Tips for Students

All students should be able to say they have checked each of these items off of their to-do list, so keep reading even if you are not new to UP this year.

Attend Orientation

This is highly recommended. Orientation will get you connected to the campus and UP’s resources from the very start of your college career. Check out the Orientation webpage for more information.

Make an Appointment with the Office of Financial Aid to Answer Your Questions

Financial aid counselors are available by appointment to assist students with understanding their financial aid award and overall financial aid eligibility. All students are encouraged to review the Financial Aid website, which is full of resources and valuable information. Highlights of their website include: the Scholarship Links section where students can learn some tips and tricks to applying and find many scholarship opportunities, and the Student Employment section where students can learn about campus employment as well as find available jobs on the Student Job Board.

Attend FirstUP

This event is specifically for new UP students whose parents did not attend college. The event seeks to honor and recognize students’ ambition and also familiarize students with others in the UP community who are first-generation students. This event usually takes place within the first month of fall semester. Keep an eye out for an invitation in the mail. Please contact Matt Daily ( for further information about the event.

Get Involved 

The first week of the semester there will be an Activities Fair, which will showcase campus groups. If you are living in a dorm get in touch with your resident assistant and floor members to find out what events are taking place in your building. There are also recreational sports teams, community service projects and much more to get involved in on campus. This can be the best way for students to develop new social and emotional connections at UP. Check out the student run clubs, intramural sports, Outdoor Pursuits, the Moreau Center for Service & Justice, and events provided through Pilots After Dark.

Utilize Campus Resources

We encourage all students to take advantage of all the programs and services available to assist you! Please visit the “Campus Resources” section of this website for links and more information about campus resources.

Find and Maintain a Balance 

During your time at UP you will have a lot on your plate to maintain. This could include, but is not limited to, academics, monetary funds, appropriate diet and sleep, building and sustaining relationships, family obligations etc. Finding balance, organization, and time management will be essential to your success for the upcoming years.

Revamp Your Study Schedule

Now that you are a college student you need to make some changes to your study schedule. In high school you were in class for about 30 hours a week while studying 10 to 15 hours outside of class. Now you are in class 15 to 18 hours a week. In order to be on top of your academics, you should be studying, meeting with professors, and working with classmates an additional 20 to 25 hours (minimum) outside of class. The Learning Commons and the Shepard Academic Resource Center will be important outlets to help students learn and maintain this balance.

Ask for the Support of Your Parents/Family

Since your parents or guardians did not complete a bachelor’s degree, they may not fully understand what you will be experiencing during your study and the amount of time and effort you will be putting into your academics. It may be helpful to share your daily activities with them and let them know how to best support you.

Stay on Top of Important Deadlines and Events

Below you will find the links to various calendars that have important deadlines and also fun and exciting campus events to attend.