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Academic Support

  1. Academic and Career Advising
  2. Aspire
  3. Center for Research and Writing
  4. Computer Labs and Technology Classrooms
  5. Mason Library
  6. Math Center
  7. Peer Led Learning

Academic and Career Advising

(First Floor Elliot Center) Academic and Career Advising department (ACA) supports students in the transition to Keene State College, in the clarification of academic focus and major, and in the successful translation of their academic credentials as preparation for life after the college experience. Services include: advising for undeclared students , walk-in advising for students during course registration, advising for students in academic difficulty, advising for transfer students, advising in resume development and internships, job search techniques and graduate school exploration, Kiosk computers for career exploration and online registration, forms and information about academic procedures and policies.


(First Floor Elliot Center) Aspire is a welcoming environment seeking to support students along a continuum to and through college. Aspire staff work to provide KSC students with student support services designed to enhance success by improving performance and giving them the tools they need to not only survive college, but thrive. Some of our services include: individualized course selection and degree planning; peer tutoring, study skills development, time management and organizational support; counseling services to improve students’ financial and economic literacy, information on public and private scholarships, and assistance with financial aid forms; mentoring; graduate school searches, GRE preparation, and application assistance; and career services.

Center for Research and Writing

The Center for Writing and Research & Writing Help Desk promotes effective writing and thinking by offering a variety of services for both students and faculty. We work with students to improve their writing and research and with faculty to support their effectiveness as teachers of research and writing. Through this collective effort, the Center for Writing and the Research & Writing Help Desk act as advocates for strengthening the role of writing and research in our academic community.

Students can stop by the Research & Writing Help Desk located in the lobby of the Mason Library or the Center at 81 Blake Street or call (603) 358-2412 to schedule one-on-one tutoring appointments. Students can also request tutoring appointments by clicking on the “Make a Tutoring Appointment” link on our combined website. Trained peer tutors support students with any aspect of their projects, from the beginning groundwork of research to coming up with ideas, and organizing, revising, and polishing a draft. In addition to working with students in the Center and at the Library, tutors conduct in-class workshops, offer tutoring at Aspire Study Nights, and offer write-in events throughout the year.

Facebook Page: The Center for Writing at Keene State College
Twitter: KSC_C4W
Instagram: ksc_centerforwriting

Computer Labs and Technology Classrooms

Keene State College provides technology-enabled classrooms, public and specialized computing labs on campus. Computing labs are important campus gathering places and can provide access to essential technologies not always available on students’ personally owned computers, such as laser printers or specialized software.

Many academic areas of study have computer labs with specialized hardware/software equipment. Students use these labs to create, manage, and deliver technology and media projects in the same professional environment found in many of today’s companies and industries. The public Computing Cluster is located in the Mason Library and follows the hours of the library. It provides access to desktop computers, specialized software and printers. The Mason Library has laptops for loan to students to use within the library for academic purposes.

All KSC classrooms are media enhanced and include all or some of the following: wireless access, ceiling mounted data projector, pull down screen, DVD player, Smartcart with laptop connection and/or permanently installed PC and Eno/Smartboards. This setup allows KSC students and faculty to make technology an integral part of the instructional environment.

Mason Library

The Wallace E. Mason Library offers space, materials and services in support of the College’s students and academic programs. The Library staff provides services including assistance accessing resources and instruction that focuses on critical thinking and use of information. The Research & Writing Fellows work in Mason Library and the Center for Writing to provide students with help when and where you need it. We strive to create an environment that supports intellectual development and also welcomes students with varied study space, convenient hours, and technology.

Mason Library is proud to share resources with the Keene Public Library (KPL). A KSC ID can be used to borrow KPL materials by visiting the library or having items delivered to campus.

Visit the Library web site for the most current hours and policies.

Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

(First floor Mason Library) The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is one of the nation’s leading educational centers for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The Cohen Center provides public programs and educational resources for the study of the Holocaust and genocidal violence with the goal of inspiring students and other citizens to take responsibility for promoting human dignity and civic responsibility while confronting the escalating violence that leads to atrocity and genocide. The Center maintains an outstanding library collection that includes over 6000 scholarly volumes, digital access to the Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive as well as Yale University’s Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. In addition, the Center holds a number of historical artifacts housed in the Mason Library Archive. These special materials are available to members of the college community and may be used on site by those who use the facilities of the Cohen Center and/or the Library.

The Cohen Center is a collegial partner with the academic department of Holocaust and Genocide Studies supporting the College’s interdisciplinary undergraduate program in this distinctive subject area.

For more information about the Cohen Center call 358-2490 or visit the Center’s web site at <>. For information about the academic program contact the department of Holocaust and Genocide Studies through the Cohen Center or by visiting the department’s web site at

Math Center

(88 Winchester Street) The Math Center is a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere for learning mathematics. Our peer tutors, peer course assistants (PCAs), and course-specific assessment exams can help students succeed from the very beginning of their math study at Keene State.

Tutoring at the Math Center is a drop-in service for students who have questions about quantitative concepts taught in math classes or classes with a quantitative component. Students may come in with specific questions to ask the peer tutor, or to just do their work and know that the tutor is there to help if needed. Peer tutors are also available to help with the math portion of the Praxis CORE Exam and the Praxis Subject Mathematics Subtest.

Peer Course Assistants (PCAs) are assigned to support students in specific 100-level mathematics courses. The availability of PCAs varies from semester to semester, depending on the instructors. Typically, each PCA helps the instructor in and out of the classroom and holds approximately 3 hours of scheduled study sessions per week.

The Math Center staff administers exams and quizzes for individual faculty members within the mathematics department as well as proficiency and assessment exams for individual courses. Students who need to take an exam or quiz at the Math Center should call 358-2023 to make an appointment.

Peer Led Learning

All academic student support services in one place

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Last Modified: Apr 6, 2021 –
Categories: Student Support
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