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ADVISING & REGISTRATION:

1. How do I register for classes?
First-year students who have no previous college experience are pre-registered for their first semester. Students are enrolled in courses that are typical of those required for their chosen major. Students transferring from another institution will register with an advisor.

2. How can I view my class schedule?
Go to http://my.pitt.edu
Click on Student Center Login
Click on Self Service
Click on Student Center

3. What if I want to change my major before the start of the semester?
If you change your major after you have been registered for courses, you will likely have to make changes to your course schedule.  You can complete the Change of Schedule Request Form to request a change to your major before you arrive on campus.

4. What if I want to make changes to my class schedule?
You can complete the Change of Schedule Request Form to request changes to your schedule before you arrive on campus.  Once you’re here, you can make changes to your schedule during the first two weeks of the semester. You should always consult your faculty advisor or an advisor in the Academic Advising Center before you make any changes to your schedule.

5. What is an Academic Advisor?
An academic advisor is a faculty or staff member assigned to help you throughout your time here. Most students are assigned a faculty advisor from their major who will help with course selection, registration, career guidance, and other areas related to your studies. Students who are undeclared in their major will be assigned an advisor in the Academic Advising Center, who will provide information and resources to help them make good decisions regarding their major.

6. Who is my Academic Advisor?
You can find your advisor’s name and contact information in http://my.pitt.edu. Once you have logged into the system click on Student Center Login, Self Service and Student Center.  Your advisor’s name will appear on the right side of the main page.

7. What is LNSK 0101 College Success?
Some students, based upon their admission status to the university, are required to take a one-credit course called LNSK 0101 College Success.  It’s designed to help students succeed in college. Topics addressed in the course include time management, study skills, test-taking strategies, and university policies and procedures.

8. What is FS 0102?
New students with fewer than 18 credits of transfer course work are required to take FS 0102 Freshman Seminar in their first semester. The course is designed to help students make the transition to the university academic setting, introduce them to the general education program, and educate them on campus activities and professional services available on campus.

9. What if I have credit coming in from AP or other college-level courses?
Students who earned college credit through Advance Placement, College in the High School programs and/or another college or university should have official scores and/or college transcripts sent to Enrollment Services, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, 300 Campus Drive, Bradford, PA 16701.

10. What majors are available?
We have more than 40 majors.

11. Do I have to declare a major before classes start?
No. It’s OK to be undeclared for your first semester or two. The academic advisors in the Academic Advising Center will assist you through the major, career-exploration, and decision-making process.

12. Where can I find information about major requirements, course descriptions and/or university policies?
The academic catalog is your main resource for information on university policies, major requirements, and general university information.  This video will show you how to use the academic catalog as a resource.

13. Where can I find important university dates and deadline?
You’ll find them on the academic calendar.

14. What is a semester (sometimes referred to as a term)?
A semester typically lasts 14 to 16 weeks.  Fall semester usually starts at the end of August and ends mid-December. Spring semester starts in early January and ends last week of April or early May. Summer semester courses are also available during a variety of sessions. Each semester brings a new set of courses for college students.

15. What is a credit hour?
A credit hour is a unit of measurement that determines the amount of class time required each week of a semester. In a typical semester system, a 3-hour course requires classes to meet in three 50-minute sessions, two 1.5-hour sessions, or one 3-hour session.

16. How many credit hours should first-year students take during their first semester?
Plan on taking 15-16 credit hours per semester that first year.  Completing 15 credit hours per term will help you complete your degree requirements in a timely fashion.

17. Why are some students only registered for 13 credit hours in their first semester?
Some first-year students are limited 13 credit hours because of their admission status.  We want these students to take a lighter load to give them adequate time to discover and develop the necessary skills to succeed in college.

18. What is a Grade Point Average?
A grade point average(GPA) is an indicator of your level of academic achievement.  Each semester you will earn a semester GPA. As you progress through your college career your semester GPAs accumulate into a cumulative GPA.  Your term and cumulative GPA are used to determine academic standing. Your cumulative GPA is used to determine academic honors.  Learn how to calculate a college GPA.

19. Is there a GPA calculator available on the Pitt-Bradford website?
Yes, GPA calculator and predictor.

20. Where can I find a list of courses that are required for my major?
The Academic Advising Center has developed a number of web resources where you can find a list of courses required for your major including curriculum guideswhat can you do with your major brochures and suggested 2- or 4- Year Plan for Graduation. You can also find that information on the webpage of your major.


COLLEGE SUCCESS STRATEGIES:

1. What is a Course Syllabus and why is it important?
It’s a document instructors give their students  at the beginning of a term that outlines the key elements of a course, including learning objectives, assigned readings, major assignments, and test and quiz information. It usually includes a course calendar with due dates. The most successful students know to review and refer to the syllabus regularly throughout the term. Learn how to read and use a course syllabus.

2. Is organization important in college? YES

3. If instructors don’t take attendance, is it important to be in class? YES

4. Do you have any tips on time management?

5. How do I take notes for a college class?

6. How can I get the most from my college textbooks?

7. Do you have any tips on how to
avoid procrastination?

8. How do I
study for a college level class?

9. How do I prepare for a
college level test?

10. I find when I go to take a test my mind often goes blank, do you have any information that might help with this? YES