Academic Support

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University Libraries

The extensive library system at the University of Louisville is designed to support undergraduate and graduate research; broad, university scholarship; and student and faculty success.

To these ends, the University Libraries provide services ranging from materials check-outs, research assistance, interlibrary loans and course reserves to loans of laptops, camcorders and flash drives. The libraries also provide study spaces, meeting rooms and presentation spaces. They house UofL resources like the Writing Center, the Delphi Center, and the TILL. Ultimately, University Libraries serve as academic common spaces for all students, faculty, and staff.

The University Libraries consist of:

  • Ekstrom (Main) Library,
  • Archives and Special Collections,
  • The Margaret Bridwell Art Library,
  • The Louis Brandeis Law Library,
  • The Dwight Anderson Memorial Music Library, and
  • The Kornhauser Health Sciences Library.

The Libraries’ collections are extensive. Total holdings exceed 2.2 million printed volumes; subscriptions to both print and electronic journals surpass 90,000. E-books, microfilm, and other formats such as DVDs are also included in the collection. Most of these materials can be found using the library’s website: louisville.edu/library.

In addition, the Libraries subscribe to over 300 online information databases in a wide variety of subject areas.

Interlibrary loan services provide study and research materials not owned by the University of Louisville Libraries from collections of other libraries.

For more information about the university's libraries go to louisville.edu/undergraduate/about/libraries/.

Information Technology Services

The Office of Information Technology (IT) offers numerous direct technology, computing and printing solutions in support of University of Louisville’s teaching, research and service missions. Serving students, faculty and staff, IT maintains campus wired and wireless networks and delivers enterprise administrative and academic applications. More information concerning IT services can be found at louisville.edu/it.

The university’s most popular websites feature University of Louisville’s email and ULink services. Students can log into their email as part of the Windows Office 365 tools provided to enrolled students at louisville.edu/email. A secure portal to the university’s information and services, ULink, connects students, faculty and staff to all of the necessary campus and administrative environments.

IT runs an online technology store, iTech Express, with discounted software and downloads, and links to competitively-priced computers for students, faculty and staff. Check it out online at: louisville.edu/it/itechxpress.

IT’s HelpDesk assists the University of Louisville community daily with regard to technology questions and issues. The IT HelpDesk can be reached at (502) 852-7997 or louisville.edu/it/helpdesk for online assistance. Additionally, IT’s iTech Connect provides free face-to-face technology consulting for students, faculty and staff. Located in the lower level of the Miller IT Center on Belknap campus, iTech Connect can help troubleshoot various technology problems like wireless connections, antivirus protection and digital device management.

On each campus, multiple computing centers and labs provide access to academic software and the Internet. iTech Zone, in the lower level of the Miller IT Center, is a primary computing facility with individual workstations and collaborative work areas on the Belknap campus. At this location IT offers, through a partnership with REACH, peer tutoring on general computing essentials, Microsoft software and basic computer programing. Additional public workstations are located throughout University of Louisville in high-traffic locations for email and Internet access.

IT maintains the university’s extensive networking, including a 40 gigabit campus backbone network and a high-speed intercampus fiber network. Telephone services are provided through a voice over IP system equipped with emergency alerts. The university has access to high-speed Internet service through a 10Gbps connection to Internet2, the Kentucky Regional Optical Network (KyRON) and a 2Gbps Internet link to TWTelecom. Wireless Internet service is universally available for University of Louisville students, faculty and staff and guests across all campuses.

REACH (Resources for Academic Achievement)

Resources for Academic Achievement (REACH) is the university’s centralized academic support unit for undergraduate students. REACH conducts multiple services and programs from the Belknap Academic Classroom Building (BACB), Ekstrom Library, and the Miller Information Technology Building (MITC).

These academic support services and retention programs offer students the opportunity to better prepare and adapt to college life and to improve their academic skills and performance in college courses. REACH’s mission statement, values statement, goals, and annual reports are available at: reach.louisville.edu/about

The Learning Resource Center (BACB 248, 250)

Scheduled Tutoring offers students small group tutoring sessions each week for many 100-, 200-, and some 300-level courses. These sessions provide guided study and review of course material. Tutoring requests can be submitted online and appointments are scheduled for 60-minute recurring, weekly sessions. Online tutoring sessions are also available, and scheduled drop-in hours are available for select science lab courses, select languages, and other courses.

