Tia Ruggles (she/her/hers)

Academic Success Coach



  • First generation, underrepresented college students
  • Working with student-athletes
  • Coaching students to feel empowered in their self-advocacy during their educational journeys and beyond
  • Providing personal support, particularly resources for mental health counseling
  • Providing support to students on academic probation


  • M.S. in Counseling, option in Student Affairs and College Counseling, Fresno State
  • B.A. in Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz


Year started at USF: 2023
Hometown: Coalinga, CA (smack dab in the middle of I-5 between SF and LA… can you smell the cows?)

  • My dog, Spartacus, is a 90-pound all black German Shepherd - we get stopped a lot by people asking if he is part wolf. Come see photos of him in my office!
  • I love to catch a good sunset, and the sunsets in mountain ranges typically take the cake!
  • I have three Achilles tendons - can you figure out why?
  • Dating shows are what I watch most on the television - let’s chat about the latest season of Love Island or you can give me suggestions of new shows to watch.

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