Current Student FAQ

Current Student FAQ

Who is my advisor?

You can learn more about advisor assignments by clicking here.

What can I do with this major?

You can learn more about career options in your major by going to Career Services and clicking on “Online Resources.”

Where can I find out more about the LAC Curriculum?

You can learn more about the LAC by clicking here.

Can I change my schedule once I have registered for courses?

Yes. You have several options for adjusting your schedule. Read add/drop policy and procedure (Graduate & Undergraduate Catalog 2014-16). You may change your schedule by using the online registration tool: Add/Drop courses by logging on to eWeb Online Services.

  • 1st week of semester: You can adjust your class schedule by adding or dropping a course(s) with no special approval; however, you should inform your advisor.
  • 2nd week of semester: You can add a course(s) to your class schedule with approval signatures from the course instructor, your faculty advisor, and the registrar. You can drop a course(s) with no special approval; however, you should inform your advisor.
  • After deadline date: Under rare circumstances you may petition to add a course after the official add period. You must complete a Late Add/Drop Form and obtain signatures from the course instructor, your faculty advisor, and the chairperson of the department offering the course.

How many credits should I carry each semester?

The standard course load for a full-time student is 15 credits. You must carry a minimum of 12 credits per semester to be considered a full-time student, but you can register for up to 17 credits during the initial registration period. To graduate in four years you must successfully complete at least 15 credits per semester.

If you drop (course is removed from your scheduled) below 12 credits, it will affect your eligibility for sports, financial aid, and housing. You can change to part-time status (below 12 credits) by completing a Change of Status Form (form) and submitting the form to the Registrar’s Office.

During the open add/drop period, up to 19.5 credits may be taken by students who have attended Eastern full-time for one semester and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or better. Up to 21 credits may be taken by those who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or better and who carried at least 18 credits in a previous semester at Eastern. No student will be allowed to register for more than 21 credits in any given semester. On rare occasions, exceptions to the course load requirements are made. Exceptions to these policies must be approved by the Advising Center and must be filed with the Registrar’s Office. Academic Appeals can be filed for a course underload or a course overload when extenuating circumstances exist.

I’m not doing well in some of my classes. Who can help me?

There are many support systems in place to assist you with academic problems:

Your instructors of your classes are your first source of assistance. Office hours are posted outside of your instructor’s office door and in course syllabi, you should go to meet with your instructor for help and to ask questions. Seek their help first.

Advisors are the main source of support and information about your academic plans and programs. You can find out more information about your academic advisor by clicking here.

The Academic Services Center (ASC), which is located in J. Eugene Smith Library in Rooms 107/108, provides free math, writing, and subject tutoring to students in various subject areas. Visit the ASC web page to see a list of subjects for which tutoring is available and the times tutors are available. You can also schedule an appointment.

Can I take a course on Credit/no Credit? What is Credit/No Credit?

Credit/No Credit (CP/NP) is an academic policy that allows students to receive credit for a course without receiving a letter grade that might be lower than desired. Therefore, putting a course on CP/NP avoids the anticipated grade in the course from being included in your GPA.

Credit/No Credit Forms can be obtained from the Advising Center or the Registrar’s Office. For specific deadline dates refer to the academic calendar available through the alphabetical index or on the Student Portal.

  • Courses on CR/NC are elective credits meaning the courses cannot be used for the LAC or for major or minor requirements.
  • You are limited to four CR/NC courses during residency at Eastern.
  • You are limited to one CR/NC course per semester.
  • If you are passing a course with a D or better, you will receive credit under this policy but no letter grade. Therefore, your grade for a course placed on CR/NC does not affect your GPA.

If you believe you will fail a CR/NC course, withdrawal (WP/WF) from the course is recommended; and the CR/NC option will be retained for another occasion.

Can I withdraw from a course? What does it mean if I withdraw from a course?

Course withdrawal (course remains on your schedule) is an option for you to reduce your course load after the Add/Drop deadline. Withdrawing from a course is recommended if you are encountering difficulties in successfully completing the course.

For you to withdraw from a specific course it requires signatures from your instructor and your advisor. Your instructor will assign a grade of withdraw pass (WP) or withdraw fail (WF). WP or WF will remain on your record but is not calculated into your GPA.

Withdraw from a Course Forms can be obtained from the Advising Center  or the Registrar’s Office. For specific deadline dates refer to the academic calendar available through the alphabetical index or on the Student Portal.

Is there someone with who I can share my personal problem with?

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Health Services, the Campus Ministry, the Intercultural Center, and the Women’s Center can all offer you support and help. Be sure to ask for help if you need it.

Can I substitute one course for another?

If you wish to substitute one course for another requirement in the general education requirements you will need to file an Academic Appeal at the Advising Center. You can learn more about the appeal process by clicking here and to print an appeal form click here.

