Academic Advising FAQ

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Academic Advising FAQ

Please take the time to read through this information —
it is likely that your question is answered here or in the related links provided in the answers.

If your question is not answered or you need clarification, please connect with your Academic Advisor via email.

Book a virtual appointment.

If you need to schedule an appointment, we ask you to book a phone or Zoom Video appointment with your advisor using our scheduling link. You will have the option to choose a phone or video appointment during the scheduling process.

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Registration

Students can view holds on CIS by clicking on the “Tasks” tile from the Student Homepage. Once there, you should be able to view any active holds on your account. By clicking on the specific hold link, you can find more information about each hold (i.e. what it prevents and why it was placed) and which office to contact about resolving the hold.

If a course is full, students can add themselves to a waitlist and be added to the course at a future time if they meet all prerequisites, and a seat becomes available. You can find more information about wait listing on the Registrar’s Office webpage.

You can view more information about which Eccles courses are available for waitlists on our website under “2. Use the Waitlist.”

Students can check prerequisites through the Academic Catalog. By selecting “Courses” on the left side, you are able to search any course and view its prerequisite information.

Students can use the Transfer Equivalency Guide to view any approved transfer equivalencies or petition courses that have not been previously reviewed for Eccles School business classes. The Transfer Equivalency Guide also has information about our Transfer Credit Policies that may impact how your credit is applied to your degree.

General Education classes use a separate petition process. Click here for more information.

Prerequisite courses completed at a transfer institution can sometimes prevent students from enrolling in courses on their own through CIS. If you have earned the prerequisite to a course at a transfer institution, please follow up with your assigned academic advisor so that they can help you to manually enroll in the course. To make an appointment with your academic advisor, please schedule an appointment.

Students can find core curriculum checklists on our website. Students with a uNID will be able to use the “Curriculum Lookup” to find the right curriculum for them.

Major checklists can be found on our website by selecting the major you would like to view. Once on the major-specific page, you will be able to find the major checklist under the “Explore Major” heading by clicking the “Curriculum” button.

Students can register for a placement test for math or writing through the testing center website. Select the test you wish to take, and fill out the information and select a date and time. Math and writing tests are free to U of U students for their first time. After that, there is a fee.

You will need to take a placement test for math if your ACT or SAT scores are more than two years old.

The Math Department has a process for evaluating classes. You can submit a request through their website.

Individual departments handle permission code requests. We recommend contacting the individual department for their policy and procedures. Business students commonly need permission codes for math, writing, and economics courses. You can visit those specific request forms here:

You can find tutorials for how to run a Degree Audit here, including video and PDF guides.

If you are a pre-business student, you can run a “what-if” audit for Business Administration.

If you are a BCOR student, the audit does not accurately include the BCOR in your pre-business courses. You can use your BCOR checklist to track your classes. You can use the GPA calculator to compute your business GPA. You also are encouraged to email your advisor with questions about this if needed.

Transfer Students

Students who have earned transfer credit at another institution need to send a final transcript from that school to the University of Utah. This is typically done via your student portal for your school (example, SLCC, UVU) and you can electronically send the transcript to the University of Utah Admissions Office. The transfer credits will be evaluated and then posted to your Degree Audit. More information for transfer students can be found here:

Students can use the Transfer Equivalency Guide to view any approved transfer equivalencies or petition courses that have not been previously reviewed for Eccles School business classes. The Transfer Equivalency Guide also has information about our Transfer Credit Policies that may impact how your credit is applied to your degree.

General Education classes use a separate petition process, which can be found here.

If it is a business course, you may need to be enrolled in the course by an advisor. You will need to email your assigned advisor to let them know you need help enrolling in a class. For example, if you took WRTG 2010 at another school and are trying to enroll in MGT 3810, you may need an advisor to enroll you. The Eccles School does not issue permission codes.

Emailing your advisor with the information about the course you want to enroll in and the prerequisite you took at another school will allow the advisor to verify the prerequisite, and, if space is available, enroll you in the class.

If the course is not a business course, you will need to contact the individual department. Individual departments handle permission code requests. We recommend contacting the individual department for their policy and procedures. Business students commonly need permission codes for math, writing and economics courses. You can visit those specific request forms here:

Eccles Upper Division, Major, and Minor Applications

To apply for Upper Division, please review the admission criteria on our website, and scroll down to step three and click “apply for admission.” You will complete the form, and this creates an application to the Eccles School when you submit it.

Students who are currently enrolled in final pre-business classes can submit their application at any time before May 10 to be admitted for the Summer 2020 term. Applications will not be processed until grades post, unless a student qualifies for Conditional Admission.

