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A college is more than class instruction; for those who affirm its goals, it becomes a way of life. How effective, and valued, a college education may be depends to a large degree upon the careful selection of those activities beyond the classroom which best facilitate personal development. A significant, yet balanced participation in church outreach programs, campus social activities, daily physical exercise, and college cultural events adds wholeness to student life and brings the student closer to Atlantic Union College's goal - students who are both competent and complete.

Chaplain's Office

The chaplain coordinates efforts in pastoral care for the College community. Students interested in exploring their faith, understanding the meaning of personal crises, participating in religious activities, or serving in ministry to the community may contact the Chaplain.

Counseling Services

The Counseling Center is the primary mental health facility for the college. The purpose of the Center is to provide a confidential, trusting, and caring environment where students and their families can work on the issues that brought them to therapy..

Health Services

Health Services will render first aid to students as needed and keeps the medical and immunization of students on file according to state regulations.

Housing Services

Life learning takes place everywhere on the AUC campus, much of it in the residence halls.  The residence halls, Lenheim Hall for men and Preston Hall for women, are designed with student roommates in mind and contain two beds, two desks, and two closets in each room.  As is stated in the College Catalog, single students under the age of 23 are required to live in the College Residence Halls.

The College does offer student apartments that are adjacent to the campus.  These apartments are managed by Student Housing, and are available to students in good standing who are over 21 years of age.  Arrangements for moving out of the dorm must be approved by the Deans’ Council before signing any rental/lease agreement.  For information regarding apartment availability contact the Director of Student Housing, Olga Torres, at ext. 2294.

Under the following conditions any student can petition to live outside the College campus: 

  • They are at least 23 years of age at the beginning of the semester.
  • They live with a parent or legal guardian who is present in the home.
  • They live with a close relative who is 25 or older and has an established home.
  • They are married, separated, divorced, or widowed.
  • They are single parents and their child/children live with them.
  • They show financial need and are offered free room and board with an approved local family.

Questions or requests regarding the housing policy should be directed to the Residence Hall Dean.

Student Support Services

This office provides resources and services for students beginning with the freshman year through the senior year. Support for the freshmen includes

  • a comprehensive orientation,
  • mentoring and tutoring services,
  • and assistance with problem-solving skills.

For seniors and graduates of the College, assistance is available in finding employment. No charge is made to the student or graduate for providing this service.

For all students there is help with

  • career exploration,
  • job skills seminars,
  • and a job bank.

The goals of the Student Support Services office include ensuring the academic success of all students, facilitating reasonable accommodations for any student who has an identified disability, and by providing academic support to any students who needs it. 

Testing Services

Atlantic Union College is a testing center for many national programs such as Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), Dental Admissions Test (DAT), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and American College Testing Program (ACT). For more information or to schedule a test call Admissions at 978-368-2239. The Center for Academic Success offers in-house testing for a substantial portion of accommodations documentation. Preparation for standardized testing and assistance with obtaining accommodations on these tests is also available.

Career Services{expander}

Are you interested in attending free seminars on such topics as work ethics, etiquette, self-esteem, time management and marketing?  The Career and Support Services office, under the direction of Dr. Lois King, provides a variety of services for students.  The Career and Support Services office is located in the Miles Building on the first floor and is open daily for your convenience.  To schedule an appointment please call 978-368-2229.

Additional services available from this office include:

  •   Campus Employment Training
  •   Career Counseling
  •   Community service placement
  •   Family Life Education
  •   Internships
  •   Mentoring
  •   Resume writing and job interview preparation
  •   Seminars

Academic Success Services{expander}

The Center for Academic Success, under the direction of Mrs. Elizabeth Anderson, provides support to students who need academic assistance.  They provide in-house testing for all freshmen students and remediation classes in Reading and Academic Success for those identified as needing additional assistance.  To find out more information please call 978-368-2417.

The following services area available through the Center for Academic Success:

  •   Assistance in obtaining disability-related support services and accommodations
  •   Critical thinking skill building
  •   Independent Skill Development Plan
  •   Individualized testing to pinpoint learning strengths and weaknesses
  •   One-on-one tutoring with a learning specialist
  •   Reading skill building – reading speak, comprehension, and vocabulary  development
  •   Remediation classes in Reading and Academic Success
  •   Skills building lab
  •   Study and test taking skill development
  •  Test preparation assistance for the CPT, MCAT and DAT exams
  •  Visual and auditory perception and memory development


Each department provides tutoring to students who request assistance.  Please contact your instructor or the department chair for more information regarding specific tutors or to identify class study groups.


