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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I contact my advisor?
When should I see my advisor?
How should I prepare for an advising appointment?
When do I register for classes?
How do I register for classes?
How/when may I drop/add a class?
What should I consider before dropping a class?
What majors are offered at UC?
What minors are offered at UC?

If I want to change my major, how can I learn which of the courses I've already taken will count toward a new major, and what additional courses I will need?
How do I change my major/minor?
How do I add or drop a major/minor? 
What is a degree plan?
What is an audit sheet?
May I take classes off campus?
What is the Ursuline Studies Program?
What are the academic requirements for financial aid?
How can I complete an internship?
How can I earn credit for service learning (volunteer work)?
How can I track my degree progress online?

What will my semester and my cumulative (career) GPA be at the end of the semester if I estimate the grades I think I'll earn in my current courses?
What grades will I need to earn from this semester forward to receive honors at graduation?
How can I access an official transcript?


How do I contact my advisor?
Email or make a telephone call to your advisor. You can also go to your advisor’s office and leave a message there if your advisor is not available.


When should I see my advisor?

It is required that you meet with your advisor in order to plan your schedule and gain permission to register for classes each semester. It is recommended that you meet with your advisor whenever you have an academic concern. It is also helpful to meet with your advisor if you are considering changing your major and/or to discuss graduate school plans or career plans.


How should I prepare for an advising appointment?

If it is your first meeting with your advisor it is helpful to be ready to describe why you chose Ursuline College and your major. For any appointments, it is often helpful to make a list of questions or concerns that you wish to discuss with your advisor. If you are meeting to plan your schedule you should prepare by reviewing your degree plan, accessing the course schedule online, and bringing your suggestions for the classes you plan to take.


When do I register for classes?

Each semester students receive email notification when the course schedule for the next semester is available online. The summer and fall schedules are usually available in mid-March. The spring schedule is usually available in late October. After the schedule is posted you meet with your advisor who clears you to register and gives you the timeline for registration. Registration for summer and fall usually begins in April; registration for spring usually begins in November.


How do I register for classes?
After you meet with your advisor you register in one of two ways. If you are an athlete you turn in a paper registration form to the Student Service Center. If you are not an athlete you go online to register according to the registration schedule (see above).


How/when may I drop/add a class?
You may only add a class during the first week of the semester. You may drop a class without financial penalty during the first week of classes. During that week any classes that are dropped will not appear on your transcript. After the first week of classes you may drop classes until the “last date to drop” which is published in the course schedule each semester. Any classes dropped after the first week of classes will appear as W on your transcript. Your advisor must sign the form. Athletes must also obtain the signature of the Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) on this form. The Course Change form is available in the Student Service Center and online.
Click here to access the electronic Course Change form.


What should I consider before dropping a class?

Dropping a class after the first week of the semester is a serious decision.  It is recommended that you first discuss this with your academic advisor and the instructor of the class you are considering dropping. It is also important to check with the Financial Aid office to see how dropping a class might affect your financial aid and bill, especially if you would be enrolled in fewer than 12 credits (full-time status) after the drop. Athletes also need to discuss dropping a class with their coach; their drops must be approved by the Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR).


How do I change my major/minor?

To change your major/minor you contact your advisor and complete a Change of Major/Minor form. If you wish to discuss changing your major you can do so with your current advisor or with a staff member in the Success Office of URSA, MU 306. The Change of Major form is available in the Student Service Center and online.
Click here to access the electronic Change of Major/Minor form.


How do I add or drop a major/minor?
To add or drop a major/minor you contact your advisor and complete a Change of Major/Minor form. If you wish to do so you can also meet with a staff member in the Success Office of URSA, MU 306. The Change of Major/Minor form is available in the Student Service Center and online.
Click here to access the electronic Change of Major/Minor form.


What majors are offered at UC?
Click here to access all majors offered at UC.


What minors are offered at UC?

Click here to access all minors offered at UC.


If I want to change my major, how can I learn which of the courses I've already taken will count toward a new major, and what additional courses I will need?
Access the Students tab in MyUrsuline on the college website. Click on Explore a Different Major, select the major you are considering, click view, then click on the abbreviation for the new major.


What is a degree plan?
A degree plan is a chart that maps out semester by semester all the classes you need to graduate with a degree in your major.
Click here to access degree plans.


