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Student Tools for a Successful Semester

Monday, March 08, 2021

Before Starting Classes

Develop a Routine

  • Make sure you have all your supplies for class - Laptop, textbook or ebook, pencil or pen, paper, planner and any additional materials. If you are using a laptop for online classes, make sure you have headphones with a microphone if possible for listening to lectures or discussions.
  • Is your laptop charged? Check the night before class to make sure your laptop is charged. If not, try and find a near place where you could plug it in.
  • Turn off your cell phone - If your taking classes online or in-person, turning off your cell phone before class will prevent you from any distractions when receiving a text messages and notifications.
  • Course Syllabus - Keep in touch with your instructors as the semester progresses. Instructor, department chair, and school dean information is provided on each syllabus.
  • Check your campus e-mail - Check your campus e-mail daily for important emails from the college.

Campus Resources  

  • Public Health - What you need to know about UA-PTC's response to the coronavirus and how to stay healthy.
  • Student Resources - Important information about advising, admissions, financial aid, tutoring and other services.
  • Blackboard Help - Help desk for Blackboard support.

Department E-mails

Academic Advising: [email protected] 
Records: [email protected] 
Financial Aid: [email protected]
Student Billing: [email protected] 
Disability Services: [email protected]
Counseling: [email protected]
Admissions: [email protected]
Testing Center: [email protected]
Bookstore: [email protected]
TRiO: [email protected]
TRiO VUB: [email protected]
STEM Success: [email protected]

Technology Resources


Laptops are available to enrolled students through the campus library. To checkout a laptop, students must have a referral from a faculty member or an academic advisor. Faculty and academic advisors can send an email or call the library on the students behalf.

Help Desk

  • Online Help Desk - Reset your password, add campus e-mail to your mobile, campus WiFi information and more.

Campus Portal

  • Campus Portal - The portal is an information source that offers a wide selection of features available for students to use right away.
  • UA-PTC Campus Portal Resources Video - Helpful information about accessing student features in the Campus Portal.

Microsoft OneDrive

  • OneDrive Access - 1TB of space for files that can be accessed from any computer or mobile device. Login using the same credentials for the Campus Portal.
  • OneDrive 101 - Two page step-by-step handout for using OneDrive.

Microsoft Office 365

  • Microsoft Office Suite - Download for free via Office 365 Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook for PC and Mac. (must be logged into the Campus Portal to download)

Microsoft Teams


  • Zoom - Direct access for downloading Zoom services, including the mobile app.
  • Zoom Tutorials - Several video tutorials for using different Zoom features.