The King's College

Student Success

When students are ready to learn, the Office of Student Success is ready to help. Through academic coaching, tutoring, and the Touchstone class, the Student Success team helps students both excel in classes and develop the skills that sustain life-long learning.

Students can find academic resources including articles, websites, and videos about reading, writing, studying, time management, and more on the Student Portal under “Student Success.”

Welcome from The Director
Jennifer Tharp

In Student Success, our goal is that every student at King’s will be equipped for learning and thriving in college, and we love partnering with King’s students as they work toward their academic goals, from first-year students to seniors. We partner with students one-on-one for coaching or tutoring, and we offer small group tutoring for many classes at King’s.

In addition to tutoring and coaching, we also offer seminars throughout the academic year to help students make the most of the learning experience and to re-imagine their approaches to managing coursework, preparing for exams, and discerning how to navigate the responsibilities of college life. Similarly, we equip Faculty Assistants and House Scholars to offer valuable peer support so that students have a team of experts to refer to throughout the academic year.

Please let me know if you have questions about the resources mentioned here. I look forward to partnering together for your success at King’s.

Jennifer Tharp, Ph.D. |
Assistant Dean of Student Academic Services & Director of Student Success

The Touchstone Course

Touchstone: Designing Your Life at King’s is a course designed specifically for first-year students at The King’s College to strategically support your transition into the King’s experience. The course is ideal for first-year students who are motivated by the idea of making the most of the first semester, or who would benefit from thinking ahead about choosing a major or navigating coursework at King’s.

Touchstone introduces students to the skillsets most frequently cited by King’s students to aid in their academic success, as well as creative discovery tools which students can use for academic, personal, and vocational discernment in the first-year of college and beyond.

Topics covered in Touchstone include:

  • Applying tools for creative problem-solving to your real-life responsibilities
  • Using your strengths in coursework and community
  • How learning works and why you need to know
  • Choosing (or confirming) your major and minor
  • What to expect in your four years at King’s

The course is a one-credit elective course that meets once per week in the first and second halves of the fall semester. Some first-year students will be assigned to participate in the Touchstone course as a fixed part of their plans for success in addition to twelve credits in the fall semester.

For more information about the Touchstone course and how to register, contact Jennifer Tharp at or 212-659-7289.

Academic Advising

Academic Advising at The King’s College exists to support students with the guidance and information they need to achieve their academic goals and to align their academic programs to their long-term goals. In addition to year-round academic advising, students may also bring any questions regarding change of major, four-year plans, degree audits, and study abroad opportunities to the Director of Academic Advising, Danise Stokeld, at

Academic Accommodations

The King’s College seeks to assure equal opportunity for access to and participation in all College courses, examinations, activities, and services.  For information about academic accommodations, visit the academic accommodations page.

Individual coaching is available to students at King’s for three key reasons.

  1. Students who have a vision for their future experience deeper learning, so we help them learn about their strengths and consider the vocation of being a student.
  2. Students who manage their resources well experience less stress and are better equipped for learning, so we help them find the ways that work best for them as they organize their lives within and beyond the classroom experience.
  3. Students who skillfully set goals achieve more success in college and beyond, so we coach them as they develop goals and optimize their habits.

Individual coaching sessions generally last 30-45 minutes. Subsequent meetings are determined on a student-by-student basis. Contact Jennifer Tharp, Director of Student Success, to set up an appointment at or 212-659-7289.

Individual peer tutoring is free for students at The King’s College upon request. To arrange a tutoring appointment, contact the Faculty Assistant for the course in which you want tutoring (usually listed on the course syllabus).

Math Labs are available on a weekly and twice-weekly basis. Email Chris Josselyn, Academic Support Coordinator, at for times and locations, or contact the Faculty Assistant in your math class to learn more.

Contact the Director of Student Success, Jennifer Tharp, with questions at


Resources Available in the Library

12 open-use computers

2 business class printers

Copier that can scan and send files through email

Full Microsoft Office 365

Google Drive integration for simple file sharing and transfer