Academic Development & Support Center

Enhance your academic skills in a supportive, caring environment. The Academic Development & Support Center (ADSC) offers tutoring and other academic support services so you can get the most out of your education at Georgian Court University.

The center is located on the lower level of the Sister Mary Joseph Cunningham Library. The ADSC offers the following services:

  • Disabilities Services: Any student can request accommodations and obtain a 504 Plan based on documentation of a disability under the American with Disabilities Act of 1990. These are based on your individual needs. There is no charge for accommodations. GCU provides testing accommodations in the ADSC.
  • Peer Tutoring: This service is provided by fellow GCU students who have obtained a B+ or higher in various courses and are trained as peer tutors.
  • The Learning Connection (TLC): This fee-based support program can assist you if you have a learning difference that impacts your academic performance. Students receive tutoring/coaching sessions from professional staff members who can assist with personal and academic issues.

Need a Tutor?
The Academic Development & Support Center’s peer tutoring is a drop-in tutoring service. It is staffed with upperclassmen students and professional tutors. All peer tutors maintain above a 3.0 cumulative GPA and tutor courses in which they’ve received a B+ or higher. Peer tutors are well-rounded and can tutor in a variety of different subject areas. To see tutors and subjects available please visit, our online schedule. First time users must make an account. Peer tutoring is open Mondays – Thursdays from 10am – 8pm and Fridays and Saturdays 11am -3pm.

Become a Peer Tutor
Want to help other students and give back to the GCU community as a peer tutor? Applications can be found in the Academic Development & Support Center in the lower level of Sister Mary Joseph Cunningham Library.

Tutors are required to:

  • Obtain a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Obtain a B+ or higher in the courses they wish to tutor
  • Obtain 2 recommendations from Georgian Court University faculty members
  • Submit a brief essay explaining their interest in becoming a tutor
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Obtain excellent interpersonal skills

Please visit the Academic Development & Support Center and speak with the Graduate Assistants for more information. If you have any questions about peer tutoring or becoming a peer tutor at GCU, please contact at or call 732-987-2788.

Georgian Court University is committed to ensuring that all students receive equal access to all services, programs, and activities. We support students with documented physical, sensory, learning, or psychological disabilities by providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations in accordance with applicable laws such as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Documentation of a disability from a licensed physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, or other certified specialist is required. To request accommodations and/or academic adjustments, please contact our office. Visit our office in the Academic Development and Support Center on the lower level of the Sister Mary Joseph Cunningham Library.

If you have any questions, please view our Frequently Asked Questions, contact us at 732-987-2646 or e-mail us.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I request accommodations from Disabilities Services?

First, you must submit documentation of a disability to Disabilities Services. The documentation must have been dated within the past five years, be relevant to the requested accommodations, and must be prepared by a medical or other licensed professional. Also, make sure to bring an Intake Form and Consent for Release of Information Form to the director of the ADSC. The forms are valid for one academic year.

Additionally, you will need to set up an appointment with the director of the ADSC to discuss your needs. During that session, you will fill out a form with the director specifying the requested accommodations. You must visit in person each semester to request accommodations. Upon approval, you will receive a 504 plan that that is submitted to the professors by the student.

Do I have to pay for accommodations?

No. All students with documentation of a disability may request accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at no charge.

What are some examples of accommodations I can receive in college?

Some examples are extended time for tests, distraction-reduced environment, note takers, and other accommodations dependent on student needs. Students may sign up as note takers for classes in which they are requested by submitting the Note Taker Recruitment Form.

I have a learning disability and need additional support beyond my accommodations. What can I do?

We offer The Learning Connection (TLC), a highly specialized, fee-based program for students with documented learning disabilities (or other disabilities that may impact their academic performance). The program offers individuals one-on-one support with an academic support specialist. To qualify, you must interview with the director of the ADSC.

Highlights of The Learning Connection program include:

  • a personalized tutoring/coaching program;
  • guaranteed two hours per week of one-on-one sessions with academic development specialists that include content tutoring, organizational, study, and test-taking skills;
  • support in transitioning from high school to college;
  • evaluation of progress;
  • development of socialization and life skills in a warm and friendly environment;
  • high graduation rates throughout the years; and
  • strong bonds with other members of the GCU community

Do I have to enroll in TLC to receive accommodations?

No. Accommodations are free of charge under the American Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. TLC is a program that is fee-based for students that need professional tutoring and coaching.

If you have any questions about our services, or would like to set up an appointment, please connect with us using the contacts below.

Luana E. Fahr, LDT-C
Director of the Academic Development & Support Center

Lisa Capurso
Staff Assistant

Academic Development Specialists

Marie Mascitelli

Felicia Younger

Danielle Wooton