Writing Center{expander}

The Writing Center, located on the second floor of the G. Eric Jones Library, is designed to assist students’ writing papers.  When using this service please remember to bring the draft of your paper and the writing assignment instructions.  The center is under the supervision of the English department faculty and is staffed by English majors.


Lifestyle Enrichment Programming{expander}


The integration of faith and learning is part of the mission of AUC.  Departmental Forums and Assemblies are prepared for general and individual enrichment.  Chapels are designed to draw the college family together for times of corporate worship and learning.  They are an integral part of the Atlantic Union College educational experience, connecting living, learning, and the building of community. 

A variety of spiritual programs and activities designed to nurture spiritual growth are offered throughout the campus.  Residence Hall worships and weekend church services both on campus and in the community are part of the College’s curriculum.  The emphasis on the role of worship in education and life is part of what makes Atlantic Union College a unique environment for spiritual as well as intellectual growth in individuals.


All undergraduate students are expected to earn at least 20 attendance credits per semester by attending Tuesday morning Chapels, Assemblies, Forums, daily Chapels during “Week of Spiritual Emphasis,” and by attending other special programs where credit will be given (several will be double-credit programs).

  • More than 40 credits worth of programming will be offered each semester, and all you need is 20.
  • At the end of each semester, the credits you have earned will be tallied, and if the total is 20 or more… Congratulations! However, if you have not earned 20 credits for the semester, a $25.00 fine will be assessed for each credit you are missing.
  • Fines are non-refundable, and will be charged to the student’s account.
  • Due to the large number of programs being offered, absences will not be excused. You may want to attend a “Double Credit” program to make up for an absence.
  • Any student with two consecutive semesters of not meeting the credit requirement may have a hold placed on their registration for the next semester.
  • You may check your attendance record by calling or stopping by the Registrar’s Office.


  • All Chapels will be held in the Founder’s Hall Miller’s Chapel.
  • Assemblies will be held in Machlan Auditorium.
  • Departmental Forums: check with your department for the location.


Students may request a reduction in attendance requirements, if their schedule makes attendance a hardship.  Reductions will be approved for 3 to 19 credits, but a minimum of three is required, as these may be fulfilled by the elective credits described above.  Until a request for reduction is approved, students should continue to earn credits.  All petitions are reviewed by the Academic Coordinator who will approve or deny requests based on the following:

  • Students pursuing 2nd bachelor degree (not double major).
  • Students taking fewer than 7 hours of academic credit.
  • Students who have work conflicts
  • Parents with pre-school child(ren).
  • Students with a long commute.

NOTE:  Marital status is NOT an automatic reason for reduction.

If students fall under one of the above categories, the number of credits required may be lowered. Pick up a request form from the Registrar and submit it as soon as possible.  The deadlines for submitting petitions are:

  • September 30 (or the nearest business day prior) for first semester requests
  • February 28 (or the nearest business day prior) for second semester requests

It is the student’s responsibility to fill out a request properly, to submit it by the deadline, and to check on the status of a submitted petition.  Reductions must be renegotiated each semester.

To Receive Attendance Credit

In order to receive attendance credit for any event the student is expected to come prepared for participation.  This includes:

  • Bring your ID card, arrive on time and stay for the entire program.
  • Remove and put away headphones and cell phone ear-pieces.
  • Turn off all electronic devices, cell phones, and alarms.
  • Leave your laptop in its case.
  • Dress appropriately according to the AUC Dress Code.
  • Men will remove ALL head coverings.
  • Sit in the designated areas (no standing).
  • Avoid making unnecessary noise during the program.
  • Do not eat or drink in the sanctuary, auditorium or at any program where this courtesy is requested.
  • Do not do anything unrelated to the program (assignments, reading, sleeping…)

These programs are an opportunity to challenge our spiritual perspective, affirm our faith in God, and praise our creator.  A positive attitude and active spiritual participation can bring refreshment, relaxation, and confirmation of purpose.


Every Tuesday, between 10:30am - 11:20am students are encouraged to attend chapel.  These programs are an opportunity to challenge our spiritual perspective, affirm our faith in God, and praise our Creator.

Elective Programs{expander}

You may choose up to 3 off-campus programs, events, or outings to submit for credit.  This may be a religious service, concert, theatrical play, sporting event, museum, or a trip to somewhere you’ve never been, such as New York City, Salem, Boston, Plymouth Plantation, Old Sturbridge Village, etc.

