For most people the beginning of December brings holiday joy and cheer. For the overworked and mentally deteriorating college student the only thing it brings is stress, anxiety, and late nights in the library. The perfect ending to 16 weeks of classes is an accumulation of exams, projects, and papers, all conveniently condensed into a short strenuous time period. The final stretch before a well needed and earned break from school, Finals week is universally dreaded by all who encounter it. That being said the desperation of students actually brings the UAlbany community together. Continue reading “Fierce and Freaked and Finishing Finals”
Re-posted from ASC Advisor, Rachel Moody’s Blog: www.dreamclimbthrive.com.
THE DEADLINE TO APPLY S/U GRADING AND/OR TO WITHDRAW FROM A SPRING 2016, SEMESTER LENGTH CLASS IS TODAY, APRIL 5, 2016.
Facts about using the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade mode option:
- We do not have a pass/fail option. A “D-” is passing, but it will not earn you an “S”.
- You need to earn a “C” or higher to earn an “S”; a “C-” is not high enough.
- Some majors do not allow S/U grading for their courses.
- You cannot S/U upper-level courses (300 Level and Higher)
- Neither the “S” or the “U” will affect your GPA but you can only earn credit if you earn an “S”.
- Click here to read the UAlbany official policy on the S/U grading option.
Facts about withdrawing:
- A “W” grade will not affect your GPA but it may detrimentally affect your Financial Aid Eligibility.
- Make sure to speak with both an advisor and a Financial Aid Counselor before dropping a course.
- Click here to read the UAlbany official policy on dropping courses.
Before you S/U or W ask yourself:
- What have I done to succeed in this class?
- Am I aware of the resources available to help me?
- If not, Check out Advising Plus.
- Am I using those resources to the best of my ability?
Before you S/U or W, you should speak to an advisor. If your advisor is not available, see the advisor-on-duty in our office. The Advisor-on-Duty is available to students of all majors, Monday-Friday, 1 pm – 5 pm.
If you have a general question about anything above, ask us in the comments below!
Criminal Justice Intended Majors
TOMORROW is the last day to submit your Criminal Justice Application:
Students who meet the following qualifications are guaranteed admission into the criminal justice major.
- Achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher following completion of at least 56 credits (of which 30 credit hours must be taken at the University at Albany)
- Earned a grade of B or better in two of the following courses – RCRJ 201, 202 or 203 or equivalents
- Completed the statistics and research methods classes required of majors (RCRJ 281 and 282, or equivalents) with a grade of B or better.
Even those students who qualify for guaranteed admission must complete an application.
Application into the Criminal Justice Major
Students who do not meet the conditions for guaranteed admission into the major, can still apply for admission. However, it is important to note that criminal justice is a restricted major with limited enrollment. Applications for admission to the criminal justice major are reviewed by the School’s Undergraduate Admissions and Awards Committee. Applicants must have completed at least 42 graduation credits prior to application and 56 credits at the time of admission, and they must have earned a B or higher in RCRJ 201, RCRJ 202, or RCRJ 203 (or ASOC 203).
Some of the factors considered during application review include:
- Overall grade point average
- Breadth and quality of liberal arts background. The committee will view favorably students who have strong records in history, mathematics, English, languages, and/or natural sciences.
- Student’s Written Statement of reason for seeking to undertake a criminal justice major
To become a criminal justice major, you must complete an application.
Application Deadlines for Current UAlbany Students
For fall admission, applications must be received by the last Friday in February.
For spring admission, applications must be received by the last Friday in September
Your Advisement Verification Numbers (AVNs) that allow you to register are available. In order to receive your Summer and Fall 2016 AVNs, you must first meet with your academic advisor to discuss your goals and outline your course plan.
When Can You Register?
You may view your Enrollment Date by clicking on “When Can I Enroll?” under the Academics tab in your MYUAlbany account. The earliest date and time is what you are looking for!
DO NOT WAIT until your enrollment date to look for an appointment. Make an appointment to meet with your advisor TODAY!
How to Prepare for Your Advisement Meeting?
- Review your degree audit.Your degree audit outlines the general education courses, major and minor requirements you need to fulfill in order to graduate. If you are undecided, you can still have different intended-majors added to your program to see what would be needed. Just speak to your advisor. Click here to view a video on how to access and understand your degree audit. You may also meet with one of our Peer Advisors. Click here for the Peer Advisor Schedule.
- Think about what else you would like to learn aside from your major, minor, and general education requirements. You will likely have a lot of room to take electives. Use this space to increase your understanding of the world!
- Are you undecided about your major and your potential career? You are not alone! For many students, the first 1-2 years of college is spent sampling different pathways to determine what makes the most sense for them. Please make use of your Academic Advisor and our Career and Professional Development Office to help you to strategically explore your options.
Resources to Check Out While You Are Waiting for Your Appointment with Your Advisor:
Today is the last day to drop a semester length class without receiving a grade of “W.”
|Tue, February 2||Last day to drop semester length course without receiving a “W”|
|Tue, February 2||Last day of late registration for the semester|
|Tue, February 2||Last day to drop 8 Week 1 courses with 60% financial liability (view liability schedule).|
|Tue, February 2||Last day to drop semester length courses with 30% financial liability(view liability schedule).|
|Tue, February 2||Last day to add semester length course with permission of instructor via MyUAlbany (permission number required). Adding courses after this date will require a letter from the course instructor.|
Missing a deadline can cost you your peace of mind and money. Make sure to regularly check your syllabi and the academic calendar so that nothing takes you by surprise.