Undergraduate Student Community Life
OPPORTUNITIES AND SERVICES
Center for Academic Excellence
The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE), located on the lower level of the Kinlaw Library, exists to support students across all disciplines. Traditional undergraduate students on the Wilmore campus are offered free academic support through the CAE, which houses the Writing Center, general academic tutoring, tutoring for specific classes, and tutoring for students with identified learning disabilities. Students can request tutoring any time during a semester and can meet with a tutor for multiple sessions.
Tutors in the Center for Academic Excellence serve their fellow students through a dynamic tutoring process. Tutors, who have mastered content-specific information about academic subjects, general academic skills, and writing, communicate this information to students at each student’s level of academic preparedness, competence, and confidence.
Tutors work with students to encourage immediate and lifelong goals: the ability to think and write on a college level and to impact the world for Christ. One-on-one or small-group meetings allow for Christian fellowship, encouragement, and accountability. See asbury.edu/academics/cae, email email@example.com, or call ext. 2196 for additional information.
Center for Career and Calling
The Center for Career and Calling exists to assist students in developing effective career decision-making and employment skills reflective of God’s unique calling on their lives. Career and Calling staff help students understand their interests, values, skills, and personalities while applying this knowledge to their choice of academic major, career exploration, and the job search process. The Center provides individual career counseling sessions and manages an online job/internship opportunity web page to assist Asbury University students in connecting with employers who are specifically seeking Asburians as job/intern candidates. On-campus recruiting events and off-campus job fairs are coordinated through the Center. Workshops and classroom presentations occur throughout the year to assist students in developing effective skills in areas such as resume writing, job and internship searching, and interviewing. See asbury.edu/career for additional information and online resources or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 2401.
Center for Counseling
As a University community service of Student Development, the Center for Counseling endeavors to equip and encourage men and women associated with Asbury University toward greater personal and community health. Center staff is encouraged to take an active collaborative stance with fellow community agents to build on existing strengths and modify obstacles to student and community mental health. The Center for Counseling fulfills a vital role in developing the God-given potential of campus community members by providing a broad range of professional psychological services. A variety of services are provided in residence halls, classrooms, and administrative meetings as well as the Center for Counseling Office. Integrating psychological practice with Christ-centered principles, the office seeks to prepare students for a lifetime of learning, leadership, and service. Services are free (except for some assessments or special events/workshops) and are provided to students who are currently enrolled for at least nine hours per semester. See asbury.edu/counseling or call ext. 2323 for additional information.
Department of Athletics
There are many opportunities for students to participate in athletic events. Asbury University recognizes the educational value of sports and maintains an extensive program of intercollegiate athletics. These programs are designed to give students the opportunity for physical exercise and participation in events which develop a spirit of cooperation and good sportsmanship. The programs are intended to be harmonious with the total training of students, preparing them to live as Christians in a competitive society.
The varsity program is open to the skilled student-athlete who wants to participate in the highest level of athletic competition at Asbury University. The athletic director, working with the Athletic Advisory Committee appointed by the president of the University, is responsible for the administration of the intercollegiate program. The sports and programs offered are the following: women—basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball; men—baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming, and tennis. See asbury.edu/athletics or call ext. 2475 for additional information.
Students with physical limitations needing minimal accommodations can be successful at Asbury University. The institution attempts to assist students with their specific needs in and out of the classroom. Students with physical disabilities who are considering attending the University must contact the Vice President of Student Development/Dean of Students (ext. 2116) to discuss their situation and accommodation needs.
Pioneer College Caterers provides food service for the main Wilmore campus of Asbury University. All resident students must participate in a meal plan and may choose from one of the options listed below. For prices visit asbury.edu/offices/financial-aid/costs.
20 Meal Plan provides students 20 meals per week (no meals carry over)
225 Block Plan entitles student to 225 meals per semester for the student or his/her friends and family (may use up to 5 meals per meal period)
14 Meal Plan provides the student 14 meals per week (no meals carry over)
175 Block Plan entitles student to 175 meals per semester for the student or his/her friends and family (may use up to 5 meals per meal period)
Students who live in the Aldersgate apartments or other alternative housing have the option of choosing any of the meal plans listed above or choosing from a plan listed below.