To receive credit you must

  • write and submit a one paragraph description of the venue or event attended,
  • and provide an original ticket stub, program, or other verification of date and time.

Residence Hall Worship{expander}

AUC has a policy of required residence hall worship attendance that varies according to class standing.  These policies are announced in each residence hall.  These worship services, which are usually held in the residence hall chapels, include small group worship as well as presentations by the deans, students and guests.

Sabbath Worship{expander}

Consistent with the Biblical beliefs and practice of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, sundown Friday until sundown Saturday is set aside as a day of worship.  All non-essential work is set aside during this time.  Sabbath is a time rich in scriptural significance, church tradition, and the opportunity to honor God through worship, rest, and service.  Though students are not required to become members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, they are encouraged to participate with the community they have chosen to join by attending Sabbath services.

A variety of worship experiences and activities are planned for the hours of the Sabbath. 

On Friday evening, Vespers sets the tone for the Sabbath. 

On Sabbath morning, Sabbath School is followed by church services held in the College Church. 

On Sabbath afternoon, students may participate in activities such as

  • outdoor trips,
  • service projects,
  • Adventist Youth Association meetings or
  • sacred concerts.

Student Missions{expander}

The Student Missions office provides an exciting opportunity for students to impact the world for Christ. Through short term missionary projects, overseas mission calls, and taskforce work here within North America, students can respond to the Lord’s great commission: “Go and make disciples of all nations.” If you feel God is calling you to serve as a student missionary, please contact the Student Missions office. 

Week Of Prayer{expander}

AUC holds special weeks of spiritual emphasis coordinated by the Chaplain’s office.  The Fall Week of Prayer usually features a guest speaker. Students present the Spring Week of Prayer. Services are conducted daily and are based on a modified class schedule. These are special weeks on campus when students and employees come together for spiritual renewal and awakening. Attendance credit is given, and attendance at all meetings is strongly encouraged.

The Wellness Services is home to the Health Services and Counseling offices.  They are located in the Brown House on the first floor. 

Health Services{expander}

This service is under the direction of a registered nurse and includes daily office hours for examination and care. Consultation and counseling about a wide variety of medically related matters are available. The college physician is on campus once a week. If students need to see a doctor at other times, the nurse can assist in finding a physician.

Emergency services are available at Clinton Hospital which is approximately three miles from the campus.

Health Services Policies

Counseling Services{expander}

The Counseling Center endorses a holistic approach and provides therapy for individuals, couples, families, as well as group therapy. 


Weekend Activities{expander}

During the semester there are several weekend activities planned with students in mind.  Scheduled events include banquets, talent shows, Almost Anything Goes Games, trips to professional athletic events, Boston and New York.  Information regarding weekend events is published in the weekly schedule given at Chapel time.

Groceries and Mall trips{expander}

Grocery trips are sponsored by Student Services, and provide access to local grocery stores once a week.  No sign-up is necessary.  Drivers follow the schedule below for pickups and dropoffs each Tuesday evening between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. during the semester.

6:00PM  Leave Lenheim
6:03PM  Leave Preston
6:10PM  Arrive Shaws
6:15PM  Arrive Hannaford
6:30PM  Depart Lenheim
6:33PM  Depart Preston
6:40PM  Arrive Shaws
6:45PM  Arrive Hannaford
6:50PM  Pick up Shaws Return to Preston and Lenheim Halls
7:00PM  Pick up Hannaford Return to Preston and Lenheim
7:05PM  Pick up Shaws Return to Preston and Lenheim Halls
7:15PM  Pick up Hannaford Return Preston and Lenheim
7:25PM  Pick up Shaws Return to Preston and Lenheim

Trips to area malls are scheduled every other Thursday and coincide with pay week.  Reserve your seat by signing up in the Student Services office by 5:00 p.m. the Thursday of pay week.  Trips will rotate to the surrounding malls.

Student Life Center{expander}

The Student Lounge includes a television and a games room with snack and juice machines, and board and table games.  AUC Students with ID and their guests are welcome to use the facilities. Children who are under 16 must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian.

Hours of Operation


1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Monday – Thursday

7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. – *5:00 p.m.

(or 1 hour before sunset)


*7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

(or one hour after sunset)


The Student Life Center can be reached at 978-368-2353.


Requests for transportation to off-campus locations should be submitted at least three days in advance of travel so that arrangements may be made.  Transportation request forms are available on the Student Services Home page, and should be submitted by any persons traveling to campus.  Persons traveling from campus may make their arrangements in person.

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