How do I find out who my advisor is?
As soon as possible in your first semester at Lewis University, log into your Degree Works audit to see who your advisor is. If no advisor is listed, visit the department of your major and ask for the name of your advisor. Your First Year Mentor can assist you with this. If you have not yet decided on a major, your advisor will be a Student Success Coordinator in Academic Services.
How do I get into a major or change my major?
It is always a good idea to discuss your major and career aspirations with your advisor or the chair of the department in which you wish to major. When you are ready to declare or change your major, you will complete a Change of Program form with your advisor. Changing your major requires approval of the chair of the department sponsoring the major to which you wish to change. For more information about majors and minors, see the Academic Policies section of the Lewis University Undergraduate Catalog.
What if I don’t know what I want to major in yet?
Well first, don’t worry! In time you will be ready and there are many people to help you sort it out. You can talk to a Student Success Coordinator in Academic Services about your interests and ways of exploring majors and careers that you may find satisfying. You can also talk to your instructors who teach in areas in which you have an interest about careers and options in their fields.
How do I find out what courses are going to be offered?
The University publishes a University Course Schedule twice a year that is available online. The spring semester schedule is available in October. The schedule for the summer and fall terms is available in April.
Can I get advice during the summer?
Some professors may not be available during the summer. If you have a specific need or concern, go to your Dean’s Office or to Academic Services.
What do I do if I’m having a problem with a class?
It’s best to begin by asking your professor for a meeting to discuss your problem with course material or other concerns. However, you may also consult with your advisor, the Chair of the Department, Academic Services, or the Dean’s Office.
How many courses should I take?
To be considered a full-time student, you must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours; however, the standard undergraduate course load is 15-16 credit hours. Some financial aid restrictions may apply. You may take an overload of more than 18 semester hours only if you have the minimum GPA required by your College. Your department chair’s signature and the Dean’s signature are required on your course registration form if you choose to enroll for more than 18 hours.
I want to take a class at another university or college. What should I do?
Discuss this matter with your advisor. If you and she/he agree that the non-Lewis class would benefit you for academic reasons, then complete the Request for Coursework Away from Lewis University form. You must ask the department chair in your major to approve the request. Bring the request to the Dean’s Office for approval prior to taking the course away. The University requires at least 32 credit hours to be completed at Lewis. Please note that in your graduating semester, the University requires all coursework to be completed at Lewis.
How do I decide which courses I should take every semester?
Your advisor is the best person to help you decide. Before visiting your advisor, put together a slate of classes you might take using the University Course Schedule. To develop your slate, begin by reviewing the list of General Education courses that you are required to take along with the courses required for your major and minor. Compare these to the courses you may have already taken that may fulfill some requirements. Use the General Education Checklist in the booklet and your Degree Works audit to help you. See also the Academic Guidelines section and the General Education requirements and course options published in the University Undergraduate Catalog.
What is the procedure for dropping or adding a course?
You have only one week to add and two weeks to drop a class once the semester has begun. You must drop a course during the first week of class in order to receive a 100% refund. You may drop or add online. Log into the myLewis portal, then click on the Records & Registration tab. Choose Add or Drop Classes. Once on this page, select the drop-down menu next to the course you wish to drop and choose “Drop Via the Web,” then Submit Changes. If you are adding a course, enter the CRN for the course, then Submit Changes. When you drop a class, it disappears from your course schedule. Keep in mind that in some cases dropping a course may affect your scholarship/financial aid award.
What is the procedure for withdrawing from a class?
The concept “Withdrawal” refers to removing a course from your schedule after the second week of class. Check the calendar in the University Course Schedule for withdrawal deadline. If you need to withdraw from a class after the second week, log into the myLewis portal, then click on the Records & Registration tab. Choose Add or Drop Classes. Once on this page, select the drop-down menu next to the course you wish to withdraw from and choose “Web Withdrawal,” then Submit Changes. When you withdraw from a class, a “W” appears on the transcript.
What is the best way to send messages to and receive information from advisors and other University Offices?
All faculty and University offices have email addresses. It is also expected that students will access their Lewis University email accounts and be responsible for messages sent to their Lewis email addresses.