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Center for Student Success and Retention

First-Year Experience


Mabee Library, Room 219
(785) 670-1942

First-Year Experience (FYE) supports the academic, social, and personal transitions of all first-year students. Through collaborative efforts with faculty, staff, and peer educators, we empower and support first-year students by providing intentional courses, programs, and services that promote success and persistence in college. The Washburn FYE program seeks to help students begin the process of becoming information literate to promote student success in the Information Age.

First-Year Experience initiatives include the iRead common reading program, success skillshops, the first-generation student mentoring initiative, and special programs for first-year students. FYE is involved in New Student Orientation, Welcome Week, and Convocation. Beyond programmatic efforts, the First-Year Experience offers a series of success courses.


WU 101 The Washburn Experience

This course, which is a requirement for graduation, is designed to help students develop the vital skills necessary to successfully transition into Washburn University by focusing on topics such as: information literacy, academic honesty and success, college reading and writing, campus involvement, and others that promote student success at Washburn.

Additional courses which may assist students in achieving success at the university include:

WU 120Major and Career Exploration2
IL 170Library Research Strategies1
IL 171Internet Research Strategies1
IL 300Information Literacy for Scholars3

Course descriptions can be found in the Interdisciplinary Academic Programs section under Interdisciplinary Studies (WU prefix) and Information Literacy (IL) subsections.

Office of Academic Advising


Mabee Library, Room 201
(785) 670-1942

The Office of Academic Advising serves as a resource for high quality academic advising for the entire Washburn community. Academic Advising provides services and referrals to first-year, exploratory, prospective, transfer, probationary, and reinstated students. Academic Advising oversees both the Passport for Success (see below) and the Academic Fresh Start Program. Professional advisors assist exploratory students with academic questions, provide information about university policies, regulations, and services, assist students with course selection, and guide students in the exploration of majors. Advisors are available in Mabee 201 for daily drop-in times and appointments--Students use the Navigate App to schedule or call (785) 670-1942. Extended hours offered during the regular semester. Visit  for more information.

Passport for Success

Students admitted by exception to regular admission are required to participate in the Passport For Success program and must adhere to the following criteria:

  • Advisor approved course selection and scheduling, leading to approved associate degree.
  • Limit on number of semester hours: 12 credit hours per semester during their first year, with recommended summer classes to maintain 30 credit hours per year. (Exceptions granted by advisor approval.)
  • Mandatory multi-session per semester advising: These three academic advising sessions will include academic assessment, program and degree planning.
  • Enrollment in WU 101 The Washburn Experience during first semester of attendance.
  • Participation in study skills, career planning, test taking and other seminars offered by the University Tutoring & Writing Center.
  • Tutoring as needed.

University Tutoring & Writing Center


Mabee Library, Room 308
(785) 670-1980

Students are encouraged to maximize their success by utilizing the tutoring services located on the upper level of Mabee Library. The University Tutoring and Writing Center offers support for students seeking assistance with writing and specific courses, such as biology and math. In addition, the Center offers workshops focused on general study skills, test preparation, citations, etc. Services are provided on a drop-in basis and can either be one-on-one in nature or in small groups. All services are free of charge. For hours and additional information see the Tutoring Center’s website or check the “Washburn Tutoring at Mabee Library” Facebook page.

Center for Testing and Prior Learning

Mabee Library, Room 218

The Academic Testing office administers placement tests for new students, proctors exams for Washburn students who are concurrently enrolled in a distance education course at another college and serves as a testing center for a number of national standardized testing programs.

Additional Academic Services

The Harlan J. Koca Mathematics Enrichment Program Tutor Center

The Math Lab is a peer tutoring facility for students in the following courses:

MA 103Basic Algebra3
MA 104Intermediate Algebra3
MA 112Contemporary College Mathematics3
MA 116College Algebra3
MA 117Trigonometry3
MA 123Pre-Calculus3
MA 140Statistics3
MA 141Applied Calculus I3
MA 151Calculus & Analytic Geometry I5

No appointment is necessary. Please visit for more information.

Departmental Advising/Tutoring

Academic advising for students with a declared major are advised through their academic department. Students should consult with their department for further information about departmental tutoring.

Supplemental Instruction in the Sciences

Students completing science courses should contact their instructor regarding supplemental instruction opportunities.