Advising Tips

Advisor Assignments

1. Who is my academic advisor?
2. Who is my weekly academic support counselor?

Change of Major

1. How do I change my major/degree/minor?
2. What happens when I submit the request?
3. What are the steps in BearWeb?
4. What happens when I enter the requested change my major/degree/minor?
5. When should I expect a response to my request to change my major/degree/minor?
6. Where can I find a list of majors and minors?
7. How do NON-DEGREE SEEKING STUDENTS change or declare a major?
8. How do STUDENT ATHLETES change a major/degree/minor?
9. What if I want to change my major to UNDECIDED?
10. What if I don’t find the major/degree/minor I’m looking for on the BearWeb form?
11. Why are PRE-MAJORS on the list?
12. How do I change an Education Goal? (Pre-Health Studies or Pre-Law)

Course Information

1. What is an LF class?
2. Where can I get a copy of the Undergraduate Catalog?
3. Where can I find the Course Listings?
4. Does Baylor have an Honors Program?
5. Am I required to take Chapel?
6. Can I enroll in the BIC program?
7. What does the course numbering system mean?
8. What is an advanced-level course?
9. What is a Degree Requirement Guide?
10. How often do I need to attend class?
11. What is an average course load?

Current Baylor Students

1. What is academic planning?
2. Who is my advisor for academic planning?
3. Why do I need to be advised?
4. When is advising?
5. How do I schedule an advising appointment?
6. How do I prepare for an appointment?
7. How do I change my major?
8. How do I change my schedule?
9. How do I add a class?
10. How do I drop a class?
11. What should I consider before changing my schedule?

Grades/Grade Changes

1. What happens if I get a grade of D or F in one of my classes?
2. How can I audit a course?
3. Can I take a course on a pass/fail basis?
4. Can I take a course for Credit/No Credit?
5. What is a correspondence course?

New Freshmen

1. When is Advising and Registration for new Freshmen starting classes in the Fall?
2. When is Advising and Registration for new Freshmen starting classes in the Spring semester?
3. How does advising work after Orientation?
4. Who needs to take a placement exam?
5. How does a student prepare for the first advising session?
6. How does a student register for classes?
7. What is the course numbering system at Baylor?
8. What is a good schedule for the first semester at Baylor?
9. What is the New Student Experience?
10. How can students make schedule changes?

New Transfers

1. When is Advising and Registration?
2. How does advising and registration work?
3. Who needs to take a placement exam?
4. How does a student prepare for the first advising session?
5. Who should attend the advising session?
6. How does a student register for classes?
7. What is the course numbering system at Baylor?
8. What is a good schedule for the first semester at Baylor?
9. What is a New Student Experience?
10. How can students make schedule changes?

Registration

1. Do I have to be advised in order to register for classes?

Selecting A Major

1. How do I declare or change my major?
2. What is a double major?
3. Can I major in premed or prelaw?

SSC

1. If I want to email a student from SSC and click on "Message Student," does it go to their Baylor email or does it stay in SSC?
2. When do I use "Add a Note on this Student" vs. "Report on Advising"?
3. Will students see notes?
4. Where can I find the advising history that was moved to SSC from UAS?
5. How do I find a student with a double or hyphenated name?
6. When is SSC updated?
7. What is the best browser for using SSC?
8. Why should students opt-in via BearWeb to the texting feature in SSC?
9. What is the difference in quick search and advanced search?
10. Where do I find the student's response to my email?
11. How do I document the advising session if it is all or partially conducted by email?
12. Should I copy and paste student emails in SSC?
13. Can I get a count of email messages I send in SSC?

Testing

1. Do I have to take the THEA to attend Baylor?
2. What are CLEP and AP tests and how do I get credit for taking them?
3. What are the Math, English, and Foreign Language Placement Exams and who needs to take them?

Transcripts

1. Where can I get a copy of my transcript?
2. Where can I get a degree audit?

Transfer

1. Can I take classes at another school to meet Baylor's basic degree requirements?
2. How many classes can I transfer to Baylor?

When, where, and how do I register for classes?

1. WHEN
2. WHERE
3. HOW
4. Where can I get a copy of my class schedule?
5. How can I add/drop classes?
6. Can I register for a closed class?
7. If I need to add a class after the semester begins and registration is closed, are there any courses available?




Advisor Assignments

1. Who is my academic advisor?
Advisors are assigned to every student based on current degree, major, program, and the number of completed hours. Many students are required to see an advisor in more than one area. Students should check BearWeb each semester under "Registration" and then "Advisement" and then "Advisement Contact Information" to view their current advising requirements and instructions.

2. Who is my weekly academic support counselor?
If you are a student-athlete, you should check with the academic advisor assigned to your sport. If you are a Provisional Admission student or if you are a student on academic probation, contact the Academic Support Programs department at 710-8696 in the Sid Richardson Building and ask for the name of your academic support counselor or mentor.

