FAQs

FAQs

Why do I need an Academic Advisor?

When should I see my advisor?

How do I find CASA?

How do I get a tutor?

Is it important to get to know professors? What are office hours for?

Can I take a semester off from school and return?

How many semester hours do I need to be a FR, SO, JR, SR?

What jobs, internships, and opportunities are available for this major?

How do I find out what classes are available?

What does “R” stand for in the class schedule?

How do I access the course catalog?

When do I register for classes?

How do I know what classes to take?

How do I register for classes?

Will I be dropped from a class if I stop going?

How many classes can I drop?

Why can I not sign up for classes?

Do I have to have a major?

Is pre-med/vet/dental/engineering/law/physical therapy/etc. a major?

I can’t decide what to major in.

How do I declare a major?

Can I change my major/minor?

How do I choose my classes?

How many courses should I take my first semester?

How do I set up my UNCGenie and email accounts?

How do my AP test scores count?

How do I know what requirements I have already satisfied?

What requirements do I need to fulfill in order to graduate?

How many units does it take to graduate?

What is the GL/GN requirement?

What is the WI/SI requirement?

What is the GFL requirement?

How do I calculate my GPA?

What is Degree Works?

How can I make a four year graduation plan?

What GPA do I have to maintain?

How do I apply for graduation?

Why am I taking General Education classes?

Why do I need an Academic Advisor?

Advisors guide you in formulating your educational plans, and help you to translate your goals, interests, and career aspirations into an effective education. Your advisor will help you understand the academic requirements that give structure to your study. If you are an undeclared student your advisor will be assigned through the Students First Office.  In your first several semesters, meet with your advisor regularly to plan each semester’s academic program and to explore how your interests can lead to the choice of a major and even a career.

When should I see my advisor?

During the semester, you will receive an email from your advisor detailing the dates and times that advising will be available.  As a general rule, however, it is recommended that you meet with your advisor ‘early,’ and ‘often.’  While you will not register until past the mid-way point of the semester, setting up an appointment early will help you beat the rush that occurs right before registration.  In addition, meeting early opens up the possibility of exploring ideas such as second majors, study abroad, or customizing your GEC/CAR requirements without having to worry about being rushed.

How do I find CASA?

CASA is located in suite 103 in the Julius Foust- not Mary Foust- building.  The address is 1010 Administrative Drive, on the corner of College Avenue and Spring Garden.

How do I get a tutor?

Tutoring and study skills workshops are offered by the Student Success Center. Their office is located in McIver 104.

Is it important to get to know professors? What are office hours for?

It is always useful to get to know your professors. Professors keep office hours, and the times and locations will be on your syllabus, usually distributed on the first day of class. Office hours are a good time to discuss ideas generated in class, to clarify assignments, and to share common enthusiasms with professors. Eventually, you may well be asking professors for letters of recommendation, and strong, specific letters require that your professor know you as well as your work.

Can I take a semester off from school and return?

Information to come.

How many semester hours do I need to be a FR, SO, JR, SR?

Freshman status requires 0-29 units

Sophomore status requires 30-59 units

Junior status requires 60-89 units

Senior status requires 90 or more units

What jobs, internships, and opportunities are available for this major?

The Career Center (#1 EUC) can help by providing information on numerous jobs available for any given major. You are also encouraged to get experience prior to graduation through internships and volunteering.

How do I find out what classes are available?

Classes can be found online through UNCGenie’s homepage under the ‘class schedule’ link.  There, you can see courses’ five digit CRN numbers, days and times, professors, what general education requirements (GEC/CAR) the course meets, and the number of seats remaining.  The five-digit CRN number will be needed to register for the course in UNCGenie.

What does “R” stand for in the class schedule?

“R” represents Thursday in the class schedule.

How do I access the course catalog?

The University catalog is the essential tool for your college career and can be viewed on UNCGenie’s homepage under ‘course catalog.’  Course pre-requisites, co-requisites, semesters offered, and a brief description are available.

When do I register for classes?

Find your registration period by checking your registration status in UNCGenie.  Access it by entering the secure area -> click on the student tab -> check your registration status -> select the term you will be registering for.

How do I know what classes to take?

Find your registration period by viewing the registration timetable or check your student center within your portal for your enrollment date.

How do I register for classes?

Make sure you have access to your UNCGenie (know your student ID AND six-digit PIN number).  Make an appointment with your advisor to go over your schedule and receive your advising code.  You will  not be able to register without your advising code.  Log into the secure area on UNCGenie-> click the student tab-> click registration -> click add/drop classes-> select the term-> enter advising code -> enter CRNs.

Click here to see a step-by-step video of the process.

Will I be dropped from a class if I stop going?

It is always the student’s responsibility to drop a class. If a student stops going to a course the instructor will likely not drop them from a course.  Many departmental policies state that after a certain number of absences, students’ grades will be automatically lowered to an ‘F.’

How many classes can I drop?

Students at UNCG can drop 16 hours worth of courses during their career at UNCG. However, students must complete 67% of the hours that they attempt at the beginning of the semester.

Why can I not sign up for classes?

There are several possible reasons for not being able to sign up for classes. First, if it is not during the Add/Drop Period, double check if it is your scheduled registration period. Second, check on UNCGenie to see if there are any holds on your transcripts. Third, has the tuition deadline passed and you haven’t paid your fees? These are all possible reasons for not being able to sign up for classes. For further information come in or call CASA.

Do I have to have a major?

