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Academic advising: Students without a declared major have an adviser in the University Advising and Academic Services Center (UAASC). Students with a declared major receive advising assistance through their academic major department or college advising center. Most freshmen admitted on academic warning (regardless of major) are advised by the Academic Services Program in the UAASC.

Pre-registration: See your adviser early! Pre-registration occurs in November for the spring semester and in April for the summer and fall terms. All encumbrances must be cleared to pre-register for classes. Students are required to meet with their academic advisers prior to pre-registration. Students are strongly encouraged to make an early appointment to see their advisers for help in selecting courses and planning an effective schedule.

Academic load: Students are required to adhere to the following guidelines with respect to academic load. The load figures are based on a regular 16-week semester. Summer session load should be prorated according to the same guidelines.

1. Academic load for students in good standing:
a. Minimum load for full-time status..................12 semester hours (s.h.)
b. Normal or average load.................................................. 15-16 s.h.
c. Maximum load (without approvals)....................................... 18 s.h.
d. Maximum load for students with at least 3.00 GPA
(students with a 2.50-2.99 GPA need approval of the College
dean or designee)............................................................. 19-21 s.h.
2. Academic load for students on academic warning or probation:
a. Minimum load for full-time status........................................12 s.h.
b. Maximum load (without approval of the Council of Admissions,
Graduation, and Academic Standards)................................... 16 s.h.
c. Maximum load–summer session............................................ 6 s.h.

Class standing:
Freshman — less than 30 semester hours
Sophomore — 30-59 semester hours
Junior — 60-89 semester hours
Senior — 90 or more semester hours

Centennial Honors College: The Centennial Honors College provides opportunities for academically-talented students to excel both in and out of the classroom. Honors students can take honors seminars which count toward general education requirements and can conduct research with faculty members in their majors. Eligibility requirements for entering students are based on ACT scores and school class rank, while eligibility requirements for continuing students are based on GPA. To find out more, call (309) 298-2228, email Honors@wiu.edu, or visit wiu.edu/honors.

Study abroad options are available for students in any major or minor. Talk to your academic adviser and contact the Office of Study Abroad, (309) 298-2504, for more information.

Academic assistance centers: Many academic departments have tutorial centers, achievement centers, or skill/performance labs staffed to assist you. Since the hours of operation may vary, contact each department (subject area for which you are seeking assistance) for specific information or visit wiu.edu/uaasc. Click on “academic success.”

Tutoring is available through the Office of Academic Services (OAS), UAASC, (309) 298-1871.

The University Writing Center, Simpkins Hall 341, (309) 298-2815, provides a wide range of across-the-curriculum writing assistance services to students, faculty, and staff. The Writing Center is staffed by highly-qualified graduate and undergraduate students from across the curriculum. Tutorial services are available for every stage in the writing process including finding a topic, invention, research, drafting, revising, and editing. First Year Experience Centers have evening and Sunday hours in first-year residence halls offering writing center services in addition to math tutoring.

Academic assistance is everywhere, but you need to take the first step to get help. Ask questions of your professors or academic department, and check out the academic assistance centers on campus.

GPA

GPA Calculator

Grade point average (GPA): A student’s GPA is determined by dividing the total number of honor points earned by the total hours attempted.
A  = 4.00       B+ = 3.33         C+ = 2.33            D+ = 1.33
A- = 3.67       B  = 3.00          C  = 2.00            D   = 1.00
                   B- = 2.67          C- = 1.67            D- = 0.67
                                                                 F  = 0.00

Example:

Class Grade Pts. Hrs. Att. Honor Pts.
English 180 B+ 3.33 x 3 = 9.99
Biology 101 B 3.00 x 4 = 12.00
History 105 A- 3.67 x 3 = 11.01
Math 128 C 2.00 x 3 = 6.00
Psych 100 B- 2.67 x 3 = 8.01
      16 47.01

47.01 ÷ 16 = 2.938 GPA