The University of Wyoming recognizes the special needs of today's Division I student-athlete and has made the commitment to address those needs with a comprehensive counseling program. In addition to the demands of being a student in a quality university like Wyoming, our student-athletes must also deal with the extra pressures associated with participating athletically in the most competitive major college division in the country.
The Athletics Counseling Office offers programs designed to assist each student-athlete in achieving their athletic and academic goals. This office is staffed by three full-time, athletic-academic counselors, and one full time administrative assistant. The entire staff is dedicated to achieving the program goal of providing comprehensive services to ensure a successful student-athlete experience -- academically, personally, vocationally and athletically.
The University of Wyoming's Athletics Counseling Office offers a full range of services in the following four areas:
1. Academic Counseling
The core of our academic-support services is the tutorial and mentor program. A qualified staff of tutors and mentors assist students in clarifying their study material and, in the case of travel, help students catch up on what material was missed. In addition to the tutorial program, attention is given to each individual in the development of their class schedule. All UW student-athletes must take a minimum of twelve hours of classes each semester which directly apply to their chosen degree, and appropriate scheduling is a critical priority.
Study skills assistance is available for those who need special help in areas including test preparation, note taking and time management techniques.
Finally, each student-athlete's academic progress is closely monitored during the semester for such things as attendance, current grade and class participation. Steps are taken to address deficiencies identified by student-athlete progress reports on an individual basis.
2. Personal Counseling
College life can be a stressful, as well as, rewarding experience. The additional pressures and stress of being a student-athlete can create problems which may inhibit the effectiveness of the individual in all aspects of life. Issues involving family, friends, school or sport may have a serious impact on the individual and these issues can be addressed with the help of the professional counseling that is available to each student-athlete.
3. Career Counseling
The purpose of obtaining a college education is to prepare an individual for meaningful employment following graduation. Needless to say, the act of choosing a useful major is indeed a challenging task considering the multitude of possibilities. Career counseling is available to assist student-athletes in the very important process of selecting a major that will lead to a desired career.
4. Personal Growth and Development
This component of the student-athlete counseling program consists of presentations and workshops that address the needs and concerns of today's student-athletes. Presentations feature issues such as Drugs/Alcohol Abuse, Becoming Your Personal Best, Sexual Awareness and Responsibility and Cultural Diversity. Our goal is to provide student-athletes with information that allows them to make informed choices about their personal behavior.