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Mellon College of Science

Getting Help

Our physics students have access to a variety of sources where they get help when needed.

Most of our first year introductory courses have Course Centers. Several days a week, a student can walk in to get help in the course they are taking. The Course Center is staffed by graduate students and upper class undergraduates who provide one-on-one help in course topics. The Course Center also provides a setting where students can interact with one another and work in groups.

The Physics Upper Class Course Center is open five evenings a week. Any student enrolled in a physics class – sophomore and above – can walk in for help from upper class physics majors. This also provides a setting for group work including study groups.

The Academic Development Center provides a wide variety of academic help ranging from one-on-one tutoring to walk-in tutoring in residence halls, to academic skill development workshops and counseling on time management.

Carnegie Mellon's Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) in CMU's Division of Student Affairs provides help to students in a broad range of issues. In addition, the Carnegie Mellon Academic Resource Center (CMARC) provides academic and non-academic help to any student on campus.

The Fellowships and Scholarships Office provides information on competitive scholarships and fellowships.

For help and consultation on financial matters, the student is encouraged to visit the Hub. The campus Health Service provides a wide range of services, including counseling, to all students.

Finally, the Physics Department provides one-stop, comprehensive advice and assistance on academic and non-academic matters. Academic advising is a core component of the undergraduate program in Physics. In addition, the department sees each student as a complete whole and makes every effort, not only in academic but also in non-academic matters, to connect the student to the right persons and offices.