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FAQ

What is an Academic Advising Folder?

How many units should I take?

Which classes should freshmen take?

How long will it take to graduate?

What is the 4-year pledge?

Who is my Academic Advisor?

Do I have to meet with my Academic Advisor?

What is a prerequisite?

What is a co-requisite?

Will the instructor drop me from a class if I do not attend class on the first day?

When is the last day to drop a class without a petition?

Can I drop a class if I am not doing well in the class after 15 days of instruction?

When can I drop a class?

Why is there a "hold" on my record?

What is my class standing?

How many units are required for graduation?

May I stay in Ethnic and Women Studies Department if I get an F in a core or support course?

May I repeat a course to get a better grade recorded on my transcript?

What is a petition?

What is an unrestricted elective?

Why is my previous course work from other colleges and universities not listed on BroncoDirect?

What is an Academic Advising Folder?

It is the student's responsibility to create an Academic Advising Folder. Every student in the beginning of their school career must create an Academic Advising Folder; this folder should contain all documents pertaining to your college career. Anytime you submit a form, such as a Petition, Minor, Internship documents, Change of Major form, etc. you are responsible to keep a copy of your documents in your folder. It is very important that you have this folder when you visit an advisor, the advisor will want to see the current status of your progress including a copy of your transcripts (you will find this online) and/or any changes, and you have made to your curriculum.

How many units should I take?

Twelve units is a "full load." At this level students have earned full-time student status. Full-time student status is particularly important for financial aid and immigration requirements. Fourteen units is the maximum number of units available for enrollment at preregistration. Students may add classes during open registration and during the first seven days of class if classes are available. To enroll in 20 or more units in any one quarter, students must submit a petition and return it to the Registrar's Office during the Add/Drop Period of the same quarter. For more information visit, petition to enroll in more than 20 units.

Which classes should freshmen take?

The classes freshmen take depend on their academic standing and of course, the classes they have already taken. A first-time freshman could choose from the following courses: General Education - Written Communication (Area A1) o English 104 or the English level one has tested into General Education - Oral Communication (Area A2) - ENG 104 o (It is strongly recommended that speakers of English as a second language take ENG 102 and ENG 103 in place of ENG 104) General Education - Critical Thinking (Area A3) o ENG 105 - Freshman English II o PHL 202 - Critical Thinking General Education - Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (Area B1) o The Math level one has tested into General Education Courses (Required of all students) In the standard GE plan, students select courses in five curriculum areas from among those listed each quarter in the Schedule of Classes. Most of these courses can also be taken at or transferred from community colleges. Cal Poly Pomona requires 12 units of upper division GE coursework (Attn: For transfer students these courses must be taken at Cal Poly from GE Area B5, C4, and D4). Each of these requirements is labeled a "synthesis" course since the goal is to integrate domains of knowledge across traditional lines of academic specialization. Support Courses (to fulfill the Required Support Courses for the EWS Dept.) If any of these courses are used for General Education, then Electives will be increased by four units per course up to the unit maximum of 8.

How long will it take to graduate?

The time it takes to graduate varies from student to student based on the number of classes successfully completed. o Quick calculation - Take the number of units that you have to complete to graduate and divide by the number of units you plan to take each quarter. This approach will provide you with the number of quarters it will take you to graduate. o For example: 180 units are required to graduate divided by 16 units per quarter equals 11 and 1/3 quarters.

What is the 4-year pledge?

It is a contract entered into by the student and the university that guarantees completion of all requirements for graduation in a four-year period. The student and the university must uphold the terms of the contract. The Four-Year Pledge Web site provides more details.

Who is my Academic Advisor?

For general academic questions you may see the Chair of the EWS Dept. Office hours and location are in the EWS Website. The EWS Dept. Chair will direct you if you must see a different advisor for your questions.

Do I have to meet with my Academic Advisor?

It is beneficial to meet with your Academic Advisor at least once a quarter. It helps ensure that you are taking the right classes at the right time to move toward completion of your degree.

What is a prerequisite?

A prerequisite is a required class that must be taken before enrolling in the class in question. Consider the prerequisite course as a building block of knowledge. Taking the prerequisite prepares you for the next building block in the learning cycle.

What is a co-requisite?

A co-requisite is a required class taken simultaneously with another class to satisfy course requirements.

Will the instructor drop me from a class if I do not attend class on the first day?

The instructor has the authority to drop a student from the class if the first class session is not attended. However, the instructor is not required to drop a student because of a no-show on the first day of class. Check BroncoDirect to manage your current study list. Make the necessary adjustments based on deadlines listed on the university's Academic Calendar. You are ultimately responsible for dropping the class. If you assume you have been dropped and you choose not to attend class, it could result in an F at the end of the quarter. If you cannot attend the first day of class, it is your responsibility to contact the professor either by phone or email and inform him/her of your situation.

When is the last day to drop a class without a petition?

The last day to drop a class without a petition is the 15th day of university instruction. After the 15th day of instruction, a student may drop a class for serious and compelling reasons ONLY. A serious and compelling reason is a condition that is totally out of the student's control, i.e., a medical emergency, a family emergency, etc. You MUST be able to confirm and document the situation.

Can I drop a class if I am not doing well in the class after 15 days of instruction?

No, not doing well in a class is not an acceptable reason for withdrawing from a class.

When can I drop a class?

You can drop a class through the 5th day of the quarter with no penalty. After the 5th day of instruction, you can drop a class prior to the 15th day of instruction. You will receive a W, which indicates "Withdrawn." For more details visit the Registrar's Office timeline for dropping classes.

Why is there a "hold" on my record?

A Negative Service Indicator or a "hold" on your record indicates an unmet obligation. The Negative Service Indicator may be for academic, financial, health or testing reasons and other possibilities as indicated by the university. Negative Service Indicator(s) can be viewed in BroncoDirect. You will be able to see the department that placed the "hold." You must contact the department that placed the "hold." It can take up to 24 hours for the hold to be removed from your record.

What is my class standing?

The number of completed units that lead to graduation determines class standing. o Freshman: 0 - 44 units o Sophomore: 45 - 89 units o Junior: 90 -134 units o Senior: 135 + units

How many units are required for graduation?

180 units required for graduation.

May I stay in Ethnic and Women Studies Department if I get an F in a core or support course?

Yes, an F does not expel you from the program, but you must retake this course. You will need a C average (2.0) in your major and support courses in order to graduate. For example: a student could earn a B in one course and a D in another and still have a 2.0 or C average. You do not need to repeat a course if you get a D. The D grade is still a passing grade. However, in some courses a "C" or better is required.

May I repeat a course to get a better grade recorded on my transcript?

You can repeat a maximum of 16 units of coursework. To replace the unsatisfactory grade received at Cal Poly Pomona, the repeated class must be taken at Cal Poly Pomona. Upon completion of the repeated course and when you have received a letter grade, you must fill out the Repeated Course Notification Form. That form is signed by the Academic Advisor and turned into the Registrar's Office. If you take the class at another institution, your transcript will indicate the original grade and the grade received in the repeated course.

What is a petition?

A General Academic Petition is the university approved permission to deviate from a course requirement.

What is an unrestricted elective?

An unrestricted elective is permission granted by the university to take any class you want. It can broaden your college experience; e.g., a "fun" class.

Why is my previous course work from other colleges and universities not listed on BroncoDirect?

Students must request transfer records and transcripts be sent directly to the Records Office from all colleges and universities they have attended. For information and questions regarding the complete listing of your classes, contact the Registrar's Office