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Our Mission: Supporting Student Athletes at CU

Our Mission

The Herbst Academic Center will be a premier academic support unit for student-athletes by providing an unparalleled level of service in an inclusive community, defined by excellence in the areas of good academic standing, retention, and graduation rates.

Supporting Student Athletes at CU

Students who are varsity athletes experience college much differently than those who are not. Travel for competition in all sports interrupts regular study routines and class attendance. Additionally, when athletes are in town, team practices, weight training, film study, and scouting reports are consistently part of weekly coaching expectations. For these reasons, the Herbst Academic Center maintains a brisk flow of traffic in and out of its office space on the second floor of the Dal Ward Athletic Center. Academic Coordinators in the Herbst Center partner with campus Academic Advisors to assist students in putting together an academic schedule that progresses towards undergraduate degrees, yet still allows flexibility for athletes to be present for practices and competition.

In addition, the Herbst Center maintains 35 stations in the computer lab for use by athletes. Laptops can be checked out for overnight travel or weekend use. Subject tutors frequent the  study areas, and computer lab in order to be accessible to student-athletes.

The Herbst Academic Center is named after Clancy A. Herbst, Jr., a former swimmer and student at the University of Colorado. Mr. Herbst has donated resources so that the academic center can provide each athlete with additional academic support while they compete and represent the University of Colorado.

Still seeking more information? Connect with Herbst Director Kris Livingston here, or with the department webmaster here.