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Change of Major

1. How do I change my major/degree/minor?
You will begin the process to change or update your major, degree and/or minor in BearWeb > Student Academic Services > Student Records > Change of Major Request.

2. What happens when I submit the request?
An email will be sent to the person responsible for the academic area that you selected. You will receive a response within 48 hours (regular workdays) from the academic area of the major, degree, minor requested, giving instructions for processing the change.

3. What are the steps in BearWeb?
Your current academic information will pre-populate (Name, ID, Degree, Major (s), Minor(s), Ed Goal). You will select an action - to change or add to current curriculum; then select your new program from a drop-down menu - Degree/Major (Only pre-majors are available for selection for programs that begin at that level and only one major is an option.) Select a minor - if applicable; only one option A comment block is available to explain changes or additions. You can comment if more than one major or minor is desired. You can also enter a detailed explanation of your changes or additions.

4. What happens when I enter the requested change my major/degree/minor?
Your request window pops up for review with option to submit or change the information. If you want to change any information, before you submit, you have an option to do so. If submitted, an email goes to the designated area where the change will be processed. You will receive confirmation that request was submitted.

5. When should I expect a response to my request to change my major/degree/minor?
You will receive a response within 48 hours (two regular workdays) from the academic area of the major, degree, minor requested, giving instructions for processing the change. Each area will operate slightly differently once you submit your request. Some have a specific message concerning completing a form, meeting with an advisor, auditioning, holding for term grades, etc.

6. Where can I find a list of majors and minors?
To find a list of majors and minors under each degree offered at Baylor, see the Undergraduate Catalog or go to the Admissions Department's List of Majors

7. How do NON-DEGREE SEEKING STUDENTS change or declare a major?
Non-degree seeking students must contact Admission Services to change/declare a major.

8. How do STUDENT ATHLETES change a major/degree/minor?
Student athletes must see an advisor in Student Athlete Services to change a major.

9. What if I want to change my major to UNDECIDED?
You can select Undecided as your new major on the BearWeb request area.

10. What if I don’t find the major/degree/minor I’m looking for on the BearWeb form?
Contact University Advisement at UA_COM@baylor.edu, visit University Advisement, Room 103, Sid Richardson Building during our walk-in hours, or call us at 254.710.7280.

11. Why are PRE-MAJORS on the list?
Some programs require that you begin in a pre-major. After entrance requirements are satisfied, your major will be changed systematically. The current pre-major programs are: Biology, Business (any major), Film & Digital Media, Neuroscience, Nursing, Psychology, and Social Work.

12. How do I change an Education Goal? (Pre-Health Studies or Pre-Law)
Educational goals are not majors; they are track designations that allow any major of your choosing. If you already have an educational goal, your assigned advisor can change or delete it for you. If you wish to declare an educational goal, follow the contact information for each program: Pre-Health Studies: (Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Podiatry, Pre-Veterinary) Contact the Linda B. Haynes, BSB, B111; ; linda_b_haynes@baylor.edu Pre-Law: Contact Ms. Elizabeth Cano, Room 101, Sid Richardson Building; www.baylor.edu/prelaw

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Course Information

1. What is an LF class?
LF courses, or Lifetime Fitness courses, are physical activity courses; for example, swimming, softball, or fitness theory. Most degrees include LF courses as part of the basic degree requirements.

2. Where can I get a copy of the Undergraduate Catalog?
Every student is entitled to one free catalog! You may have received your catalog during New Student Orientation. If you have never received a catalog, you can obtain a voucher from University Advisement, first floor, east wing, Sid Richardson Building (710-7280).

The catalog is very important! The policies, procedures, and requirements that will govern your academic career are published in the catalog.

The Undergraduate Catalog for the current academic year may also be purchased at the Baylor University Bookstore or at the Weithorn Visitors Center and it is also available on the Baylor website.

3. Where can I find the Course Listings?
You can find the current Course Listings under the Registration menu for Current Students on the Baylor website.

4. Does Baylor have an Honors Program?
Yes. The Honors Program is designed to enhance and enrich the academic experience of talented and highly motivated students at Baylor. The program supplements traditional degree requirements and majors in all departments and schools of the University by offering more challenging classes, encouraging interdisciplinary approaches to learning, and providing opportunities for students to pursue independent study and research with individual faculty mentors. Contact Baylor University Honors Program, P.O. Box 97122, Waco, TX 76798, call (254) 710-1119 or email Diane_Haun@baylor.edu.

5. Am I required to take Chapel?
Two semesters of Chapel are required for entering freshmen and for students who transfer to Baylor from another institution and who are classified by Baylor at the time of transfer as either a freshman or sophomore; one semester is required for students who transfer to Baylor from another institution and who are classified by Baylor at the time of transfer as either juniors or seniors.