7 Meal Plan provides the student 7 meals per week (no meals carry over)
95 Block Plan entitles student 95 meals per semester for the student or his/her friends and family (may use up to 5 meals per meal period)
Asbury understands that some students may have extenuating circumstances that warrant an exception to the meal plan requirements. Students who meet one or more of the criteria listed below can submit an application for a 7-Meal Plan.
Students who eat with parents, close relatives or a legal guardian
Students whose meals are provided as part of their work agreement
Students who are student teaching
Students whose work and class schedules conflict with the meal schedule
Students who have documented medical concerns certified by the University physician
If a student feels he/she meets one or more of the criteria for an exception, an application can be submitted to the Assistant Vice President for Business Services at least two weeks before the beginning of the semester. Application forms are available in the offices of Student Development (ext. 2322) and Student Accounts (ext. 2330).
Please visit Pioneer College Caterers at asbury.pcconline.net for health and nutritional information as well as shop for special treats (birthday cake, cookies, fruits, etc.) for an Asbury University student.
The intramural program is open to all Asbury University students, faculty, and staff on the Wilmore campus, and their participation is encouraged in any or all of the activities provided. Activities offered for both men and women include basketball, flag football, soccer, softball, ultimate frisbee and volleyball. Special events include tug-o-war, corn hole, badminton tournaments, Waterpalooza, and other events open to students, faculty, staff, and community. Email email@example.com for additional information.
Women's Choir, Chorale, Men's Glee Club, Concert Band, Orchestra, Handbell Choir, Jazz Ensemble. Several Collegium Musicum Chamber Ensembles (Brass Quintet, Flute Choir, Percussion Ensemble, String Quartets, etc.) are available for student participation. Contact the Music Department at ext. 2250 for more information.
Office of Campus Ministries and Chapel
The Asbury University community is committed to the integration of faith, learning and living. The Office of Campus Ministries is focused especially on nurturing students in their spiritual journeys by intentionally encouraging the discipleship, fellowship, and outreach of community members. Small groups focusing on Bible study, accountability, prayer, and discussion are available for personal growth. Opportunities to serve others include mission trips, various weekly outreach ministries of helping and compassion, and ministry teams to churches and camps during the summer. On campus, students can be involved in peer ministry as discipleship leaders and residence hall spiritual life assistants. The Office of Campus Ministries is committed to equipping students for ministry and service on campus, in the community, and around the world—thus preparing a new generation of Christian leaders. See asbury.edu/campus-ministries or call ext. 2200 for additional information.
One of the historic distinctives of Asbury University is the gathering of the entire student body in chapel three times a week, during which the great themes of the Bible, human intellect, and the world intersect and are addressed by a wide range of speakers. Chapel remains the most central time when we proclaim Christ Jesus as Savior. We also hear amazing preaching and teaching that invites students into spiritual formation – into the ongoing process of being shaped by the Holy Spirit into the image of Christ. With Asbury exalting Jesus Christ as our Cornerstone, we believe students leave Asbury with a greater understanding and experience of Scripture, holiness, stewardship and mission. This worship hour is sacred as students, faculty, and staff are challenged to listen, think, believe, and commit to the calling of Christ to be His people in a broken world. See “Chapel Attendance” in the Academic Policies section, visit asbury.edu/chapel, or call ext. 2200 for more information.
Office of Housing and Residence Life
Asbury University is committed to the residential university experience for the traditional undergraduates on the main campus and thus expects full-time single students to live in University-approved housing. Students residing on campus are generally housed in traditional-style residence halls; however, one residential community, primarily for upper-class students, provides apartment-style housing. See asbury.edu/housing or call ext. 2115 for additional information.
Students who want to live off campus must meet one or more of the following criteria to be eligible to apply:
Students who are legally self-supporting
Students who are 23 or older
Students who live with parents, close relatives, or a legal guardian
Students who are working in an approved home for their room and board but who make no cash payment for said room and board
Students who are fifth year seniors
These students must file an Application to Live Off-Campus by April 1 for summer school, May 1 for the following academic year, and by November 1 for the following spring semester. Forms are available in Student Development (ext. 2322) or in the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Business Affairs (ext. 2140).
