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Student Activities and Support Services

Columbus State University is dedicated to developing the full potential of its students. A variety of opportunities are provided for students to explore personal, professional, and social interests; to develop leadership capabilities; and to broaden intellectual and cultural dimensions through student activities programs and services consistent with the goals and purposes of the university.

The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs is responsible for student activities and university recognized student organizations. The student activities fee helps to defray the operational expenses of a number of programs and services which are intended for the benefit of all students. A student-faculty committee advises the university administration in the allocation of these fees and policy issues.

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Academic Support

At Columbus State University, providing academic support services to students is a community effort. The various university offerings afford opportunities for every student to succeed. In all stages of their academic programs of study, students are able to benefit from dedicated faculty and staff, academic advising services, teaching libraries and computer labs, tutorial services, specialized courses, computer assistance and instruction, student organizations and clubs, intellectually stimulating and engaging programs, and challenging and enriching opportunities for growth. These extensive programs and services enable the university to realize its mission and vision by providing a student-centered developmental program while educating students to think critically, work creatively, communicate effectively, and become technologically literate. In addition, these and other initiatives enhance Columbus State University’s commitment to function as a visible, responsible and responsive student-centered institution dedicated to academic excellence.

Center for Academic Advising

The Center for Academic Advising (Woodall Hall, Room 104) is a central resource for information about academic programs and other services available at CSU. The faculty and staff of the Center serve as academic advisors and also assist students in the exploratory process of declaring majors. When appropriate, they refer students to related campus resources such as the Career Center or the Counseling Center. The advisors work closely with academic departments across the campus and offer specialized advising to transfer students, students who have not yet selected their majors, and continuing students who are considering changing their majors. The faculty and staff of the Center for Academic Advising are supportive of students and encourage them to make responsible and informed decisions about their courses of study.

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The university is a Division II member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The director of athletics administers intercollegiate athletics in accordance with the regulations of the NCAA and the policies of a faculty-student committee. Women compete in intercollegiate basketball, softball, tennis, cross country and soccer; while men compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, and tennis. Any student interested in competing on any sports team should contact the athletic director. The athletic department also supports a nationally-ranked co-ed cheerleading squad.

Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation offers a wide range of team and individual intramural programs for students, faculty, and staff. Current programs include flag football, volleyball, softball, tennis, basketball, golf, eight ball, and individual challenges. Outdoor adventure trips include whitewater rafting, canoeing, backpacking, and snow skiing. In addition to scheduled activities, the tennis courts, gymnasium, fitness center, handball courts, and an intramural field are available for free play. Hours of operation are posted each semester in appropriate locations. For information, contact the Campus Recreation Office in the Woodruff Gym, (706) 568-2273.

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Career Center

The Career Center, located in 147 Davidson Center, provides students and alumni with career information, current employment and experiential education opportunities, and assists in the development of effective job search skills. The Career Center allows students to search for opportunities 24/7 through Cougarlink which can be found on the Career Center Website. Students and grads will find a variety of opportunities offered by local, state, national and international employers seeking qualified candidates. Cougarlink is a one-stop shop for students to engage in internship, cooperative education, volunteer, full-time, part-time, and seasonal employment. The Career Center is also the source of information for on-campus employment including student assistant and federal work-study positions. Students can view the Career Center calendar to see corporations, large and small, that visit campus to interview students.

The Career Center offers a variety of career-related programs throughout the year. Employers provide information tables at various locations on the campus during the semester. Job search seminars and interviewing skills seminars are presented several times throughout each semester, as well as specialized programming on such topics as how to prepare for a career fair and obtaining employment with the state. Check the Career Center website frequently for the schedule of employers and seminars.

Major career events are a highlight of the year on any campus. CSU students are invited to attend several events during the year; however, two of the largest are sponsored by the Career Center -- Career Opportunities and Careers Expo. Career Opportunities is organized by a consortium of colleges, and attracts a diverse group of employers from across the state. This event is held each Fall semester in Atlanta. Careers Expo, held each spring on the CSU campus, is the largest event of its kind in the Columbus area, providing students and grads with an excellent opportunity to speak with over 130 employers and school districts. Underclassmen are encouraged to use this event for information gathering purposes, while seniors and alumni can network for potential employment opportunities.

The Career Center supports the students’ need to have a professional portfolio, which includes a resume, cover letter and in some situations, a writing sample. Cougarlink keeps these documents for students and alumni members allowing convenient access from anywhere at anytime. The Center has experienced professionals who offer career advice and career planning, resume advise, resume critiquing and mock interviewing. For more information on Career Center services, visit our website at http://career.colstate.edu.

