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Student Academic Support

The University of Providence provides a wide array of activities and support services for residential and non-residential students.

Student Services at the University of Providence are designed to meet the many needs of students during their academic career.

Active outreach aims at assisting students in fulfilling their personal and career goals while attending the University of Providence. Initial interviews with an academic success counselor will provide information concerning academic, career, or personal counseling services, referral to tutoring resources, career testing services, and support groups.

Academic Success Center

The mission of the academic student support department is to provide individualized and holistic support to the students of the University of Providence.  Staff work with students to guide them through their time of growth and opportunity by assisting them with challenges, promoting self-advocacy, connecting them to campus and community resources, and empowering them to create their own success as a student and graduate of UP.

Our department focuses on serving our students in collaboration with the UP community with an emphasis on incorporating our university’s core values of compassion, dignity, justice, excellence, and integrity.  We intend for our area to be welcoming to all.

Academic Success Counselors are not mental health counselors.  They can assist you in finding resources for mental health.

Even the most outstanding students sometimes run into unexpected difficulties during their college experience. The Academic Success Center connects students with the resources they need in order to thrive at the University of Providence. Whatever college life throws your way, we are here to help!

We are a conduit between students, faculty, and staff, and we refer students to the right resources for them. Your counselors at the ASC will help you establish study plans, keep you on track for graduation, assist with sports eligibility, and keep you in good academic standing. We teach you the skills you need to be successful and help you navigate any roadblocks that might appear. We love to visit with students, so please feel free to stop in or call/email and say hello!


Things we can help you with:
  • Stress management
  • Time management
  • Test Anxiety
  • Goal Setting
  • Transitioning from high school or another college/university
  • Campus referrals
  • Developing good study habits
  • DegreeWorks
  • Academic Success Plans
  • Tutoring/TutorMe (both in-person & on-line tutoring)
TRIO Student Support Services

Through a grant competition, funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. Student Support Services (SSS) projects also may provide grant aid to current SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants (# 84.063). The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants.


Some of the benefits of being in TRIO include:

  • National Graduation Rate is 46%, while our TRIO Graduation rate at the University of Providence is 69% as of Spring 2021.
  • Versatile Learning Space for both individual studying and group studying.
  • TRIO Tutors in the learning space to assist TRIO students
  • TRIO provides personal counseling and financial literacy.


What should students expect?
  • Academic Tutoring
  • Advice and assistance in course selection
  • Referral Services
  • Access to Instructional Equipment
  • Academic Resource checkout
  • Locating public and private scholarships
  • Applying for public and private scholarships
  • Assistance in completing financial aid applications
  • Counseling services designed to improve financial and economic literacy
  • Preparation for graduation
  • Assistance in applying for admission to graduate and professional programs
  • Regular workshops to increase student awareness in topics such as Time Management, Financial Literacy, etc.

TRIO SSS also provides a variety of personalized counseling services, exposure to cultural events, academic and mentoring programs, and secure temporary housing for students who need a place to live (e.g., homeless youths and youths who have aged out of the foster care system).

What students should apply?
  • First Generation College Students (Student’s Legal Guardians did not obtain a bachelor’s or 4-year equivalent.
  • Low-Income Individuals (The government releases a table of Income Levels based on household size.)
  • Individuals with ANY Documented Disability
  • Not sure if you qualify, you can still apply and we will take care of the rest.


TRIO Application

Fill out the online application here, or stop by Student Support Services in the University of Providence Library, call 406-791-5213 or email uptrio@uprovidence.edu.

Accessibility Services
Services for Students with Disabilities

In recognizing the unique value of each human being, the University of Providence (UP) is in accord with the spirit of both Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the 2008 amendments to the Americans with Disabilities act, and the updated regulations and guidance to Titles II and III of the ADA.

Assistance is available for students with documented disabilities during their academic careers. These services assure access to the University of Providence by students with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations are modifications or adjustments to the tasks, environment, or to the way things are usually done that enable individuals with disabilities to have an equal opportunity to participate in an academic program or a job (U.S. Department of Education, 2007).

An Individual with a Disability is:

Any individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or a record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990). Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) prohibits such discrimination at any school, including a church-affiliated school that receives federal funds, such as student financial aid loan programs.

What Services does UP make Available to Individuals with Disabilities?
  • Academic counseling and tutoring
  • Personal mentoring
  • Computer assistance
  • Help with admissions and registration process
  • Classroom accommodations – examples include extended test times, tests proctored at the TRIO Center or in reduced distraction area, notetakers, textbooks in audio format, use of assistive technology.
  • Program accessibility – examples include course relocation to physically accessible classrooms, sign language interpreters, alternative formats for classroom materials, captioned course materials
  • Assistance in meeting with professors and advisers upon request
  • Promotion of effective self-advocacy skills
  • Academic success workshops
  • Referrals to both on and off campus resources
  • Advocate for an accessible and hospitable learning environment


How do I know what accommodations are needed for each student?

