Academic Advising & Student Success Services

Assisting students to successfully navigate their academic journey from orientation through graduation.

Lenoir-Rhyne University is committed to the success of our students as whole persons and BEAR Central shares in this mission. BEAR Central student success efforts work to shore up institutional efforts, strengthen outcomes and directly assist students in achieving their educational goals. 

  • Academic Advising

    Academic advising at LR centers on the creation of an educational plan that reflects your own unique interests, abilities, goals and values. This plan includes both the coursework required for your degree and learning opportunities and experiences beyond the classroom, including co-curricular activities, study abroad and internships.

    BEAR Central provides general advising services to all first-year and new transfer students as well as academic coaching and support to any student in need.

    Our services equip you with the strategies and resources needed to:

    • Explore academic interests and choose a major
    • Develop plans to reach academic, personal, and career goals
    • Engage in more productive study and learning behaviors
    • Manage time more effectively
    • Return to good academic standing
    • Achieve the goal of earning a Lenoir-Rhyne University degree

    General advising services are offered to all first-year and exploratory students as well as success coaching and help with academic planning to any student in need. We are open for drop-in appointments Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and is located in BEAR Central on the second floor of the Rudisill Library.

  • Academic Probation & Recovery

    BEAR Central offers workshops and individual coaching for all students who are not in good academic standing in order to help you recover from past academic difficulties, return to good academic standing and achieve academic success.

    View Academic Probation & Recovery
  • First-Generation Students

    First-generation students are those students whose parents/guardians did not complete a four-year college or university degree. 

    Our goal is to help first-generation students tap into their strengths and meet their challenges in a supportive community of other first-generation students, faculty and staff.

    View First-Generation Students

Faculty & Staff Resources

  • Advising Resources

    Faculty and staff can find information about advising, related academic policies as well as important advising contacts alongside other faculty resources on the LR Portal. The university catalog is also a great resource.

  • Student Concern Referral Form

    Faculty may alert the Office of Student Support and Outreach when students have attendance, academic performance and/or other issues using the Student Concern Referral Form. This form automatically notifies Student Support and Outreach staff.

    Student support staff will work immediately to connect with the student, determine need and quickly connect them to available resources, including, the Office of Student Success, Dean of Students, Cornerstone Wellness Center, counseling services and many others. In most cases, faculty and staff may not be updated on the referral outcome to maintain student confidentiality. 

    Each student has a unique care network, comprised of campus members that can step in and support our students on their path to success. 

    Submit a Student Concern Referral
LeAna Barlowe

Lenoir-Rhyne offers a phenomenal amount of support to students. These academic services allow me to always find extra help with my course material, along with the wonderful professors.

LeAna Barlowe '23, Exercise Science