Activities related to the students’ classroom experience are offered through the Career Center and includes the Cooperative Education program and internship opportunities. Students are also encouraged to become involved with Cougar P.A.W.S., the campus volunteer connection, as another avenue to gain career-related experience while attending school.

Cooperative Education. The purpose of the cooperative education program is to provide Columbus State University students with a well-balanced combination of academic study and alternating periods of professional work experience related to the student's major and/or career goals. Cooperative education is a way for a student to earn college expense money while gaining practical, on-the-job experience.

Internship is meaningful work related to the students’ course of study for course credit. An internship is an academic activity, offered and defined by many of the CSU majors within the individual schools. The School determines the eligibility for participation, the requirement for course credit, and supervises the students’ activity.

Both programs allow the integration of classroom theory with professional work experience, and the opportunity to develop professional work habits. Participating in experiential programs allows the student to:

  • Realistically test career choices
  • Achieve smoother transition into full-time employment
  • Apply classroom learning to a work setting
  • Gain valuable work experience and professional contacts that will help in seeking employment after graduation
  • Observe a potential employer and workplace before accepting full-time employment
  • Obtain job offers at higher starting salaries upon graduation

More information on experiential education, including volunteering, may be obtained by contacting the Career Center.

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Center for International Education

The Center for International Education increases an understanding of the world among CSU students, faculty and staff. CIE coordinates visiting scholar programs, the international learning community and international minors and certificates. The center also works with faculty members to develop and manage study abroad and exchange programs as well as advise students about education abroad opportunities. It also provides advising to international students, including cultural and personal counseling, general academic counseling, and advising on immigration matters. Students seeking assistance should contact (706) 565-4036. CIE is located in the International House on Clearview Circle.

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Clubs and Organizations

Students are encouraged to participate in the programs and services of student organizations that can enhance personal and professional development. The university has recognized the following clubs and organizations. For further information regarding clubs and organizations, contact the Office of Student Life, 271 Davidson Student Center, (706) 568-2273.

Academic and Professional

College of Arts and Letters

  • Art Club
  • French Club
  • History Club
  • International Relations Club
  • Lambda Alpha Epsilon – American Criminal Justice Association

College of Business

  • Accounting Club
  • Advertising Federation
  • AITP – Association for Information Technology
  • American Marketing Association
  • CSU Finance & Investment Association
  • Phi Beta Lambda

College of Education

  • American Association of University Professors
  • ECHO – Early Childhood Organization
  • C.A.S.L. – Community of Aspiring School Leaders

College of Science

  • ACM – Association for Computing Machinery
  • AMSA – American Medical Student Association
  • Anthropology Club
  • Geology Club
  • (Math Educator Student Association)- MESA
  • Mathematics and Computer Science Club (MAXX Club)
  • Pre-Veterinary Medical Association
  • Psychology Club
  • Sociology Club
  • Student Nursing Association
  • Tri-Beta (Biology)

Department of Military Science

  • ROTC

Student Life Sponsored

  • SAC - Student Activities
  • SGA - Student Government Association

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Honor Societies

College of Arts and Letters

  • Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice)
  • Lambda Pi Eta (Communication)
  • Phi Alpha Theta (History)
  • Phi Lambda
  • Pi Alpha Alpha (Public Affairs and Administration)
  • Pi Kappa Lambda (Music)
  • Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science)
  • Sigma Alpha Iota (Music)
  • Sigma Tau Delta (English)

College of Education

  • Chi Chi (Counseling majors, educators, and professionals)
  • Kappa Delta Pi (Education)
College of Science
  • Beta Beta Beta (Biological Sciences)
  • Eta Sigma Gamma (Health Education Profession)
  • Psi Chi (Psychology)
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Pi Beta Chapter (Nursing)

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Residence Life

  • NRHH – National Residence Hall Honorary


  • Honoris Causa
  • The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Omicron Psi (Adult Students)
  • Phi Beta Delta (International Education and Exchange)
  • Phi Kappa Phi (All academic disciplines)
  • Sigma Delta Pi - National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society

Performing Arts

  • Chamber Singers
  • CMENC – Collegiate Music Educators National Conference
  • CSU Chorale
  • CSU Pep Band
  • CSU Philharmonic Orchestra
  • CSU Wind Ensemble
  • CSU Wind Orchestra
  • Jazz Band
  • Mu Phi Epsilon Sorority
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
  • Sigma Alpha Iota
  • SNATS – Student National Association of Teachers of Singing
  • Trombone Choir
  • Women’s Ensemble / Concert Chorale