6. Can I enroll in the BIC program?
All regularly admitted students who have a strong commitment to learning are eligible to apply to the BIC program. Enrollment is limited to 225 incoming, first year students each academic year, and the BIC Admissions Committee will determine admission. Visit the BIC office located on the second floor of Morrison Hall, call (254) 710-3981, or email BIC_Admissions@baylor.edu.

7. What does the course numbering system mean?
Baylor course numbers consist of an alpha prefix followed by a four-digit course number. The level is specified by the first digit, as follows: 1) freshman; 2) sophomore; 3) junior; 4) senior; 5) graduate, master's and doctor's; 6) doctorate level only. The second digit specifies the number of hours of credit assigned to the course. The letter 'v' is used as the second digit for courses which may be taken for a varying amount of credit. The last two digits are reserved for departmental use to indicate course sequence.

8. What is an advanced-level course?
An "advanced" level course is a junior or senior level course, which is listed as a 3000-level or a 4000-level course. Students are required to complete a minimum number of advanced-level hours in order to earn a bachelor's degree

9. What is a Degree Requirement Guide?
A Degree Requirement Guide (DRG) is a reference brochure that lists the basic degree requirements for all majors at Baylor. Want to know if a business major is required to take a foreign language or if a computer science major needs to take technical writing? Check the DRG for a list of all basic degree requirements. The current DRG can be found on the Academic Advisement website.

10. How often do I need to attend class?
University policy states that to earn credit in a course a student must be officially enrolled by the end of the second week of the semester and must attend at least 75% of all class meetings.

11. What is an average course load?
The normal course load per semester for undergraduate students is five courses plus activity human performance, Aerospace Studies, applied music, or ensemble (usually totaling 15 hrs). A student must be enrolled in 12 semester hours to be considered full time; the maximum course load is 18 semester hours except in the School of Music where 19 hours are permitted.

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Current Baylor Students

1. What is academic planning?
At Baylor, your academic advisor is a partner to guide and provide you with assistance on your academic journey. They will equip and challenge you to make informed decisions in your academic planning that encompasses courses and many exciting opportunities outside the classroom.

2. Who is my advisor for academic planning?
Your advisor is assigned by major and/or program. BearWeb is the best resource to find your assigned advising contact information. You may be directed to an appointment scheduling tool, phone number or location.
More Information: https://bearweb.baylor.edu

3. Why do I need to be advised?
All freshman and sophomore students, undecided and pre-majors are required to be advised before they are clear to register for classes. Also, some majors require advising beyond the sophomore year. But there are some other good reasons to be advised too. Check out the Top Ten Good Reasons to Get Advised.

4. When is advising?
Advising for spring term occurs during the fall term and advising for summer and fall during the spring term. Most advising offices work by appointment and notify students to begin scheduling the required meeting with an advisor in plenty of time before early registration begins.

5. How do I schedule an advising appointment?
Each student's BearWeb has a link to advising contact information and appointment scheduling.
More Information: https://bearweb.baylor.edu

6. How do I prepare for an appointment?
To get the most from your advising experience, it is best to do as much preparation as possible. To assist in this, UA has created the "Preparing for your Advising Appointment" checklist. Complete this document and bring it with you to your advising appointment.

7. How do I change my major?
Procedures and instructions depend on what major a student is changing to. Some changes mean switching to a different academic unit and possibly adjusting time to degree completion. Scholarship awards could also be affected.
More Information: http://www.baylor.edu/university_advisement/COM

8. How do I change my schedule?
Changing a schedule is the same procedure, just different terminology, as adding or dropping a class. For information on how to make changes to your schedule, check out the "Class Modifications" section of our web site.

9. How do I add a class?
Students may add a class through the 7th class day either on BearWeb or with the assistance of a professional advisor. Beginning with the 8th class day, students must complete all required information on the Add/Drop and Registration form, sign the form, obtain a signature from their professional advisor, and take the form to the Office of the Registrar. Students may also need to seek other appropriate signatures for adding a class that begins later in the semester.

10. How do I drop a class?
Students may drop a class through the 7th class day either on BearWeb or with the assistance of a professional advisor. Beginning with the 8th class day and through the 50th class day, students must complete all required information on the Add/Drop and Registration form, sign the form, obtain a signature from their professional advisor, and take the form to the Office of the Registrar. Students may also need to seek other appropriate signatures. In addition, students should link to the B4UDrop (Before You Drop A Class) checklist embedded in the Add/Drop and Registration form. Students should respond to all questions and obtain appropriate signatures on the checklist prior to the meeting with their professional advisor.
More Information: http://www.baylor.edu/university_advisement/b4udrop

11. What should I consider before changing my schedule?
There are a number of consideration before making a schedule change. - How many hours will be on my schedule after the change? Are you still full-time (at least 12 hours) or are you taking on too many hours (over 16 hours is generally not recommended)? - What does this do to my academic plan (longer time to graduation, need summer classes, etc.)? - How does it effect my financial aid, insurance, other financial areas? For more information on these and other considerations, check out our Class Modification section.

