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Our Mission Statement

Student-Athlete Academic Services supports student-athletes in reaching their full academic potential. Our fundamental premise lies in developing self-reliant and independent learners while fostering the overall growth and maturation of every student-athlete. We assist student-athletes in creating comprehensive educational plans, including specific goals in the areas of academic success and career development. In addition, all student-athletes are encouraged to integrate and participate as vested members in the academic community. We are fully committed to enhance student-athletes' undergraduate experience, well-being, and overall development through collaboration with campus resources.

Student-Athlete Handbook

First-Ever Student-Athlete Academic Services Program

The University of Washington developed the first-ever student-athlete academic service program in 1970 under the leadership of Gertrude Peoples. Every other program in the country was developed after that time and has used the University's program as a business model.

The UW's Academic Services assist student-athletes in the following areas:

• Transitioning to the university

• Designing quarterly schedules

• Setting goals for academic majors

• Planning for graduation

• Developing career interests

• Planning and coordinating tutoring 

• Campus resources

• Teaching study skills (i.e. time-management, lecture note processing, active reading)

• Assessing academic strengths and weaknesses

• Developing individual education plans

• Evaluating the need for special academic accommodations

Unmatched Commitment To Our Student-Athletes

The University of Washington's Student-Athlete Academic Services employs 14 staff members and 85 tutors. All are specifically for student-athletes.

Academic Advising

Academic Advisors help new student-athletes transition into UW and provide continued academic support services for all student-athletes throughout their time at the University. Advisors also work closely with departmental advisors and personnel in other support units such as the Career Center and Undergraduate Advising.

Academic Coordinating

Academic Coordinators work with student-athletes to plan and coordinate the delivery of academic support services. Coordinators work one-on-one with their student-athletes to teach skills such as time-management, lecture note processing, active reading, academic writing, database researching, test preparation and test-taking strategies. Coordinators refer student-athletes to academic support services that exist on campus.

Learning Needs

Learning Specialists help students assess academic strengths and weaknesses and develop individual education plans. Learning Specialists work directly with students on academic issues and perform preliminary diagnostic testing for students who feel they may have some form of learning difference.

Tutorial Services

All student-athletes, from full scholarship to walk-on students, are eligible, at no charge, to request tutoring for selected classes. Tutoring is often done in small groups of two to three students, but one-on-one tutorial support is also available. Tutors typically are graduate students or undergraduates who have demonstrated excellent academic skills.

Waterfront Location

The Ackerley Academic Center resides on the waterfront in Conibear Shellhouse. It is in the middle of all practice facilities and competition areas proving to be an ideal location for student-athletes.

The Ackerley Academic Center houses a computer lab, study rooms, tutoring rooms, printing services and wireless internet.

Ackerley Academic Center and Tutoring Hours: 

Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Hours vary on holiday weekends, between quarters and during the summer

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