Policies & Procedures
The FAQs below will answer questions about registration/scheduling, grades, placement tests/test credit, and graduation. Please visit the Registrar site to answer all of your questions regarding:
- Registering for a class
- Adding/dropping a class
- Full time vs. part time enrollment
- How to get on a wait list if a course is full
- Degree Progress Report (DPR)
- Transfer credits
For information on policies that are not referenced below, please visit:
Registration & Scheduling
You can also find additional withdrawal information on the Vice Provost's General FAQs page.
You are a full-time student if you take 12 or more credits. However, to graduate in four years without winter or summer session classes, you must take at least 15 credits per semester. Most students take between 12-18 credits per semester, depending on what their advisors consider to be appropriate for them.
You are a full-time student if you take 12 or more credits in the fall or spring semester; you are part-time if you register for fewer credits. View the Help Sheet and Information for Part‐Time and Full‐Time Enrollment Status for more information.
You must first meet with your advisor so that they can lift the advising hold. Then you will be able to register for classes using myWCU.
Winter and Summer Session
The Winter session scheduling date and time will be listed on your myWCU account as soon as it becomes available in the Fall; this means you can often schedule Winter classes at the same time or shortly after you schedule for the following Spring. (And, similarly, you can often sign up for Summer classes at the same time you schedule for Fall.) When your advisor lifts your advising hold for spring, the hold for winter is also lifted (same for fall/summer).
You can find online classes by starting at the Class Search screen, then searching for "Online Distance Education" under "Location," or clicking "Additional Search Criteria" and then "Instruction Mode" to choose your distance education preference. You register for online classes just like you would for any other class.
Students considering withdrawing from all their courses should make an appointment with the Office of Financial Aid to discuss their situation prior to their withdrawal. The Office's Enrollment Changes page lays out some possible consequences of withdrawing.
Find additional information on Withdrawing from Courses on the Vice Provost site.
Students in good academic standing (GPA of 2.75 or above) may be allowed to take more than 18 credits in the fall or spring semester (7 in summer).
The DPR is an easy way of tracking your progress towards completing the requirements of your major(s) and minor(s). You can access this tool from the center link on your myWCU homepage.
The DPR helps you to map the requirements of your major that have been fulfilled and learn more about what courses you should take to fulfill other requirements of your program. Use the DPR in conjunction with the advising sheets and/or handbook for your major and minor programs.
It is highly recommended that you consult with your academic advisor to check the information printed on your DPR and to discuss anything on it you do not understand.
Grade, GPA, and Academic Standing
For all questions regarding academic probation or dismissal please see the Vice Provost's Probation and Dismissal page.
You can find your GPA listed on your Degree Progress Report (DPR) through your myWCU account. You are also able to calculate your GPA through the Registrar's website.
You qualify for the Dean's list if you have achieved a 3.67 GPA in a full-time semester.
Students receive NGs because they encounter a personal or medical difficulty during the semester that prevents them from completing all of their work for the course on time. Students who receive NGs must contact and then work with their professors to make up any deficiencies so that a final grade can be assigned. All work must be completed by the end of the 9th week of the following semester's classes, or the final grade will turn to an F.
Placement Tests and Credits
The Department of Languages and Cultures oversees this testing, and you can learn more about it from their Placement Test page.
You will not receive credit for language classes you test out of. The placement test simply indicates the level of language class you should begin with.
The Department of Mathematics oversees this testing, and you can learn more about it from their Placement Test page.
For additional questions about graduation, please visit the Vice Provost's General FAQs page.
You must earn a minimum of 120 credits: there are NO exceptions. Some programs require more than 120 credits.
Apply online through myWCU:
- Click on the "Apply for Graduation link" and follow the prompts.
- You must apply for AUGUST graduation (not May) if you are taking Summer courses to complete your degree. August graduates participate in the May ceremony.
For more information about graduation procedures visit the Registrar website.