 When do grades post for Spring 2020 semester? 

  • Grades are posted by May 11, 2020. Grades are due on May 10. Students can expect to check their final grades on May 11.

 When can I expect to hear back about my application if it is deferred?

  • Any applications submitted prior to May 11 will not be processed until May 11 (unless a student qualifies for Conditional Admission). You can expect to hear back on deferred applications on May 11 or May 12. Deferred applicants will receive an email when the application is initially evaluated and deferred.

What happens if I am eligible for Conditional Admission?

  • Conditional Admission applicants will receive an email confirming their Upper Division Admission when the application is processed (approximately two weeks from the time of submission). Admission is dependent upon meeting Automatic Admission criteria at the end of the semester when final grades post.

    What if I am a Committee Review candidate for admission?

  • Committee Review applications will be evaluated on May 11 when grades post. They will then be sent to the Application Committee for review. You will receive a decision on May 11 or 12.

You can apply for a specific major by clicking on the major you would like to apply for, on this page: https://eccles.utah.edu/programs/undergraduate/academics/majors/.

Review the admission criteria on the major page, and follow the application directions under the “apply for major” section of the page.

When can I expect to hear back about my application if it is deferred?

  • If you are enrolled in the required major admission course (for example, FINAN 3040, ACCTG 3600), applications submitted prior to May 11 will not be processed until May 11 when grades post for the semester (unless a major offers, and a student qualifies for Conditional Admission). You can expect to hear back on deferred applications on May 11 or May 12. Deferred applicants will receive an email when the application is initially evaluated and deferred. If you have already completed the major admission course and a grade has been posted for the class in a prior semester or a first-session class for Spring 2020, your application will be processed within two weeks of submission. A decision will be sent by email.

    What if I am a Committee Review candidate for admission? 

  • Committee Review applications will be evaluated on May 11 when grades post. They will then be sent to the Major Application Committees for review. You will receive a decision on May 11 or 12.

You can apply for a minor here.

Please be sure to review the admission criteria for each minor before applying. You must have a declared major in order to apply for a minor. If a minor has prerequisites, you must complete those before applying to the minor.

Non-Integrated Curriculum Changes

For business students enrolled in the University BEFORE FALL 2020, the non-integrated curriculum is the set of lower and upper-division pre-business core classes that are required to complete a degree at the Eccles School (excepting the QAMO major.)

The curriculum is currently transitioning to a new set of lower and upper-division core classes intended to give students a more integrated approach to the field of business.

Below is a list of the classes that will be phased out and the last semester they will be offered. For more information, view our webinar here

Non-Integrated Course Class Last Offered
ACCTG 3600/3601 Spring 2021
FINAN 3040/3041 Spring 2021
MGT 3680/3681 Spring 2021
MKTG 3010/3011 Spring 2021
OIS 3660*/3661 Spring 2021

*This class number will continue to exist. However, the content of the class will be significantly changing to reflect the Integrated BCOR Curriculum. Please plan on taking this course by Spring 2021.

If you do not think you will be able to complete one or more of these classes before they are no longer offered, we strongly recommend scheduling an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss options. They will be able to help you create a personalized graduation plan that accounts for any individual circumstances impacting your completion of these courses.

  • If the class for your intended major is on the list of courses above, it is important to prioritize that class in your schedule before it is no longer offered.
  • If you know you will not be able to take that course before the requisite semester, please schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss options.
  • If you already have taken the class that you need for but have not yet applied to your major, you will still be able to apply it to your intended major, even if that course is no longer offered at the time you apply for the major.

As you move toward your intended graduation date, it is important to take these core courses as soon as possible. If you have several core classes to complete, we strongly recommend prioritizing these courses to ensure your graduation plan will be affected as little as possible.

If you did not receive a passing grade in a core class that you need to complete your business degree, please schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss your options. Keep in mind that if you are not able to repeat the course for a passing grade before it is no longer offered, the grade will stay on your record even if you take a course to substitute the one you did not pass.

The integrated core is the Eccles School’s holistic curriculum for new pre-business and business students who started with us in Fall 2019.

Students on the non-integrated core are not required to take BCOR classes on the integrated core unless specifically advised to do so by their Academic Advisor. If you are unsure of whether you need those courses, please schedule an appointment with your academic advisor for more information.

During this time of transition between curriculums, it is crucial that recently admitted students meet with their academic advisor. This will ensure that you are aware of which core curriculum you need to be following and which classes you will need to enroll in for Fall Semester. This allows us to help you create a course plan towards graduation that will be most beneficial to your specific circumstances.

