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Common Questions from Students about Academic Advising

Do I need to finish all of my general education requirements right away?

No, you do not. Your Pioneer Core, General Education courses will most likely be spread out over your four years here at Carroll. The Pioneer Core General Education curriculum consists of the Distribution courses which are four General Education 1 (GE1) courses that you take from the four categories in which your major does not fall under, as well as one General Education 2 (GE2) course in any discipline you took a GE1 in. The Distribution courses are what most students think of when they say “gen ed”, but they are actually only one piece of Carroll University's Pioneer Core General Education Program. There is also the Cross-Cultural Component. This includes your Cultural Seminar, Writing Seminar, Cross-Cultural Distribution (CCD) course, Cross-Cultural Experience (CCE), and Global Perspectives Colloquium (GPC). While there is a timeline that dictates the order for the Cross-Cultural Component, students space out the Distribution courses differently depending on major, minor, emphasis, CCE plans or personal preference.

What classes do I need to graduate?

Every Carroll student is required to complete a total of 128 credits or more to graduate from Carroll University with either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. Students are required to choose a major and complete all the required coursework for the major before graduation along with the Pioneer Core, General Education curriculum. There are also specific degree requirements required to earn a Bachelor of Science degree or a Bachelor of Arts degree. All degree requirements are spelled out in the Carroll University Undergraduate Catalog.

Do I need to set up an appointment to meet with my advisor?

Yes, setting up an appointment ahead of time can help the advisor be ready to discuss your questions and concerns. Each advisor is unique in the way they would like you to set up an appointment with them. During peak advising times (right before registration for the following semester), advisors may have paper or electronic sign-ups for group or individual appointments. During other times of the year, your advisor can be reached by phone, email or by stopping by their office.

How do I know who is my advisor?

To find out your Advisor's name and contact information, go to my.carrollu.edu. Login with your username and password. Along the top of the page there are tabs - Click on the 'Student' tab. You will see links down the left side of the Student page, click on 'Academics and Registration'. Then click on the icon labeled 'Reg Time'. This will open your Registration Information Packet. There will be five tabs, click on 'Advisor'. This tab will give you the name and contact information for your Academic Advisor(s).

I took classes for college credit somewhere else. How do I know what they come in as..?

    AP?

    To receive credit for AP courses taken during high school, students will need to submit an official copy of their test results to the Registrar Office once they have taken the AP exam for the course. Credit will be awarded if the student earned a sufficient score per the chart posted on the Alternative Methods of Obtaining Credit brochure (pdf download).

    Many exams have specific Carroll equivalents that will count towards the student's major, minor, or Pioneer Core requirements. Some exams will count as elective credit which can be applied towards the student's overall 128 credits needed to graduate.

    Community colleges?

    Courses taken through an accredited institution can be evaluated to determine if credit can be transferred to Carroll by having an official transcript from that institution sent to Carroll. For course credit to be given, the student must have earned a grade of C or better. Some courses will transfer as specific Carroll equivalents that will count towards the student's major, minor, or Pioneer Core requirements. While other courses will transfer as elective credit, which can be applied towards the student's overall 128 credits needed to graduate. If you are a current student, before registering for a course at a different institution, you can fill out the Transfer Credit Approval form (pdf download) and turn it into the Registrar's Office. You will then receive word from the Registrar on how the courses you are looking to take will transfer to Carroll before wasting time, money and effort on a class that may not transfer as you wish it to.

    CLEP?

    To receive credit for CLEP exams, students will need to submit official test score reports to the Registrar Office. Credit will be awarded if a student achieved a sufficient score per the College-Level Examination Program chart (pdf download). Credits earned through CLEP may count as a specific course that will fulfill a student's major, minor, or Pioneer Core requirements or may count as elective credit which can be applied towards the student's overall 128 credits needed to graduate.

What's the difference between a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts? Which am I earning?

A Bachelor of Science has more of a mathematical or computational component whereas a Bachelor of Arts has more of an intercultural component. To distinguish the degree you are getting, majors in the social science and natural science categories tend to be Bachelors of Science degrees. A Bachelor of Arts degree is more common for majors that fall under the fine arts, philosophy, ethics, religion, and humanities designations. Some majors allow students to complete either a BA or a BS degree. The degree requirements are different for each. For Bachelor of Science you need to take a Computational Thinking series of courses or Mathematics and Computer Science courses. For Bachelor of Arts you take a Mathematics course and at least 8 credits of a modern/foreign language. All degree requirements are spelled out in the student's Carroll University Undergraduate Catalog and will be explained by your academic advisor.

When can I register for my next semester's coursework?

To find out when you are able to register for the following semester, go to my.carrollu.edu. Login with your username and password. Along the top of the page there are tabs - Click on the 'Student' tab. You will see links down the left side of the Student page, click on 'Academics and Registration'. Then click on the icon labeled 'Reg Time'. This will open your Registration Information Packet. There will be five tabs, click on 'Registration Time'. This tab will give you the time you can register by looking at the 'Web Registration' time. Make sure to meet with your academic advisor before this time, so that you can be cleared to register and that you do not have any other holds on your account at this time.

How do I know if I have a hold on my account that would prevent me from registering for next semester's coursework? Who do I contact to clear the hold?

