How do I know that I am on track to graduate?
Your major’s advising sheet is a great resource to see how you are progressing through your degree requirements. However, there are two official checks on your progress that take place in the College of Liberal Arts.
As soon as you pass 58 credits and officially become a junior, you will call to make an appointment to see Kelli Kerbawy, the Advisor for COLA, in 107 Old Main to do a “Junior Degree Evalulation” There is a hold on your record and you will not be able to register for classes until you see Ms. Kerbawy and she releases your hold. This evaluation will show you exactly what course requirements you have completed and exactly what requirements remain. The evaluation also will help ensure that you are making satisfactory progress towards graduation.
As soon as you pass 90 credits and officially become a senior, you will call to make an appointment for your “Senior Degree Evaluation,” which is a second check on your progress toward completing your degree. This evaluation also includes a registration hold and you will not be able to register until you meet with Ms. Kerbawy. Ms. Kerbawy will mark the progress that you’ve made since your Junior Degree Evaluation and show you exactly what requirements you still have to fill in order to graduate.
Please call the College of Liberal Arts office at 304.696.2350 to make your appointment for your Junior and Senior Degree Evaluations.
How do I find my advisor?
Advisors are assigned when you declare your major. You can find your advisor through MyMU under “Student and Registration Information” or you can stop in the College of Liberal Arts office in 107 Old Main or call 304.696.2350. If you are Undecided, you will be advised by the University College Advising Center.
Do I need an advisor?
Yes. If you are freshmen or a sophomore, you must see your advisor (or the University College Advising Center staff if you are Undecided) before you register every semester. If you are a freshman or sophomore, an advising hold is placed on your registration and your advisor will remove it after you meet with him/her for registration advising. Some departments have extended the advising requirement to all of their majors through their senior year. Check your department listing in your catalog to determine your exact advising requirements.
Juniors and seniors are required to do Degree Evaluations at the College of Liberal Arts Office in 107 Old Main. Please see the description of these evaluations under the box “How do I know that I am on track to graduate?” above.
Your advisor will help you with advice and support when you have academic or career questions. Although you most often will see your advisor during registration periods, all faculty advisors are available when you need advice or help.
How do I declare or change my major or minor?
You can declare a major or minor, change your major or minor, or transfer to a major in a different college at Marshall in the College of Liberal Arts office in 107 Old Main.
How do I drop a class?
During the first week of classes every semester, you can drop and add courses online through MyMU or in person at the Registrar’s Office window using a “Schedule Adjustment and Class Drop Form.” After the first week of classes, you can no longer add courses to your schedule. However, you can drop individual courses until the Friday of the tenth week of class during a regular semester. This is called the “Withdrawal Period.” The last day for dropping individual courses is always available on Marshall’s Academic Calendar.
To drop a course during the withdrawal period, you must get a “Schedule Adjustment and Class Drop Form” from the Registrar’s Office, fill in the required course drop information, and then obtain the signature of the course instructor. If you are o academic probation, you must also get the approval and signature of the Associate Dean of the college and take the completed form to the Registrar’s Office.
High-demand Courses: If you drop a “high-demand” course during the withdrawal period, you will not be able to pre-register for the course for the following semester. High demand courses include: ACC 215, BSC 227, ENG 101, ENG 102, MTH 121, MTH 123, MTH 127, MTH 130, SPN 101 and SPN 102.
You can obtain an up-to-date listing of high-demand courses from the Office of the Registrar.
What is my catalog of record?
Your catalog of record is the one in effect at the time you declare your major. You then have ten years in which to complete your program. If you do not meet graduation requirements in this ten-year period, then you must meet the curriculum requirements of the catalog in effect at the date of graduation. If you decide to change your major in Liberal Arts or to transfer to another college, you are governed by the catalog in effect at the time of change.
How many credit hours can I take?
12 hours per semester is considered full time, but many scholarships and financial aid packages require an average of 15 hours per semester. Please check your financial aid package to determine what individual restrictions you might have.
If you wish to take more than 18 hours in the Fall or Spring term or more than 6 hours during a summer term, you will need permission from the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. You can pick up and fill out this form at the College of Liberal Arts Office in 107 Old Main.
When do I apply for graduation?
You should apply for graduation as soon as you register for your last semester of classes. You can find the last possible day to apply for graduation on Marshall’s Academic Calendar.
Applying for graduation is a three step process:
- Pay your $50 graduation/diploma fee at the Bursar’s payment window in 101 Old Main;
- Take the receipt to the College of Liberal Arts Office in 107 Old Main. The College Advisor, Kelli Kerbawy, will recheck that you’ve met all of your requirements for graduation. When this is finished, she will notify you to come back to the office;
- Come back to 107 Old Main to complete an Application for Graduation form.
When do I register?
Registration for the next semester begins far in advance of that semester. In general, registration for the spring semester begin in early November and registration for summer and fall semesters begins in early April. You can find the exact dates on Marshall’s Academic Calendar. Classes generally fill up quickly, so it is best to register as soon as you are allowed to ensure that you get the classes at the days and times you want.
The first day you can register is determined by your class standing and your last name. In general, seniors register first, followed by juniors, sophomores, and freshmen. This information is published on the Registrar’s Office website.
Please note that once you are able to register according to your classification, you can continue to drop/add courses through the end of the first week of classes each semester. After the first week of classes is over, you are no longer allowed to add classes but may drop them until the last official day to drop. This date can be found on Marshall’s Academic Calendar.
How do I register online? What if for some reason the system won’t let me register?
For instructions on how to check course availability and to register online, click here.
You can also check course availability from here or by clicking on the “Course Listings” menu at the bottom of Marshall’s homepage.
If you are unable to register during your assigned registration window, that may mean that a hold has been placed on your record. Holds are placed for a number of reasons including academic deficiencies, student status, incomplete admissions documents, an outstanding financial obligation, or if a student has not met the prerequisites for the course they want to take. For assistance call the Registrar at 304.696.2252.
What email address will my instructor use to contact me?
Email from your instructor and all office on campus will likely be sent to your Marshall University email address unless you choose to set a forwarding address at this site: Computing Services Email Delivery Location.
You can access your Marshall University email by logging into myMU. Please check your Marshall University email account often if you do not set a forwarding address.
What is my instructor’s email address?
Most instructor email addresses at Marshall University are available in the MU Electronic Phonebook Directory.