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Center for Advising and Career Services

Advising Frequently Asked Questions

 
  1. How do I find my advisor?
  2. Where is my advisor's office?
  3. How do I schedule an advising appointment with my advisor during Advising Week?
  4. I can't locate my advisor; she/he is never around.
  5. Can I contact my advisor by e-mail?
  6. How do I withdraw from individual classes?
  7. What is Academic Probation?
  8. What do I do if I get suspended?
  9. How do I declare/change my major?
10. What is a degree evaluation and how do I get one?
11. How can I check my current schedule of classes?
12. How do I know if my transfer credits have been added to my academic record at UW?
13. What is the difference between the UW Catalog & the Class Schedule?
14. Where do I find the Class Schedule each semester?
15. What is the Math Placement Exam & why do I need to know?
16. What is a "full-time" load and why does it matter?
17. What is the difference between a drop and a withdrawal?
18. How will my financial aid be affected if I withdraw from a class?
19. What is an All School Withdrawal?
20. How do I get a copy of my transcript?
21. How do I get off Academic Probation?

1. How do I find my advisor? -top
Your advisor's name should be listed in the Academic Profile box in the upper right hand corner of the Student Resources tab in your WyoWeb account.  If for some reason it is not listed there, contact your college and they will be able to tell you the name of your advisor. If you are undeclared, contact the Center for Advising & Career Services (766-2398).  Once you know your advisor's name, you can look for contact information through the UW web directory, or call the department and ask for the contact information.

2. Where is my advisor's office? -top
Try the following to find his/her office:
-Check the campus directory for your advisor's location, phone number and e-mail address.
-Check with your academic department main office.
-If you have not declared a college or major, your advisor will be located in the Center for Advising and Career Services, Knight Hall 222, 766-2398.
-If you are undeclared in the College of Arts and Sciences, your advisor will be located in the Center or Advising and Career Services, Knight Hall 222, 766-2398.

3. How do I schedule an advising appointment with my advisor during Advising Week? -top
It is your responsibility to schedule your own advising appointment. This is handled differently by various colleges and departments. It is always a good idea to check your UW email account as that is the way many departments and advisors will send information about how to schedule your advising appointment.  If you aren't familiar with how your advisor schedules appointments and you don't receive an email with information, contact your department to find out their procedures. If you are undeclared, contact the Center for Advising & Career Services at 766-2398.

4. I can't locate my advisor; she/he is never around. -top
Advisors have regularly scheduled office hours each semester. Check with the academic department main office when you can't locate your advisor or figure out her/his posted office hours.

5. Can I contact my advisor by e-mail? -top
Yes. However, be aware that many advising issues must be handled in person and e-mail is not always the fastest or best way to handle advising issues.

6. How do I withdraw from individual classes? -top
Consult the current semester Class Schedule online for important deadlines and dates. You can find the Class Schedule for each semester on the Office of the Registrar's website at: www.uwyo.edu/REGISTRAR. To find the Last Day to Withdraw from Individual Semester Courses, click on the Dates to Remember link. All Class Withdrawal requests must be received by the Office of the Registrar by that date.  To complete the online Class Withdrawal request, go to the Office of the Registrar's website (above). Take the quick link at the top of the page for Students; select Forms and Petitions for Students; scroll to the Online Forms and Petitions; then select Class Withdrawal. Complete that form and submit it online. Make sure you write down the tracking number in case you need to track where the petition is in the process.
 
7. What is Academic Probation? -top
A student is placed on Academic Probation at the end of any semester in which his or her Cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0. If you are placed on Academic Probation, you will be notified.
Students who earn a semester GPA below 2.0 in any semester during which they are on Academic Probation will be suspended from the university. The same is true for students on probation who register for classes and then withdraw from the university.  Because probation is the first step toward being suspended from the university, students with this academic status are strongly encouraged to meet with their advisors regularly to develop strategies for getting back into Good Academic Standing.

8. What do I do if I get suspended? -top
UniReg 715 states that, "A student who is supended for unsatisfactory scholastic performance should not be permitted to petition for reinstatement until one full semester, exclusive of summer term, has elapsed."So if you are suspended from the university, you may petition for Reinstatement, but must first sit out for a semester.  You can find the Petition for Academic Reinstatement through the Office of the Registrar's website at: www.uwyo.edu/REGISTRAR. Take the quick link at the top of the page for Students and select Forms and Petitions for Students. Under Student Forms and Petition (Paper), you will find Petition for Academic Reinstatement. You will need to print that form out and complete it. Be sure to answer the questions on it on a separate sheet of paper.  The last sheet of the form contains contact information for all of the colleges if you are not in Laramie. You may submit your petition to the college from which you were suspended, or to the Center for Advising & Career Services. If you are reinstated through the Center for Advising & Career Services, you will become generally undeclared until your GPA is high enough to declare again.

9. How do I declare/change my major? -top
The first step in the process is to meet with your current advisor. S/he will ask a few questions about what major you want to declare and walk you through the process of completing the Change of Major paperwork. You will then need to take the paperwork and your advising file to your new department to be signed in order to complete the process.  Keep in mind that a number of Colleges and Departments do have GPA requirements in order to declare there. If you have questions about that, contact the department you are interested in declaring in to make sure you are eligible.

10. What is a degree evaluation and how do I get one? -top
A degree evaluation is an automated degree check which provides you with information regarding how the classes your have taken fit into the requirements for graduation and what course work you have yet to complete for a specific major. For questions and additional information, talk with your advisor.