The University also provides some housing for married and nontraditional students. Options include efficiency, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units, all unfurnished. These are assigned according to the date of receipt of the housing application in conjunction with availability. Students who desire this type of housing should submit a request at the earliest possible date. Applications may be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Students (ext. 2166). A deposit equal to one month’s rent must be paid upon receipt of a housing assignment.
Office of Student Leadership Development
Leadership Development Programs
Based on the belief that all students are potential leaders, Asbury University offers a leadership development program open to all students, which includes a variety of different elements designed to encourage personal involvement in community service and leadership development. The co-curricular program LEAD-ON! provides experiences and workshops allowing students to develop their leadership theory, skills, and application. Through the community service-learning office, students can develop their leadership skills by participating in hands-on service experiences in the community. The Asbury University Challenge Course also promotes leadership development in the form of adventure-based learning. Students participating in the leadership program receive a co-curricular transcript detailing their involvement in leadership activities, co-curricular activities and service projects. See the Handbook for Student Leadership Opportunities, visit asbury.edu/leadership, or call ext. 2117 for more information.
Organizations and clubs are an important part of life at Asbury University. Most students become active members of at least one organization or club. These groups are typically formed along Christian, cultural, personal or educational interests. Examples include Student Body Government, A Rocha (environmental advocacy club), Asbury Outdoors, Christian Service Association, WACW (campus radio station), Intramural Council, Asburian (yearbook), The Asbury Collegian (student newspaper), Salvation Army Student Fellowship, Married and Non-Traditional Student Fellowship, Summer Ministry Teams, Teacher Educators for Learning and Leading (TELL), Tumbling Team, OMS Mission Society and WGM Student Involvement. See asbury.edu/clubs for additional information.
Office of Student Success and Intercultural Programs
International, third-culture, African-American, Asian-American/Pacific-Islander, American-Indian/Alaskan-Native, and Latina/o-American students all provide a richness of culture that is integral to the University. With an institutional commitment to be inclusive and embrace all people, the Office of Intercultural Programs sponsors and advises ethnic student organizations and provides individual support for international and U.S. ethnic students, as well as offers cultural programs and experiences for the entire campus community that impact student learning by increasing awareness, understanding, respect, and/or appreciation of cultural diversity. See asbury.edu/student-life/intercultural-programs or call ext. 2127 for additional information.
Asbury Initiative Grant. The University provides a valuable co-curricular opportunity for students to experience international service work during the summer break. Competitive grants for expenses and a stipend are awarded in the spring of each year to juniors, seniors, and graduating seniors to impact the global community through sustainable initiatives in developing countries in the areas of international community development, social and economic development, public wellness and treatment, literacy and education, and other public services.
Cultural Programs. A variety of educational and social cultural activities, events, as well as service opportunities are offered to the campus community. Each year students can attend cultural festivals and programs on campus and in the surrounding community, see a cultural movie, participate in a diversity dialogue with guest speakers or faculty members, worship with an ethnic congregation, or serve as a volunteer for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day community service project.
Emerging Leader-Scholar Program. Through a competitive selection process, outstanding high school African-American, Asian-American/Pacific-Islander, American-Indian/Alaskan-Native, and Latina/o-American students are invited to participate in the Emerging Leader-Scholar Program (ELSP) throughout their four years as undergraduate students at the University. Participants in the program demonstrate a commitment to their personal development and growth as a leader by achieving academically, actively participating in ELSP support services and monthly activities, and engaging in campus leadership opportunities.
Ethnic Student Organizations. International, third- culture, and U.S. ethnic students can find support and opportunities for social interaction through one of five student organizations sponsored by the office—Alpha Sigma Alpha (Asian-American Student Alliance), Beta Sigma Alpha (Black-American Student Alliance), Iota Sigma Alpha (International Student Alliance), Lambda Sigma Alpha (Latina/o-American Student Alliance), and MuKappa (Third-Culture Student Alliance).