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Grades/Grade Changes

1. What happens if I get a grade of D or F in one of my classes?
The course may be repeated. If it is repeated, it must be repeated at Baylor before a course is taken for which the course in question is a prerequisite. The course cannot be repeated in another school for transfer to Baylor and for use as degree credit. In addition, some departments will allow courses to be repeated only once for credit. Exceptions to the number of times that a course can be taken can be granted by the dean. Repetition of any course must be for a grade and the grade received the last time the course is taken is the only grade that counts on the student record. Note that some majors and minors require a grade of "C" or better in all courses for the field. See the Undergraduate Catalog for more information.

2. How can I audit a course?
Students who wish to take a course and not earn academic credit may be eligible to audit the course with the written permission of the dean of their academic program. The fee for auditing a course is one-fourth of the current tuition rate of one semester hour. Laboratory and applied courses may not be audited. See the Undergraduate Catalog for more information.

3. Can I take a course on a pass/fail basis?
With the written permission of the dean of the student's academic program, a student who has earned a "C" average on a minimum of sixteen semester hours may elect one course per term graded on a pass/fail basis. Business school students may not register for pass/fail credit in any course, including activity human performance, required under the B.B.A. degree program. Such courses may be used for elective credit only and for a four-year program may total no more than eighteen semester hours. No course in a student's major or minor field may be taken on a pass/fail basis, even if the requirements in the major field have been fulfilled. See The Undergraduate Catalog for more information.

4. Can I take a course for Credit/No Credit?
Only a few courses are offered at Baylor on a credit/no credit basis. (An example of such a course is English 0300.) Such courses count toward the number of registered hours and, if a grade of "credit" is received, will also count toward the number of earned hours. The course will not receive any quality hours, however, whether the grade earned is "credit" or "no credit". (In other words, whether the student receives a grade of "Credit" or "No Credit" for this course does not affect the student's grade point average in any way.)or "No Credit" for this course does not affect the student's grade point average in any way.)

5. What is a correspondence course?
A limited number of undergraduate courses may be taken by correspondence to meet the needs of non-resident Baylor students. In exceptional situations, the dean may grant permission to a student to take a correspondence course in residence. For more information see the Undergraduate Catalog and the Baylor website.

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New Freshmen

1. When is Advising and Registration for new Freshmen starting classes in the Fall?
Students who attend Orientation in June meet with academic advisors on Day Two of their two-day session to plan and register for classes. Students who are unable to attend any of the June Orientation sessions may be advised and registered be e-mail or phone. Either way, all students must complete the "Student Reservation Form" in their goBaylor account. The advising appointment is an important time for students and advisors to work together one-to-one. Students must complete the New Student Advising Questionnaire before attending Orientation and at least 24 hours prior to being advised and registered for classes.

2. When is Advising and Registration for new Freshmen starting classes in the Spring semester?
Students who have paid deposits will be contacted by an academic advisor beginning early December to arrange advising and registration for spring classes. For students who cannot travel to campus, phone appointments can be scheduled.

3. How does advising work after Orientation?
The initial advising session at Orientation is different from meetings with the advisor during the academic year. In preparation for early registration each semester, students should find their assigned advising contacts by major and program in their BearWeb accounts and follow instructions for scheduling appointments. Registration instructions and procedures for each semester are posted on the Registration web site. All holds must be clear before a student can register for classes.

4. Who needs to take a placement exam?
Information regarding placement exams is under Quicklinks on the Academic Advising web site: www.baylor.edu/university_advisement/placement. Students who are required to take a placement exam (English, Math, French, German, or Spanish) normally do so on Day One of June Orientation or at August Orientation before registration for the course(s) will be permitted. Placement exams do not bear credit; the score simply determines the level of the course for which the student may register. All new students must submit a New Student Advising Questionnaire and respond to the questions regarding background in foreign language.

5. How does a student prepare for the first advising session?
Students should check goBaylor for any incomplete tasks as soon as possible. All holds (bacterial meningitis, International Programs, etc.) must be clear before a student can register for classes. The first step is to complete the New Student Advising Questionnaire. The information requested in the questionnaire regarding expected course credit and foreign language experience is necessary for advising. It is the student's responsibility to inform advisors of any pending credit by exam or transfer courses. The next step is to gather information about areas of academic interest. Students should review degree and major requirements in their areas of interest before attending Orientation or working with an advisor. During the Summer Orientation experience, academic and interest sessions are offered on Day One so that students and parents have an opportunity to meet with faculty and staff and ask questions. Information about degrees and majors offered at Baylor and the general and specific requirements is available in various academic resources accessible on the University Advisement website.

