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Center for Academic Excellence

We help students achieve their academic potential.


Our peer tutoring program is certified by the College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA). We offer tutoring in about 25 subjects per semester. Tutors are undergraduate students who have received a high grade in the course, been recommended by an instructor, and who have undergone or are completing our tutor training program.  Tutors are offered for a course if there is an anticipated high demand for tutoring in the course, subject to availability of eligible tutors.

Currently all tutors are hired, trained and supervised on the Rindge campus. We offer tutors for undergraduate courses only.

How to find a tutor if you are a Rindge student:

  • Drop in on one of the Open Tutoring Sessions listed this semester's tutoring schedule:
  • Contact the Center for Academic Excellence to ask about academic help if you do not see your course listed.
  • Ask your instructor to contact the Center for Academic Excellence to see if a tutor can be hired for your course.

How to find a tutor if you are a CGPS (online, Lebanon, Manchester, or Portsmouth) student

  • Ask your instructor or academic advisor to contact the Center for Academic Excellence to see if a tutor can be hired for your course. The CGPS Peer Tutor Request form is below. It should be submitted by your instructor, center director, or academic advisor.
  • Contact the CGPS CAE liaison, Tracy Mendham, to learn about tutors and other forms of academic help that may be available, such as time management/organization, learning strategies, and writing help from the Wensberg Writing Center. You can reach Tracy at or 603-899-1168.
  • Contact the Wensberg Writing Center (if you want writing help specifically). Make an appointment with a Peer Assistant who can give online feedback.

Workshops and Presentations

The CAE sponsors workshops and events to help students succeed academically. Recent offerings for the Rindge campus are listed below; most could be offered in CGPS if requested by a center director, program coordinator, or academic advisor.

  • Breaking the Procrastination Habit
  • Bring It On: The Last Five Weeks
  • Building Capacity Through Healthy Habits
  • Note-taking that Works for You
  • Serenity Now: Practical Stress Management for Students
  • Therapy Dogs
  • Time Management
  • Walk-and-Talk Wednesdays
  • Writing Great Papers: Intros and Conclusions

Individualized Learning Assistance

Our staff consists of five full-time professionals, an administrative assistant and a team of well-prepared peer tutors and peer leaders. Our professional staff maintain active memberships in NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising; the College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA); the Learning Assistance Association of New England (LAANE); the National Association of Developmental Education (NADE) and AHEAD: Association of Higher Education and Disability, in order to remain current in the fields of learning support, academic advising and supporting students with disabilities.

Our professional staff work with students one-on-one to help them succeed academically. Some students make an appointment just when they need to work on a particular assignment or to get organized at the beginning of the semester, and others attend regular appointments over a period of time in order to establish new approaches to academic material or to build reading, writing, or study skills.

Center Scholar Program

As a University, Franklin Pierce understands that not every student begins their collegiate experience with the same skills and experience, and that certain students may need extra assistance. The Center for Academic Excellence is an area where students can receive additional support for a variety of issues. Whether it be difficulties with time management or a documented learning disability, the CAE has the flexibility to handle a wide array of student needs. Our Center Scholar program is one way in which we try to address students’ need starting at the point of acceptance.

Center Scholars receive extra attention and programming from the Center for Academic Excellence. The Center for Academic Excellence will work collaboratively with other University offices to enable Center Scholars’ success in the first year of college and beyond. This program offers:

  • Individual appointments with professional staff in the Center for Academic Excellence to help students adjust to classes and learn about campus resources;
  • Group workshops for students to help them manage their time well and hit the ground running academically.

Academic Probation Program

The CAE provides a program to support students on academic probation. After initial required meetings, students on the Rindge campus follow self-designed Individualized Academic Success Plans as they work to return to good academic standing.

CGPS students on are sometimes referred to the CAE as as part of a Learning Contract if they have not met the academic requirements for their program. The CAE works with students according to the student's needs and the requirements of his or her contract. 

International Programs

Education Doesn't End in the Classroom

Study AbroadIt also doesn't stop at the borders of the campus or country. Franklin Pierce University offers many opportunities for international learning experiences. Study abroad allows you to gain firsthand, in-depth knowledge of another culture, see the world from a new perspective and develop intercultural skills that will help you succeed in today’s world.

Franklin Pierce offers its own study abroad programs, including its semester program: Pierce on the Camino - Walking in Europe, and a variety of other short term programs.  Students may also join study abroad programs at other accredited institutions, which allow students to earn credit towards their Franklin Pierce degree. All study abroad programs are open to students in good standing, who meet the GPA and other requirements of their specific academic program. Students should plan for their study abroad program in consultation with their advisor and the Director of International Studies Programs.

Go to our main International Programs web page at to learn more about:

  • Pierce on the Camino
  • Pierce in Costa Rica
  • Pierce in Ireland
  • Pierce in Beijing
  • Language Study Abroad with EF Education First
  • Study Abroad with CIEE

International Students

Franklin Pierce welcomes students from across the globe. International students at Franklin Pierce come to the CAE for help with many of the details of international study and travel. Patti Vorfeld, Director of International Study Initiatives and CAE Operations oversees this area.

Prospective international students can learn more about studying at Franklin Pierce at