If you have already completed your lower-division pre-business classes and been admitted to the Eccles School of Business, you do not need to repeat any lower division classes unless instructed to do so by your advisor.

The Undergraduate Advising Services team is here to help you understand these curriculum changes. You can schedule an appointment with your assigned Academic Advisor at Eccles.link/youradvisor or email us at advising@eccles.utah.edu.

Graduation

Spring 2020
Applications were due by January 17, but a Late Application can be found here and turned in to the Registrar with a $25 late fee: https://registrar.utah.edu/_pdf/Undergraduate-Late-Reapplication-Form.pdf. Applications received by March 1st will have student information included in the Spring 2020 Commencement Program.

Summer 2020
Summer 2020 applications for graduation are due by May 20 and should be submitted via CIS as described above. Applications received by March 1 will have student information included in the Spring 2020 Commencement Program.

Information about the campus-wide graduation ceremony can be found at: https://commencement.utah.edu/commencement/index.php

Information about the David Eccles School of Business graduation ceremony can be found here: https://eccles.utah.edu/graduation/

Normally, students with 90+ credits become eligible to graduate. If the deadline for application has not passed, a student can apply to graduate through a link that appears in the Graduation tile in the student homepage in CIS.

  • January 17: Deadline to apply for Spring 2020 Graduation
  • April 1:  Deadline to apply for Summer 2020 Graduation
  • August 30: Deadline to apply for Fall 2020 Graduation
  • March 1: Deadline to apply and have one’s name in the commencement program for Spring ceremony

If you need to submit a late application for graduation or to alter your application because you will not complete your credits in the graduation semester you originally specified, you can submit a late application or reapplication for graduation.

If you need to change your graduation application to add or remove a minor, major, or other program or to change a catalog year, you use this form.

For more information about graduation application, late application and eligibility, consult the Registrar’s webpage.

Grades

You can find the academic calendar with all dates for grades posting, add/drop and withdrawal deadlines here:  https://registrar.utah.edu/academic-calendars/

You can log into CIS, click the “Academic Records” tile and then “View Grades” to see your final posted grades.

While a course is ongoing, you can use Canvas to check your progress in a course.

The University of Utah has a GPA calculator to assist you in your academic journey.

The calculator allows you to see how your GPA will change based on anticipated or estimated grades for current enrollment or for an anticipated grade for a retake (the second attempt in a class will replace the first attempt in the Eccles School). Note: you can calculate how a re-take impacts your GPA and how an A versus a B in a class will impact your overall GPA.

For more information about retaking classes when you are a Business student, consult our repeat policy.

A C- is considered a passing grade in the Eccles School. Business classes require a letter grade.

The first step is to consult Canvas to verify that your grades are all posted.

If you have questions about what you see in Canvas or your professor is not using Canvas, then reach out to your professor and/or TA to inquire about your grades.

If you notice a discrepancy between what you think you should see and what is recorded, contact your professor first.

Grade appeals are handled through the Dean’s Office of the Eccles School. If you need more information, you should contact your academic advisor either through email or through making an appointment at Eccles.link/youradvisor.

Academic Policies

Withdrawing from a class refers to dropping a class after the Friday of the second week of the semester in fall or spring or after the drop date for summer classes; consult the academic calendar for those deadlines.

If the deadline for withdrawal has passed, a student can file a petition for exception to university policy for a “late withdrawal.”

If the petition for withdrawal is to withdraw from a prior semester’s class after the class is complete, a student can file a petition for exception to university of policy for “retroactive withdrawal.”

The Registrar’s Office provides detailed information on both types of withdrawals here: https://registrar.utah.edu/handbook/exception.php.

Please remember that it is the student’s responsibility to demonstrate that there were legitimate circumstances that were non-academic in nature that prevented the student from withdrawing by the posted withdrawal deadline.

Past examples have included: an illness that required the student to miss classes and/or prevented the student from completing assignments, a family or personal emergency that took the student away from classes/assignments, etc.

Students submitting a late or retroactive withdrawal petition should:

  1. Fill out the appropriate form to file for an exception to policy
  2. Draft an explanation of why they are seeking the exception
  3. Attach supporting documentation
  4. Return the packet of information to SFEBB 1120 or scan and email it to their assigned advisor

Undergraduate Advising Services (UAS) then forwards the packet to the Eccles School’s Dean’s office for evaluation.

The Dean’s office will send the packet to the Registrar’s Office.

It is essential that you monitor your uMail account as all requests for more information, if needed, and other communication about your petition for exception (withdrawal) will only go to your uMail due to the sensitive nature of that information, which is governed by FERPA.