If you wish to substitute one course for another requirement in a major, you will need to file a Transfer Course Analysis Form with the Department Chairperson of your major.

What is the National Student Exchange? Who would I talk to about participating ?

You can find out more information by clicking here.

Who do I talk to about Study Abroad opportunities? I am going to be studying abroad, what do I need to do regarding the courses I will be taking abroad?

You can find out more information by clicking here.

Who would I talk to about my employment plans after, so I can begin my search for a job or Graduate School?

You can find out more by visiting Career Services.

How do I go about taking a Leave of Absence? I was called for military and need to take a leave of absence what do I do?

You must obtain a Leave of Absence Form from your academic dean’s office, the Advising Center or the Registrar’s Office.  Fill out this form and bring it to the Dean of your school (Arts & Sciences or Education & Professional Studies).

If you are filling out the form for Military Leave, you should take your deployment papers to the Veteran Affairs Office.

Where do I go to get my academic records and transcript?

You can obtain your academic records and transcripts from the Registrar’s Office. You can also view your information by logging onto EWEB Online Services.

I received an “I” in one of my courses this semester, what does that mean?

An “I” is a temporary grade that is replaced by a letter grade upon completion of coursework as agreed upon by you and the instructor. A grade of “I” is given in cases of documented illness or other verifiable emergencies.

In order for the grade to change to a letter grade, you must complete the work for the course by the end of the 6 th week of the following full semester. You should contact your instructor with questions regarding incompletes.

How do I appeal for Change of a Final Grade?

You must first consult with your instructor within three weeks of receipt of your grade, or within three weeks of the first day of classes the following semester. A member of the college community may accompany you or the faculty member as an observer or an advocate. You should provide evidence to justify changing your grade such as attendance records, examinations and assignments, the course syllabus. The instructor will also present evidence to justify not changing the grade.

If the issue is unresolved, you should obtain a Grade Re-evaluation Request Form from the Registrar’s Office and send it to the Chairperson of the department granting credit for the course. Follow the procedure on the form.

A course I want to register for is closed, what can I do?

You can get a Course Overload form from the Registrar’s Office and talk to the instructor of the course to see if he/she will allow you overload into the course. The instructor’s signature is required.

Can I repeat a course? How do I repeat a course?

To repeat a course and replace the previous grade with a higher grade, you must have received a previous grade of C- or lower. The Repeat Course Form is available at the Registrar’s Office.

If you earned a C or higher in an undergraduate course it cannot be repeated.  It can only be audited.  If you’ve earned a C-, D+, D, F, CR or NC in acourse, you can repeat the course for a letter grade but cannot place it on credit/no credit.

The following rules apply to each of the first three different courses repeated fro the first time:

  • If the first grade was a C-, D+, D, or F, then the higher of the two grades earned in the repeated course will be calculated in the grade point average, and credit will be earned only once.
  • If the course was placed on credit/no credit when taken the first time, the the letter grade earned from the repeated course will be calculated in the grade point average, and credits will be earned only once.

All grades earned in subsequent course repeats, whether they pertain to courses repeated once already or courses repeated for the first time, will be calculated in the grade point average. However, no course may be counted more than once toward credits needed for a degree.

Your transcript will show all grades earned, both those calculated in the grade point average and those not calculated.  For more information see the Registrar’s Office.

How do I apply for readmission to ECSU?

You can find out more information about readmission by contacting Admissions.

I am nearing completion of my degree requirements, what do I do now to prepare to graduate?

You must file an application for a degree with the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar’s Office will indicate on the final degree evaluation any outstanding requirements you may have. You should contact the Registrar’s Office to obtain an audit and with questions regarding your audit.

The Division of Academic Affairs can provide you with information concerning commencement.

What are the academic eligibility requirements for Intercollegiate Athletics and for holding a student office?

ECSU strictly adheres to the eligibility rules of the NCAA (Division III) and other athletic conferences with which the University is affiliated. For more information click here.

Offices in any University-recognized student organization or co-curricular activity may be held only by students in good academic standing (minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0).

How can I earn and receive two degrees at the same time?

You can receive two degrees at the same time if you earn 150 credits and meet all the graduation requirements of both majors and the LAC.

How do I register for Internships, Independent Studies, and Practica?

You must initiate arrangements for independent study with an appropriate faculty member (the project director). The Approval/Permission to Register form is available at the Dean’s office or from the department secretary. You can earn one to 15 credits in one semester. A faculty member must approve the conditions of the project and supervise the process.

To register you need approval signatures from the project director first, the supervising department chair second, and the appropriate academic dean last. Upon receipt by the Registrar’s Office they will pre-register you for the appropriate course number and the project director will inform you of the results of the request.

I have a disability, who would I speak to about seeking accommodations?

You would want to contact the Office of Accessibility Services.

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