If I don't show up for the first day of class, will I be automatically dropped?

It's up to the instructor whether to drop you from the class if you are a "no show" at the first meeting. Don't assume that you will be dropped - if you aren't planning on taking the class, drop the class yourself as soon as possible. On the other hand, don't assume that you won't be dropped - if you are planning on taking the class, contact the instructor to explain why you will miss the first meeting, and ask the instructor not to drop you.

If I receive a grade of less than "C" in a required course, do I have to repeat the course?

Generally speaking, yes. A grade of "C" or better is considered a passing grade. However, to graduate, you need to have a 3.0 GPA or better in all course work.


Why do I have an advising hold that has to be removed almost every quarter?

A hold is on your record for two reasons: your overall GPA is less than 3.0 and you must come for advising or you have not submitted you Program of Study and cannot register until it has been submitted and approved.

In addition to seeing my advisor regularly, how can I best make my post-graduation plans?

How many units is too many?

There's no hard and fast rule, but you should figure on spending an average of about three hours a week (in class and out) for each unit. A good "rule of thumb" might be to multiply your number of units by three and add the number of hours you work each week. If the total exceeds about 60, you're probably heading for trouble. (This assumes that the rest of your life is going fairly smoothly and not imposing unusual demands on your time, energy, and other resources.)