Academic advising is a critical student support service at UNCG, ensuring students understand their degree requirements and progress efficiently to degree completion.
CASA advises all students in the College of Arts and Sciences with 29 or fewer earned credit hours. Students with 30 earned hours or more are advised in their major departments.
It takes 120 semester hours to earn a bachelor’s degree at UNCG, including coursework in general education, major, and sometimes elective or minor classes.
Additionally, students are required to complete at least 36 hours of 300+ level course work, and earn a minimum of 31 hours of semester hours at UNCG. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required to graduate.
(For students on catalog year prior to 2021, check with your advisor about general education requirements).
All students at UNCG must satisfy Minerva’s Academic Curriculum (MAC) requirements (33-34 credit hours required).
Undergraduate students must select one course from each of the competencies listed below:
Students in the College of Arts & Sciences have additional general education requirements, Communicating Ideas in Context (CIC), to further strengthen communication skills.
CIC requirements include:
Major requirements vary by academic department.
Graduation plan templates for each major.
Students who complete general education and major requirements yet still need additional classes to reach 120 credit hours can take elective courses of their choice. These additional credit hours can be used to add a minor field of study. Elective courses can also be used to complete the minimum of 36 hours of 300+ level coursework. Students should work with their academic advisors to strategize on best approaches to maximizing their education and completing all degree requirements.
How Advising Works in Your First Year
New first-time students are preregistered for their first semester classes for the sake of efficiency and to minimize the burden of quick decision making during SOAR. Students may make changes to their schedules after attending Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR) and anytime before the beginning of the semester by working with their CASA advisors. Students are encouraged to review the range of course options available to them and work with their advisors to create an optimum class schedule.
The typical first semester course schedule includes a Foundations class, one class in the student’s major, and three classes which meet general education requirements. For every general education category, there are several options, so students are encouraged to research and select classes that meet their specific interests.
After the first semester, students take a more active role in creating their course schedules and register themselves into classes after they have consulted with their academic advisor and obtained their advising code.
How Advising Works for Transfer Students
During summer and winter breaks, CASA works with incoming transfer, reactivated, and readmitted students to plan their next semester at UNCG. Advisors need up-to-date information on any incoming transfer credits to accurately advise students. Students who are at sophomore or higher class rank may also be advised through their major departments.