  • Degree Requirement Guide (DRG) - An overview of degrees and minimum requirements including lists of majors, minors, and other special programs to be used as a companion piece with the Baylor Undergraduate Catalog.
  • Major Academic Planners (MAP) - Four-year sequences of course requirements by major and academic unit.
  • Baylor Undergraduate Catalog - University policies; degree and major requirements by academic unit; course descriptions.

6. How does a student register for classes?
Advisors review each student's academic information and recommend courses for the course schedule. In turn, students verify any completed academic credits and select courses from recommended options. Students are then registered by the advisor for the first semester schedule at the end of the advising session. In future semesters, students will register themselves on BearWeb after they are advised.

7. What is the course numbering system at Baylor?
Baylor course numbers consist of an alpha prefix followed by a four-digit course number. The level is specified by the first digit, as follows: 1) freshman; 2) sophomore; 3) junior; 4) senior; 5) graduate, master's and doctor's; 6) doctoral level only. The second digit specifies the number of semester hours of credit assigned to the course. The last two digits are reserved for departmental use in indicating sequence of courses.

8. What is a good schedule for the first semester at Baylor?
The following class schedule is an EXAMPLE of a first semester of courses for the beginning student. Course selections vary according to degrees, majors, or programs considered by each student. Completed credit by exam, transfer credit, and placement exams will also determine appropriate course options.

Sample class schedule:
Chapel...........0
English..........3
Religion.........3
Science (w/lab)....4
AND/OR
Language*......3 or 4
Math*............3
Fine Art.........2 or 3
AND/OR
Social Science...3
TOTAL:...........15 to 16 hours
*Placement exams may be required. See Quicklinks, www.baylor.edu/advising Your schedule will include a new student experience course which may be focused on your major or other area of your academic experience. For more on the New Student Experience, see www.baylor.edu/nse Other schedule considerations:
An average course load is 15-16 semester hours. Some students adjust their course load depending on the rigor of the courses, time needed to prepare, and other time investments. A guide some faculty recommend for class preparation is two hours of study to every one hour in class each week, especially for heavy reading courses.
Advisors will recommend the appropriate course load to achieve balance in the type of study needed: i.e., two heavy reading courses with the remainder being applied courses (Math, Foreign Language, Science, etc.)
Time to graduation can be another factor in determining course load. The minimum hours required for a degree at Baylor are 124; however, some degrees require more. Some students complete additional courses in summer school if needed in order to graduate by a particular time.

9. What is the New Student Experience?
Baylor is committed to supporting students as they transition to Baylor. The New Student Experience combines courses and programs designed to help students transition well to the rigorous academic environment at Baylor. These experiences engage students academically, socially, and spiritually, helping students form meaningful connections, academic community, and success at Baylor and beyond.

For more information on New Student Experience, visit their web page at www.baylor.edu/nse

10. How can students make schedule changes?
Students who have registered for classes may make schedule changes or drop/add classes on BearWeb. For new freshmen starting classes in the fall, this can only happen after Summer Orientation has ended--usually after the 4th of July holiday.

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New Transfers

1. When is Advising and Registration?
New transfer students who have paid deposits will be contacted by the academic advisor through the Baylor email account beginning mid-October for spring admission and mid-March for summer and/or fall admission. Students should complete the New Student Advising Questionnaire in goBaylor as soon as possible. For students who cannot travel to campus, phone appointments can be scheduled.

2. How does advising and registration work?
The initial advising session may be different from meetings with the advisor during the academic year. In preparation for early registration each semester, students should find their assigned advising contacts by major and program in their BearWeb accounts. Registration instructions and procedures for each semester are posted on the Registration website.

3. Who needs to take a placement exam?
Information regarding placement exams is on the University Advisement web site: www.baylor.edu/university_advisement/placement. Students who are required to take a placement exam (English, Math, French, German, or Spanish) should follow the directions and contact information on that page. Placement exams do not bear credit; the score simply determines the level of the course for which the student may register. The score, which is the same as the course number, is reported in BearWeb (Student Academic Services > Advisement > View Placement Results).

4. How does a student prepare for the first advising session?
Students should check goBaylor for any incomplete tasks as soon as possible. All holds (bacterial meningitis, International Programs, etc.) must be clear before a student can register for classes. The first step is to complete the New Student Advising Questionnaire. The information requested in the questionnaire regarding expected course credit and foreign language experience is necessary for advising. It is the student's responsibility to inform advisors of any pending credit by exam or transfer courses. The next step is to gather information about areas of academic interest and review degree and major requirements in their areas of interest. Information about degrees and majors offered at Baylor and the general and specific requirements is available in various academic resources accessible on the University Advisement web site at www.baylor.edu/university_advisement.

