Advising Resource Center

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The Advising Resource Center (ARC) was established  to provide thorough referral services for students which enhance access to academic advising, counseling, and other student services. ARC assists advisors in developing a working knowledge of the range of UA student services, and answers questions they may have in assisting  students.  Staff provides training and professional development for campus academic advisors and  maintains data about advising practices nationally and at the UA.  ARC staff also consult with colleges and departments about aspects of good advising practices, recognition and rewards for advisors, and assessment of advising practices.

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C.A.T.S Academics


C.A.T.S. Academics provides customized services to student-athletes for them to achieve academic success. Academic Counselors and Learning Specialists guide a student-athlete in selecting the services that highlight their academic strengths and improve their academic weaknesses. Graduation and personal growth steer C.A.T.S. Academics in services that are offered.

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Transfer Student Center

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Services at the Transfer Student Center (TSC) are provided to students who are transferring (or considering transferring) to the University of Arizona.  Professional staff, along with a team of Transfer Student Assistants, are available to assist students. The TSC helps transfer students by meeting their unique needs, and  facilitates university transition by connecting students to support services on campus.  The Transfer Student Center also  offers a variety of academic and social programming in the Center.

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SALT Center

The SALT Center inspires students with learning and attention challenges to succeed in higher education. Through the provision of comprehensive academic support services, the SALT Center encourages student engagement, self-awareness, and growth.


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The mission of the THINK TANK is : to empower UA students by providing a positive environment where they can master the skills needed to become successful lifelong learners.

The THINK TANK staff works to empower  the 10,000 students that use THINK TANK each year  with the skills needed to become successful lifelong learners.  

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Thrive Center

Students thrive when they engage socially and academically, and when they feel a sense of belonging in the Wildcat community. By focusing on the assets each student brings with them to college and connecting them with valuable campus resources, Thrive Center is committed to ensuring that students do not just survive at UA, but thrive. 

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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.