Academic Support

All students, at one time or another, need help with academic questions: What should I major in? How can I improve my study skills? Is a tutor available to help me in a class? What are my graduation requirements? How can I increase my grade point average? Academic Services will assist students in addressing all of these questions, and many more.

The PEAK is located on the third floor of Main Building and houses Academic Services. Students can visit the PEAK (which stands for Personal Enrichment and Knowledge) for academic advising, to participate in the Academic Success Program, to ask about accommodations for a disability, to schedule study time with a tutor, or to learn about improving academic skills like time management and study strategies. Please click on the links in the submenu for more details.

Students are encouraged to visit the PEAK to improve their academic habits and to learn how to maximize their potential.

Academic Advising

All students are assigned to an advisor upon enrollment. Traditional first year students are assigned to first year advisors, a group of faculty and staff who are specially trained to help ease the transition between high school and college. Students are assigned to a faculty advisor in their major disciplines usually in the second semester. If a student changes majors, he/she is reassigned to an advisor in the new major discipline.

Academic advisors help students with academic planning, scheduling classes, interpreting college policies and procedures, and tracking students’ progress toward graduation or program completion. Advisors are an extremely valuable resource for students.

Advising and Registration for Spring 2023 Classes

The advising/registration period for Spring 2023 classes is Monday, October 17 – Friday, November 11.  Within those 4 weeks, these activities will happen:

First week, October 17-21:  Advising only

Second week, October 24-28:  Advising continues; online registration in Empower opens on this staggered schedule:

  • Monday, October 24:  Seniors and graduate students
  • Tuesday, October 25:  Juniors
  • Wednesday, October 26:  Sophomores
  • Thursday, October 27:  Freshmen and all others

Third and fourth weeks, October 31-November 11:  Advising and registration continue

Make every effort to register as soon as possible during the advising/registration period!  Your chances of getting the classes you want and need are much better the sooner you register.

Students must meet with advisors before registering to get their PINs for accessing registration in Empower and to plan Spring 2023 schedules.


PEAK Open Advising Sessions

The PEAK will offer open advising sessions during the advising/registration period for Spring 2023 as an alternative to meeting with assigned advisors.  Sessions will be offered both in-person and online.

Students may stop by the Gold Dining Room in the days and times listed below for an advising conference with a PEAK advisor.  Appointments are not necessary.

  • Thursday, October 27:  11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Gold Dining Room
  • Wednesday, November 2:  11:00 a.m.  – 1:30 p.m., Gold Dining Room
  • Friday, November 11::  11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Gold Dining Room

Online advising appointments with a PEAK advisor are available in the days and times listed below.

  • Monday, October 24:  9 – 11 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 3:, 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Monday, November 7:  2 – 4 p.m.

To be placed in the online advising queue, please complete this form.  The next available PEAK advisor will contact you based on your communication preference.  Any forms submitted outside of the hours above will be answered during the next Online Open Advising session.  Because the number of students who sign up for Online Open Advising may be high at times, there may be a delay before a PEAK advisor will be available to contact you.  We will follow up with you!  Please do not answer a phone call or Google Meet request from us if you receive it while you are in class. We will try again later when you are available.

Students who attend an open advising session should always consult with their assigned advisors as well and communicate about plans.


Questions about Academic Advising?
Contact the PEAK at [email protected] or the Registrar’s Office at [email protected].

Academic Success Program

Students in the Academic Success Program will be encouraged to take PRIDE in becoming engaged learners at Greensboro College. Through interactive workshops, online inventories and individual meetings, students will be empowered to take ownership of their college journey. The program director also serves as the academic advisor for students in the Academic Success Program and will monitor students’ academic progress and stay in close contact with students’ professors.

First-year students* who are admitted into the Academic Success Program are required to:

  • Meet weekly with the program director for their first year.
  • Enroll in Greensboro College Seminar.
  • Attend Academic Success Workshops.
  • Meet bi-weekly (at least) with faculty to discuss individual performance and academic progress.
  • Participate in tutoring and other academic enrichment activities as deemed necessary by the director.

*Transfer students may also enter the Academic Success Program. The program director and Office of Admissions will determine expectations for individual transfer students.

Take PRIDE in your academics

Students who are not in the Academic Success Program can meet with the director to discuss a variety of academic success topics, such as time management, study habits/skills, note-taking techniques, and how to make best use of your learning style.

Resources on a variety of academic success topics will be available in the PEAK lobby (3rd floor, Main Building).

Questions about the Academic Success Program?
Contact Tica Green at [email protected].

Office of Academic Accessibility

A variety of services are available to students with documented learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, or other disabilities. Students are strongly encouraged to disclose this information to the Director of Academic Accessibility. Accommodations and services are tailored to the student and may include:

  • Extended time on tests.
  • Use of technological supports in the Blackwell Learning Lab.
  • Testing in an environment with reduced distractions.
  • Ability to record lectures.
  • Reader or scribe for tests.

