Center for Academic Excellence

The Center for Academic Excellence provides holistic, targeted learning support for Rush University students.  The services provided in the Center for Academic Excellence range from Writing Support to Academic Coaching.  Our goal is the support each student from enrollment to degree completion.


Due to COVID-19, The Center for Academic Excellence is closed for in person appointments until further notice.  For Rush students that are interested in scheduling online appointments, please email Jacqueline at or  

All thesis and dissertation submissions to PROQUEST will remain under review.  All degree approval forms for graduation can be signed via email submission.  Please submit your request and form to or follow provide guidelines provided by your respective college and/or program. 

*Dissertation and Thesis Information*

The Center for Academic Excellence will oversee Dissertation and Thesis submissions via ProQuest.   

CAE Deadlines for Submissions: (these dates are subject to change)

Spring 2020 Formatting:

Formatting Submission: February 17th, 2020

Defense: (Subject to College Scheduling) March 2, 2020 

Final Submission: March 23rd, 2020

Summer 2020 Formatting:

Formatting Submission: July 2nd, 2020

Presentation/Defense: August 1st to August 7th, 2020 (Recommended dates)

Final Submission: August 14th, 2020

Fall 2020 Formatting:

Formatting Submission: October 12th, 2020

Presentation/Defense: November 2nd to November 13th, 2020 (Recommended dates)

Final Submission: November 30th, 2020

Spring 2021 Formatting:

Formatting Submission: February 15th, 2021

Presentation/Defense: March 8th-March 19th, 2021

(Recommended dates) Final Submission: March 29th, 2021


For information regarding the submission process, please check our Libguides page at the link provided below: 
LibGuide for Submission information

For information regarding Formatting and ProQuest, please check our CAE Manuals, Handouts and Online Tools page.

If you need to discuss your submission or have questions regarding formatting, 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) 563-1800

General inquiries: or