The Office of Student Life seeks to accomplish its mission through cooperative, responsive relationships, programs, services and activities.


The goal of Student Services is to provide supportive, community-oriented services to address the needs of students at Pillar College academically, spiritually, emotionally, and vocationally. Our desire is to become an ever-improving, caring, and equipping community that encourages personal and community health. To accomplish this, we practice cooperation within the community, as well as a network of contacts with professional Christian counselors, therapists, and psychiatrists that work in our area. We also seek to maintain positive and mutually rewarding contact with churches, pastors, and various parachurch ministries.

Types of Service

The Student Engagement Office wanted to notify you of some of the resources in and around Newark that can greatly assist you or your friends.

  • Advising/Mentoring Services
  • Faculty Advisors
  • Field Mentors (through departmental internship programs)
  • Professional and/or Lay Counseling referral services
  • Tutoring services through the Pillar Instructional Resource Center:                                                  ACADEMIC RESOURCE CENTER STAFF SCHEDULE
  • Graduate School and Career advice through Faculty Mentors, Department Heads, and the Vice President of Student Life
  • Employment opportunities through such websites as and
  • Student Resource List in Downloadable PDF
    • See the full list by clicking here: Pillar-College-Student-Resource-List
    • NJ Resources 19-20
    • COVID-19 FAMILY RESOURCES 03.24.202020 Virtual Field Trips To Take With Your Kids

      Virtual field trips are a great way to expose kids to new places all from the comfort of home. In this age of technology, so many museums, zoos and aquariums have set up virtual tours and webcams of their facilities. Now more than ever, is it easier to visit destinations around the world from the comfort of your couch. Click here to learn more.

      Breakfast and Lunch Locations

      The Newark Board of Education’s Breakfast and Lunch Program is available for all students at designated schools from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9:30 am – 11:30 am. Student can pick up food at any NPS site nearest to their home. Click here for details.

      Education Companies Offering FREE Subscription

      With schools closing across the nation, parents and educators are in bit of a panic as they try to figure out how kids can learn and obtain their education from home. If this sounds like you, stop stressing. This is going to be super helpful! We have the Entire List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings. Click here to learn more.

      Khan Academy Remote Learning Resources

      Khan Academy provides free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. During school closures you can access daily schedules for students ages 2-18 and remote learning resources. Click here to learn more.

      Listen to Audible for FREE

      In the wake of Covid-19, since children and families are home, Audible has created – a place where anyone, anywhere can stream hundreds of titles for kids and families, no strings attached. Audible’s talented editors have handpicked a mix of education, entertainment, classics and general-interest titles in English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese and Italian. The experience is completely free – no log-ins, credit cards or passwords required. Just click, stream and listen. Click here to get started.

      Newark Board of  Education Closure Resources: Learning at Home Plans

      The Newark Board of Education has developed Instructional Packets containing lessons for all students from PreK through high school to ensure continued instruction during an extended school closure. Click here to access school closure packets.

      Newark Public Library 24/7/365Family Resources 

      The Newark Public Library is proud to offer a robust selection of core and specialized services to patrons through their web, social media and digital platforms, which are all available FREE with your NPL library card!

      Students, parents and teachers can take advantage of live online homework help and writing assistance offered by Brainfuse, which can be found by clicking on the link to Kids Place  Additional educational resources are available through Gale in Context, also found on Kids Place.

      And don’t forget, Brainfuse offers opportunities for teen and adult learners. Click here to learn more.

      Playworks FREE Play at Home Resources

      Playworks is eager to announce the Play at Home series to support kids’ healthy movement and play while students are home. For over 24 years Playworks has focused on bringing games and activities to schools, while creating a safe and healthy recess for students. They are committed to responding to the need for continued healthy activities at home through the following free resources: Play at Home Webpage; Play at Home Playbook; and Live Virtual Recess. Click here to learn more.

      Project Ready Coronavirus Resources for Parents, Families & Students

      Project Ready is committed to providing various resources and information for families and community members during this time. Project Ready has pooled information and resources from several government, education, and community organizations and will update the document on an ongoing basis. Click here to access.

      Scholastic FREE Learn at Home Resources

      Scholastic’s Learn at Home website is a free resource that provides your children with 20 days of exciting articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges. Children in grades Prek-9 can complete them anytime, in any order. They can work on their own or together with their family. The active learning journeys are available on any device and will provide your child with up to three hours’ worth of exciting learning experiences per day. They can go on virtual field trips, meet best-selling authors, or dig deep into a topic they love. Click here to learn more.

      United Way of Greater Newark 211: Get Connected. Get Help.

      For live help on COVID-19, please call 1-800-222-1222 to speak with healthcare professionals. You can also text your zip code to 898-211 or text NJCOVID to 898-211. *211 is a subsidiary of the United Ways of New Jersey

Dental Care:

If you are looking for affordable dental care that is either free or on a sliding scale, then please visit the following website that has a list of 10 Dental Clinics in and around Newark. Website:

Other Resources: 

The Newark Family Engagement Directory is home to a comprehensive database with up-to-date information on sources available to Newark families and residents including Child Care Services, Children’s services, Employment, Affordable Health Clinics, Food Pantries, Disability Services, Financial Assistance, Housing/Rent Assistance, Mental Health Services, Rehabilitation Services, Senior Citizen Services, and numerous other services. You can visit the following website or download the free app called Axcess Newark on your smart phone or tablet. Website:

Disclaimer: The above list of services is neither an endorsement nor a referral by Pillar College or its Staff.  Please use caution, wisdom, and common sense in finding the right resource for your need.


Attention Public Transportation Student Users!

Click here NJ Transit Discount for Students for information regarding NJ Transit’s Student Discount Program.


The Pillar Cafe (Somerset)

The Pillar Cafe is open while classes are in session.  The cafe, located in the Student Lounge, offers meals, snacks, drinks, and other items. Students, staff and faculty all gather in the beautiful, relaxed atmosphere of the Student Lounge to eat, hang out and relax.


Join the Student Life Facebook Page  

You can stay up-to-date with all events, activities, and opportunities that we offer to our students. Click here: Pillar College Student Life Facebook Group


Method of Delivery

Most student services may be obtained in the following ways:
Consult with your Faculty Advisor, who is your best source of information. Your Faculty Advisor may assist you directly or refer you to another member of the Pillar team:

  • A faculty or staff member
  • Vice-President of Student Engagement
  • Director of the Instructional Resource Center
  • Vice President of Academics
  • President of the College


 Sex Discrimination in Education (Title IX)

“Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.

It reads:

‘No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.’

Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault.”

Title IX Coordinator:
Amy Huber
[email protected]
973-803-5000 ext. 1104

Deputy Title IX Coordinator:
Linda Schmitt
[email protected]
973-803-5000 ext. 2012

Office Location:  Pillar College Somerset Campus, 600 Apgar Dr., Somerset NJ 08873   

Deputy Title IX Coordinator:
Michael Wattkis
[email protected]
973-803-5000 ext. 1016

Office Location:  Pillar College Newark Campus (1st floor, Student Center.), 60 Park Place , Newark, NJ 07102 


To report a facility concern, please contact Linda Schmitt in Somerset and Kelvin Thomas for the Newark, Patterson and Plainfield Campuses.

Linda Schmitt                                Kelvin Thomas

Somerset Campus Director         Executive Vice President

[email protected]                      [email protected]

973-803-5000 ext. 2012               973-803-5000 ext. 1017


If there is a medical or psychological crisis emergency at Pillar College, please dial 9-911 from a College phone, or 911 from a mobile phone.