The Office of Academic Accessibility arranges academic, residential, and dinning services accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more detail on services, please consult the Academic Accessibility Resource Guide — Word Doc, PDF) Please note that Greensboro College requires documentation of your disability. Once the appropriate documentation is received, your request will be reviewed to determine eligibility for the requested accommodations.

Mission & Goals Of Academic Accessibility

The primary mission of the Office of Academic Accessibility at Greensboro College is to provide ongoing, comprehensive support to students. The office will serve as advocates for students with disabilities and promote awareness of disability issues campus wide. Through these services, our goals are to facilitate wellness and academic success for all students. For students with disabilities, this includes assistance in the development of self-awareness, self-advocacy and independent learning skills necessary for each student to thrive intellectually, spiritually and professionally.

Any student wishing to receive services from the Office of Academic Accessibility Services must submit to the college appropriate documentation that justifies any special accommodations or modifications that are requested. For some accommodations that involve substantial changes to a course of study, such as a class substitution, additional documentation and approval process may be required.

To disclose a disability that may require accommodations, please fill out and return the form below.
Accommodations Request Form

Academic Accessibility FAQ

  • How do professors find out about my accommodations?

    Prior to the beginning of each semester, students will be contacted by Email from Office of Academic Accessibility. The Office of Academic Accessibility will send the student a copy of their Academic Accessibility Plan (AAP). Students are to deliver a copy of this Plan to their professors as soon as possible. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to meet with their professors in order to discuss how their specific accommodations will work for each class.

  • How does extended time work in college?

    The provision of classroom accommodations is a joint responsibility between professors and the OAA. Part of the discussion you will need to have with your professors will be about how extended time works in their classes (if this is one of your accommodations). Some professors have time and a place to accommodate you during a test and would prefer to make those arrangements themselves. Others may want you to make arrangements to test in the PEAK testing rooms. In either case, it will be important for you to have these discussions or make arrangements well ahead (we recommend at least one week) of scheduled testing dates to ensure that things will go smoothly.

  • Do I need to have a new evaluation done? What do I do if my documentation is too old?

    Not necessarily. Generally speaking, evaluations for learning disabilities and ADHD performed
    within the four years prior to enrolling at GC should be recent enough to provide us with an
    accurate picture of your current strengths and areas for growth and help us determine your
    eligibility for accommodations. More recent information may be needed to document mental
    health disabilities or other chronic health issues, which often change rapidly in the college-age
    population. Provisional accommodations may be offered to students whose documentation is
    outdated, provided they are able to document their use of accommodations previously.

  • Will my high school automatically send my IEP/504 plan or evaluations to Disabilities Resources? Will all of the accommodations I have now be approved at GC?

    Many students assume that their high school’s special education or counseling departments will automatically send us their IEP/504 plans and evaluations if they are getting accommodations in their public high schools. Generally speaking, this is not the case – if there are documents you will need from your school, you will need to request that these be sent to us. Alternatively, they may give you the documents and expect you to submit them to us as needed. Many of the accommodations you are using now will likely be approved for use in the College setting; however, accommodations that change the curriculum of the course (e.g., modification of assignments) or that create an undue burden to the College will generally not be appropriate in the college setting.

  • When should I notify GC about my disability?

    Students are encouraged to register with the Office of Academic Accessibility at any time after they have been admitted to the College– the sooner the better. Documentation will not be processed until after students have been admitted. Above is a link to the Accommodations Request form.

Questions about Academic Accessibility?
Contact Georgieann Bogdan at [email protected].

Office of Career and Personal Development

In keeping with the mission of Greensboro College, the Office of Career and Personal Development views career development as encompassing personal, educational, professional and spiritual dimensions. We help students and alumni develop life skills that can be used to make positive contributions wherever they live and work. We challenge students and alumni to develop self-awareness by identifying their interests, abilities, skills, gifts, values, preferences, strengths, weaknesses, life’s purpose, and to have a personal vision for the future. We emphasize employability and adaptability throughout a lifetime. Career and Personal Development assists students and alumni with:

  • Recognizing that developing self-awareness is a lifelong process, that a career evolves over time and can be composed of many different jobs, and that a person’s career is a part of their life journey
  • Investigating career and educational options while gaining hands-on experience through career shadowing, internships, and relevant work experience
  • Securing appropriate full-time employment or admission into graduate school and transitioning into the next phase of life after college
  • Learning life-long networking, job search, and interpersonal skills that will enable them to remain employable in the changing 21st century workplace

Questions about Career and Personal Development?
Contact Caryn Atwater at [email protected] or learn more on the Career and Personal Development webpage.

PEAK Staff

Lisa Alley
Director of Academic Support
307 Main Bldg.
336-272-7102 ext. 5342

Caryn Atwater
Director of Career and Personal Development
321 Main Bldg.
336-272-7102 ext. 5370

Georgie Bogdan
Director of Academic Accessibility
323 Main Bldg.
336-272-7102 ext. 5591

Martha Bunch
Associate Vice President for Academic Administration
308 Main Bldg.
336-272-7102 ext. 5287

Tica Green
Director of Academic Success
305 Main Bldg.
336-272-7102 ext. 5493