Our mission is to provide comprehensive academic support, counseling, guidance, services, and programming to all University of Louisville student-athletes while promoting self-responsibility, personal growth, and academic development.
Student-athletes are required to meet with their academic counselor on a regular basis. Counselors provide academic support to assure student-athletes are utilizing available resources and maintaining satisfactory academic progress to stay on track for graduation. They monitor academic progress throughout the semester and communicate with coaches concerning student performance and academic issues.
Student-athletes with specific learning challenges may require increased support in addition to our academic counselors. Our staff includes three learning specialists with years of special education experience to work with these students on enhancing note taking, test taking, study, time management, and organizational skills. They also work with the University's Disability Resource Center to coordinate services for our students with diagnosed learning challenges.
Tutoring is one of the most utilized resources for our student-athletes. Our Tutorial Coordinator currently manages a group of approximately 60 tutors across all subject areas. She works with our Compliance office to assure all tutors are staying within NCAA regulations and coordinates with the University's Resources for Academic Achievement (REACH) center to make sure our tutors are College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) certified.
Our Cardinal Athletic Career Center provides career guidance and planning for all student-athletes. The Director of Career Services assists in resume development, job shadows, and internships throughout their college experience with the long-term goal of admission into graduate school or job placement upon graduation.
Objective Based Study Hall
All incoming student-athletes are required to participate in objective based study hall. The program is built upon students working with their counselors to create and complete weekly objective sheets in a structured environment. Specific stipulations such as the number of hours and upper-classmen requirements vary from team to team.
Progress reports for all student-athletes are sent out to instructors twice each semester via email. Their feedback is an invaluable tool in assessing academic progress and formulating academic recovery strategies for students that may be struggling.
All in-season student-athletes will be given official University travel letters at the beginning of the semester. Travel letters will detail all the classes that are expected to be missed that semester due to athletic competition. They provide student-athletes an opportunity to engage their instructors early in the semester regarding any potential issues with missed assignments or exams, allowing ample time to make appropriate arrangements.
All student-athletes meet with their athletic academic counselor and University advisor for major advising, course selection, and to discuss degree program requirements. It is imperative that students understand how the classes they take impact their progress toward degree and determine whether they stay on track for graduation.
The Olga Peers Academic Center located in the Student Activities Center serves as the main location of Academic Services for Athletics. We also have academic centers located in the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex (Woodruff Academic Center), Yum! Center, Jim Patterson Stadium, women's basketball lounge, and golf offices (Dow Huffman Academic Center) to more conveniently serve the needs of those student-athletes. In addition, we are in the fund raising phase for a new state-of-the-art Academic Center for Excellence to be located at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
All of our academic facilities are equipped with computer labs and printers to meet student-athlete needs. We also have a full time Computer Specialist who works to ensure that all labs are operational and assists with diagnosing issues on student's personal laptops as they arise. Due to travel demands and the increased amount of online work, we provide laptops for our students to check out as needed.
Aid, Awards, and Scholarships
Academic counselors assist our student-athletes on completing nominations for University, Big East, and NCAA awards and scholarships. They work with our Compliance office on financial aid issues as well as awarding summer and fifth year aid. We also coordinate the Houston-Bridgeman Fellows Cardinal Degree Completion program to assist returning student-athletes in graduating.
Academic Services for Athletics advises several Registered Student Organizations exclusive to our student-athletes. Student-Athletes of Color Combining Opportunity and Responsibility for Excellence (SCORE) and Louisville International Family Enrichment (LIFE) help serve the needs of our minority and international students. These groups provide programming and opportunities to get involved on campus and in the community. We also oversee the University of Louisville chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society.