  • Degree Requirement Guide (DRG) - An overview of degrees and minimum requirements including lists of majors, minors, and other special programs to be used as a companion piece with the Baylor Undergraduate Catalog.
  • Major Academic Plans (MAPs) - Four-year sequences of course requirements by major and academic unit.
  • Baylor Undergraduate Catalog - University policies; degree and major requirements by academic unit; course descriptions.

5. Who should attend the advising session?
Advisors recommend that parents and students have a preliminary discussion before the advising appointment. With this prior planning, the student is prepared to attend the advising session independently. Due to the F.E.R.P.A. requirements, advisors will ask the student's permission of parents request to attend the advising session. Click here for additional information regarding FERPA guidelines.

6. How does a student register for classes?
Advisors review each student's academic information and recommend courses for the course schedule. In turn, students verify any completed academic credits and select courses from recommended options. At the end of the advising session, transfer students may be registered by the advisor for the first semester schedule or register themselves on BearWeb, following the advisor's recommendations. In future semesters, students will register themselves on BearWeb after they are advised.

7. What is the course numbering system at Baylor?
Baylor course numbers consist of an alpha prefix followed by a four-digit course number. The level is specified by the first digit, as follows: 1) freshman; 2) sophomore; 3) junior; 4) senior; 5) graduate, master's and doctor's; 6) doctoral level only. The second digit specifies the number of semester hours of credit assigned to the course. The last two digits are reserved for departmental use in indicating sequence of courses.

8. What is a good schedule for the first semester at Baylor?
The following class schedule is an EXAMPLE of a first semester of courses. Course selections vary according to degrees, majors, or programs considered by each student. Completed credit by exam, transfer credit, and placement exams will also determine appropriate course options.

Sample class schedule:
Chapel...........0
English..........3
Religion.........3
Science (w/lab)....4
AND/OR
Language*......3 or 4
Math*............3
Fine Art.........2 or 3
AND/OR
Social Science...3
TOTAL:...........15 to 16 hours

*Placement exams may be required. See the University Advisement web site.

Your schedule will include a new student experience course which may be focused on your major or other area of your academic experience. For more on the New Student Experience, see www.baylor.edu/nse Other schedule considerations:
An average course load is 15-16 semester hours. Some students adjust their course load depending on the rigor of the courses, time needed to prepare, and other time investments. A guide some faculty recommend for class preparation is two hours of study to every one hour in class each week, especially for heavy reading courses.

Advisors will recommend the appropriate course load to achieve balance in the type of study needed: i.e., two heavy reading courses with the remainder being applied courses (Math, Foreign Language, Science, etc.)

Time to graduation can be another factor in determining course load. The minimum hours required for a degree at Baylor are 124; however, some degrees require more. Some students complete additional courses in summer school if needed in order to graduate by a particular time.

9. What is a New Student Experience?
Baylor is committed to supporting students as they transition to Baylor. The New Student Experience combines courses and programs designed to help students transition well to the rigorous academic environment at Baylor. These experiences engage students academically, socially, and spiritually, helping students form meaningful connections, academic community, and success at Baylor and beyond. For more information on New Student Experience, visit the web page at www.baylor.edu/nse

10. How can students make schedule changes?
Students who have registered for classes may make schedule changes or drop/add classes on BearWeb.

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Registration

1. Do I have to be advised in order to register for classes?
If you are in any of the following categories, you must be advised before you can register for classes:
if you are a freshman (less than 30 completed hours) or a sophomore (between 30 and 60 completed hours)
if you have not declared a major
if you have a major in a department which requires advisement before registration (See BearWeb for this information)
if you are a student-athlete
if you are currently on academic probation

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Selecting A Major

1. How do I declare or change my major?
If you have completed less than 30 hours and want to change to a major/degree offered through the College of Arts and Sciences or the School of Business then you can change your major by completing a "Change of Degree and Major Form" in Academic Advisement (first floor, west wing, Sid Richardson Building)

If you have completed more than 30 hours and want to change to a major and degree offered by the College of Arts and Sciences then you can change your major by accessing the Data Form which is available on the Baylor website. You can find this form by following the "Academics" link on the homepage and then going to "Arts & Sciences" and then "Degree Plan Office". You may also change your major by contacting the Degree Plan Office, College of Arts and Sciences, Burleson 108.

If you have completed more than 30 hours and want to change to a major offered by the School of Business, then you can change your major by contacting the Undergraduate Students Office, Hankamer School of Business, Room 106.

