Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What if I’m an undecided student?

How do I add/drop classes?

Can I withdraw from a class and enroll in another during the second week of school?

Is there a Supplemental Instructor (SI) available for my class?

Where are main computer labs located?

If I fail a class, retake it, and receive a higher grade will the low grade show on my record?


Course Schedules and Registration

How can I determine what classes to take each semester?

How many courses should I take per semester?

Is there a limit as to how many times I can withdraw from courses during a semester?

If a course is dropped, will it show up on my record?

Where can I get a copy of my schedule?

How can I get a copy of my transcript?


Majors and Programs

Does it help to choose a minor along with your major?

What is a double major, and can it affect my career search?


General Questions

What if I’m an undecided student?

It is okay to be an undecided student when you enter college. Many students are unsure which path they want to take during their freshman, sophomore, and sometimes the beginning of their junior because they have been unable to find their “niche”, or are simply testing the waters. When searching for a career path it is important to feel passionate about your work, so that may be the first place to look. Ask yourself, “What do I enjoy?” The answer may be close at hand. If all else fails there is career counseling at the Counseling Center to help you in the right direction. Advisors are also available for information on majors and possible careers for each. 

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How do I add/drop classes?

Students are allowed to drop classes prior to the first week of school and receive a full refund. After the first week the percentage of the refund drops with each week. If a student wishes to drop a class they can go to the Office of Registrar and fill out an add/drop card.

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Can I withdraw from a class and enroll in another during the second week of school?

You can withdraw from a class (or classes) during the second week of school. However, you will receive a lower refund and will have to speak with the Office of Financial Aid and Student Accounts for further information. If you decide to enroll in other classes during the second week then you will need to go speak to your advisor. They may send you to the Office of Registrar (located in Lawshe Hall). You will have to fill out an “add/drop” card, then get the signature and permission from the professor of the course that you are trying to enroll in. Be advised, that this may or may not work. Some courses are already well under way during the second week and students may not be able to catch up with the work. 

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Is there a Supplemental Instructor (SI) available for my class?

Some courses do in fact have Supplemental Instructors (SI) available. A Supplemental Instructor is a student that’s been recommended by faculty and has already taken and passed a particular subject with an A or B. For some courses the SI will sit in on the specific course and designate a tutoring session. Each tutoring session will have been scheduled and created by the SI for any and all students enrolled in that course. There is a list and schedule of available Supplemental Instructors on the Tutoring Center Website.

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Where are main computer labs located?

Main Computer Labs are located in both the Gyte and Powers buildings. The main computer lab is located in the Powers Building and is open to all students and staff. The Gyte 40 Cyber Cafe is located in the Gyte Building room 40 and the Gyte 48 Open Computing lab is also in Gyte, room 48. There is also color printing available in the Gyte, room 40 for $0.25. Each lab’s hours are as follows:

Contact Information

Powers Lab: (219) 989-2305

Gyte 40 Cyber Cafe: (219) 989-8066

Gyte 48 Open Computing: (219) 989-8003

Monday – Thursday

Powers: 7:30am – 11:00pm

Gyte: 7:30am – 2:00am

Friday

Powers: 7:30am – 5:00pm

Gyte: 7:30am – 8:00pm

Saturday

Powers: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Gyte: 8:00am – 8:00pm

Sunday

Powers: 1:00pm – 9:00pm

Gyte: 1:00pm – 12:00am

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If I fail a class, retake it, and receive a higher grade will the low grade show on my record?

If you take a course for the first time, that grade will be placed into your GPA and it will appear on your transcript. However, if you take the EXACT same course again and pass then the new grade will be averaged into your GPA. The grade that you received the first time will be pulled from your GPA, but it will still remain on your transcript. When retaking the same courses only the most recent grades are accepted into your GPA, whether they are better or worse grades.

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Course Schedules and Registration

How can I determine what classes to take each semester?

You can determine what classes to take each semester by keeping track of your bingo sheet. This way you can see recommended courses for each semester. You can also view your plan of study through the Academic Catalog. If you search for your particular field of study and major you will be able to view a listing of all the required courses. If you still need help making out your schedule then you can come see your advisor and they will be more than happy to assist you.

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How many courses should I take per semester?

That depends on whether or not you receive financial aid and the amount of courses you think you can cope with. If you receive financial aid be aware that certain types of aid require that you take a certain amount of credit hours per semester in order to remain eligible for that particular financial aid. You may want to speak with someone in the Office of Financial Aid if you are considering taking less than 12 credit hours. Twelve credit hours is considered full time, while six or less is part time. If your financial aid is not an issue then you can take the amount of classes that’s best for you. In order to complete a 4 year degree program within that time frame then you may have to take up to 18 credit hours. Again, it is up to you how many classes to take per semester.

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Is there a limit as to how many times I can withdraw from courses during a semester?

Yes, if you receive certain types of financial aid then there is a limit as to how many courses you can drop and still remain eligible for that aid (you will have to speak with the Office of Financial Aid about that). There’s also the matter of being aware of your completion rate, which must be equal to or greater than 67%. This 67% should reflect your overall total number of earned (or completed) credit hours out of those hours that were attempted. Dropping classes continuously without retaking them can greatly decrease your completion rate. However, if financial aid is not a factor then you may drop your classes as needed. Please be aware that after certain designated dates refunds for those classes will vary.

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If a course is dropped, will it show up on my record?

If a class if dropped before the designated drop date then it will not affect your permanent academic record. Administrative withdrawals and failing grades will appear on your record, but a failing grade may be removed from your GPA by retaking the class and obtaining a higher grade.

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Where can I get a copy of my schedule?

You may request a copy of your statement of classes for any given semester from the Office of the Registrar. Please note: this information is considered confidential and protected under the Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA-1974) and will therefore not be given out to anyone without a Picture ID. You can also get you schedule of classes by logging into your PC Star account.

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How can I get a copy of my transcript?

Students can obtain a copy of their unofficial transcript by logging into their PC Star account (PC Star), and clicking on the Student Services and Financial Aid link. If an official transcript is needed students can request one at the Office of Registrar located in Lawshe Hall room 130. Additional information is provided on the Office of Registrar’s site.

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Majors and Programs

Does it help to choose a minor along with your major?

First, the difference between a college major and minor is the amount of credits that are required for each. Usually, a college minor requires fewer number of credit hours and course requirements. It can be beneficial to obtain a minor along with your major if you find yourself taking courses that are required for both the minor and major. Obtaining a minor can also enhance your skills, and can make a great addition to your resume.

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