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Special Interest

Athletic Department Sponsored

  • Versatile Dance Team

Faith Based

  • BCM - Baptist Collegiate Ministries
  • Campus Ministry Association
  • The Collective
  • Collegiate Ministries
  • Cougars for Christ
  • Life with a Purpose
  • Methodist Campus Ministries
  • Newman Society
  • Westminster Fellowship


  • ASO - African Student Organization
  • Beyond the Runway
  • Campus Nerds
  • CSU Film Clum
  • GENESIS Gospel Choir
  • Krimson Kourt Inc.
  • Minority Student Union
  • Mock Trail Society
  • CHISPA - CSU Hispanic Association


  • College Democrats
  • College Republicans
  • Freshman Student Government Association
  • SGA - Student Government Association
  • SPAA - Student Political Awareness Association
  • Students for Social Democracy

Residence Life

  • BACCHUS - Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students
  • RHA - Residence Housing Association


  • CHEC - Cougars Helping Enhance the Community
  • CSU Jaycees

Sport Clubs

  • Tennis Team
  • Student Affairs Sponsored

    • Arden – Student Literary Magazine
    • CSU Pep Band
    • Greek Council
    • IFC – Interfraternal Council
    • NPHC – National Pan-Hellenic Council
    • Orientation Team
    • Panhellenic Council
    • SABER Student Newspaper
    • SAC – Student Activities Council

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    Counseling Center

    The Counseling Center, located in 146 Davidson Student Center, offers a variety of services to all students, staff, faculty, and alumni. The counseling staff consists of mental health professionals who are trained and experienced in facilitating personal development. A confidential atmosphere is provided where personal, social, and academic concerns may be discussed. These concerns include, but are not limited to, the following: anxiety management, depression, career decisions, loneliness, interpersonal relationships (peers, boy/girl friend, family), and academic difficulties.

    If the counseling staff are unable to provide the necessary service for a client, appropriate recommendations are discussed and referrals are made. The orientation and philosophy of the Center give equal consideration to the emotional, personal, academic, and vocational aspects of each student's development.

    Each semester, the counseling staff present outreach programs on topics such as test anxiety reduction, stress management, assertiveness training, study skills improvement, body image, healthy relationship skills, and other life skills. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these free workshops.

    A fee-for-service, psycho educational assessment is available for students who want to determine whether they have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, a specific learning disability, and/or test anxiety. If testing results indicate that one of these diagnoses is preventing the student from being successful in college, results of the assessment can be used to petition for special academic accommodations. In addition, personality and career testing are available. The primary purpose of the testing service is to assist students in self-awareness and to integrate this awareness into decision-making skills and rewarding behavior.

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    Disability Services

    The Office of Disability Services coordinates the compliance of Columbus State University with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, in order to foster academic potential through individualized plans tailored to the particular needs of students with disabilities. Students with documented physical, psychological or cognitive disabilities should contact the Office of Disability Services as early as possible so that proper accommodations may be made in a timely manner.

    Diversity and Multicultural Services

    The Office of Diversity Programs and Services, located in the Davidson Student Center, room 271, provides assistance and advocacy to minority and multicultural students. Sensitivity to minority, multicultural and cross cultural students is an important aspect of the office. The office consults with student groups regarding programming for this aspect of Student Life.

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    First Year Experience® Program

    New students face many challenges when making the transition to university life. CSU’s First Year Experience Program is designed to help smooth this transition. The components listed below are intended to assist new students in building a foundation for academic success while promoting social, cultural and personal development. Among the programs and events CSU offers to first year students are the following:

    • Cougar Kickoff
    • Freshman Convocation
    • Freshman Leadership Program
    • Freshman Learning Communities
    • Freshman Seminar (CSUS 1106)
    • Freshman Orientation
    Refer to the University College section of this catalog and to http://uc.colstate.edu/first_year/index.asp for more information.

    Minority Advising Program

    The Minority Advising Program promotes the academic welfare of African American and other minority students at CSU. Through programs, activities, and services, the Minority Advising Program enhances the personal development, retention, and academic success of the students it serves. MAP programs, activities, and services are open to all CSU students. Contact the Division of Student Affairs for more information.

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    Residence Life

    Beginning Fall 2009, all entering freshmen must reside in on-campus housing operated by the university for two semesters (summer term does not apply). Freshmen are exempt from this policy if they:

    • Have a permanent address within a 30 mile radius, which includes counties: Chambers, Lee, Russell (AL), Troup, Meriwether, Harris, Talbot, Taylor, Marion, Muscogee, Chattahoochee, Stewart.
    • Are Married.
    • Have custody of dependent children.
    • Are 21 years or older by the first day of classes for semester entering.
    • Are a transfer student with more than 30 hours completed. (Transfer students with less than 30 hours completed will be considered a freshman and must live on campus.)
    • Are active military
    • Have a documented medical disability.
    • Are current Columbus State University students who have resided on campus for two semesters, not including summer semester.

