Who will be my
When you declare a major, you are assigned a faculty advisor within the
academic department. Until you declare a major, you are assigned an advisor
through the Office of Undeclared Students. If you change majors, you will be
assigned a new advisor. If you do not know who your advisor is, or if you want
to change advisors, see the chair of your major academic department. If you
have not declared a major, go to the Office of Undeclared Students in Horton
Hall 112. Your advisor will be identified on the SIS.
How often should I see my advisor?
That depends on two things: your needs as a student and the advising plan you
and your advisor design. There is a high correlation between students who are
academically successful and those who work with their advisors. You should meet
with your advisor at least on the following occasions:
- At the beginning of each
semester to set up your advising plan
- Whenever you encounter any problems
that affect your academic performance
- When it is time to schedule
classes for next semester
- Whenever you are thinking about
dropping or adding a course
What if I am not satisfied with my
Advising is a process in which a relationship must be developed between you and
your advisor. The goal is for you and your advisor to work collaboratively to
develop meaningful educational plans that are compatible with your goals. For
that goal to be achieved there needs to be a "fit" between you and
your advisor. If there are barriers to you working effectively with your
advisor, you should first talk over the situation with your advisor. If the
barriers cannot be resolved and you have declared a major, contact the chair of
your major department to discuss the situation. If you are undeclared, contact
the Assistant Dean of the School of Academic Programs & Services. You may
request to be assigned to a new advisor.
How many courses must a student
register in to be a full-time student?
To be classified as a full-time student, you must enroll in a minimum of 12
credits during the fall and spring semesters.
What happens if a student carries
only three courses (9 credits)?
A student who carries less than 12 credits is classified as a part-time
student. This part-time status could impact the student's financial, residence
hall, and/or NCAA eligibility. Financial aid and NCAA regulations are complex,
so if you have questions it is best to consult with the Financial Aid Office or
the Coordinator of Student Athlete Support.
What happens if a
student becomes ill and cannot complete the semester's coursework?
Students may request a medical withdrawal from the university with a
"W" grade in their coursework, or they may request an "I"
grade (incomplete). This request is made through the dean's office and is
possible if: 1) the student was enrolled in the university for the majority of
the semester; and 2) the documentation of the medical condition warrants a
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Is class attendance mandatory?
You will hear various truths and myths in answer to this question, depending
upon whom you ask. Some professors will require attendance and others may not.
However, it is important to understand that there is no substitute for
attending class. Various professors may factor class attendance in the final
grade, or they may have a policy that after so many absences a student
automatically fails the course. Professors will often present material in class
that won't be found in textbooks, and it's up to you to obtain that
information. There is a university policy that if a student misses the first
day of class (in any semester) the professor may elect to drop the student from
the course. A high correlation exists between class attendance and academic
success. Put simply, if you want to pass, go to class every day. If you must
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What if a student is late for class?
Sometimes circumstances will prevent a student from attending class on time.
But being habitually late to class is both rude and inconsiderate. In addition,
some professors deduct points for lateness. Good students come to class on time
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What grades must I make to remain in
good academic standing?
To remain in good academic standing, a student must maintain a minimum
cumulative grade point average of 2.0 ("C"). Some majors might
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What is academic probation? and, how do I
stay off of it?
Academic probation means that your grade point average does not meet the
university's standards for satisfactory academic progress. To remain in good
academic standing, you must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average
of 2.0 ("C"). If you fall below 2.0, you will be placed on academic
probation. You can still schedule classes and return the next semester to give
you a chance to raise your GPA. If you do not raise your GPA, you may be
academically dismissed from the university. Making good grades should be your
number one priority from the very beginning. Students on academic probation
should consult with their academic advisor to design a strategy to improve
their GPA and participate in the Learning Center's AIM Program to improve their
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What should I do if I am placed on
Your immediate goal must be to improve your GPA. There are several steps you
should take: (1) Be proactive; (2) Meet with your academic advisor to design a
study strategy and discuss the possibility of repeating courses in which you
made a "D" or "F"; (3) Participate in the Learning Center's
AIM Program to develop strategies and skills that will help you to raise your
cumulative grade point average (GPA); (4) Schedule courses that offer you the
greatest potential for success. [Go to Top]
Can students take courses at another
university to improve their GPA?
No. Only credits, not grades, will be accepted from other institutions. Also,
only courses in which a "C" grade or higher was earned will transfer.
Approval for transfer credit should be obtained from the academic dean's office
prior to enrolling for the course. [Go to Top]
What grades do I have to earn
to make the Dean's list?
A dean's list is published at the end of each semester to recognize students
who earn at least a 3.5 or better. In addition, students who consistently
perform at the highest levels are given special recognition at the end of each
academic year. [Go to Top]
How much time should I devote to
It is important to realize that the demands of college are much more intense
than what may have been experienced in high school. To succeed in college,
there is no substitute for commitment, hard work, and study. Studies have shown
that college students who are successful spend 2-3 hours of studying outside of
class for every one hour spent in class. Some courses, such as Calculus may
require more than that. So, the student taking five (5) courses may expect to
study at least 30 hours a week. [Go to Top]
When are undeclared students
required to declare a major?
Undeclared students must declare a major early in the third semester of their
collegiate career. This will allow them to schedule courses in their majors and
stay on track for a timely graduation. [Go to Top]
What are minors?
An academic minor is a structured group of courses that can enhance a student's
educational experience. I t usually consists of 18 to 21 credits from one or
more disciplines outside the student's major. It is possible to have more than
one minor but only six credits from one minor may count toward the fulfillment
of another. SHIP offers approximately 30 different minors. Students should
consult the catalog for details and consult with their advisor about declaring
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eligible for the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade option?
Students who have completed thirty (30) or more credit hours with a minimum
overall grade point average of 2.5 may schedule one course (three or four credits)
per semester outside of the major or minor field of study under the
Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory option. The maximum number of credits you may
schedule under the option is ten (10) credits. To apply for this option, an
original copy of the student's class schedule must be presented to the
Registrar's Office within the first two weeks of the semester. [Go to Top]
Who can take an online course?
Virtually anyone! Current students, visiting students, and others, are invited
to register for online courses. Undergraduate Students must have a minimum of
twelve (12) credits and a 2.0 GPA prior to registering for an online course. A
previously failed course may not be repeated through an online course. Some
courses have listed prerequisites, which are included in the course
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Online courses require extreme
self-discipline. Students must log on and be prepared to read through many
pages and comments. A great deal of time is spent visiting websites, reading
articles, contributing to online discussions and chats, and preparing and
submitting assignments. Completing online quizzes, exams and participating in
online group projects are common. Students are strongly encouraged to click on
the links "What computer knowledge and skills do I need?" and "How
do I get started once I am registered?" to gain a thorough understanding
of the online learning environment. [Go to Top]