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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Please consult the Registrar's Office FAQ for information including, but not limited to:

  • registration and related issues, including waitlists, registration PINs and time tickets, and d ropping or adding a course
  • transfer credits
  • grades and grading, including information on what a "Ws" and Incompletes
  • transcripts
  • credits needed for sophomore, junior, etc. status
  • changing or declaring a major/minor
  • Colorado residency
  • withdrawing from courses
  • questions about material on your APR
  • applying for graduation

1. How do I know who my adviser is?

2. What's the difference between transfer approvals and study abroad approvals?

3. How do I know if I'm in Good Academic Standing?

4. I got an email about Academic Probation. What does that mean?

5. I got an email about midterm grades. What does that mean?

6. How many electives do I need?

7. What if I have a hold?

8. I've been attending class and I'm not sure my financial hold will be lifted. What do I do?

9. I want to take a quarter (or more) off from school. What do I do?

10. Who do I contact for... ? (Grid of common contact offices and numbers)

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Q: How do I know who my adviser is?

A: Please see the explanation on our About Advising a DU page.

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Q: What's the difference between study abroad approvals and transfer approvals?

A: Transfer Credits are approved through Tutu Mulatu in the Office of the Registrar. You must earn at least a C or higher for a courses to transfer in. Only credits transfer in not grades.

Study Abroad Approval are approved by submitting the online approval form for University Requirements. Study Abroad courses are considered "in residence" (taken through DU), whereas Transfer Credits are considered "out of residence" and need to go through Academic Exceptions for approval of you are within 45 hours of graduating and do not plan to take 45 hours in the last year. Please see our Forms & Policies page for more information on Study Abroad Approval.

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Q: How do I know if I am in Good Academic Standing?

A: If your cumulative GPA is greater than 2.2, you are in good academic standing. A GPA of 2.2 to 2.0 places you on Academic Warning. Below a 2.0 GPA is Academic Probation. If you are having any sort of academic difficulty, regardless of your standing, it is important to make an appointment with your adviser for assistance.

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Q: I got an email about Academic Probation. What does that mean?

A: Academic Probation means your cumulative GPA has dropped below a 2.0. We are concerned about you and your progression to graduation. It is very important to meet with an adviser, who will be able to help you make a plan and share resources to get you back on track academically. Please make an appointment with the adviser identified in your letter.

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Q: I got an email about mid-term grades. What does that mean?

A: Academic Advising asks faculty to contact us about students who are getting a C- or less after midterms of every quarter. If you got one of these letters, it means we are concerned about you. We want you to do well at DU and graduate successfully. Please make an appointment with the Academic Adviser noted in your letter to learn more about available resources and support.

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Q: How many electives do I need?

A: The number of electives required varies by major. In general, University Requirements (Foundations and Core Courses), Major Requirements, Minor Requirements, and Electives should total somewhere between 180-185 credits. Make an appointment with your adviser to find out the specifics about electives required for your Major.

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Q: What if I have a hold?

A: Log into webCentral to determine what type of hold has been placed on your account (financial, judicial, health services, etc.) and then contact the appropriate office for specific details.

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Q: I've been attending class and I'm not sure my financial hold will be lifted. What do I do?

A: You should not be attending class unless you are properly registered.

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Q: I want to take a quarter (or more) off from school. What do I do?

A: You will need to complete Leave of Absence paper work. Please see our Forms & Policies page for detailed information..

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Q: Who do I contact for...?

  • Audit a class Special Community Programs (303.871.2360) or See Professor
  • Bulletins Pick up at The Center for Academic and Career Development
  • Correct an Error in Grading Departments (Instructor can get the form from the Registrar)
  • Declare a Major/Minor Registrar’s Office, 303.871.4095, www.du.edu/registrar
  • Graduation Registrar’s Office, 303.871.4095, www.du.edu/registrar
  • Incomplete Registrar’s Office, 303.871.4095, www.du.edu/registrar
  • Independent Study Forms Career Center, 303.871.2150, www.du.edu/career
  • Tuition Appeals Bursar's Office, 303.871.4944, http://www.du.edu/bursar