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Whether it is your first time in college, you are transferring schools or coming back to school as an adult learner, here are some helpful tips to ease you through this transition:
Admission Status verify that you have submitted all required documents and clear any pending holds that would prevent you from registration. Ex; final official transcripts, AP scores.
Financial Aid Submit all requested paperwork and review Scholarship requirements and financial aid package.
Orientation Participate in any and all orientation events to familiarize yourself with the campus and resources that the school has to offer. Ex; get your School ID, parking decal
Academic Advising Schedule an appointment with an academic advisor every semester to discuss Academic Planning, course registration, curriculum requirements, buy or sell textbooks on www.gremlinbooks.com, placement exams, additional ways to earn credit, Academic Calendar deadlines, catalog policies and other opportunities.
Standard Academic Progress review the school’s policy on failing classes, GPA, Academic Warning, Probation and Suspension. You are responsible for meeting the school's standards and if you fail to do so you could lose your financial aid eligibility.
Housing visit and secure your housing arrangements before you move.
Career Development If you aren’t happy with the major you chose, it will be okay. Explore other options and discover other possible majors and career paths.
Athletics work together with your coach and your Academic Advisor to plan your schedule so that everyone is on the same page.
Bonus Tips: Be flexible. Not all classes will be offered when you want them to be, they fill up fast and sometimes classes get cancelled. You might fail a class and have to repeat it before you can move forward in your curriculum, which will throw off your “anticipated” graduation date. So be flexible. Look up the policy on plagiarism before you submit your first paper. In most of the cases I have seen, the student wasn’t even aware that they had committed it. An upset student might say to me, “But I pay so much money to be here..” And my answer for them is always the same. Yes, you do pay a lot of money to be here, but Education is an investment in yourself. Take it seriously. College is meant to help you grow, challenge yourself and take ownership and responsibility for your actions. What are you doing to be successful? Let’s discuss why this hasn’t been working for you and together let’s make a plan to help you get you back on track. You can do it!
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