Conveniently located on Campus Walk, Simpson Library gives access to a full range of innovative services that satisfy the changing needs of UMW students and faculty – whether for information, education, or recreation. Your library has more than 450,000 volumes and almost 70,000 periodicals, links to thousands of electronic publications, and a wide array of databases that furnish online access to books, magazines, journals, and newspapers.
Stop by the soft-seating area on the first floor, with its shelves of popular reading volumes, movies on DVD, comfortable chairs, and a casual atmosphere that invites conversation and relaxation. The ThinkLab on the second floor hosts a variety of emerging tools and technologies for students across all disciplines. A full list of offerings and services can be found on the library’s extensive website.
Peer Academic Consultants
Peer Academic Consultants (PACs) are available by appointment to meet with students to discuss and work on various academic success topics including time management, note-taking, test preparation, stress management, and much more. PACs work with students in areas not related to specific courses so all students are encouraged to meet with a PAC. Please contact the Office of Academic Services at 540-654-1010 for additional information and the PAC schedule. While you do need to schedule an appointment there is no additional cost for PAC meetings.
Tutoring and Academic Success Seminars
Peer tutors are provided by appointment for many lower-level courses. A variety of faculty-recommended websites with lessons, quizzes, and tips can be found at the peer tutoring website.
Academic success workshops provide students with tools for success in their academic endeavors. Seminar topics include time management, study and note-taking skills, test anxiety, and test preparation. Every workshop includes a short presentation, an interactive activity, and a takeaway. You can find dates, locations, and descriptions of upcoming seminars, as well as register to attend, on the Academic Services website.
World Ready: Career Center
- Drop-ins and one-on-one individualized coaching appointments provide students with direct counseling on such topics as career exploration, job search strategies, and personal brand development as well as resume critiques and interview prep.
- Whether you’re exploring majors or searching for information about your chosen field, our resource What Can I Do With This Major will help you connect majors to careers.
- Our job and internship database, Handshake, is a simple but powerful tool that helps you find the best fit from more than 1,000,000 jobs and internships posted by 200,000 companies, non-profits, and government organizations.
- Need help with your resume, cover letter, purpose statement, or any other application materials? Our Career Coaches, along with our online Toolkit, are here to help.
- Big Interview is a free, online training system that features an innovative way to help students improve their interview/presentation technique and build confidence.
- The Career Center Youtube channel houses dozens of videos ranging from resume workshops, employer information sessions, and alumni testimonials.
Office of Disability Resources
The Office of Disability Resources (ODR) coordinates reasonable and appropriate accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. These accommodations are based on individual student profiles and may include – but are not limited to – extended time on tests, note-taking assistance, accessible dorm rooms, sign language interpreters, electronic texts, and distraction-reduced testing sites.
In order to receive services, students must provide professional documentation of a substantially limiting condition and discuss appropriate accommodations with the ODR. Documentation guidelines for specific disabilities may be found on the Disability Resources web site or by requesting it from the office at 540/654-1266. The ODR verifies the disability, determines reasonable accommodations in collaboration with the student, and acts as a liaison with students, faculty, and administration as needed on issues relating to services or accommodations.