Find more information at: reach.louisville.edu/tutoring/tutor-scheduled.html

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a series of weekly review and discussion sessions attached to specific courses that are historically difficult for students. SI integrates how to learn with what to learn. SI sessions allow students to get extra help beyond the normal classroom. SI is voluntary and free, with sessions designed to assist small and large groups of students.

Find more information at: reach.louisville.edu/tutoring/tutor-SI.html

Individual Tutoring is available for students who have documented physical or learning disabilities and need accommodated tutoring sessions. Documentation must be provided to REACH from the Disability Resource Center at the time of a student’s request. Students receive individualized tutoring and additional tutoring time in scheduled onsite appointments each week.

Find more information at: reach.louisville.edu/tutoring/

Graduate Exam Preparation Workshops are available for students preparing the GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, and DAT. Availability varies by semester. Workshops include a review of exam content, test-taking strategies, and practice problems. They are free for current students and are offered throughout fall and spring semesters. No registration is required.

Find more information at: reach.louisville.edu/tutoring/general/

Language Conversation Tables offer students conversation opportunities for practice in speaking a new language. Tables vary each semester, but may include Spanish, French, Arabic, ASL, German, and others. These sessions are useful, additional practice to prepare for the classroom and real-world scenarios.

Find more information at: reach.louisville.edu/tutoring/

Special Topics in Supplemented College Reading (GEN 105) (BACB 248) is an intervention course for college readiness required by Kentucky state law for first-time, first-year and transfer students with less than 24 credit hours who are admitted to the university with identified college reading deficiencies. Students are required to register for a section of GEN 105 (1 credit hour) in their first college semester. All GEN 105 course sections require concurrent registration with a linked general education course in Biology, Psychology, or History.

Find more information at: reach.louisville.edu/courses/gen105.html

The Hackademic Series, available to all UofL students, are 50-minute workshops on key topics that impact students’ academic success. Topics always include college strategies, e.g., time management, note-taking, textbook reading, test-taking, preparing for finals, and becoming a disciplined student. The Hackademic Series is offered both online and on-site.

Find more information at: reach.louisville.edu/seminars/seminars.html

The Math Resource Center (BACB 241)

The Math Resource Center (MRC) offers drop-in tutoring to students enrolled in most 100 and 200 level university mathematics courses, Special Topics in College Mathematics courses (GEN 103 and GEN 104), and JCTC Pathways courses offered onsite at the university. Resources include knowledgeable tutors, a mini-computer lab for mathematics software and Web-based instruction, course textbooks, and solution manuals. The MRC also offers online tutoring appointments for select math courses.

Find more information at: reach.louisville.edu/tutoring/tutor-drop-in.html

The Speed Calculus Preview Program is a fee-based summer program designed for first-year engineering students. Students are referred to this program based on scores earned on the online Algebra Readiness Exam available to all admitted engineering students prior to their first fall semester. This program provides an advanced algebra review to help students prepare for calculus in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering.

Find more information at: louisville.edu/reach/summermath/speed-calculus-preview-program-1

Special Topics in College Mathematics (GEN 103/GEN 104) are intervention courses for college readiness required by KY state law for students who are admitted to the university with identified college mathematics deficiencies.  Placement in Supplemented or Regular GEN 103 (for non-STEM majors) or GEN 104 (for STEM majors) is based on successful completion of a basic mathematics course (e.g., MAT 55 or MAT 65 in KCTCS), ACT or SAT Math subscore, or a placement test score that does not meet the requirement for the general-education MATH course for the student’s intended major.  GEN 103 and GEN 104 are computer-based courses (one elective-credit hour each) that focus on algebra topics—such as linear equations and factoring—and utilize an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program.  Successful completion of Supplemented or Regular GEN 103 and/or GEN 104 is required for entry to general-education mathematics courses.

Find more information at: reach.louisville.edu/courses/

Computer Resource Centers

The Computer Resource Center (CRC) tutors help students understand the most common technologies used on campus, including Microsoft Office Suite products, Blackboard, ULink, email, wireless network access, password assistance, and basic computer operations. CRCs are located in Ekstrom Library and in the Miller Information Technology Center (MITC). 

Tutoring and test review sessions are provided for College of Business courses in Computer Information Sciences (CIS 100 through 300) on topics in C# programming, MS Excel, and MS Access. The CRC also supports Speed School of Engineering courses in Computer Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) by assisting students with C, C++, and Java programming. No appointments needed!

Find more information at: reach.louisville.edu/tutoring/computer/