Welcome Grad Bearcats: Resources for Graduate Success

Written by Susan Helmick, Graduate Assistant for the Graduate College

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Welcome new and returning graduate students to what will no doubt be an eventful and engaging semester and school year! Our graduate student body this fall is one of the largest the Graduate College has enrolled to date across a full range of academic disciplines and our staff looks forward to assisting you in your progress.  Whether just starting on the path to your graduate degree or nearing the end of your program, the university has a variety of valuable tools and assets to encourage and sustain ongoing achievement, both in your chosen field of study and toward a rewarding postgraduate future. 

Library Resources

Researching a topic or looking to stay up-to-date with current curriculum literature? The University of Cincinnati Libraries has the search tools and strategies to support you.  Access to subject librarians, e-books, apps, and citation management software are among some of the many benefits available to UC graduate students in furtherance of their educational objectives. Find everything you need in the Graduate Students' Guide to Library Resources and Services.  

Academic Services

The Academic Writing Center (AWC) is available to graduate students in need of writing assistance or looking to strengthen their writing abilities. Students may schedule an appointment with a tutor online Monday through Thursday from 11 AM to 5 PM. In addition, the AWC offers free, virtual writing workshops throughout the academic year addressing a range of helpful composition techniques for crafting or completing dissertations to research papers, and everything in-between. 

Accessibility Resources

All University of Cincinnati students are eligible to register for academic accommodations to meet both long and short-term disability needs. Students who require modifications can initiate the registration process by completing a new student registration form and submitting any supporting documentation, after which individual accommodations are discussed determined.  For more information see Accessibility Resources located under Academic Support in Campus Life

Center for English as a Second Language

The Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) offers ESL courses for international graduate students designed to bolster academic success and assist students in acclimating to both living and working in the United States with instruction on reading and writing skills, oral communication and culture awareness.  Language assessment services in academic writing and oral English proficiency are also available to visiting scholars. Details can be found at the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services and Information Technology under Centers and Partnerships.

Learning Commons

Open to all UC students and available free, Learning Commons programs like academic coaching, math and science support, peer tutoring, and success skills workshops are tailored for students to achieve their learning and performance goals. For more information and to see the full list of programs offered see the Learning Commons webpage


Over the coming weeks and year, our goal at the Graduate College is to introduce you to the many resources and tools available to you to ensure an exciting and rewarding academic year. We encourage you to take advantage of them and are confident you'll find UC an ideal environment to pursue your graduate studies. Have questions? Email