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Whether you are seeking information on how to make an appointment with an academic advisor, or how often you should meet with an advisor, select the questions below to find your answers .
Kogod uses a team advising model that is set up to assist our students in the most efficient, effective way possible.
In response to student request to meet with the advisor of their choice and have a 24 hour turn around, we utilize a team model made up of four professional Academic Advisors. With this model, you have the flexibility to meet with any advisor who is available or, if you choose, you can schedule an appointment with a specific advisor.
Academic advisors help students to plan a course of study that is appropriate to their academic background and intellectual ability, and is consistent with your education and career goals. Academic advisors provide clarification on degree requirements, process transfer and AP credits, provide information on academic resources and certify the completion of graduation requirements.
All students have access to academic advising and are encouraged to meet with their advisor during their academic career. Any student that has questions about their academic requirements or progress, as well as those who are experiencing academic distress should speak with their advisor.
The Academic Advising team has offices on the first floor of the Kogod Building.
Students are encouraged to use the advising department as often as needed. All freshman and new transfer students will meet with their advisor during First Year Advanced Training in their first semester. Students who are on academic probation or those that are experiencing academic difficulty are required to meet with their advisors more frequently as determined during the advising session.
You can schedule a 30 minute appointment online or take advantage of posted walk-in hours. Each walk-in session is 10 minutes. Stop by KSB 106 to inquire about available advising walk-in hours.
Academic advising is a shared responsibility between the advisor and the student. We recommend that you stay in regular contact with your advisor, especially when you are feeling challenged. Your advisor will work with you to ensure that all courses of action can be considered for a more favorable outcome. He or she also can direct you to other helpful resources on campus.
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Below are answers to FAQs that we've received from new students and transfer students.
Yes! Every student admitted to AU must take the math placement exam, even if the student plans to transfer math credits to AU. This exam will determine which level of math you can take. The math placement exam is given online and you will receive a link for the test once you have paid your deposit.
Applied Calculus (or Calculus I for Finance and Accounting majors) and Basic Statistics are both required for all business majors. Students who transfer both of these courses into AU must either complete and pass the Math Equivalency Exam or take a math course here at AU to satisfy the University Requirements for math.
If a student transfers in Calculus I (not Applied Calculus) from an approved institution with a grade of a B or better, then the student will fulfill this requirement and will not need to take the Math Equivalency Exam.
The Math Equivalency Exam is only available to take once at the beginning of the semester and no retakes or alternative exam dates are permitted. The date of the Math Equivalency Exam is published in the academic calendar. Sample exams are available upon request by contacting an academic advisor or the math department. Transfer students planning to transfer in both of these courses should contact an academic advisor for more information.
Note: You must take the math placement exam, even if you have transferred in both math courses and plan to take the math equivalency exam. These are two separate exams that serve two separate purposes.
Only students who transferred in credit for both LIT-100 and LIT-101 are required to take the Writing Proficiency Exam to fulfill the University Requirements for writing. You must take the exam within the first semester at AU. If you plan to transfer in both writing courses, please contact your academic advisor and ask for the packet to help you prepare for this exam. Workshops and support services are also available through the Writing Center. Additional preparation material is available to pick-up in Battelle, Room 228. This exam may be taken up to 2 times. Students who fail the exam the second must take either LIT-100, LIT-101, LIT-102, or LIT-103 and must pass the course with a C or better.
Yes. New students must attend orientation where they will meet with an academic advisors, make any schedule changes, and become familiar with campus. If you cannot attend the orientation, please contact a member of the Kogod Academic Advising Team. Register for orientation.
Note: Business students are required to take ECON-100 (4:1) and ECON-200(4:2) to fulfill Area 4 of the General Education requirements.
Therefore, any general education course other than ECON-100 or ECON-200 that has a 4:1 or 4:2 after it will count as a free elective.