Yes. In order to graduate with an undergraduate degree, you must choose and complete a major.

Is pre-med/vet/dental/engineering/law/physical therapy/etc. a major?

No.  While we have pre-professional programs, they are to be adopted in conjunction with a major, not in place of it.  The pre-professional programs are a list of courses that prepare you for progression into any of these fields.  While you can be in any pre-professional program with any major, there are certain combinations that more easily meet the pre-professional requirements, such as Biology and pre-medicine, and Physics and pre-engineering.  For some of the pre-professional programs, you may be required to transfer to a different university to complete your studies.  Make sure to let your advisor know early about your interest in these programs.

I can’t decide what to major in.

A list of majors is available in the university catalog. The Career Services Center offers interest inventories to see what majors correspond with your interests, and your advisors can help with your choices.

How do I declare a major?

To declare your major you simply need to visit the proper online major change form and enter the information.  For the College of Arts and Sciences, Health and Human Services, the School of Education, and the School of Nursing, click here.  For the Bryan School of Business, click here.  Another option is to visit the registrar’s office in person and request a change.  Typically, it takes seven business days for the change to take place.

Can I change my major/minor?

Yes!  Simply follow the same steps listed above for declaring a major.  You can also add majors this way.

How do I choose my classes?

Spartan Orientation and Registration (SOAR) is the optimal way to get advising and help with choosing classes from faculty and professional advisors.  There are SOAR dates available for students entering in both Fall and Spring semesters.  If you are not able to attend SOAR, then Academic advising and advisors within your major can help design your schedule.

How many courses should I take my first semester?

A full load of courses (14-16 hours) are recommended for the first semester. In order to graduate in four years a student needs to average 15 credits or more a semester.

How do I set up my UNCGenie and email accounts?

You activate your account by going to Information Technology Services and selecting activate my accounts.

How do my AP test scores count?

You can check your AP or IB scores and how they will transfer here.

How do I know what requirements I have already satisfied?

During your transfer advising, you may already have a Degree Works account set up, which will show you what has transferred in so far and what requirements you have left.  If your Degree Works report is not set up yet, your advisor will look at your transcripts with you and determine what courses will likely be met.  If you are transferring in with an Associate’s Degree, the majority of your General Education Requirements (GEC/CAR) may be taken care of already.  Make sure to speak with your advisor about this!

What requirements do I need to fulfill in order to graduate?

The requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree are outlined in the following videos:

(CASA VIDEOS LINK)

(SFO VIDEOS LINK)

How many units does it take to graduate?

The number of semester hours needed to graduate from UNCG with a Bachelor’s degree is 122.  To graduate in four years, this is a 14-16 semester hour load per semester (averaging out to 15 hours per semester).

What is the GL/GN requirement?

You must complete a minimum of 1 GN (Global-Nonwestern) course and 3 other GL (Global) or GN courses.  These courses will be flagged as GL or GN in the class schedule search and the course catalog.  These courses focus on perspectives from various geographical areas and cultures.

What is the WI/SI requirement?

In the College of Arts and Sciences, you must complete four Writing Intensive (WI) courses during your time at UNCG, one of which must be at the 300 level or above.  You must also complete two Speaking Intensive (SI) courses at any level.  Many majors require a WI and SI course to be taken from that major, which can overlap with the overall requirements.

What is the GFL requirement?

In the College of Arts and Sciences, the Foreign Language (GFL) requirement is intermediate-level proficiency in a language.  This equates to passing the 204 level of any language course.  If you begin at the basic level of language at UNCG, this means that you should plan for four semesters’ worth of language.  If you are already proficient in a language other than English contact CASA to explore options about having this requirement waived.  If you have this requirement waived, you will not receive semester hour credit for any language courses.

How do I calculate my GPA?

To calculate your Grade Point Average (GPA) you divide your Grade Points Earned by semester hours attempted. There is also a GPA calculator here to see how your current classes could affect your GPA.

What is Degree Works?

Degree Works shows how courses you have taken apply toward GEC/CAR requirements and your major requirements, including total hours for graduation, upper-division (300+) hours, WI/SI requirements, GL/GN requirements, and any others. Degree Works can be accessed in UNCGenie in the secure area -> student tab -> student records -> Degree Works.

You can also click on ‘what if’ to create a report based on any other majors that UNCG offers, to see what progress you have made and the requirements for any other fields of study. (Remember to click “apply” after you enter your ‘what if’ choices.)

How can I make a four year graduation plan?

You can find a pdf of our graduation plan and a short video on how to use it here .  Make sure to schedule an appointment with your advisor as you fill this out, to make sure that all of your requirements are met in your plan!

What GPA do I have to maintain?

In order to avoid academic probation and/or suspension, you must attain: at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and at least a 2.0 in courses required for the major.  Some majors may have additional GPA requirements, they are described in each major program description.  In addition, most classes with prerequisites require that you obtain a C or better in the prerequisite course to proceed.

How do I apply for graduation?

You can find an application for graduation here

Why am I taking General Education classes?

While the major course of study provides in depth study of a discipline and prepares students to pursue specific careers, General Education creates a common intellectual experience that not only prepares students for a rich and satisfying life, but also supplements their knowledge with skills that are highly sought after.  Communication, critical thinking, and leadership ability are often cited as the key skills employers seek in new hires.  In addition, general Education helps students discover the connections among various fields of knowledge and fosters an appreciation of the natural world and the many diverse expressions of human imagination and ingenuity, today and in the past.