Student Academic Support Services

USciences offers a wide range of services to help you improve your skills as a student and become a successful, independent learner. We work with faculty and other student support staff to ensure that you receive the best help we can offer. All of our academic support services are free for matriculating undergraduate students.

Services Offered

CLASS (College Learning and Study Strategies)

One hour seminars that cover topics that will enhance your academic achievement; such as Note Taking, Time Management, Stress Management and many others.

Group Tutoring

Group tutoring is available for students requiring in-depth assistance. Services are available for most courses offered at the university. For the most updated tutoring information, contact Student Academic Support Services Staff (SASS) at 215.596.7541 or 215.596.8538. Students interested in becoming a tutor should obtain and complete an application from the SASS Center

Supplemental Instruction (SI)

An academic enrichment program that utilizes peer assisted  study sessions. SI historically targets courses that tend to be more challenging and offers to all enrolled students regularly scheduled, out-of-class, review sessions led by a Supplemental Instruction Leader. Students interested in becoming a Supplemental Instruction Leader should obtain and complete an application from the SASS Center.

In-House Resources

We have several resources available to students at our offices throughout the year. All are free unless otherwise noted. Here is a quick snapshot of what we have to offer:

Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI)

This is an electronic, web-based analysis available to you to discover your strengths and weaknesses in study skills. It is an 80-question test covering your knowledge, skills, and perceptions in: attitude, motivation, time management, anxiety, concentration, information processing, selecting main ideas, study aids, self-testing, and test strategies. At the completion of the test, you are given a 2-page report that details where you need to improve and what you can do to improve.

To take this free test, see a Student Academic Support Services (SASS) staff member to receive your password. The results remain confidential unless you choose otherwise.


We have an extensive list of textbooks that you may use for reference during office hours. These may not be removed from the Tutoring Center (344 Griffith Hall).

Unique Academic Program Opportunities

Preparation, Retention, and Enrichment Program (PREP)

A small, diverse learning community that focuses on students who desire an  individualized focus on their development, and would benefit from additional financial assistance. More Info

Summer Bridge

A program for first-year students in the summer before their first fall semester.  It serves  as a means of bridging the gap between the high school and the college experience. More Info

Additional USciences Resources

Feeling overwhelmed? Stressed? Anxious? Is something getting in the way of your concentration and motivation? Contact Student Health and Counseling.

Need help understanding the requirements for your major? What happens if you really don’t like anatomy? What are your options? Find out from your academic advisor and the Advising Center.

Wondering what you can do with your degree? Looking for a part-time or summer job? Need to fix up your resume – or write your first one? Visit the Career Services website for all this information and more.

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Location and Hours

Student Academic Support Services is located in 344 Griffith Hall.
Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday


Office Location: Griffith Hall, Room 344A
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street