The Meadows Center For Academic Excellence

The Meadows Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) is designed to support students in their pursuit of academic success. The center is located on the first floor of Hardy Hall and provides the following services:

Academic Support

The CAE provides individual support for students seeking assistance. Personalized success plans are developed through a partnership between the student and a CAE staff person and are intended to map clear directions for improving academic performance.

FREE tutors are provided for a variety of courses. Generally, tutors are available in the areas of English, math, religion, biology, and chemistry. Tutors from other subject areas may be secured and scheduled upon request to meet student needs. Tutors are recommended by faculty to the (CAE) Staff. Private rooms are available for tutoring or studying. A larger Study Zone provides individual study space and areas for groups to work together.

Resources Library

College success, note taking, listening, test taking, stress management, time management, and other such topics are addressed through a number of different resources available to students upon request. Private rooms are also available for studying and tutoring.

Registration and Orientation Program

In partnership with various campus offices, the CAE coordinates new student registration and orientation. These events include advising, registration, and an orientation program developed to help new students succeed at UMHB. Registrants are given the opportunity to visit the campus and meet with academic advisors who assist them in their pursuit of educational plans and programs.

Freshman Seminar UMHB 1101 Student Development Course

Freshman Seminar is one semester hour credit course required of all freshmen who are new to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and transfer students who have less than twelve (12) transferable hours (excluding Credit by Exam, AP, CLEP, and ACT). This course must be taken the first semester the student is admitted to UMHB. The main goal of the course is to equip new freshmen with strategies for full, active participation in the process of making a successful transition to UMHB.

This required one hour credit freshman course, taught by faculty from various academic disciplines, provides an experience aimed at improving your chances for success during your first year. A variety of creative, interesting topics are available for you to choose from. This course will:

•     Assist you in transitioning to UMHB;

•     Provide you with an opportunity to build effective relationships through in-class and out-of-class interactions with other students, faculty, and staff;

•     Equip you to take responsibility and initiative for your learning experience as both a UMHB student and a lifelong learner.


Throughout your time at UMHB, a faculty member will serve as your academic advisor. Advisors genuinely care about your academic success and will meet with you to ensure your needs are met. The following are ways in which they may be of service to you:

  • Establish a trusting, confident, professional relationship with you
  • Serve as your source for information related to your major
  • Assist in selecting a major and choosing classes
  • Assist in solving various concerns that arise
  • Refer you to other university sources when appropriate