What's the Difference? - The University of Tulsa

What’s the Difference?

flowers that spell out TUThere are many people at The University of Tulsa who are dedicated to your success. These titles are likely new to first-year students and their familiesWe want to help define just a few of the different roles in your success network, and how each of these positions can assist you. 

Admission Counselor  

An admission counselor is your “all things” resource for your college search! While we are experts on your application to TU, financial aid, visiting our campus, and academic and special programs, our knowledge isn’t specific to The University of Tulsa. Your TU admission counselor is a great first stop for any questions, concerns, and ideas during the exciting time while you are searching for a college to attend. Once a student enrolls, they shift from working with an admission counselor to a student success coach. https://admission.utulsa.edu/ 

Success Coach  

The Student Success Coaches and New Student Programs provide students with a welcoming and responsive place to find support throughout their first year at TU. First-year students are paired with a professional student success coach who engages them in challenging and holistic conversations to help students articulate their goals, identify barriers that hinder their success, develop action plans, and provide accountability to enhance their success. We ask questions to encourage self-reflection, critical thinking, and problem solving. Student Success Coaches partner with students to provide accountability that moves them forward towards accomplishing their goals. Please visit the following link for more information on how to schedule with your Success Coach: https://utulsa.edu/academic-advising-enrollment/schedule-a-meeting-with-your-coach/

The role of a professional academic advisor is to assist students with navigating academic degree and enrollment requirements. Primarily, professional academic advisors work with students in their first year at the University and with students who are unsure of exactly what degree path they wish to pursue. Professional academic advisors also serve as a valuable resource to faculty advisors as students transition to faculty advisement.   

When should a student reach out to a professional academic advisor?   

Whenever a student has any questions at all regarding their schedule, academic progression, or academic plans, or if they encounter difficulty during the semester, they shouldn’t hesitate to reach out to a professional academic advisor. Professional academic advisors are excellent resources for directing students to other campus resources and assistance.   

How does a professional advisor help students?  

Professional academic advisors seek to empower students to be able to: develop plans, seek out curricular and co-curricular components of that plan, identify campus resources available to help them achieve their goals,  learn to self-advocate for their educational needs, and use critical thinking to make informed educational decisions.   

Arts & Sciences Advising – https://artsandsciences.utulsa.edu/advising/ 

Business Advising – https://business.utulsa.edu/advising/ 

Engineering and Natural Sciences Advising – https://engineering.utulsa.edu/about/advising/ 

Health Sciences Advising – https://healthsciences.utulsa.edu/advising/ 

Peer Mentor 

Peer Mentors utilize structured small group conversations, one-on-one mentoring meetings, and personal modeling to encourage and empower new students to build connections and relationships, transition to college, navigate campus, and feel a sense of belonging. Simply put, peer mentors serve as an important role model and guide on how to do college during the first year. 

Career Coach  

Career coaches offer a lifetime of career assistance to students and alumni of the University, starting the moment students enroll at TU.  We help students and alumni explore career options, develop professional skills, gain practical experience, and build connections in the TU community.  In addition to individual support provided, including career assessment tools, resume and cover letter review, interview preparation, and job search strategies, the career coaches host a wide variety of programming and networking events on career related topics. Also, our career coaches work directly with employers to post internships, experiential learning, and post-graduate job opportunities on Handshake, our online career services platform, as well as host career fairs and arrange on-campus interviews with our students and alumni.  www.canecareers.com 


The tutoring programs at The University of Tulsa are designed to provide students with a space to cultivate knowledge of their course material and to provide guidance through this learning process. It is our mission to enhance student success and provide academic support to every student seeking tutoring. To schedule an online tutoring appointment, please fill out the tutoring request form. 

Faculty Advisor 

A faculty advisor provides academic advising and support to students within discipline or area of expertise. Faculty advisors provide guidance and advice regarding each student’s academic and professional plans later in the academic career, typically beginning in students sophomore to junior year. Often, faculty advisors mentor students regarding graduate school requirements and application processes, opportunities for additional development, and refining career and/or educational plans upon graduation.   

When should a student reach out to a faculty advisor?   

Whenever a student has any questions at all regarding their schedule, academic progression, academic plans, or career plans, they shouldn’t hesitate to reach out to their faculty advisor. As mentors, faculty advisors enjoy getting to know their students. Students shouldn’t hesitate to visit with faculty advisors regarding anything related to the degree, courses, or plans.   

How does a faculty advisor help students?  

Faculty advisors are invaluable resources to students who can provide discipline-specific guidance and advice. Often, the mentoring relationship developed between student and faculty advisors is vital for student pursuit of real-world experience opportunities, post-graduate employment, and pursuit of graduate studies.   

Financial Wellness Consultant 

TU Financial Wellness Consultants empower students financially through education and engagement to ensure they understand the investment required to successfully complete their education while also planning for their future. Our aim is to provide students with the tools and resources to prevent financial pitfalls, understand and effectively navigate through current financial situations, and plan for life after college.  Financial wellness consultants provide one-on-one coaching and group workshops on topics including: (1) budgeting; (2) managing debt; (3) building and repairing credit; (4) car buying; (5) renting vs buying; (6) identifying fraud and threats to electronic identity; (7) student loans, and much more.  tufinancialwellness@utulsa.edu 

Each of these relationships is bi-directional; students must be active participants in the process, communicate their questions and needs clearly, and take ownership in their experience at The University of Tulsa.