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Spring 2024 hours & locations

15 Nicholson Hall: primarily by appointment

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Mondays–Thursdays, 9:00 am to 3:45 pm

Fridays, 9:00 am to 2:15 pm

To schedule your 40-minute appointment, log on to mySWS anytime, or call 612.625.1893 during those hours. You can also visit 15 Nicholson Hall to get on the waitlist for a same-day walk-in visit.

The computer lab and study space, funded by a generous grant from the CLA Student Information Technology Fees Committee, is open Mondays–Thursdays, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Fridays, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. For printing, we accept UCards only, charging ten cents per page. You can add money to your Ucard at a cash-to-Gopher-Gold station or online (for a $2.00 fee).

Note: If you come to Nicholson Hall for a consultation, the consultant can print your paper for free.

9 Appleby Hall: walk-ins only

image description: photograph of the front of Appleby Hall on a sunny dayMondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Come to 9 Appleby Hall to add your name to the digital waitlist.



SWS-Zoom: by appointment

To schedule your 40-minute appointment, visit mySWS.

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9:00 am to 10:30 am; 2:15 pm to 4:30 pm

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

9:00 am to 10:30 am; 2:15 pm to 4:30 pm


9:00 am to 10:30 am; 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm


9:00 am to 2:15 pm

Pro tip: We often have immediate openings in Zoom! Check mySWS frequently or call 612.625.1893 during our Zoom hours (see above). by appointment

To schedule your 40-minute appointment, visit mySWS.

image description: icon of desktop computer screen with two chat bubbles on it indicating an online comversationMondays–Thursdays

Daytime and evening appointments. Check mySWS for availability.


Daytime appointments. Check mySWS for availability.


Pro tip: We often have last-minute openings in! For evening appointments, begin checking mySWS at 3:45 pm Central Time for new openings!

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Spanish Writing Center
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Tutoring and Academic Success Center
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. Formerly known as SMART Learning Commons.

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