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Advising @ Union

Advising @ Union

Welcome to the Union University Advising Website. Union is committed to providing academic advising in a manner that reflects our four core values (Excellence-Driven, Christ-Centered, People-Focused and Future-Directed.) To that end, this site is designed to provide both faculty and students clear and accurate information about the undergraduate advising process.

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How To Use Degree Audit

A new tool is now available to help you evaluate your program and see what courses remain for your major. This tool can also be very helpful to see how changing a major might affect your courses. This tool can be found at "Evaluate Program" on WebAdvisor or via the portal. You can also make a degree audit appointment in the portal.

Frequently Asked Questions

Undecided? Come and see me.

Jessica CastlesStill choosing which major to pursue? Want to be an engineer…but also a concert pianist? Or does the thought of choosing any major seem premature or scary? Regardless, if you haven't declared a major yet, I am here to help. Make an appointment at jncastles@uu.edu, and we will figure things out together. If you are contemplating a major-even two or three majors- I can help find classes that will benefit you as you decide. I can even arrange meetings for you with advisors in those departments. I work closely with the Vocatio and Hundley Centers, and I can help you take advantage of these terrific resources. Whatever your situation, I believe there is an ideal schedule for who and where you are. It's my job and my pleasure to help you find it. I look forward to meeting you.

Jessica Castles, M.Ed.
Academic Success Advisor
Office of the Registrar

How To Read The Catalogue with Susan Hopper

NOTE: Page numbers may differ according to Academic Catalogues, but the pages listed in this article should be close to the pages in your academic catalogue.

3:31 - Undergraduate Catalogue Calendar

Pages 9-11. These pages include the last day to add or drop a course, the dates of holidays, breaks, and major events throughout the semester, as well as the dates of final examinations.

5:29 - Repeating a Class

You may repeat a course as many times as you would like. Repeating courses can help your GPA because grades for repeated courses are not averaged. Instead, for courses taken at Union, the last grade achieved is the one counted toward your GPA. You may also repeat courses at other universities. The grade will not transfer, but the transferred credit will still remove the unsatisfactory grade from your GPA. Before attempting to gain transfer credit, for any reason, pick up a form called "Application for Transfer of Credit" from the Academic Center located behind Union Station.

8:20 - Transferring Grades

Though credits transfer, grades do not. The only grades that affect your GPA at Union are for courses taken at Union.

11:08 - Majors

Page 19. The academic catalogue lays out majors and minors alongside their corresponding degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Work, etc.). Depending on your major, you may have more than one degree option. Base your decision on your interests and career plans. It is important to declare a major and determine a degree so that you can schedule your semesters accordingly.

16:16 - New Catalogue

Catalogues may change every year, but you only need to abide by the catalogue you received your first year at Union. You may choose at any time to change catalogues, but you will never be required to take additional courses based on catalogue adjustments. Changing catalogues may affect your graduation date, so discuss any changes with your academic advisor before making decisions.

21:48 - Specific Requirements for Majors and Minors

Consult the catalogue to find the specific course requirements for your major and minor, as well as any acceptable elective options.

26:18 - Waiting Lists

Individual instructors decide whether or not to provide waiting-list options for particular courses. If you are on a waiting list when a class position opens, you will be notified by email and given the opportunity to register. You have forty-eight hours after notification to respond.

27:12 - Application of Credit

A single course cannot be applied to both the general and specific core curriculum. A single course cannot be applied to both your major and minor requirements. However, a single course may sometimes count as both a major/minor requirement as well as a general or specific core requirement. This can be very complicated, and the best policy is to always consult with your advisor before registering.

30:44 - Graduation Requirements

Pages 23-26. Consult your catalogue to find general and specific core curriculum requirements, as well as minimum hourly requirements for your major and minor. You must earn at least 128 hours to graduate.

34:20 - Dropping and Adding Courses

The catalogue calendar will provide deadlines for dropping and adding classes. Be aware that dropping below full-time status (12 hours) may affect your financial aid, housing, sports eligibility, sorority/fraternity status, etc.

37:49 - Priority Registration Tips

Make an appointment with your academic advisor to talk about your schedule for the upcoming semester. Prior to your meeting, look over the course offerings and get an idea of which courses you would like to take. It is a good idea to have a few alternate choices as well in case your preferred classes fill up. Before registration begins, check webadvisor to make sure there are no "holds" on your account.

44:23 - How to Calculate Your GPA

To determine your GPA, the quality points you have earned in your classes (A- 4pts., B- 3pts., C- 2pts., D- 1pts., F-0pts.) are divided by the total semester hours you have attempted.

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