11. How can I check my current schedule of classes? -top
Go to the Student Resources tap of your WyoWeb account. In the Registration Tools box, click on the Class Schedule link. This will show you your current schedule laid out like a grid. It includes the exact times and rooms for each class.  If you want to see what your schedule for the coming semester will look like once you've registered, you can type any date during that semester into the box in the upper right hand corner and hit Submit, and it will show you that schedule.

12. How do I know if my transfer credits have been added to my academic record at UW? -top
In your WyoWeb account, find the Banner Self-Service box in the left hand column. Click on Banner Self-Service, then Student, Student Records and finally Transfer Evaluation. Any course work that has been transferred into UW and has been accepted for credit should be listed here along with any requirements they met.  If credits you have formally requested be sent to UW aren't showing up on the Transfer Evaluation, contact the Office of the Registrar at 766-5272.

13. What is the difference between the UW Catalog & the Class Schedule? -top
-The UW CATALOG is an important tool in all of your academic planning. It has three primary purposes:
It contains a great deal of information about various UW policies and procedures with which you need to be familiar.  There is information about majors and minors offered by various departments and the requirements for those programs. It includes course descriptions for every course currently approved to be taught at UW.  When you are using the catalog, it's helpful to remember that the information is laid out alphabetically by College, then Department within the College. If you don't know which college the department you are looking for is housed in, just look alphabetically under each college until you come to the one you are looking for.  The UW Catalog online can be found by going to the Office of the Registrar's website at www.uwyo.edu/REGISTRAR

-The CLASS SCHEDULE, on the other hand, lists only those classes that are actually being offered in a given semester. If you see a course described in the UW Catalog, but you can't find it in the Class Schedule, it most likely means that class isn't being taught in that semester. Just like the Catalog, the Class Schedule is laid out alphabetically by College, then Department within the College.

14. Where do I find the Class Schedule each semester? -top
A new Class Schedule is published each term, so you need to be sure you are using the correct Class Schedule for the semester for which you are registering. To find the Class Schedule online, go to the Office or the Registrar's website at www.uwyo.edu/REGISTRAR.

15. What is the Math Placement Exam & why do I need to know? -top
The Math Placement Exam (MPE) is a computerized assessment given to determine your level of preparation to participate in college level math courses. It is not a test you can pass or fail, it's designed to determine which math course you need to take to have the optimum chance for success.  In addition to the college level math courses, UW offers three 0900-level math classes to refresh or build your math skills to the level needed for success in college level classes. You may be required to take one or more of these before going into a QA course. Math strictly enforces these cutoff scores, so when you take your MPE, pay close attention to which courses they say you can take. If you sign up for a math course for which you don't have the appropriate score or prerequisite course, you will be administratively dropped from the course before the semester starts.  If you have an ACT Math score of 21 or higher, you may choose to register for either MATH 1000 Problem Solving or MATH 0925 Intermediate Algebra without taking an MPE. Students with an ACT Math score of 23 or higher may choose to register for MATH 1400 College Algebra without taking an MPE. Check with your advisor before selecting a math course as many majors have specific math requirements, and there are two entirely different math tracks at UW.  For more information on the MPE, check out this site: http://www.uwyo.edu/MPE/.

16. What is a "full-time" load and why does it matter? -top
A full-time load means you are registered for at least 12 credit hours for the current semester. Being a full-time student is generally important if you want to continue to be covered by your parent's health insurance; for determining how much financial aid you can receive in a semester; and if you want to have access to all the services covered by student fees (e.g. Half-Acre Gym, Student Health, free access to athletic events, etc.) If you are receiving a Hathaway Scholarship, talk with your advisor to make sure all of your classes will count toward your 12 hours.

17. What is the difference between a drop and a withdrawal? -top
During the first 8 class days of a semester (you can find the exact date in the Dates to Remember link in the Class Schedule for that semester), you have the option of dropping any semester course for which you are registered (be aware that for blocked courses you have only 4 days). A drop just means you decided not to take that course in that semester. The course will never show up on your transcript it's just as if you never signed up to take it. You can drop a class through the Add/Drop Classes screen in your WyoWeb Registration Tools box.
If you determine after the add/drop period is expired that you need to get out of a class, you can withdraw from a semester course up until The Last Day to Withdraw. (Again, you can find that exact date in the Dates to Remember section of that semester's Class Schedule.) If you withdraw from a course, it will show up on your transcript with a grade of W indicating that you withdrew from the course, but it will not affect your GPA. It is generally a good idea to speak with your advisor before withdrawing from a course, and if you are receiving any type of financial aid (including scholarships and especially Hathaway), you are strongly encouraged to check with Student Financial Aid before withdrawing from any course. That is a petition process and you can find the directions under question #6 above.

18. How will my financial aid be affected if I withdraw from a class? -top
That totally depends on your individual financial aid package, so the best advice if you are receiving any type of financial aid is to check with the Student Financial Aid Office to see how your package will be impacted before making any decisions about a withdrawal.

19. What is an All School Withdrawal? -top
Should you need to withdraw from all of your classes and leave school for any reason, you will need to do an All School Withdrawal. This process is initiated through the Dean of Students Office in Knight Hall, Room 128.

20. How do I get a copy of my transcript? -top
You may order a copy of your transcript through your WyoWeb account. In the Registration Tools box on your Student Resources tab select Request Official Transcript. You will need to have the address you want your transcript mailed to in order to complete the process.

21. How do I get off Academic Probation? -top
A student is removed from Academic Probation at the end of the semester when his or her Cumulative GPA is 2.0 or above.  One of the best strategies for improving your Cumulative GPA is to retake courses you have not done well in previously. The University of Wyoming uses the most current grade in determining your cumulative GPA. There can be sometimes serious financial aid issues with retaking classes, so be sure to talk with both your advisor and the Student Financial Aid office before retaking any classes you had a D or higher in.

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