Regardless of number of hours completed, if you want to change to a major or degree offered by:
� School of Education, contact Advisement Office, School of Education, Burleson 107
� School of Engineering and Computer Science, contact School of Engineering and Computer Science, Rogers 210
� School of Music, contact School of Music, Roxy Grove 107
� School of Nursing, contact Nursing Office, BSB C.107

2. What is a double major?
Students with more than one academic interest may decide to select two majors. In order to complete a double major, a student must complete all of the coursework for both majors in addition to the basic degree requirements under the same degree.

3. Can I major in premed or prelaw?
No. Premed and prelaw are not majors, they are preprofessional tracks. A preprofessional track is a program designed to meet the prerequisites for professional school and prepare students for professional school curricula. Preprofessional students may choose any major to go along with the preprofessional track.

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SSC

1. If I want to email a student from SSC and click on "Message Student," does it go to their Baylor email or does it stay in SSC?
It goes to their Baylor email. A copy is also stored in their SSC profile under conversations and in your SSC Conversations--similar to the sent box in Outlook. If you want a copy in Outlook, you will need to include yourself on the message.

2. When do I use "Add a Note on this Student" vs. "Report on Advising"?
Notes are just "sticky notes" put on a student profile for others to see. A note contains a reminder or activity that occurred outside of an appointment. Anything tied to an appointment should be an advising report as that’s what feeds into statistics for volume of appointments across locations and services. The "report on advising" was called "advisor notes" in UAS which created the advising history or documentation. All professional advising areas are expected to prepare for and record advising contacts in SSC.

3. Will students see notes?
Visibility can be checked for the student to see the note under “Add a Note on this Student-. The default is for visibility to any staff viewing the student in SSC. The user can also check to restrict the note to only himself or herself. This entry is not advisor documentation, which should be entered under “Report on Advising-.

4. Where can I find the advising history that was moved to SSC from UAS?
See “Reports/Notes- under the student name. Due to formatting compatibility, the advising history moved over from UAS is stored in “Notes About Student-. Scroll down to “Advisor Reports- to find entries made on advising contacts since SSC Go Live.

5. How do I find a student with a double or hyphenated name?
If a student has a double name (hyphenated or two separate names), you might want to use the first name listed in searches. It may or may not be what the student uses as the primary name, but it makes it clear for advising assignments.

6. When is SSC updated?
Updates occur overnight; these might include course changes, transcripts, changes of major, advisor assignments, etc.

7. What is the best browser for using SSC?
EAB recommends using Firefox or Chrome for SSC.

8. Why should students opt-in via BearWeb to the texting feature in SSC?
Advisors can now use text as an option to interact with their students. Additionally, students can receive automatic reminders for appointments via text.

9. What is the difference in quick search and advanced search?
Quick search gives you all students by first or last name and only the last 4 digits of the ID. Advanced search allows you to find students using features of the student profile.

10. Where do I find the student's response to my email?
The student’s response to email generated from SSC comes back to Outlook. A continuing conversation will remain in Outlook.

11. How do I document the advising session if it is all or partially conducted by email?
Advising conversations are sometimes accomplished via email or a combination of various means of communication, e.g., Alternate, Study Abroad. The advisor should summarize the conversation in SSC/Report on Advising; the meeting type can be Email. Some of the email conversation may be more appropriate as a note " SSC/Add a Note on this Student. A Reason can be selected.

12. Should I copy and paste student emails in SSC?
It is important to avoid pasting entire email threads in SSC. Critical comments can be copied and pasted in the SSC summary. Advisors could create a folder in Outlook for these interactions. The folder can be archived and easily accessed as a retained record.

13. Can I get a count of email messages I send in SSC?
The counts of email messages initiated by advisors in SSC are retrievable in Advisor Reports/Summaries.

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Testing

1. Do I have to take the THEA to attend Baylor?
No, Baylor does not require the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) for admission; however, students who are seeking teacher certification must pass the THEA unless they are exempt based on their SAT, ACT, or TAAS score. Contact the School of Education for more information.

2. What are CLEP and AP tests and how do I get credit for taking them?
Visit the Institutional Research & Testing Services web page at www.baylor.edu/IRT/ for specific information about credit by exam and advanced placement testing.

3. What are the Math, English, and Foreign Language Placement Exams and who needs to take them?
The Math Placement Exam is required for certain students planning to take either Math 1304 (Precalculus) or Math 1321 (Calculus). The English Placement Test is required for all incoming freshmen with an ACT English score below 20 or an SAT verbal score below 470. It is used to determine whether a student begins with English 0300 or English 1302. The Foreign Language Placement Test is required for all students enrolling in a French, German, or Spanish course for the first time at Baylor who have previous experience in that foreign language. These placement exams are not used to award credit to a student, but simply to determine placement.

