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As an undergraduate student, you are provided with academic advising in two phases: first in the University College and then in the college of your major. In the first phase, most first-year students are advised in the University College. Advisors, assigned on the basis of your major area of interest, help you identify required courses and plan your schedule. They also explain the university's academic regulations and answer questions about registration, programs of study, tutoring, proficiency testing, and other academic matters. If you do not have a major, you may seek an advisor's help in selecting one. You will be advised in the University College until you meet the requirements to be accepted by the college of your major program of study. The entrance requirements of the Colleges of Business and Administration, Education and Human Services, Liberal Arts, Science and Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science, and the Wright State University Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health all differ. All University College students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher must enter a major within a college by the time they have earned 90 credit hours or be converted to non-degree status. Non-degree students are ineligible for financial aid, veteran's education benefits, and intercollegiate athletics. The second phase of academic advising begins as you meet the requirements to enter the college of your major. You are then assigned an advisor by your college or academic department.
If you have completed previous college-level work, you will be advised either in the University College or the college/department of your major, depending on your cumulative grade point average, courses completed, grades earned for those pre-requisite courses, and other major entrance requirements. Additional information for transfer students is available on the Transfer Student Center website.
Graduate students are assigned to advisors by their graduate programs who will counsel the graduate students on how to reach their educational objectives. In addition, the advisor will prepare a program of study for the student. The program of study is a defined program that is negotiated between a student and an academic department offering a program. The institution specifically indicates that it will award the degree sought by the student if the work stipulated in the program is satisfactorily completed. By signing the program of study form, the graduate student specifically agrees to his or her responsibilities for completing the requirements of the program. Programs of study should be consistent with published curricula and degree requirements.
Once the program of study has been signed by the student and the advisor and approved by the appropriate graduate program officer or department chair, a student may make changes in his or her program of study only if the changes still meet program requirements and are approved by the advisor and the graduate program officer. The student should consult with the academic program for the procedure for initiating such changes. Additional information for transfer students is available on the Graduate School website.