To find out if you have any holds on your account that would prevent you from registering for the following semester, go to my.carrollu.edu Login with your username and password. Along the top of the page there are tabs - Click on the 'Student' tab. You will see links down the left side of the Student page, click on 'Academics and Registration'. Then click on the icon labeled 'Reg Time'. This will open your Registration Information Packet. There will be five tabs, click on 'Holds'. If you have any holds, they will be listed here. For non-academic holds, you will need to contact Abby Meddaugh, Director of Student Conduct at ameddaug@carrollu.edu or 262-524-7374. For billing holds, you will need to contact the Business Office at 262-524-7337. Make sure to clear any holds on your account before your registration time.

Can I still add/drop a course once the semester starts?

Students can typically add a course to their semester schedule for one week after the start of any given semester. Students can drop courses without a notation on their transcript during the first week of the semester, also. Students are typically allowed to drop courses with a W (Withdrawal) on their transcript until right after mid-terms. Specific Add/Drop deadlines are listed on the Academic Calendar.

Do I need to take a language placement exam?

No, you do not need to take a language placement exam. However, if you would like to continue your education in a foreign language, it is highly advised to take the exam, so that you are placed into the correct course. Note: if you choose to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree program, you will need to complete at least 8 credits of a foreign language.

How do retroactive credits for foreign language courses work?

Pending placement exam scores, you can choose to take the course you place into or any course at a lower level. If you earn a B or better in your first course, you will receive retroactive credit for each course you placed out of. For example, say you placed into GER202, however, this course is only offered in Spring semester and you wanted to take a German language course in your first semester at Carroll. You chose to take GER201 in Fall, earned an AB in GER201 and earned 4 credits for this course. You will then receive 4 credits for each course you placed out of, GER101 and GER102. You now have earned 12 credits of German.

Do I need to take something different if I am in the Honors program?

Students in the Honors Program must complete a total of six Honors courses before graduation. There are Honor's sections of CCS100 Cultural Seminar (Fall only) and ENG170 Writing Seminar (Spring only), which are highly advised for first-year Honor's Scholars, CMP112, CMP114 and multiple Pioneer Core general education courses. With careful planning with your academic advisor, graduating with Honors is easily obtainable.

Do I have to study abroad?

Studying abroad is just one of the many options Carroll University students have to fulfill their CCE requirement. Many students find studying abroad to be not only affordable, but also extremely fulfilling and often life-changing. Carroll University offers a number of options for studying abroad and they range in length from a few weeks to a few months or even a year long. Carroll students also have the opportunity to pay their normal Carroll University tuition and study in one of our foreign exchange programs. Scholarships are also available to study abroad and students can often use their financial aid awards including grants and loans to go abroad. To learn more about all of the study abroad opportunities, please visit cce.carrollu.edu or email cce@carrollu.edu.

What happens if I fail a class?

If a student fails a course at Carroll, they do have the option to retake the course at Carroll. Both grades earned will appear on the student's transcript; however, only the last grade earned will be applied to the student's GPA. Some programs of study have specific rules stating how many courses within the major can be repeated or how many times any one course can be repeated. For major specific requirements about retaking courses, please go to the student's Carroll University Undergraduate Catalog.

I finished my first year and I didn't like any of my major courses. What do I do?

If you did not like any of your courses required for your major, you may need to consider why you didn't like any of the courses or what specifically you didn't like about the courses.

  • Was it that you didn't like the topic of a particular course you took? But when you look at the other courses required for your major and they look interesting to you then staying with your current major might be a good option.
  • If you have discovered that you just don't like a certain subject, then changing your major might be the best option. For example, if your current plan is to pursue an advanced degree in medicine, but you took a Biology or Chemistry course your 1st year and did not enjoy it, then perhaps a career in the medical field requiring numerous science courses is not for you, thus you may need to change your academic path, OR if you are still interested in pursuing an advanced medical degree, pairing the science courses you need as pre-requisites into medical school with a major that you are passionate about learning, may provide the motivation and the space you need to do well in those science courses.

No matter the reason for not liking the courses, you should plan to set up a meeting with your Academic Advisor or an Academic Advisor at the Center for Academic Advising Services to discuss your experiences in these courses so that you can develop an appropriate academic plan that aligns with your strengths, interests, values, and abilities going forward.

I need to change my major. How do I do it?

To change your major, you will want to meet with an Academic Advisor at the Center for Academic Advising Services. We will meet with you to discuss your options based on your interest, skills, and values to help you discover a major you are passionate about studying. Once a new path has been discovered, we will work with you through the process by making sure you understand the requirements of your new major and how this will affect your academic plan. We will also assist you with filling out the necessary online Declaration form to declare your new major so that you will be assigned an Academic Advisor within your new area of study.

How do I know what catalog year I am?

Your catalog year corresponds to the year you entered Carroll University. So, if you were a first-year student in September of 2015, your catalog year would be 2015-2016. However, if there are program changes in your major that would benefit you from a newer catalog, or you change majors to a new major that is in a newer catalog, your catalog year may change. You can always change to a newer catalog, however, you can never change to an older catalog year. If you are not sure of which catalog year you are in or if you would like to switch your catalog year, speak to your Academic Advisor or stop in at the Center for Academic Advising Services.

 

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