Academic support

The Rensselaer academic experience brings many new and exciting challenges to many of our fine and talented students. Adjusting to these challenges takes time, commitment, and an organized approach to studying. At Rensselaer, we strive to support your sons or daughters by offering various academic support services.

Advising and Learning Assistance Center (ALAC)

The Advising & Learning Assistance Center (ALAC) provides support and training for students, faculty, and staff to promote personal and academic growth among Rensselaer’s students. They seek to develop independent learners through education, academic intervention and advising, in collaboration with the Rensselaer community. ALAC offers services for:


Frequently asked questions
Policies and procedures
Steps to success
Academic advisor and student responsibilities
Finding advisors by curriculum


Note & test taking skills
Time management
Stress relief


Tutoring and learning
Learning Assistant program (LA)
Supplemental Instruction (SI)
Teaching and Learning Assistance program (TLA)

Academic Intervention

Electronic Warning System (EWS)
Faculty Intervention Program (FIP)
Individual Counseling


ESL home
Welcome to American Culture
ESL Classes/Programs

Dean of Students Office (DOSO)

The Dean of Students Office is focused on the overall development of Rensselaer students. The programs housed within the office are valuable resources and we encourage the campus community to take advantage of what they have to offer:

DOSO Homepage
Student Handbook
International Students
Disability Services for Students

Office of the Student Experience (SE) / First-Year Experience (FYE)

The Student Experience office and Office of the First-Year Experience are the first stops for you, whether you’re a first time college student, a parent, or an experienced transfer or graduate student. Support services offered include:

Class Deans
Orientation programs
Information and Personal Assistance Center (IPAC)
Parents and Family Programs
Family Weekend