University of Minnesota
student writing support
center for writing

Student Writing Support.Center for Writing's home page.

Hours & locations

Student Writing Support (Nicholson, Appleby, APARC, & is closed for the summer. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 4.

15 Nicholson Hall (primarily by appointment)

Go to mySWS to make an appointment; visit 15 Nicholson to get on the wait list for a walk-in visit.

Pro tip: We often have last-minute openings! Check mySWS frequently or call the front desk for same-day appointments!

Nicholson Hall

Mondays through Thursdays

9:00 AM to 4:30 PM


9:00 AM to 2:15 PM

The Nicholson computer lab, funded by a generous grant from the CLA Student Information Technology Fees Committee, is open the same hours as SWS (see above). For printing, we accept UCards and Gopher Gold cards only, charging ten cents per page.


9 Appleby Hall (walk-in)appleby hall

Mondays through Thursdays

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM


10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Log in to mySWS and click "view walk-in schedules" to find writing consultants' specific hours in Appleby. For more information about using SWS-Appleby, read about how we work and go to our Face-to-face walk-in page to learn more about using this service. (online appointments only) keyboard

Daytime and evening appointments are available Mondays through Thursdays; daytime-only appointments are available on Fridays. Check the schedule on mySWS to make an appointment.

Pro tip: We often have last-minute openings! For evening appointments, check back late afternoon!

See our Frequently Asked Questions about page


Other academic support on campus

Asian Pacific American Resource Center
Offers academic support, peer mentoring, and other resources related to AAPI identity. This new center on campus "is committed to ensuring AAPI [Asian American Pacific Islander] students achieve academic success, affirming AAPI student identity, and engaging the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities to better support AAPI students."

Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) Instructional Center
Offers face-to-face drop-in tutoring in writing and STEM fields.

SMART Learning Commons
Offers drop-in support for selected gateway courses in both individual and small group formats, as well as research and technology assistance at various locations on the East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul campuses. Also sponsors special events such as academic success workshops and pre-exam review sessions.

Spanish Writing Center
Offers face-to-face tutoring on a walk-in basis and by appointment, and online tutoring (writers who submit their work online should allow 48 hours for a response). Available to Spanish majors and minors and to students in any 3000-level class that is taught primarily in Spanish.

Student English Language Support 
Offers free, face-to-face English as a second language support to international undergraduate students. Sponsored by the Minnesota English Language program, SELS is designed for students who want to address a particular English language need to be more successful at the U of M.

Please also check this resource sheet for information about additional academic, mental, social, legal, and other kinds of support for students.