Student Support Services

Ave Maria University recognizes that many students face a variety of challenges adapting to the academic requirements of a university education. Our Student Support staff is dedicated to supporting all our students in the pursuit of academic excellence. Learning support is available free of charge in the form of tutoring in all subject areas, academic counseling, and teaching study skills.

Where? At “the Hub,” Ave Maria’s tutoring center on the second floor of the Student Union building. Adaptive Services are also available for students with documented disabilities.

Student Support Services is dedicated to helping Ave students become Ave graduates! We offer a wide variety of support programs, services, and activities in an accessible & centralized location. These services include:

  • Advising for undeclared students
  • Academic counseling to help each student perform to the best of their academic ability
  • Academic planning and determining progress towards graduation
  • One on one and group tutoring
  • Assistance with papers
  • Early Warning System to identify struggling students
  • Support for freshman and transfer students as they transition to coursework at AMU
  • Time management assistance and help to create individualized study plans
  • Study skills workshops and seminars
  • Adaptive Resources, available for students with documented disabilities

Schedule An Appointment

By contacting Student Support Services
Telephone: (239) 304-7823

Academic counseling provides students with the skills, support, and guidance necessary to achieve academic success. Our counselors work individually with students to clarify priorities and set milestones for success. We are available to serve all undergraduate students at every stage of college life.

Reasons to Visit an Academic Counselor:

  • To sharpen your study or time management skills
  • To ask questions about an academic policy
  • For assistance with choosing or changing a major or minor
  • For assistance with your class schedule or academic planning
  • For support and guidance with academic difficulties

Popular Services Include:

  • Time Management
  • Goal Setting
  • Project Management
  • Establishing a Study Plan
  • Motivation
  • Focus & Concentration
  • Test Preparation & Test-Taking Strategies
  • College Reading Skills
  • Note-Taking

To set up an appointment, please contact or call (239) 304-7823.

Student Support Services provides advising support to students who haven’t picked a major yet, or who may be unsure of their initial choice of major. We help students explore their interests, skills, and goals so that they can make an informed choice of major. Our services include:

  • Academic Planning (mapping out the next four years, exploring different options for majors and minors)
  • Assistance with class selection
  • Resources for different majors, minors, and special programs offered at AMU
  • Support for transfer students (understanding your transfer credits and determining your progress towards graduation)

Peer tutoring at Ave Maria is offered by students who excel in particular subjects and receive faculty approval to tutor. Tutors are usually juniors, seniors, or graduate students, and they are trained by our staff. Each tutor is scheduled for several hours a week. No appointment is needed, and tutoring is free. Tutoring occurs on the first floor of Canizaro Library, and schedules can be found below. These schedules change periodically, so check back often. Please also refer to the Daily Updates posting for temporary changes to the tutoring schedule.

If you have any questions about tutoring, including how to use tutoring or request additional tutoring, please contact the Director of Tutoring at 239-280-2553 or email

Location of tutoring subjects:

Writing, Humanities, Philosophy, Theology, Languages- Turn left after entering the library, walk past the computers, and continue past the reference desk. Tutors will have table signs with their subjects listed.

All other subjects- Walk down the central hallway to the left of the library front desk. The Tutoring Center is approximately halfway down the hallway and is on the right hand side, room #141. Tutors will have table signs with their subjects listed.

Forms for Registration

Add/Drop Form:  For use when you wish to add or drop a course if you are unable to do so via Self Service.

Course Withdrawal Form:  For use when you wish to withdraw from a course after the last day to drop but before or on the last day to withdraw without penalty.

Transient Student Form/External Coursework Approval Form:  For use by matriculated students only seeking permission to take courses at other instutitons and apply that credit to their Ave Maria University program of study.

Forms for Changes to Student Information/Status

Declaration of Major/Minor:  Students are asked to complete and submit this form during their Sophomore year.  This form may also be used to indicate a double major, minor, or multiple minors.  If you have already declared one major and wish to add a double major, please simply add as “second major” on this form.

Institutional Withdrawal Form:  This form is only to be used by students who are withdrawing from Ave Maria University, not simply withdrawing from a class.  Please note: if you intend to finish the current term and then depart Ave Maria University, please complete and submit this form at the end of the semester.


FERPA Release Form:  Under the terms of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, students at Ave Maria University are able to restrict certain elements of their academic records.  Please complete this form if you have not already done so and submit it to the Registrar as soon as possible.

Student Support Services

Phone Number: (239) 304-7823

Email Address:

Office Hours & Location

Student Support Services “The Hub” Bob Thomas Student Union 2007
Ave Maria University
5050 Ave Maria Blvd.
Ave Maria, FL 34142

 Monday 10:00am – 10:00pm
 Tuesday  10:00am – 10:00pm
 Wednesday  10:00am – 10:00pm
 Thursday  10:00am – 10:00pm
 Friday  10:00am – 4:00pm
 Saturday  Closed
 Sunday  4:00pm – 10:00pm



Lucas Fullenkamp, Director of Tutoring Services –

Janet Holtfreter, Operations Manager & Academic Advisor –

Jenifer LeCompte, Manager of Adaptive Services –

Lawrence Doherty, Academic Advisor –

Maria Padron, Academic Advisor –

We know that parental support is an important element of student success. Our goal is to make sure you have all the information and resources you need to support your student throughout his or her collegiate experience. We are here to answer your questions and offer assistance. When you have a question and you’re not sure whom to call, please contact us. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll find help for you.

For parents of transitioning students (freshman and transfer)

We know that transitioning to college life, or adjusting to a new college, can be difficult and we are here to help. We assign each new student (freshmen and transfers) an academic counselor. The academic counselor will reach out to the student in the first couple weeks of the semester, introduce themselves, and explain our support services. If your student has any questions or concerns throughout the semester, the counselor can assist them, if the concern is outside of our purview, introduce them to the appropriate staff member. The professors will also notify us of any students who may be struggling (poor attendance, failed/missed exams, etc) so that the counselor can help them get back on track.

We advise students on major/minor selection, as well as requirements for specific programs. We can also assist with questions regarding transfer or AP/IB credits.
Lastly, we are here if your student just needs someone to talk to on campus. The college transition, particularly in the first couple months, can be overwhelming. The more demanding coursework coupled with newfound freedom can leave many students struggling to manage their time. Some students find the study skills that got them through high school need to be adjusted or improved. Some students have trouble balancing academic life with extra curricular, athletic, or work obligations. Some are doing fine academically, but struggling with homesickness or dorm life. Whatever the situation, we are here to help.