    Exemption Process:

    You will be automatically exempt (no further action necessary) if you:

    • live within the counties that are in a 30 mile radius of Columbus (see list above)
    • are over 21 years of age
    • or are active military

    All other exemptions will require a student to fill out an exemption form which will be processed through the Residence Life Office. The exemption form is available on the Residence Life webpage.

    All freshmen who are not automatically exempted will be billed for housing. Housing charges will be removed if a student successfully completes the exemption process.

    Students who provide false information or fail to cooperate with institution officials regarding mandatory freshmen housing requirements will be considered in violation of Student Conduct Standards of the Columbus State University Handbook and subject to sanctions accordingly.

    Please contact the Residence Life Office for more information (706) 568-2026.

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    CSU Main Campus Housing

    CSU Courtyard I is a 430-bed student residence complex that houses all freshmen residents. Special programming and activities are planned for the freshmen at Courtyard I. The Wall Street Program for Business majors is also located in Courtyard I. It is located, just a short walk from the center of campus, on College Drive. A clubhouse, swimming pool, laundry facilities, outdoor recreation area, basketball courts, gameroom, and cable and internet connections are included amenities.

    CSU Courtyard II, a 349-bed complex is arranged in one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments. Courtyard II houses all upperclassmen and is located on Gentian Boulevard, which is within walking distance of the center of campus. Courtyard II also houses the Global Village Program for international residents. It has a clubhouse, laundry facility, cable and internet connections, balconies, and outdoor storage.

    Each apartment complex has a full-time live-in Residence Life Coordinator and a staff of Resident Assistants to help make living on campus a great experience. The Residence Life Office is located on University Avenue (behind Courtyard I) and the office number is (706) 568-2026.

    RiverPark Student Housing

    RiverPark student housing, a 360 bed student housing facility made up of three buildings in uptown Columbus, is open to all CSU students. The three buildings (Rankin, Columbus Hall, and Broadway Crossing) are conveniently located to serve students in the nearby art, music, and theatre classes. RiverPark student housing is apartment style living with a community atmosphere. Resident Advisors live in each building and contribute to the campus experience with special programming and activities. Amenities include: basic furnishings, laundry facilities, Card Access control, unlimited high speed internet, cable, recreation and fitness facilities. The RiverPark campus has a dedicated shuttle to and from CSU’s main campus .

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    Student Art Galleries

    Student Art Gallery

    The student exhibition spaces located on The RiverPark campus in the Corn Center for the Arts will have a number of art exhibitions on display throughout the year. These displays feature contemporary works by student artists. Annually, during the spring, the Student Art Exhibition is the high point of art students’ academic activities during the year.

    The Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Gallery

    The exhibition space located on The RiverPark campus in The Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Gallery features exhibits by international, national, regional and local artists. This 3000 square foot gallery exposes students to the finest available traditional and contemporary visual artwork. The highlight for many of the exhibits is the reception for the visiting artist attended by faculty, students and community members. Workshops by these artists are offered and may be attended by University students .

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    Student Government Association

    The Student Government Association represents the interest and welfare of students through its elected officials and representatives. Student government has as its purposes the encouragement of student participation in university affairs and the promotion of understanding among students, faculty, and administration. The student forum advises the university administration on student issues, recommends students to serve on university student-faculty committees and administers programs and services consistent with the privileges granted in its constitution.

    Student Handbook

    A student handbook is available to all CSU students, faculty, and staff. The handbook contains general information on student life, student services, campus organizations, and fraternities and sororities. University policies and student rights and responsibilities are also included in this publication.

    Handbooks are distributed during new student orientation and are also available in the Student Life Office, Davidson 271, in most academic department offices, and on the CSU Website.

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    Student Health Services

    The Student Health Center is located in the Health and Safety Center. The hours of operation are posted each semester. After hours, students may receive assistance from the University Police Department in the Health and Safety Center. A family practice physician is available to see students by appointment during scheduled clinic hours at no cost to the student.

    The university is not responsible for medical bills or for illnesses/injuries incurred in free play, physical education classes, university-sponsored intramural sports, or other regularly scheduled classes or activities.

    All students are urged to have health insurance coverage of some type. A group student health and accident insurance plan is available to all Columbus State University students. Information and applications can be obtained from the Student Health Center.

    The Student Health Services budget is derived from student health fees. Fees cover professional services, selected over-the-counter medications, first aid supplies, and educational materials. Community referrals and health counseling are available through the health center. All medical care and counseling are confidential. For further information, contact Student Health Services (706) 568-2039.

