 
    • Bursar’s Office 
      • Similar to the financial aid office but focused on taking and directing payments to the university 
    • Counseling Center 
      • Offers mental health information, resources, and counseling 
    • Legal Aid Office 
      • Provides services to students looking for school-related legal guidance and advice
    • Transfer Center 
      • Advises students on transferring and its implications on credits and major completion 
    • Dining 
      • Offers multiple dining options for students with or without a meal plan 
    • Multicultural Student Center 
      • Provides resources and support for disadvantaged students, usually minority students but might also cater to LGBT students and other diverse populations 

    Services

    • Disability Services 
      • Offers transportation, accommodation, and support for disabled students 
    • Housing Services/Resident Life: 
      • Provides and maintains on-campus housing and accommodations 
    • Mentoring and Tutoring Services 
      • Offers guidance to students who are struggling socially, academically, or otherwise on campus 
    • Department of Transportation Services 
      • Manages and organizes all of the transportation options on campus 
      • We have another article on just transportation /parking, so be sure to check that one out! 
    • Campus Police 
      • Depends on the size of your campus, but a lot of big campuses have their own police force 
      • Might require a different phone number than 911: look up your campus police number 
      • Often more lenient and understanding with college students than local police would be 
    • Office Hours 
      • Professors are typically required to set aside two hours or so, two or three times a week where they are in their office, free to answer any questions you have 
      • Good for getting to know your professors and better understanding content, especially for people that prefer a small class environment 
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    Aerospace Engineering at UMD, intending to specialize in aeronautics with a focus on aerospace structures and design.

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