Student Resources

Advising FAQ

  • Majors and minors can be found in the Academics section of the website.

    Southwestern University Majors & Minors

  • An academic advisor works with you to identify and articulate your personal and professional short and long-term goals. You advisor will help you understand the logic of SU’s curriculum. You will work collaboratively with you advisor to explore and choose courses, as well as, experiential learning and co-curricular opportunities. Your advisor will also help connect you with resources to help you be successful while at SU.

  • Every semester you will need to meet with your academic advisor to be cleared for registration. It is always a good idea to reach out to your advisor at any time you have questions or need assistance.

  • You can find your advisor’s name by clicking on My Profile under Student Information on WebAdvisor. You can find their contact information by searching for them, by name, using the online campus directory through my.southwestern.edu.

  • Yes, after your first semester at SU you can change your advisor. To change your advisor, complete the form found here. You may also pick up the Change of Advisor form from the Center for Academic Success and Registrar in Prothro Center 100.

  • When you identify a course on Student Planning and it states that it is waitlisted you will see a number which indicates the number of students currently on the waitlist. The wait list works on a “first come, first served” basis, meaning the first registered student on the waitlist will have the first opportunity to add the section. If you are promoted from the waitlist, you will receive an automated email with instructions on how to claim your spot in the section. You will have 48 hours to add the waitlisted section. Once the 48 hour registration period expires, the next student on the waitlist will receive the email and ability to claim the section.

    If you are extended an invitation to register for a waitlisted section, it is important to note that the registration system will not allow you to register for an overload (over 19 credits) or time conflict. In the case of a time conflict or overload, it will be necessary to drop a scheduled section if you wish to accommodate the new section.

    Sections marked as “instructor signature required on adds after prereg window” are not subject to the typical wait list process.  The enrollment in these sections are controlled by the individual instructors.

  • First, check the academic calendar for important deadlines to add and drop courses. You can add and drop courses online through Student Planning up until a certain date. After those deadlines have passed you will need to complete an add/drop card (available in the Center of Academic Success and Registrar in Prothro Center 100) which will require a signature from the instructor or chair of department and academic advisor. There are deadlines for submitting add/drop cards, as well. If you stop attending a course without completing the appropriate procedures you will receive a grade of F in the course.

  • Use this graduation checklist to submit your application for diploma. 

    Graduation Checklist

  • Academic warning occurs when you either:

    • Earn a semester grade point average (GPA) below a 2.0 and have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0.

    OR

    • Earn a semester GPA above a 2.0 but did not complete 24 credits within the academic year.

    Academic warning is not reflected on your transcript.

     

    Academic probation occurs when you either:

    • Earn below a 2.0 cumulative GPA after your second semester.

    OR

    • Pass fewer than 24 credits after your second semester.

    You will receive a letter informing you of next steps and requirements to reach Good Standing if you are placed on academic warning or probation.

    If you are experiencing any academic difficulty or may potentially be on warning or probation, please contact the Center for Academic Success for support.

  • All SU students have the potential to be academically successful. Our committed staff and faculty are invested in your success. There are a number of resources available to support your academic goals.

    The Center for Academic Success offers student-centered resources to help empower you to achieve success. Some of their services include the Peer Mentor program, a list of tutoring options, and Captain’s Academy.

    The Debby Ellis Writing Center provides support, strategies, and feedback to writers at all levels, in all disciplines, and at all stages in the writing process.

    The Office of Community-Engaged Learning collaborates with students, faculty, and community partners to develop projects whereby students apply academic skills and knowledge to address a community need, issue, or problem and to enhance student learning.

    The Office of Career Services provide opportunities for you to explore a variety of occupations, gain valuable experience, and make connections to employers, grad schools, and other resources.

    The Counseling Center offers individual and group counseling, as well as workshops, that help you explore your personal concerns and identify more effective ways of handling them. Personal concerns sometimes play a role in academic success. Please know we have services to support you.

  • SU offers a number of scholarships to first-year and transfer students. You can learn more about scholarships available to first-year students here. Transfer student scholarship information can be found here.

    Dr. David Gaines, Director of National Fellowships and Scholarships, is available to help you identify and apply for these prestigious awards. You can learn more about these programs here. Dr. Gaines’ office is located in Prothro Center 164.

  • There are several dates to be aware of when dropping a course. There is a deadline to drop a course using Student Planning, a deadline to drop a course without it appearing on your record, and a deadline to drop a course with a W on your record. To find these dates please refer to the academic calendar or find Important Dates on the website for the Office of the Registrar.

    Special notes on dropping science courses with labs

    F or Organic I and II and Biochemistry I/Advanced Lab in Biochemistry - if you drop the lecture at any point in the semester, you are required to drop the lab (and vice versa, must drop lecture for a laboratory drop).

    For Principles of General Chemistry and Chemical Kinetics and Equilibrium - if you drop the lecture without record, you are required to drop the lab; if you withdraw (W) from the course with record, you may stay in the lab.