    Student Medical Withdrawals. A student may be administratively withdrawn from the university when, in the judgment of the office of the Dean of Students, and after consultation with appropriate university officials, such as the Director of Student Health Services and/or the Director of the Counseling Center, it is determined that the student suffers from a physical, mental, emotional, or psychological health condition which poses a significant danger or threat to themselves, others or the University. Also, a student may request a medical withrawal through the office of the Dean of Students. Appeals concerning administrative withdrawals or a denial of a student's request for a medical withdrawal should be directed to the Vice President of Student Affairs. In emergency situations, a decision on medical withdrawals may be made at the judgment of University Officials, but review of the decision may be made at the student's request.

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    Student Musical Organizations

    Opportunities are available for students to participate in instrumental and choral activities in the Schwob School of Music. Individual auditions and professor/conductor approval is required for all CSU ensembles, including Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra, Orchestra, Chamber, Women's Vocal Ensemble, Chorale/Choral Union, Concert Chorale, and Jazz Band. Students selected for participation in these various ensembles may register for one hour of credit per semester. All rehearsals and most performances are in the RiverCenter. A university shuttle is available to transport students from the main campus to the RiverCenter.

    Student Newspaper

    The student newspaper, The Saber, offers a wide variety of opportunities for interested students to gain experiences in writing editorials, reporting, photography, layout, and business management. It reports and interprets news of interest to the campus community and expresses opinions on significant matters.

    Student Activities Council

    The purpose of the Student Activities Council (SAC) is to contribute to the social, recreational, cultural, and educational development of the university community through programs and services. A program of concerts, lectures, films, and other entertainment is provided through a portion of the student activities fee paid by students at registration. Student admission is free or at reduced rates.

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    CSU Theatre provides students with an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of dramatic activities which includes main stage productions, as well as several shorter studio theatre presentations each semester. Experience and training can be gained in acting, directing, musical theatre, children’s theatre, makeup, design and production, and arts management. Academic credit may be earned for participation in theatre productions. Student admission to the university theatre productions is free.

    Tutorial Services

    Free tutorial services are provided to CSU students through four campus resources. The Math and Science Learning Center, the Office of Tutorial Services, Residence Life (Courtyard I and Courtyard II), and the Writing Center can assist students in a variety of courses. The Office of Tutorial Services (Tucker Hall, Room 100) also offers free seminars and workshops which provide information and strategies that assist students in making satisfactory progress in their chosen fields of study.

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    University Police/Motor Vehicle Regulations

    The CSU University Police Main Campus office is located on the second floor of the Health and Safety Center. The CSU University Police RiverPark campus office is located at 1013 Broadway. The department has sworn police officers who are responsible for life and property safety, parking enforcement and enforcement of state and local laws. The officers also secure campus buildings, assist motorists with battery jump-offs and patrol the university campus on foot, bikes, and marked patrol cars. The University Police Department has membership in the Georgia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.

    Operation and parking of a motor vehicle on campus is a privilege. All motor vehicles (including motorcycles) parked on campus, CSU Courtyard I & II and RiverPark campus are required to have a university decal. Students must first register online thru ISIS for a temporary parking decal, valid for five (5) business days, and then obtain their permanent parking decal at the University Police Department in the Health and Safety Center. Decals for Courtyard residents may be obtained at the Residence Life Office. Permits are issued and valid for the school year. Students, faculty, and staff are responsible for vehicles (to include parking citations) while their vehicles are located on university property. Temporary permits are available for students, faculty, and staff online thru ISIS. Temporary permits should be obtained and placed on vehicles upon arrival on campus. Two parking decals are included in the university access fee. Additional decals maybe purchased for $5.00 each.

    Habitual parking violators will be booted and/or towed. Tow and Boot Fees are the responsibility of the violator. The Boot Fee is $25 and can be paid to the Student Payment Center in University Hall.

    A complete code of motor vehicle regulations may be found in the Student Handbook and the University Police Department. For more information, visit the University Police Web site at http://police.colstate.edu.

    Writing Center

    The CSU Writing Center (116 Woodall Hall) provides free assistance for writers of all levels and abilities and from any discipline. Formally trained peer consultants can help writers understand assignments and generate ideas; focus, organize, and develop drafts; document sources to avoid plagiarism; and edit for usage and punctuation errors. Besides consulting with students about class assignments, consultants will also help students prepare for the Regents’ Test and compose essays for scholarship and program applications. Additional services include online consultations, workshops on writing issues, and classroom based consulting. For more information, visit our website at http://writingcenter.colstate.edu/.

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