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Undeclared, Undecided, and Change of Major

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Academic Advising for Undeclared, Undecided, and Change of Major Students

 

Mission Statement

The mission of Academic Advising for Undeclared and Undecided Students is to help students explore and identify programs of study that best align with their interests, strengths, and abilities. We collaborate with the campus community to empower and guide our students as they take responsibility for their academic careers and transition into and between majors.

Locations and Appointments

Academic Advisors are located in the Learning Commons in Library Building. To make an appointment to meet with them, email fry.a@gmc.edu or johnson.jakita@gmc.edu.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Academic Advisors are here to assist you with many areas of your academic experience. Here are some frequently asked questions to help you get started! However, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you!

Who is my advisor?
How do I contact an Undeclared/Undecided advisor?
When do I register for courses for next semester?
What can I do in Self-Service?
How do I drop or withdraw from a class?
When do I need to declare a major?
How do I declare/change my major?
Where can I find my GPA?
What do I have to do to maintain financial aid?
How do I know what classes to take?
What is FYE?
How do I know if I am eligible for a certain major?
When should I meet with my advisor?
Do I need to buy textbooks?

  1. Who is my advisor?

Students who are Undeclared or Undecided meet with assigned professional advisors in the Academic Resource Center (ARC).  These advisors also meet with students who are transitioning between majors or who may be taking classes part-time at Gwynedd-Mercy as non-matriculated students.  Students who are admitted and enrolled in other programs should meet with their advisors from their respective departments.  Students can identify their advisors by logging into Self-Service and looking at the bottom of their course schedules.

  1. How do I contact an Undeclared/Undecided advisor?

Your advisor is happy to answer any questions you have  and can schedule an appointment with you via phone or email.

Ashley Fry
fry.a@gmc.edu
215-646-7300 x323

Jakita Johnson
Johnson.jakita@gmc.edu
215-646-7300 x544

You can also make an appointment with an Undeclared/Undecided advisor by calling the Academic Resource Center at 267-448-1370.

Registration for the Spring semester usually begins late October/early November, and registration for the Summer and Fall usually begins late March/early April.  Plan to contact and meet with an academic advisor in advance of the registration period.

  1. What can I do in Self-Service?

In Self-Service, you can view your current course schedule, add/drop classes, find your unofficial transcript and grade reports, and view Academic and What If plans.  Academic and What If plans help students to see how classes they have already taken apply to their current majors and might be applicable to other majors on campus.

  1. How do I drop or withdraw from a class?

You should consult with your academic advisor prior to making any changes to your course schedule.  During the drop/add period at the beginning of the semester, classes are able to be dropped through Self-Service, but your advisor must also approve this change to your schedule online.  The dropped course(s) will not appear on your transcript.

After the drop/add period has passed, a student who desires to withdraw from one or more courses may do so within the course withdrawal period by completing a form with an advisor.  A “W” will be printed on the transcript as the grade for the course(s) from which the student withdrew.  Students who do not officially withdraw from courses through their School will receive a grade of “F” for those courses.

  1. When do I need to declare a major?

The College strongly recommends undeclared students choose a major program by the 48 credit hour mark and requires so at 60 credits.  A change of major may delay degree completion within the normal degree program completion time.

  1. How do I declare/change my major?

Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your eligibility for your desired major and to fill out a change of major form.  The change of major form will require signatures from your advisor and the dean of your current major.

  1. Where can I find my GPA?

When logging into Self-Service, you can view your term and cumulative GPA in your grade report and unofficial transcript.

  1. What do I have to do to maintain financial aid?

Federal regulations require that students who are receiving financial aid from federal, state or institutional sources must satisfy the following standards in order to maintain eligibility for financial aid:

Full-time students

  • Successful completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours for each two semesters of financial aid received.
  • Maintenance of a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for upper classmen and 1.8 for freshmen.

Part-time students

  • Successful completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours for each two semesters of financial aid received, as well as maintenance of the cumulative grade point average shown for full-time students.

Financial Aid questions can be directed to financialaid@gmc.edu or 215-646-7300 ext. 216.

  1. How do I know what classes to take?

You should plan to meet with your academic advisor prior to registration each semester so that you can work together to identify a short-term and long-term academic plan.  You can also refer to your Academic and/or What-If plan in Self-Service for ideas for classes that you may want to discuss with your advisor.

  1. What is FYE?

The First Year Experience (FYE) consists of two courses: FYE1000 and FYE1001.  In these courses, you will learn about campus life and academics, how to serve the surrounding community, and how to make the most of your time at Gwynedd-Mercy College.

  1. How do I know if I am eligible for a certain major?

You should consult with your academic advisor and/or the program coordinator for the desired major.  Students looking to apply to the Nursing program can consult the following link for application guidelines:

  1. When should I meet with my advisor?

Times you should plan to meet with your academic advisor include, but are not limited to, when you:

  • Need to register for the upcoming semester
  • Are experiencing academic difficulty
  • Have questions regarding your course schedule and the classes in which you are enrolled
  • Are thinking about changing to a different major
  1. Do I need to buy textbooks?

YES. You can find what books you need for your courses on the bookstore’s website.