Advising Resource Center

Student speaking to Advisor

Enhancing access to advising, and providing training and resources to academic advisors across campus.

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Empowering STEM students with the tools necessary to succeed while recognizing their unique backgrounds, and assets.

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Providing customized services to student-athletes to support their academic success including academic counseling, skills development, and tutoring.

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SALT Center

Supporting the success of students with learning and attention challenges through a range of individualized academic supports including educational planning, tutoring, technology, and wellness.

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Developing campus-wide strategies including early warning tools, strategic communications, and professional development, building dynamic partnerships, piloting innovative programs, data analysis, program assessment, and research to promote student retention, and degree completion.


Advising students who identify as Exploratory Students, Undecided Major, Pre-Health Professions, or Pre-Law to navigate complex, academic pathways.


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Providing a positive environment for tutoring, supplemental instruction, writing, and academic skills development where students master the skills to become life-long learners.

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Thrive Center

Supporting all students, including marginalized, first-generation, and low-income, to navigate, excel, and graduate through peer mentoring, student programming, networking, workshops, and advocacy.

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Promoting transition, community building, and campus connections through faculty engagement, mentoring, and student programming.

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First Cats Spotlight

Laura Juarez San Juan is currently in her sophomore year at the University of Arizona.  Pursuing dual degrees in Literacy, Learning and Leadership through the College of Education, and Hispanic Literature through the College of Humanities, she finds herself busy with coursework each semester. However, San Juan is actively involved in the Blue Chip Leadership program, is an Ambassador for the College of Education, and works as a Thrive Center Peer Mentor. This summer she plans on studying abroad in Mexico through the program Vivir Mexico to promote literacy for family and youth members. San Juan aspires to work for an educational institution to help improve retention rates amongst first-generation college students and eventually teach Spanish.

“I’m proud to be a first generation college student because I have been able to work towards obtaining a degree, despite the many barriers that I have faced throughout my educational journey. I take pride in being raised by a single mother who worked hard to provide for her daughters. I feel grateful to have the opportunity to receive a higher education, proving that minority students have strong potential. I like to be a role model for others and break stereotypes against students like myself.” - Laura Juarez San Juan

Faculty Spotlight

When Dr. Desiree Vega graduated from Binghamton University in 2006 she became the first member of her family to graduate college.  Dr. Vega was a First-Generation College Student.   She went on to receive both an M.A. and doctorate in School Psychology from The Ohio State University before becoming faculty first at Texas State University and now at The University of Arizona.  Dr. Vega is passionate about supporting First-Generation College Students, and now serves as the Faculty Fellow for First Cats and the Thrive Center.