ice of the Registrar

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NOTES FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS
Fall 2013

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE

Pass 32 semester courses
Pass 4 Winter Study Projects
Complete a major with at least a C- average
Complete 4 physical education activities by the end of the sophomore year
Complete the Distribution Requirement

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MAJORS NOW

You will declare your major during the spring of your sophomore year but you should think about majors when choosing your courses

The catalog describes requirements for each major

To be eligible for a major, must have at least C- in each course in major taken in first and second years

WHAT IS THE COMMITTEE ON ACADEMIC STANDING

A ten person faculty committee that can waive academic rules. The committee also reviews student records after each term

WHAT IS THE NORMAL COURSE LOAD FOR A SEMESTER

You must take 4 regularly graded courses each semester

Although not usually recommended for first-term students, you may take an extra course which will not count toward graduation; register for this extra course on a pass/fail basis at the beginning of the semester; at mid-term, you will receive a form which allows you to drop this extra course from your record, stay in it on a pass/fail basis, or change it to a regularly graded course so it will count in your average and toward distribution requirements and/or the major. THESE OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE ONLY FOR THE EXTRA COURSE

If you remain in the course on a pass/fail grading basis, the course may NOT be used toward the distribution requirements or the major.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO CONTINUE IN SCHOOL

First-year students must receive 3 grades of C- or higher and no failures each semester and pass a Winter Study Project

Sophomores and above must receive 4 C- or higher grades each semester and pass a Winter Study Project

ACADEMIC WARNINGS

In late October and March, faculty report first-year students whose work is unsatisfactory

Warnings are issued to students, academic advisors, and junior advisors

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW AND REMEMBER

Some courses are "year-long" and are hyphenated in catalog; must pass both semesters to get any credit

Your grades are available online to you; it is up to you to share them with others, including parents, as you see fit.

WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT COURSE CHANGES, FINAL EXAMS, ETC.

The Registrar’s Office web site includes an up-to-the-minute on-line catalog and handbook, academic calendars for three years, PeopleSoft/SELFREG documentation, the final exam schedule and much more

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

Ask your advisor; ask instructors; ask department chairs; come to the Registrar's Office; come to the Dean's Office -- Don't hesitate to ask .


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