Individual Support Services. Individual support that is responsive to the specific needs of international, third-culture and African-American, Asian-American/Pacific-Islander, American-Indian/Alaskan-Native, and Latina/o-American students is provided to assist them in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to grow and develop personally and to be academically successful while at the University.
Student Success Programs
The Asbury University community is committed to the academic success and overall development and satisfaction of the students enrolled. In keeping with this commitment, the Office of Student Success Programs strives to help students successfully transition and acclimate to collegiate life by offering programs and support services which are intentionally designed to increase their awareness, knowledge, understanding, skills, and/or attitudes regarding the academic, spiritual, cultural, and social climate of the University. See asbury.edu/student-life/student-success-programs or call ext. 2127 for additional information.
New Student Orientation. All new first-time and transfer students enrolling full-time in the traditional undergraduate program fall or spring semester are expected to attend a four-day orientation program designed to provide the information and support needed to make a successful transition into the academic, spiritual, cultural, and social climate of the University.
Intercultural New Student Orientation. Prior to New Student Orientation each fall, a special program is offered for new international students and students who have lived outside the U.S. during the previous three or more years. The program is designed to address the immediate needs and cultural issues related to collegiate life these new students may encounter upon entering the U.S. All new international and third-culture students are expected to attend both Intercultural New Student Orientation and New Student Orientation. Transfer student participation in Intercultural New Student Orientation is determined by the office on an individual basis.
Transition And Guidance Program. New students receive support through the Transition And Guidance Program (T.A.G.). Pairs of trained peer mentors, known as T.A.G. Leaders, assist small groups of first-time or transfer students during New Student Orientation and throughout their initial semester to successfully acclimate and integrate into campus life in and out of the classroom. T.A.G. Leaders are prepared to work closely with the students in their group and provide information regarding campus services, programs, and personnel available to help students grow and develop personally and spiritually, manage academic challenges, and/or cope with personal issues, so that they can thrive while at the University and achieve their personal best. The T.A.G. Leaders also offer social opportunities for the students in their group through weekly dinners and monthly activities.
First-Year Experience Seminar. Offered to all first-year students who want to make a successful transition to the University is an extended-orientation course, First-Year Experience Seminar (UNV 120). Taught in small groups of approximately 18 by an instructor and peer instructor in an interactive, engaging discussion format, the two-credit-hour elective course helps new students discover how to thrive in college both academically and personally. Through the course students: (1) gain a greater awareness of their personal strengths, learning styles, and emotional intelligence and how these influence their learning; (2) develop an understanding of their personal responsibility for engaging in learning as well as the strategies and skills necessary for achieving academic excellence; (3) explore the value of living in community and learning life skills for building and maintaining healthy relationships; (4) recognize the impact their personal values, interests, skills, and strengths have on their educational and occupational plans and begin discerning God’s will and purpose in their life; and (5) discover the principles of physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional wellness for developing a wellness lifestyle.
Individual Support Services. Individual and educational counseling and support services are provided to help students who are experiencing challenges with their transition and integration into collegiate life academically, socially, and spiritually, and with their personal growth and development.
Student Health Services
For the traditional undergraduate population housed on the main Wilmore campus, the University maintains a well-equipped health center with a competent staff of experienced registered nurses while school is in session. The health center is open 35 hours per week and nurse triage phone consultation is available for emergencies after hours. Students may see the physician or nurses by appointment at no additional expense, except for certain prescription medications, diagnostic tests, and immunizations (including those for international travel). Excellent medical facilities exist in nearby Lexington in case of serious injury or illness. See asbury.edu/health, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call ext. 2277 for additional information.
The Asbury Collegian (student newspaper), Asbury Review (literary review magazine) and the Asburian (yearbook) are published by student staffs. The publications are produced under the direction of a student/faculty Publications Committee and are also related to the journalism program of the University. For more information, contact the faculty advisor of each publication: The Asbury Collegian, ext. 2393; Asbury Review, ext. 2189; Asburian, ext. 2191.
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