What is an audit sheet?

An audit sheet is a list of all the classes you need to graduate from Ursuline College. There is an audit sheet for each major, each minor, and the core curriculum – the Ursuline Studies Program.
Click here to access audit sheets.


May I take classes off campus?
You may take courses at other institutions during the regular semester or in the summer. However, these courses will not be accepted for credit unless you have completed a Transient Student Form that includes a signature of approval from your advisor and Office of Academic Affairs. Athletes must also obtain the signature of the Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) on this form. You must be in good academic standing: a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and not currently on academic probation. The Transient Student Form must be completed prior to enrolling in the off-campus course. In order for the course(s) to be accepted for credit at Ursuline College, you must earn a grade of “C” or better. Ursuline students who have received approval to enroll in courses at other accredited colleges and universities are responsible for having an official transcript of their course work sent to the Office of the Registrar upon the completion of their academic work. In the semester prior to expected graduation, students may not take courses away from Ursuline. The Transient Student form is available in the Student Service Center and online.
Click here to access the electronic Transient Student form.


What is the Ursuline Studies Program?
The Ursuline Studies Program is the heart of education at the college.  It is our core curriculum and consists of a series of 14 writing-intensive, interdisciplinary courses for a total of 49 credits. Ursuline Studies courses, in conjunction with courses from the School of Arts and Sciences, serve as the foundation for all undergraduate majors the college offers. The Ursuline Studies Program encourages personal and social growth. These courses are collaborative and writing-intensive. Small classes promote individual attention, encourage academic excellence and set the context for lifelong learning.


What are the academic requirements for financial aid?
The federal government has established a Satisfactory Academic Progress policy for financial aid recipients. Undergraduate students must complete 70% of the coursework for which they enroll (and do not withdraw during the first week of classes).  Graduate students must complete 75% of their coursework.  Grades of Incomplete are treated as failed classes under this policy.

Also, undergraduate students must maintain the following minimum GPAs based on the number of credits they have attempted: 0-24 credits – 1.7, 24.1 – 48 credits – 1.9, 48.1+ credits – 2.0.  Graduate students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students who do not meet these requirements will be on warning for one semester.  If they do not meet the requirements at the end of that semester, they will lose their financial aid. Also, students who earn a GPA of less than 1.0 will automatically lose their financial aid.  Students who lose their financial aid have the right to appeal. Please contact the Financial Aid office for more information.


How can I complete an internship?
Any student may register for an internship. An internship is highly recommended for the experience it provides for future job placement and/or graduate school admission. It is recommended that you discuss this opportunity with your academic advisor and with the Experiential Education Coordinator in the Office of Counseling and Career Services.
Click here for further information.


How can I earn credit for service learning (volunteer work)?

Service learning (volunteer work) is also highly recommended for the experience it provides for career decision-making, job placement, and/or graduate school admission. Service learning credits must be tied to an existing course for which you are registered with the permission of that instructor.  You may earn one free (no cost) service learning credit per year that counts toward your graduation requirement of 128 credits. The program is coordinated by the Office of Campus Ministry.
Click here for further information, including the Service Learning Guide and application.


How can I track my degree progress online?
Access the Students tab in MyUrsuline from the college website. Click on Degree Audit, then click on View All Details for a summary of the required courses for the Ursuline Studies core and for your major that you have completed and those that you still need to complete. You can then click on Printable Degree Audit for a convenient copy.


What will my semester and my cumulative (career) GPA be at the end of the semester if I estimate the grades I think I'll earn in my current courses?
Access the Students tab in MyUrsuline on the college website. Click on GPA projection, then click on Current Term Projection in the middle of the page. Follow instructions there.


What grades will I need to earn from this semester forward to receive honors at graduation?
Honors are earned based on your cumulative GPA: Summa Cum Laude - 3.9, Magna Cum Laude - 3.7, Cum Laude - 3.5. To determine if you will qualify, access the Students tab in MyUrsuline on the college website. Click on GPA projection, click on Go, then click on GPA Calculator in the middle of the page. In the box for additional credits, enter the number of credits you still need to graduate, skip the next box, then in the box for Resultant GPA, enter your desired GPA. Click on calculate.

How can I access an official transcript?
Access the Students tab in MyUrsuline on the college website. Click on Unofficial Transcript.


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