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? Ave Maria’s tutoring center on the first floor of the Canizaro Library. 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 the Canizaro Library. 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
Location: Canizaro Library

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 the schedules can be found at the link below. These schedules change periodically, so check back often. Please also refer to the Daily Updates posting for temporary changes to the tutoring schedule.

The schedule can be found here: 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.

*Students completing online coursework may request tutoring on an as-needed basis for any undergraduate courses and for graduate courses, if tutors are available. Online students may attend tutoring on campus if they are near to campus, otherwise they may schedule an online tutoring appointment, which can be conducted by phone, email correspondence, or video chat (Skype or Google Hangouts).*

On this page, you will find several forms used by the Office of Academic Records in our efforts to assist you as quickly and efficiently as possible.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (239) 280-2565 or by email at .

Forms for Registration

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.  (Please review the academic calendar for the specific dates)

Directed Independent Study Form:  This form must be completed, signed by all required parties, and submitted to the Office of Academic Records no later than the last day to Add courses.

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

Overload FormForm is used by students to request an overload of more than 18 credits for one semester.

Request for Audit Form: This form is used to request auditing a class.

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.

Change of Address Form:  This form must be completed and submitted within 10 days of a student’s move to ensure proper record maintenance.

Change of Name Form: This form is completed by those with an official name change who can provide official documentation of their name.

Enrollment Verification: This form is used to request a letter verifying a student’s enrollment at the university for the current or past semester(s), graduation information, etc.

Application to Graduate Forms

Graduation is not automatic!

You must complete the appropriate Application to Graduate form in order to be included in graduation ceremonies and for successful processing of your degree and reception of your diploma. Failure to do so within the time communicated to you by the university will delay processing.

Upon receipt of the Application to Graduate, the Office of Academic Records will complete a Degree Audit.  If any discrepancies are noted, you will be contacted via your Ave Maria email.

Application to Receive a Bachelor of Arts/Science Degree

Application to Receive a Master of Arts Degree

Application to Receive a Doctor of Philosophy

Miscellaneous Forms

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.

In-School Deferment Request FormThis form is to be filled out completely, including any Lender information, and submitted to the Registrar for certification.

Direct Lending Deferment Request Form: This form is to be filled out completely and submitted to the Registrar for certification for those students participating in Direct Lending.

For forms involving full institutional semester withdrawal and medical withdrawal/drop form, contact or call 239-280-2565.

Student Support Services

Phone Number: (239) 304-7823

Email Address:

Office Hours & Location

Student Support Services Canizaro Library
Ave Maria University
5050 Ave Maria Blvd.
Ave Maria, FL 34142

 Monday 9:00am – 5:00pm
 Tuesday 9:00am – 5:00pm
 Wednesday 9:00am – 5:00pm
 Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm
 Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
 Saturday Closed
 Sunday Closed


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.