Fall grades and spring semester registration changes

As you begin to receive final grades for your Fall 2013 courses, we want to remind you to double check your Spring registration to make sure that you are still eligible for the courses you intend to take.

One-Time-Only Late Withdrawal (OTO) Deadline

The last day to use your One-Time-Only Late Withdrawal (OTO) this semester is Wednesday, December 11 and before you have taken the final exam.

Updated course numbers

The Stats, Quality and Reliability class required for Mechanical Engineering students has had its course number changed. You will not be able to find the old course number if you are searching for it this spring.

Registration reminders

When you register for your Spring 2014 courses you may find that you are not immediately able to register for your first choice section. Here are some options to keep in mind as you navigate the registration process.

Liberal education requirements

In the College of Science and Engineering, we know you have chosen to concentrate your academic and career interests within the areas of math, physics, science and engineering, however, you may still need to complete liberal education requirements that will help you develop critical and analytical thinking skills in a variety of other subject areas.

Parallel plans

If you are concerned about the likelihood of being accepted to your first choice major, we strongly recommend that you explore a parallel plan before you hear your admission decision in January.

Drop deadline and One-Time-Only Late Withdrawal

For the Fall 2013 semester, you have until Oct. 28 to drop a course (or courses) through OneStop without college permission. To view some reasons why you may consider dropping a course, please view our previous post on Dropping a Course.

Major exploration

As you start to plan your Spring 2014 schedules, we know that these experiences can bring on concerns about choosing a major. As advisors, we want you to know it's okay if you don't know exactly what major you want to pursue. We also understand that often introductory college courses lay the foundation for major exploration, but you may need to take additional steps to distinguish between different majors and interest areas.

We encourage you to create concrete action steps that will help you on your path of exploration. Here are some of our suggestions:

Applying to your major

The major application database is now available. If you are a pre-major student who is eligible to apply to your major this semester, you are required to attend a Sophomore Registration workshop, and if you are a freshman who is also prepared to apply to your major you can discuss this option during your one-on-one advising appointment.

Preparing for your advising appointment

Some students may be unsure about the role of their academic advisor and what topics may be discussed during an advising appointment. Here are some suggestions on how to prepare for your appointment in order to ensure you make the most of your time.

OA Holds

Within the last week, you may have received an e-mail telling you that an OA Hold has been placed on your account. This hold is placed on all lower-division students in the college, and will keep you from registering for Spring 2014 semester courses. Your hold will be removed once you have taken the following action steps.

Grade base change

For Fall semester 2013, students have until Sept. 16. to change their grade base option. There are several reasons why you may want to change your grade base option.

Adding a course

Students may choose to add a course for several reasons. For the Fall 2013 semester, you may add a course through Sept. 10 without instructor permission. To add a class between Sept. 11. and Sept. 16, you must receive instructor permission.

Dropping a course

Students may choose to drop a course for a number of reasons. You have until Sept. 16 to drop a course without it being recorded on your transcript as a "W" or Withdrawl. It's recommended you speak with an advisor before dropping a course. You may use Drop-in hours any weekday from 2-4 p.m. in Lind 105.

Schedule adjustment options

You may have been feeling great about your Fall 2013 schedule when you registered, but maybe things have changed and you're wondering what your options are to make adjustments.

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