First Year Academic Advocacy

First-Year Academic Advocate

The First-Year Academic Advocate is dedicated to serving first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students to assist them in resolving academic and institutional challenges in their first year that may adversely affect persistence, progression, and timely completion of degree. The First-Year Academic Advocate provides timely, coordinated care to students by directly connecting them to campus resources and developing an action plan for academic success.
To connect with or refer a student to the First-Year Academic Advocate, please submit a referral using the button below.

Submit a Referral

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Academic Peer Advocate Program

The Academic Peer Advocate (APA) Program pairs incoming first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students with trained and compassionate peers dedicated to providing individualized support during their transition to college. APA’s mission is to empower their peers to take advantage of the appropriate campus resources and to confidently seek help when needed. APA’s connect students to the First-Year Academic Advocate for coordinated care when there are complicated barriers to navigate.
To connect with or refer a student to an Academic Peer Advocate (APA), please email Amanda Sharp at asharp@umbc.edu.

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