Center for Academic Excellence

The CENTER FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE (CAE) provides holistic, targeted learning support for Rush University students. The services provided in the CAE are free to all Rush students and include the following:


  • We are available to help out during any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming and organizing ideas to revision and final editing.
  • We can teach you how to format papers in APA, and answer specific questions about APA conventions.
  • Our English as a Second Language (ESL) Specialist is trained to help English language learners with sentence structure, word form and word choice, grammar, punctuation and pronunciation.
  • 1-on-1 Zoom workshops: Our Academic Specialists make appointments that work with your schedule to build your writing skills and improve your academic success and confidence.
  • We help with course papers, theses, dissertations, personal statements, and cv/resumes.


  • We can assist with statistics coursework and preparing for exams.
  • Mathematics tutoring is available for review and standardized exam preparation.


  • Quantitative and qualitative research support is available for projects, capstones, theses, and dissertations.
  • Academic coaches can offer guidance from start to finish so you do not miss a step.


  • Academic Coaches make 1-on-1 appointments that work with your schedule to support your professional goals and aid in your academic success and confidence.
  • Improve your academic performance by getting help with time management skills, study skills, and text anxiety.


Important Deadlines for Thesis & Dissertation Submissions
Spring 2023
Format check Submission Deadline: 02/13/2023
Recommended Defense Dates: 03/20/2023 to 04/03/2023
Final Submission: 04/10/2023

Summer 2023
First Submission: 07/07/23
Suggested Defense: 07/24/23 to 08/18/23
Final Submission: 08/22/23

Fall 2023
First Submission: 10/09/23
Suggested Defense: 11/13/23 to 12/01/23
Final Submission: 12/08/23


For information regarding the format check and submission process, please visit our LibGuide. For any additional questions,  please email us at 

Please Contact Us

Center for Academic Excellence
Armour Academic Center
Room 588, 5th Floor, Rush Library
600 S. Paulina
Chicago, IL 60612

Hours: Monday thru Thursday 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,  Additional hours by appointment only.                    
Phone: (312) 942-1304

General inquiries: