Jan
29
2014
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Census and You

Today is Census. Hooray! You’re officially a UTA student for the Spring semester, but it’s important for other reasons, too.

The term Census date refers to the point at which your enrollment is locked for financial aid purposes, and it happens to coincide with the last date you can add or drop classes without a W on your transcript.

Did you know that adds are not permitted after Census?

After late registration through the last date to drop, students must meet with an undergraduate academic advisor to drop a class or fully withdraw from classes. Students should contact the academic advising area of their major department for specific procedures and forms needed for withdrawing or dropping after the Census date. In some cases, the signature of the faculty teaching the course(s) will be required. The student’s academic advisor will process the drop or withdrawal transaction.

From the first official day of class through the last day to drop (March 28), the student cannot drop his or her last class. This must be done by the student’s undergraduate major advisor.

What does Census mean for you? Find out more information on the UTA website.

Nov
14
2013
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Starting Undeclared

Collegeview.com says “it’s okay to begin your first and even second year of college without choosing a major.” Many advisors at UT Arlington would agree. Sometimes it is best to ease into college and spend some time learning about what is available instead of jumping, head first, into a degree you know little about. There are many resources available to students that are exploring their options.

  1. The University Advising Center offers free Major Exploration Seminars throughout the year, a Major Exploration class (UNIV 1131) and hosts the Maverick Major Fair during the fall and spring semesters.
  2. The Career Development Center offers free resume critiques, workshops and a Career Fair during the fall and spring semesters.
  3. Counseling and Psychological Services offers advanced career assessments and one-on-one counseling to help with the decision-making process.

In addition to all of the resources, there are several approaches that an undeclared students can take to help narrow down degree options. Students can take core classes that are required by all majors to start considering areas of interest. Most degrees do require an elective of some sort, so there is some wiggle room when it comes to “trying out” a major. It can be very helpful to set up an Informational Interview with a community member, department advisor or faculty advisor. Join a student organization to learn more about areas of interest from a peer perspective.

Bottom Line: It is important to start asking questions as soon as you can and know that choosing a major is only a part of your college experience.

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby

Aug
13
2013
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Exploring Your University

Over the years, I have noticed, as do many academic advisors, that students come to campus eager to find out where their dorm room is or what building houses their classes, but many students do not take advantage of the resource opportunities that the University offers. In fact, some students will never know where the Digital Media Studio is located, or that the Student Money Management Center offers free financial advising.

The University is truly a city within a city. Restaurants, shopping, Counseling Services, tutoring and Health Services are just the tip of the iceberg. Each building on campus houses departments and offices that cater to the needs of the campus community. During your first few weeks on campus, I highly recommend that you take some time to look at the campus map, take a ride on the shuttle and have lunch near the water fountain between the Fine Arts Building and Architecture Courtyard. Explore the campus and take note of the places and people that are here to enhance your college experience.

If you’re looking for an easy way to learn about a variety of resources, then attending the August 28th Activity Fair Day is a must. Stop by the University Advising Center and Major Exploration tables to sign up for some great door prizes while you’re there.

As far as resources go, make sure that you bookmark the Maverick Resource Hotline website and save the phone number for future reference: 817-272-6107.

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Dec
05
2012
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Understanding Probation and GPA Issues

Does this sound familiar?

All of the mid-terms are over, the last day to drop has passed, finals are days away and you haven’t said a word to your professors and you have no idea if you’re going to pass your classes.

Scary, huh?

Fear is natural. We fear what we do not understand…what is unknown to us. With that said, if you have acted like the student in the scenario above, then most advisors are going to assume that you haven’t read the UTA catalog and probably know little to nothing about academic standing and regulations. This doesn’t make you a bad student. I repeat, this does not make you a bad student. However, it does make you less informed about the academic regulations that could determine your immediate future and possibly affect your livelihood. Not knowing the consequences can be much scarier than not knowing your grades.

It is very true that knowledge is power. When you’re in danger of failing it’s best to learn about the consequences and prepare for the outcome. Lessen the fear and anxiety for yourself.

Probation can happen to anyone for a multitude of reasons. Life happens, but anyone below a 2.0 cumulative GPA is placed on academic probation. What is important to understand is that if handled appropriately, a GPA can be repaired and progress can be made. Here are the basics to GPA repair.

First, you have to know how to calculate your GPA (Grade Point Average). If you know how to divide, then you’ll be a master of GPA calculation. It’s simple: Total Grade Points/Total Credit Hours=GPA. Each credit hour is worth up to 4 grade points (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1 and F=0).

Example: If you have an A in SPAN 1441 and C in MATH 1302, then you have 16 grade points for SPAN 1441 and 6 points for MATH 1302 for a total of 22 Grade Points and 7 Credit hours. 22 Grade Points/7 Credit Hours = 3.142 GPA

Next, you have to figure out your GPD (Grade Point Deficiency). Please note that this only applies to students on probation (less than a 2.0 GPA) because the formula relates to how many points you need to make at least a 2.0 GPA to be removed from probation. If you can multiply and subtract, then you’ll be a master of GPD calculation. The Formula: (2.0 x Total Credit Hours) – Total Grade Points = GPD.

Example: If you have an D in SPAN 1441 and C in MATH 1302, then you have 4 grade points for SPAN 1441 and 6 points for MATH 1302 for a total of 10 Grade Points and 7 Credit hours. The GPA will fall below 2.0: 10 Grade Points/7 Credit Hours = 1.428 GPA. Apply the formula: (2.0 x 7) – 10= -4 GPD

It does take more effort to remove GPD points (A=6, B=3, C=0, D=-3, F=-6). The example above shows a GPD of -4, so it would take at least 1A or 2 Bs to remove the GPD points.

Still confused? It can be tricky if you have a lot of credit hours. Click here for a GPA/GPD Calculation Worksheet

The University also has a Grade Exclusion policy in place to help you recover from a low GPA. Grade Exclusion: Remove up to 3 grades (D or F) from your GPA. There are exceptions and regulations for grade exclusion, so discuss the option with an advisor before making assumptions.

So, now you know the basics. If you have questions, remember that your advisor is a Master of GPA Repair and can help you set up a plan of attack to wipe out a low GPA and conquer your academic goals.

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Oct
01
2012
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The Big 45: How to Make Your Move

In case you haven’t heard, the Texas Legislature has passed a House Bill requiring students to declare a major by 45 credit hours. House Bill 3025 is currently in effect. If you are one of the hundreds of students on the 45 hour list, then there may be a letter of notification sitting in your UTA email inbox right now. Don’t Panic. Being Undeclared is not as scary as it may seem. In fact, as an Undeclared Student, you have an abundance of campus offices just waiting to get their hands on you…to help you. You can opt for one of several Major Exploration methods, visit the Career Center, talk to a Counselor or  sign up with Student Support Services amongst many other options.

Here are some things to think about when choosing a major:

  • The Princeton Review suggests that you “Forget High School” because subjects and teaching methods are different in College.
  • Would you prefer to pursue a major that has a specific career path like Nursing or Engineering or would you prefer to spend your college years learning about a subject that you’re passionate about like Sociology, Criminal Justice or Theatre?
  • Think of all the “core classes” that you have completed so far and what classes you enjoyed or are looking forward to taking.
  • Meeting with an Advisor can help the decision- making process, too. Especially, if you are the type of person that needs to “talk things out.”

Remember that making decisions about your life can be difficult, but not impossible. Whether you think so or not, you have plenty of people at UT Arlington supporting your efforts and ready to give you a helping hand, if you need it. Never forget that the sweetest victories are hard fought, so make your move!

Major Exploration Seminars are offered throughout the semester. Sign up online.

Sep
26
2012
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Finding Motivation for Major Exploration

Once the semester begins, it seems like every day is a busy day on campus. There is so much to do and see, and your life may seem completely planned out to the exact minute. This may not be the case if you have not made a decision on a major, yet. In fact, this may be a very chaotic time for you with more questions than answers swirling around in your head.

Juggling study time, homework, writing papers, extracurricular activities and that job you might have to sustain life can be a very daunting task. The result equates to you curled up in fetal position on your couch watching Jersey Shore instead of reading that chapter on the American Revolution. At this point, the last thing on your mind is researching a major. You’re not alone, but being so overwhelmed that you decide to do nothing can have a damaging effect on your academic career. Just one semester of apathy or laziness can crumble your GPA or set you back a semester or two.

If you have not selected a major, then you are going to have to get off the couch and tear your eyes away from the Snooki trainwreck.

“How can I find the motivation?” you ask.

As an advisor, my advice to you is to learn how to manage your stressors and find a reason in everything you do every day. Then, start using the referrals that your advisor gave you. This may mean trekking across campus to visit the Career Center or talk to another advisor in a different department. The ten minute walk could save you a semester or more worth of tuition and have you feeling more confident about choosing a major.

Keep in mind that advising time is drawing near. Panicked? Fear not. The University Advising Center in 105 Ransom Hall is here to help if you are undeclared and exploring majors, but you have to make the effort.

Attend a Major Exploration Seminar to learn more about majors at UTA and start pursuing your happiness.

Sep
24
2012
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Success Series Offers Workshops

University College invites all students to join “The Success Series”, a workshop series designed to improve academic performance and enhance important life skills. Each semester, various departments within University College will offer innovative, hands-on workshops on a variety of topics, such as time management, study skills, dealing with stress, learning styles, major exploration, and more.

Wednesday, Sept. 26th: Manage Your Time and the First Year at UT Arlington.
College success requires more than just blind luck. It requires a firm plan for balancing all of the new responsibilities and tasks that will fill
your life. With extra requirements for studying, going to class, working and other obligations, it can be very easy to find yourself out of balance, feeling tired and getting burned out. Instead, let us help you figure out how to create a plan to balance all of your obligations as you transition into your first year at UT Arlington.

For information on the Success Series and to view the calendar of upcoming workshops visit Success Series online.

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Sep
21
2012
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Freshman Progress Reports on MyMav

The Freshman 4-Week Progress Reports are available online on your MyMav Student Center.

There are two things a student should do once you view your progress report:

• Schedule a time to meet with your instructor to discuss your progress and any
concerns you may have.

• Meet with your academic advisor who can help you get a clearer picture of your
academic situation. Your advisor can help you explore the various campus
resources available to assist you and can help to facilitate getting you connected
with them, if appropriate.

If you need help viewing your progress report you can find instructions here.

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Sep
07
2012
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Study Abroad Fair – Sept. 12, 2012

Ever think about traveling around the world? Learning about different cultures and languages? If you said yes, then studying abroad is for you. Learn about your options at the Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 12 between 11am and 2pm on the University Center Mall. Students can also apply for a passport at the fair!

For more information about the Study Abroad Program please click here.

Sep
05
2012
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Maverick Major Fair!

Want more information about majors at UTA? If your answer is yes, then we have a special treat for you in October. The University College and University Advising Center will host the Maverick Major Fair on the Library Mall on October 10th. College, School and Department representatives will be available to answer questions and provide major information before the rush for spring advising. Booths will have snacks and door prizes, so check the UTA Calendar of Events for more information and add it to your calendar.

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