Carnegie Mellon University

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.

PHYSICS ASSIGNMENT TUTORING HELP (PATH) is available 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 Student Academic Success 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.

The Career & Professional Development Center is available for questions about career exploration and decision making, professional development, experiential learning and employment assistance.

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 Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion (CSDI) 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.

If students are worried about affording food or feeling insecure about food, there are resources on campus that can help. Visit The CMU Pantry for more information and to schedule a visit.  

Finally, the Physics Department provides one-stop, comprehensive advice and assistance on academic and non-academic matters. 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.