Student Success


The ACCESS Program (Academic Center for Career Exploration and Student Success), located on the main floor of Smith Center, provides the following services to help all students achieve academic success:

  • group study sessions for selected challenging courses.
  • accommodations for students with special needs. Professional documentation may be required to receive these services.
  • courses designed to improve study skills and to develop tools that are an integral part of lifelong learning—Basic Writing, College Learning Strategies and Career Development.
  • quiet study atmosphere and staff to assist students with course work.
  • individual consultation with ACCESS staff for problem-solving, brainstorming and discussing strategies that will enhance academic success.
  • free peer tutoring services available for any student.
  • writing assistance for any stage of the writing process.
  • career advising for students still deciding on or changing their majors.

Personal Counseling

Counseling services are available free of charge to all students, faculty and staff. Frequently raised questions or concerns include: relationships, anxiety, depression, family, eating disorders or low self esteem. The campus counselor’s office is located in Friesen Center. Contact the counselor to make an appointment.

The counselor makes referrals to area mental health services if requested by the student or if more specific intervention is needed. The counselor also refers persons who need evaluation for self-destructive or potentially life-threatening behaviors.

International Student Services

Through the office of the director of International Student Services, Hesston College provides a wide variety of support services to international students.

The director is available for counseling and advising in matters related to cultural adjustment, dormitory and roommate concerns and other concerns or problems that may occur.

North American students are also welcome to utilize the director’s services for counseling and advising related to issues or concerns that affect the college’s unique mix of many cultures and backgrounds.

Writing Assistant Program

Writing assistants are students who are paid to provide several kinds of writing support on campus. With regularly scheduled office hours in the ACCESS lab or Larks Nest, writing assistants work with students in the planning, drafting, revising and documenting stages of the writing process. To meet with writing assistants, students use the online signup process for an individualized conference with prepared feedback or utilize walk-in services.

Writing assistants meet with students in assigned courses across the curriculum (including First-Year Seminar) to support drafting and revision of designated writing assignments. In these situations, assistants meet with professors to understand the course assignment and relevant writing conventions before commenting on students’ rough drafts and conducting individual student conferences. Writing assistants also coordinate the Words Alive writing contest held each semester. To be eligible for a writing assistant position, a student must participate in the application process—including a statement of interest, professor recommendation, writing sample and interview—and successfully complete a required training course and/or training workshop.

Catalog 2019-20