Students needing classroom accommodations will need to request accommodations each semester, (preferably 2 weeks before each semester begins). Accommodations will be arranged through the Accessibility Coordinator on an individual basis depending on each student’s needs and abilities. Professors will be given notification of the student’s needs and information on the assistance that will be provided.

Do student accommodations alter class rigor or curriculum standards?

Appropriate accommodations do not jeopardize the essential elements of a course, nor do they weaken the academic standards or integrity of course curriculum. Accommodations simply provide an alternative way of accomplishing course requirements by eliminating or reducing disability-related barriers. The goal of accommodations is to provide a level playing field, not an unfair advantage.

If you have any questions or concerns about Accessibility Services, please reach out to carilyn.voorhies@uprovidence.edu for more information.


Click here to learn more about our Library services.

Mathematics Center
Welcome to the STEM Center!

We at the STEM Center at the University of Providence are researchers, teachers, and students committed to promoting mathematics education and its applications in STEM disciplines. If you are interested in mathematics, science, and/or information technologies, please consider joining us in this important and rewarding venture.
The STEM Center is committed to supporting science, technology, and math education on the University of Providence campus and across the state by addressing the support needs of first year students at University of Providence and fostering development of an authentic, sustainable STEM culture on the University of Providence campus.

Writing and Critical Thinking Center

Location: University of Providence Library
Director: Jennifer Easler, Ph.D.

The Writing & Critical Thinking Center provides free writing support to the University of Providence community in the form of:

  • One-on-one consultations, in-person and online
  • Group consultations
  • Workshops
  • In-class workshops

Drop in on campus to see if a consultant is available or scroll down for instructions for making campus and online appointments

How to Make an Appointment in the UP Writing Center


Creating an account

  • If you have never had an appointment at the Center, choose “Click here to register.”
  • Make sure to use your UProvidence email address. You may choose any password you wish.
  • Once all the information on the registration page is filled out, click
    “Register” at the bottom of the page.


Making an appointment

  • Log into WC Online, which will open the appointment schedule.
  • White boxes show open appointment times.  (Blocks show 1-hour slots, but appointments last 45 minutes, to allow consultants time to complete reports between sessions.
  • Select an appointment day, time, and consultant by clicking on the white box itself.)
  • An appointment window will pop up with the time-slot noted at the top.  Double-check that this is the day and time you want.


IMPORTANT: All appointment times are in the MOUNTAIN time zone.

  • Choose the kind of consultation you want: face-to-face for an on campus meeting; online for a live online discussion; or etutoring for asynchronous written feedback on your work.  Not all consultants offer each type of tutoring. Look below the consultant’s name on the schedule to see what kinds of tutoring each offers.
  • Fill in the rest of the fields in the appointment box and attach any documents you wish to include.  If you chose etutoring, be sure to include the assignment instructions and as much contextualizing information as you can.
  • Remember to click “Create Appointment” at the bottom of the form.
  • You will receive a confirmation at the top of the form if you have successfully made your appointment.
  • Instructions for live Online appointments
    • When your appointment is scheduled to begin, log back on at http://mywco.com/uprovidence, remembering that Great Falls is in the Mountain Time Zone.
    • Click on the colored box that represents the online appointment you booked.
    • Click the red link that reads “Start or Join Online Consultation” on the appointment information that pops up.
    • The online tutoring platform will open. You should see a whiteboard space that contains text explaining the different tools available to you during the consultation. To the right of the whiteboard, you should see a chat space which you can use to converse with your consultant. If you wish to use the audio/video function, click on the video icon, and then allow the program to access your webcam and microphone.
    • Enjoy your consultation.

If you encounter any difficulties in setting up your online appointment, please email the Writing & Critical Thinking Center: writingcenter@uprovidence.edu

Testing Center and Proctoring

The testing center, located in the library, can be utilized by University of Providence faculty and students only.  Staff within the ASC and Library are available for proctoring.

Click here to schedule and appointment.


Academic Success Counselors

Ashley Koepke

Dean of Student Success

Monica Thackeray

Academic Success Counselor

Madi Periman

Academic Success Counselor

TRIO Student Support Services

Cole Irwin

TRIO Counselor Advocate

Carilyn Voorhies

Director of TRIO Student Support Services

Accessibility Services

Carilyn Voorhies

Director of TRIO Student Support Services