The Academic Advancement Center is a Student Support Services TRIO program, one of five educational opportunity programs established by the U.S. Congress to help low-income and first generation Americans enter college, graduate, and move on to participate more fully in America’s economic and social life. Beginning in 1965, TRIO programs have been funded by the U.S. Department of Education to serve students from middle school through graduate school.

The Academic Advancement Center/Student Support Services was first funded in 1978 as the first TRIO program at Colorado State University. Now, CSU is the only Colorado higher education institution that serves students via all five types of TRIO programs. Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound and the Educational Opportunity Center prepare students to attend college, and are housed in the Access Center. AAC/Student Support Services assists students to obtain their bachelor’s degree.

Mission: CASA empowers students to explore and engage in their educational and personal purpose, within an inclusive community that supports learning and graduation.

Description: CASA is a dynamic organization that empowers students to make the most of their educational experience beginning at orientation and continuing through to graduation.  CASA reports to both Student Affairs and Academic Affairs which is essential because our services are integral to both the academic and personal success of students.  A continuum of services is offered including Orientation and Transition Programs, Key Learning Communities, Undeclared Advising, Health Profession Advising, and Outreach and Support Programs.


Orientation and Transition Programs
Orientation and Transition Programs (OTP) at Colorado State University provides programming and services designed to assist first-year, second-year, and transfer students with a successful transition at Colorado State University. We offer a continuum of services beginning with orientation to Ram Welcome (prior to classes beginning) to transition programming throughout the first two years of students’ experiences at CSU. OTP believes in assisting students in knowing and feeling what it means to be a CSU Ram. Additionally, OTP places high value on student leadership and development and employs over 280 student leaders to implement these university-wide programs.

First Year Mentoring Program: Make an immediate connection with a faculty or staff member, a current student Peer Mentor and other new first-year students who share your interests, passions or identities by registering for the First Year Mentoring Program! Students join a group that meets regularly throughout the fall semester and are paired with a Faculty/Staff Mentor and a Peer Mentor. This program provides a flexible, non-credit opportunity that is designed to help you make the most of your college experience by providing chances to build strong connections with the CSU community!

Year 2 @ CSU supports second year students and provides opportunities for students to enhance and maintain their connection to CSU!

Getting to Year 2 @ CSU is a conference in the Lory Student Center for first-year students (in their second semester). Students are able to select breakout sessions to attend throughout the day. Sessions provide students with information and resources to assist students with the transition to a second year at CSU and include academic skills, housing options in the second year on and off-campus, study abroad opportunities, how to be successful in the classroom, and much more!

Joining the OTP Team
Orientation Leader – Hired during the fall semester
Orientation and Transition Programs (OTP) Office Assistant – Hired during the fall semester
First Year Mentoring Program Peer Mentor – Hired during the spring semester
Transfer Transition Leader – Hired during the spring semester
Ram Welcome Event Assistant – Hired during the spring semester
Ram Welcome Leader – Hired during the spring semester
Year 2 @ CSU: Second Year Programs Board Member – Hired during the spring semester


Undeclared Advising
Undeclared Advising works with students who are undeclared and actively exploring majors; undeclared seeking majors with entrance requirements; GUEST students; and students on academic probation.


Health Profession Advising
Advise students seeking to apply to schools to pursue professions in Chiropractic, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Podiatry, and Veterinary Medicine.  They provide workshops, referrals, and other services to students pursuing professions in these fields.


Outreach and Support Programs
Outreach and Support Programs provides outreach and support in the form of information and connections to resources for populations that can yield higher retention, have a specific university-targeted need, or are participating in a scholarship program.  They have a number of resources for students that are struggling academically.

Mission: The Institute for Learning and Teaching advances research, promotes effective practices, and provides direct support to faculty and students to enhance learning, teaching, and student success.

Description: The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) involves 16 programs that work together to enhance learning, teaching, instructional innovation, and student success at Colorado State University. TILT works with a wide range of programs across the University to pursue its mission, including its primary partners, the Center for Advising and Student Achievement and the Transfer Student Center, which are also housed in the TILT building.

TILT Learning Programs: College coursework can be difficult; quite a bit different from high school, Advanced Placement courses included. That’s where TILT’s Learning Programs come in.

Tutoring Programs: TILT plays an important role supporting student success in both course work completion and, ultimately, graduation, by hosting a variety of on-campus tutoring programs in the Great Hall.

Key partners include the College of Natural Sciences, which has a long-standing and highly successful tutoring program, and the College of Liberal Arts, which recently launched a new tutoring program.


Academic Skills
Study Skills Workshops: Several times each week, TILT’s Learning Programs offer face-to-face academic and study skills workshops.

Academic Coaching: Work one-on-one with a Learning Programs staff member who can help you make a plan for your successful semester, or just give you some tips on getting organized and studying effectively.

U-Turn: Whether you have a “U” now, or want to make the Dean’s List, this event is for you. U-Turn will help you develop a personal plan connecting you with the academic resources needed to turn this semester into a success.

Online Study Skill Resources: Please check out our collection of online study-skill resources. Here you will find subjects ranging from Time Management to Test-Taking, from Critical Reading to Effective Note-Taking.

Course-Related Tools & Resources: Broaden your scope. Look beyond CSU for more online tools and resources devoted to your specific course or subject matter.

Student-Faculty Connections
Did you know that students who have a faculty mentor are more likely to succeed academically? Faculty relationships can set you up for success in numerous ways: through scholarship or other letters of recommendation, as well as internship, research, and other career opportunities.

Through its Learning Programs, the Institute for Learning and Teaching sponsors a number of events each semester geared toward enriching your academic experience.


Post-College Exploration – TILT helps students look to, and plan for, their futures.
TILT Short Courses – TILT’s short courses are non-credit opportunities for students to learn specific skills in a few sessions.
TILT Study Spaces

As part of the Officer Workshop Series the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life in conjunction with council officers host three academic workshops each semester, these workshop are designed to support scholarship officer and promote critical thinking and lifelong learning.