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Transcripts

1. Where can I get a copy of my transcript?
In the Records Office, 3rd Floor, Robinson Tower. Both official and unofficial transcripts are free. You will need to show your Baylor ID as well as provide a written signature authorizing that office to release your transcript. Unofficial transcripts are also available through BearWeb.

2. Where can I get a degree audit?
On BearWeb or in the Academic Records Office, 3rd Floor Robinson Tower.

You may request from Academic Records the degree audit for your declared degree and major(s), plus minor(s), as appropriate, or for other Baylor academic programs that you are considering.

You may also view and/or print your degree audit via BearWeb. The format is slightly different and the data may not be as up-to-date as with the degree audit obtained through the Records Office.

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Transfer

1. Can I take classes at another school to meet Baylor's basic degree requirements?
See the Equivalent Course Information section of the Admissions web site at www.baylor.edu/admissions/transfer/
Note: If you are a student athlete, you must get summer school credits pre-approved by your academic advisor to be used for academic eligibility in accordance with NCAA by-laws.

2. How many classes can I transfer to Baylor?
Once you enter Baylor, you are eligible to take classes at another institution only if you have not reached the 15-hour limit and you are not in your last 30 hours. Your courses should also be approved for transfer credit if they are not preapproved (identified as a Texas Common Course Number System course or from one of the colleges listed on the Baylor website at www.baylor.edu/admissions/transfer_credits.asp).

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When, where, and how do I register for classes?

1. WHEN
Currently enrolled students (or students who have taken a semester or more off, and who do not have to reapply for admission) may register early ("preregister") for their classes for the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters according to a schedule which is published by the Office of the Registrar for each of these terms. Students register according to their classification and the first letter of their last name. Students in the following categories should consult with their respective academic advisors about their assigned registration date
• student-athletes,
• students on academic probation,
• students registered with the Office of Access & Learning Accommodation

2. WHERE
If you are a new, incoming student you must register for the first time with the assistance of an academic advisor or in the Office of the Registrar, 3rd floor, Robinson Tower.

If you are a student-athlete then you must register by appointment with the academic advisor in your sport. If you are a current student who is NOT a student-athlete then you may register using the BearWeb Registration system (see instructions in the Course Listings) or in person in the Office of the Registrar, 3rd Floor, Robinson Tower.

3. HOW
Instructions for registering by BearWeb are detailed in the Course Listings. Students who are eligible to register via BearWeb and are in a category which requires academic advising should request that their academic advisor change their advising flag on the computer when they are advised for classes prior to their registration day.

Students not eligible to register by BearWeb must take their advisement form which has been signed by their academic advisor to the Office of the Registrar, 3rd Floor, Robinson Tower.

Students can use computers in the Office of the Registrar to check the availability of specific classes before they register. Information concerning class availability is also available on the Web (although the information may be updated only once or twice a day).

4. Where can I get a copy of my class schedule?
You may pick up a copy of your schedule in the Office of the Registrar or in the Records Office. Both are located on the 3rd floor of Robinson Tower. Be sure to take your Baylor ID with you! In addition, you can print a copy of your schedule from BearWeb.

5. How can I add/drop classes?
If you want to change your class schedule before the end of the 20th class day and:
• want to change a class section only or,
• want to add/drop an activity HP course or,
• want to add/drop Chapel
AND
• if you are not a student-athlete or,
• if you are not following a pre-health care track
you may make the change in the Office of the Registrar, 3rd Floor, Robinson Tower.

If you want to add/drop classes and were required to be advised prior to registering for your classes you must obtain a signed "Change in Schedule" form from your assigned academic advisor and take it the Office of the Registrar, 3rd Floor, Robinson Tower.

Note: Adding a class after the 12th class day will also require the signature of your dean.

If you want to add/drop classes and were not required to be advised before registering for your classes you may change your schedule in the Office of the Registrar, 3rd Floor, Robinson Tower. Note: Adding a class after the 12th class day will also require the signature of your dean.

If you are a student athlete, you must see the academic advisor for your sport (see list described above under question #1) to make any schedule changes. Note: Adding a class after the 12th class day will also require the signature of your dean.

6. Can I register for a closed class?
No, you cannot register for a closed class unless the academic department offering that course has issued you a special permit (via computer) to register for a course that is officially closed. You may check seat availability on BearWeb or on Course Listings.

You may call, email, or go to the department offering the course for which you are seeking special permission to register. If permission is granted, the department will enter an electronic "permit", and you may then follow regular procedures for adding a class.

7. If I need to add a class after the semester begins and registration is closed, are there any courses available?
You may want to add a course that does not begin meeting until several weeks into the semester. Usually, such a course would serve only as an elective hour on a student's academic program. One option to consider is:
EDP 1101: Personal Effectiveness Skills - Each section is a different topic and has a different start date. See Course Listings on the web for details.

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