Academic Resources

ESOL Class

LL 1000 – ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages
Credits: 4

A course for non-native speakers of English focusing on self-assessment and needs analysis. Curriculum is developed according to student needs in writing, reading, vocabulary, grammar, listening, speaking, and pronunciation. This course emphasizes academic English, use of academic technology and academic English study skills. Particular course content is developed according to students’ academic disciplines. A TESOL student is assigned for the term to assist in supplementary instruction. May be taken twice. Pass/No Pass. This course is offered in the fall and spring.

Strategies for Success Class

IS 1200.01 – Strategies for Success

Credits: 3

All new incoming international students take a class entitled Strategies for Success. This class offers students an opportunity to learn about campus life, creates cross-cultural awareness, and provides opportunities for students to get to know one another. Students will develop skills in studying, public speaking, and note-taking.

An introduction to the concept and nature of the academic community, including its values, expectations and activities. This class will emphasize the goals of academic activity, including the resources available, and the skills needed to accomplish those goals. This course will also give students an opportunity to create cross- cultural awareness and to reflect on their culture and journey as an international student to the United States.

Pass Office

Contact Us

Patti May, Director
(603) 535-2270
Janice Carlson,Academic/Disabilities Coordinator
(603) 535-2270

Angela Ricciardi, Tutor Coordinator
(603) 535-2270


Lamson Learning Commons, Room 003

Office Hours

Fall and spring semesters

Monday – Thursday, 8:00am – 9:00pm

Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm

Professional staff available weekdays, 8:00am – 4:30pm

Mission Statement

The primary goal of Plymouth Academic Support Services is to collaborate with undergraduate students in becoming efficient, independent learners. Our program components of academic counseling, peer tutoring, and services for students with disabilities are designed to engage students in developing effective learning strategies and skills to enable them to enjoy academic success and graduate from Plymouth State University.


Plymouth Academic Support Services (PASS) provides a variety of services to help you succeed at Plymouth State. Students come to see us for one or more of the following:

Initial Contact for Students with Disabilities

Plymouth Academic Support Services (PASS) serves as the initial contact for students identifying themselves as having a disability. In order to receive support services such as classroom accommodations, you must:

  • Meet with a PASS advisor
  • Provide documentation of the disability

Services for Students with Disabilities

If you have a documented medical, psychiatric or learning disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the ADA of 1990, and the ADAA of 2008, PASS will work with you to advocate for your accommodations and will coordinate with appropriate campus offices to ensure you have equal access to all programs and activities that Plymouth State provides.

Your situation will be assessed on an individual basis and accommodations will be provided based on your individual documented needs. Past accommodations have included, but are not limited to, the following:

Writing Center

Fall Semester Hours:

M, T, W 9am-9pm
Th, F 9am-5pm
Sunday 6pm-9pm

The Writing Center is available to support our international students during their time at Plymouth State University. The Center helps all writers at any stage of the writing process, whether brainstorming ideas, creating outlines, sharing a draft or partial draft, responding to professors’ comments, checking mechanics and grammar, or citing sources. The Writing Center works with writers and readers of all levels, and strives to be friendly and supportive at all times.

In addition to one-to-one, individualized consultations, the Writing Center can offer you many resources from both their small library and files of model papers from the various departments. If you are an international student, the Writing Center can help you understand cultural references in your readings that may seem obscure.

Center For Global Engagement

The Center for Global Engagement is located in Mary Lyon Hall. This Center is a place for students to gather for international events, individualized academic support and academic support workshops, and many of our global programs.

Come visit us!

Mondays 8:00am-7:00pm
Tuesdays 8:00am-4:30pm
Wednesdays 8:00am-4:30pm
Thursdays 8:00am-4:30pm
Fridays 8:00am-4:30pm

Special hours of operation during Finals Weeks.  Contact CGE for details.

Staff at the Center for Global Engagement:

Jane Barry – International Student Advisor
Thomas Janis – International Programming Coordinator
Rigil Ballester-Wu – Graduate Assistant
Kristina Brown – Graduate Assistant