Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is my advisor?

2. How do I get advised?

3. Do I need to do anything to prepare for my advising appointment?

4. How can I change my major?

5. Can I withdraw from a class?

6. What is the difference between dropping a class and withdrawing from a class?

7. Can I take classes at a college near my home and transfer it back to VSU?

8. How does this work?

9. I just received notification that I am on Academic Probation. What happens next?

 

1. Who is my advisor?

To find your advisor's name:

Login to Banner >> Select the Student & Financial Aid link >> Select the Student Record link >> Select the DegreeWorks link

When the page is displayed, your advisor's name will appear beside the gray box in the first column below the Student View.


 

2. How do I get advised?

Call the Centralized Advising office at 229-245-4378 to schedule an appointment with your advisor, or visit our office located in the University Center 1114.

 


 

3. Do I need to do anything to prepare for my advising appointment?

  1. Arrive on time!
  2. Review the VSU catalogue for requirements in the Core Curriculum and the major.
  3. Login to DegreeWorks to review you current degree status and requirements you have not yet met.
  4. Come prepared to discuss your academic, personal, and career goals and priorities.
  5. Examine the schedule as posted on BANNER, and prepare a tentative list of course options.
  6. If you are unsure about anything, bring questions.
  7. Keep copies of all paperwork generated with your advisor.

 


 

4. How can I change my major?

  1. Pick up a Student Data Change form (also called a Major Change form) and complete Section A.
  2. Visit the department you are changing from, pick up your advising file, and have the form signed.
  3. Next, visit the department of the major you are declaring, have them sign the form and leave your advising file with them. Be sure to ask who your new advisor will be and how to contact him/her.
  4. Return the Student Data Change form to the Registrar's Office.

 


 

5. Can I withdraw from a class?

  1. You may withdraw from classes after the drop/add period until mid-term by completing the withdrawal process on BANNER. A withdrawal prior to mid-term results in a grade of "W". Although a "W" does not count in your GPA, you are only permitted a total of 5 for during your time at VSU. Withdrawals in excess of those 5 will result in an automatic "WF," which is calculated as an "F" in your GPA
  2. You should consult with the Financial Aid office to determine how your financial aid may be impacted.
  3. Students may NOT withdraw after mid-term. In cases of hardship, students may request an exception to this policy by completing a petition for withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office. If the petition is approved, the instructor may assign a grade of “W” or “WF” after mid-term. Note that “WF” is calculated in the grade point average the same as “F.”
  4. Medical Withdrawal Process
  5. Hardship Withdrawal Process
  6. Additional information can be found here.

 


 

6. What is the difference between dropping a class and withdrawing from a class?

  1. Dropping a class occurs during the official drop/add period at the beginning of each semester (approximately the first week of classes - check the Academic Calendar for exact dates). This process occurs online. At the end of the semester, there will be no official record of the student having been in the class.
  2. Withdrawal: Students may withdraw from courses following the drop/add period online until the midterm. A grade of "W" will appear in the student's official records.

 


 

7. Can I take classes at a college near my home and transfer it back to VSU?

Yes, you may enroll at another institution as a transient student. To enroll at another institution as a transient student, you must first apply for transient admission at the other institution. You should meet with your VSU advisor to complete a Transient Form, which is available in your advisor's office or at the Registrar's Office. Take the Transient Form to the VSU Admission's Office for their signature and course equivalencies. Once you have done this, take the form back to your advisor for signatures.Return to form to the Registrar's Office and be sure to request a transcript to be sent from the transient institution to VSU once you have completed your classes there.

 


 

8. I just received notification that I am on Academic Probation. What happens next?.

  1. You need to meet with your advisor immediately to discuss issues that led to your situation
  2. Students are placed on probation based on either your semester GPA or your cumulative GPA:

 

Semester Hours attempted at VSU and hours transferred to VSU

Cumulative grade-point average required on VSU courses

1 - 29

1.60

30 -59

1.75

60 - 89

1.90

90 - graduation

2.00

 

A student will be placed on academic probation if, at the end of any semester while in good standing, the cumulative GPA falls below the minimum specified in the table above or the semester GPA falls below 2.00. Even though a student on probation is making some progress toward graduation, it should be clearly understood that without immediate academic improvement, suspension may result.