Academic Resource Center
Academic Resource Center
The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is dedicated to addressing the needs of a diverse and unique nontraditional student body. The goal of the Academic Resource Center is to enable students to maximize their educational experiences at Columbia University. The ARC provides an extensive range of academic support services free of charge to GS undergraduate and Postbac Premed students.
Tutoring is available, year-round, in a wide variety of academic subjects. Learning strategy workshops are conducted at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Individual, customized consultations are available to assist students with various academic concerns. The ARC will also provide referrals to other support services throughout Columbia University on an as-needed basis. In addition, the ARC administers the Postbac and International Student Coaching Program, the Academic Success Program, and University Studies Program.
Hours of Operation
Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Associate Dean for Academic and Administrative Support Services
Dean Leslie Limardo oversees Academic Support Services, which includes programs such as University Studies, tutorial services and learning strategy workshops. Dean Limardo also oversees the Dean of Students operations administration.
Prior to coming to GS in 2002, Dean Limardo served as Assistant Director of the HEOP Program at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Thomas Aquinas College and a master’s degree from Teachers College at Columbia University.
Assistant Dean of Academic Support Services
Melanie Rios oversees tutoring at the Academic Resource Center, coordinates the GS coaching programs and learning strategy workshops, and provides one-on-one consultation to students on various academic topics such as study skills, test prep, time management, and note-taking. She also assists in the coordination of University Studies.
Melanie is a graduate of the Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College and most recently worked as an ESL instructor before coming to GS. She has also previously served as an admissions counselor, academic advisor, and tutor within CUNY.
Angela McKay manages the daily administration of the ARC. She is a graduate of Rutgers University. Prior to coming to GS, she worked at Duke University as a project coordinator.
Please contact her for questions regarding obtaining tutoring, becoming a tutor, placement exams, or scheduling an appointment with Dean Limardo.