Ohio University

About Allen Advising Center

The Allen Student Advising Center was created to improve the success and persistence of Ohio University students.

To accomplish this mission, the Advising Center provides walk in advising as well as intervention programs for students who want to improve their academic performance. We welcome students and families to consult with us, and collaborators to partner with us toward our goals of helping Bobcats succeed at and graduate from Ohio University.

Academic Advising Mission Statement

Ohio University recognizes academic advising to be a central element of the educational experience of its undergraduate students. Advising is a collaborative relationship for which advisors and students share responsibility, and through which students create sound educational plans consistent with their academic, career, and personal goals. Advisors are responsible for being accessible and responsive to students and for providing accurate, timely information. Students are responsible for being prepared for advising sessions and for understanding university and major requirements. Advisor/Advisee expectations are established by the University Academic Advising Council.


Alden Library 230


Office Hours

Fall and Spring Semesters:
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

All Other Times:
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Allen Center History

Naming Of The Student Help Center To The Dr. William Allen Student Help Center Resolution 2007 – 3010

WHEREAS the Student Help Center, which is housed within University College, has as its mission supplying excellent academic advising; assisting students in achieving their educational and personal goals, in realizing their academic potential, and in meeting high-level academic standards; and managing retention initiatives designed to increase the retention rate of Ohio University’s students; and

WHEREAS Dr. Allen held the positions within University College of academic advisor, Director of Advising, Coordinator of the Bachelor of General Studies degree program, Assistant Dean, and Associate Dean, and

WHEREAS Dr. Allen served as an Intern with the American Council on Education during the academic year 1978-78, and

WHEREAS Dr. Allen was selected in 1981 as a Fellow in the Education Policy Fellowship Program, which was a part of the White House Initiative on Black Colleges, and

WHEREAS Dr. Allen in 1984 launched LINKS, the first and still successful mentoring program at Ohio University focused on improving the retention of first-year and second-year students who belong to disproportionately represented groups by creating sound conditions for them to succeed academically and become engaged in campus life; and also created OU START, a companion program to LINKS, which the Ohio College Personnel Association recognized with an Award of Excellence, and

WHEREAS Dr. Allen developed the still successful faculty advising program for undecided students that NACADA, the national academic advising association, recognized with a national award in 1986, and

WHEREAS Dr. Allen’s colleagues at Ohio University honored him with the Outstanding Administrator Award in 1991, at the ceremony for which President Ping quoted one of the nomination letters affirming that “Dr. Allen is open, unbiased, a problem-solver, ethical, a positive influence on students, a true educator, but above all a wonderful human being,” and

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Trustees of Ohio University approved from this day forward that the Student Help Center will be named the Dr. William Allen Student Help Center.