Five Departments Every Student Should Know

Starting college can be challenging, but at Pacific Union College, we have great resources in place to help students succeed. Here are five departments at PUC every student should be familiar with:

Nelson Memorial Library

Nelson Memorial Library

In the age of Google, a lot of people think libraries are obsolete, but that’s definitely not the case! At the Nelson Memorial Library, books reside there of course, but also online databases, academic search engines, journal articles, and periodicals. There are also very knowledgeable librarians available to help you navigate these resources. If a book or article you need is at another library, you can borrow it for free through the interlibrary loan program. The library also has a computer lab available for students and free computer printing.


You might not immediately think of the Records office as a go-to place for students, but you would be surprised. Change your major? Contact the Records office. Find your academic advisor? Contact the Records office. Will credits from another college transfer to PUC? Contact the Records office. Want to reserve a classroom in Irwin Hall for a study session? Yep, contact the Records office. Need to track your degree progress? You know it—contact the Records office.

Student Finance

Preparing for college can be confusing enough without throwing finances into the mix. Thankfully, our five Financial Counselors are here to help. If you have questions about how to fill out the FAFSA, learning about the differences between a subsidized and unsubsidized loans, or finding out how many hours per week you can reasonably work to help pay your school bill, the Student Finance office can talk with you about your specific situation.

Teaching and Learning Center

The Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) offers free group tutoring Sunday through Thursday for more than 25 different courses, ranging from business to languages to science. Most lower-division GE courses have tutoring options available. If you’re struggling with a class but don’t see a tutoring option available, talk with the helpful TLC staff and they can set you up with a small group or an individual tutor. There’s also a writing lab available to students who would like input and direction on writing papers—take advantage of this service!

For those with learning disabilities, be sure to contact the Disabilities Support Service Coordinator in the TLC when you are on campus.

Career and Counseling Center

Some of you may not have figured out what you want to study, and we’re here to tell you it’s okay to be undecided! Our Career and Counseling Center has a career counselor who loves talking with students about career options as well as resume preparation, interview skills, and more.

For those in need of personal counseling (for whatever reason), PUC’s caring, qualified counselors are available to talk with you.

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