Students at DigiPen can get help with their studies in a variety of ways, the most common of which are pre-assigned academic advisors and one-on-one tutoring.
Faculty Mentors, Student Success Advisors, and Peer Advising Leaders
Every student at DigiPen is assigned a Faculty Mentor, a Student Success Advisor, and a Peer Advising Leader (PAL) at the start of their first semester.
Additionally, for the 2020-21 academic year, incoming students will be assigned to a Year One Guild, five to eight fellow incoming students who can serve as a support network during freshman year and beyond. The Guild will be where students foster relationships in and out of the classroom, assist each other in their studies, and discuss any concerns they have as they navigate everyday student life.
Faculty Mentors are assigned prior to New Student Orientation and meet with incoming students’ Year One Guild once a month through the second month of their cohort’s sophomore year. Each Faculty Mentor has extensive experience in the video game or technology industry and can help students create educational and professional goals that align with their desired career path. Faculty Mentors also help students develop valuable skills, discover career options, and navigate DigiPen’s academic policies and procedures.
Students can speak to their faculty mentors about:
Student Success Advisors are DigiPen staff who assist students with class registration, course selection, and academic success. They can also answer questions regarding DigiPen’s academic policies and procedures. Students typically meet with their student success advisors at least once a year and when applying for graduation. This ensures the student is enrolling and excelling in the correct classes and is on track to graduate on time.
Peer Advising Leaders (PALs) are DigiPen upperclassmen assigned to incoming students’ Year One Guilds prior to New Student Orientation. PALs meet with their Guilds twice a month through that cohort’s sophomore year, facilitating discussions with students about their academic concerns and offering resources the college makes available to them — in addition to fostering friendships and social connections within the group.
Students can speak to their Student Success Advisors about:
If you have any questions about academic advising or other ways DigiPen supports students’ educational goals, please contact studentsuccess[at]digipen[dot]edu.
Students can contact their assigned student success advisors through the student portal.
Tutoring at the Academic Support Lab
DigiPen’s Academic Support Lab offers free tutoring for students who want to improve their academic performance. Students may drop in during scheduled hours, request individual tutoring, or form groups to improve their knowledge of a variety of topics useful to all majors. Tutors are trained to enhance the understanding of core class concepts, answer questions, and assist with exam preparation.
Drop-in tutoring is available for different subjects depending on the day and time.
Students who are unable to attend a drop-in tutoring session may schedule one-on-one tutoring sessions through the student portal.