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How can I find someone to tutor me? 
The tutors for business courses are listed on our Tutor List page. - Tutors are available through the Office of Multicultural Relations (107 Lucas Hall) for all departments on campus.  In addition, assistance is offered in these labs.

What is AACSB Accreditation, and why do I care? 
Program quality is indicated by accreditation. Less than one-third of the 1,200 business programs in the United States carry the accreditation of the AACSB, the century-old accrediting body for management education. AACSB accreditation means that a program has undergone rigorous scrutiny of its faculty, curriculum and facilities. Many consider AACSB accreditation a "seal of approval" for business studies.  UMSL is one of four schools in the St. Louis region that has earned AACSB accreditation.   learn more

How do I meet students who also have the same major as I? 
The College of Business Administration sponsors clubs in most of the areas of concentration. You can learn more about them from these descriptions.

I am a Veteran.
After you are admitted and approved for assistance from the Veteran's Office, please contact the advising office at (314) 515-5888 to set up an appointment for a credit evaluation. For us to provide this information to the certifying official we need to have reviewed your academic plans with you during an appointment. Please call us at (314) 516-5888 to schedule an appointment. At certain times during the academic year, we do not have appointments available due to the volume of students we are assisting (during preregistration or the start of the semester). We will help you register and will send a credit evaluation to the certifying official at that time. However we still encourage you to schedule an appointment after things have slowed down, so that we can thoroughly check your academic situation and assist you with planning your academic future. To do this you need an appointment. We look forward to working with you!
Also contact the Veteran's Office for more information.

I was accepted at UMSL as a junior. That means I only have to spend two years at UMSL to graduate, right? 
Not necessarily. Though you may transfer in enough credits from another institution to be classified as a junior, you may have more than two years' worth of credits remaining in order to fulfill all the degree requirements at UMSL. It depends on how many of the credits you transferred in fulfill specific degree requirements, and how many will end up counting as elective courses.  Please contact your advisor to determine your academic status.

I am looking for some part time employment. Can you help? 
Information about campus employment can be found here.

What can I do with my degree once I graduate? Career Services has Information available on their website.

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What is the difference between "walk-ins" and "by-appointment advising"? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages? 
"By-appointment" advising is always preferred. If you have specific questions about registration, graduation requirements, transfers, etc. it is better to make an appointment. If you are a new student to UMSL, it is required that you make an appointment. One advantage of this is that the advisor is able to review your records and be more prepared. "By-appointment" advising is more in-depth and personal. It gives the advisor and student a chance to get to know each other better.  "Walk-In" advising is for quick and basic questions. You may have to wait to see the advisor. If you walk-in, you do not have very much choice as to which advisor you will see.

What is academic advising? 
Academic advising is an interactive process between a student and an advisor in which, at the minimum, the advisor assists you with selecting appropriate classes, discusses academic policies, procedures, and degree requirements, and assesses your progress toward degree completion. The advisor may also be able to assist with clarifying academic and career goals, planning a program of study, and learning about educational and career options and campus resources.

Is academic advising required? 
It is only required for new students, students who have below a 2.00 gpa, and graduating seniors.

What can I expect of my advisor? What should he or she expect of me? 
The role of your advisor is to assist you with educational choices. When you meet with your advisor, you will be expected to have a completed a tentative schedule with suitable alternate courses for your advisor to review (unless you are new and still learning the degree requirements). You should also arrive prepared with any questions you may have regarding courses (what a course is about, any prerequisites you may need, how often a course is offered, etc.), degree requirements, or academic policies procedures. Advisors cannot be experts on all aspects relating to a student's career, such as financial aid, employment, etc., so an advisor may need to refer you to another office or individual for assistance with some matters.

In addition to course selection, an advisor should be able to assess your progress toward meeting degree requirements. Ultimately, however, the student is responsible for making sure that all degree requirements are met, so it is important that you read and follow the requirements and policies described in the UMSL Bulletin.

Your responsibilities in the advising process are: gathering all relevant decision-making information; clarifying personal values and goals; being knowledgeable about policies, procedures and requirements; accepting responsibility for decisions.

Degree requirements sometimes change. Which requirements should I follow? 
The degree requirements listed in the UMSL Bulletin the first semester you attend college are your graduation requirements. Your emphasis area or major requirements are the ones in effect when you take your first course in the emphasis area or major.

How do I know when I can graduate? 
If you keep in touch with your academic advisor and make an appointment once a year you should be able to target your graduation date in a timely manner.

I'm thinking about transferring to another university. 
What courses should I be taking? Academic advisors cannot be expected to be knowledgeable about course and degree requirements at other institutions. Therefore, if you're considering transferring to another university, you should consult with an advisor at that particular institution. 

Registration Questions

When is registration? 
Preregistration is conducted during the first two weeks of April (for the Summer and Fall semesters) and November (for the Spring semester). Only currently enrolled students have the opportunity to register early through preregistration. After preregistration, registration opens to newly admitted as well as currently enrolled students. Although there are no specific deadlines, courses do fill and students are encouraged to register early.

How do I drop and add a class? 
A semester calendar is located on the Registration website. It lists the deadlines for dropping and adding classes. You can process an add or drop through MyView , at the Business Advising office or the Registration office.

How do I add a class if it's full already? How do the waiting lists work? Students can attempt to add a class if it's already full by placing themselves on a wait list. Before the semester starts, students are automatically admitted in numerical order as openings occur. Once the semester starts, the instructor decides who is admitted to the class off the wait list if there are any openings available.

What is the difference between a drop and a withdrawal? A "drop" can only be processed during the first four weeks of the regular semester (check the semester calendar for the summer sessions). When a course is dropped it does not appear on the student's record. A "withdrawal" is processed after the first four weeks of the regular semester (check the semester calendar for the summer sessions) or when students drop all courses for the semester. Students will either receive "excused" or "failing" grades, depending on their status in the course(s) when they withdraw. 

Grades Questions

How is my GPA (grade point average) calculated?

1. Each letter grade is equivalent to a certain number of points: 

A 4.0
 A- 3.7
  B+ 3.3
B 3.0
 B- 2.7
  C+ 2.3
C 2.0
 C- 1.7
D 1.0
 D- 0.7
F 0.0


2. Multiply the number of points for the grade by the number of credit hours for each course. The result is called the "quality points." For example, an "A" in a 3-credit course: 4.0 x 3 = 12 quality points.

3. Add the quality points for all courses taken in a semester.

4. Divide the total number of quality points by the total number of credit hours (excluding "I," "W", "CR", and "NC" grade).

The cumulative GPA (grade point average) is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points by the total number of credit hours for each successive semester.

How is my GPA affected if I repeat a course?
After you have completed a course and have earned a second grade, you can meet with an academic advisor to apply to have the first grade removed from your campus grade point average.  This is called "Grade Modification."  If the grade modified is a Business course, it will remain in the Business GPA and the Major/Emphasis Area GPA.  Courses must be modified before you graduate.  

Are the grades from my other college(s) calculated into my UMSL GPA? 
No. Credits transfer, but grades do not. You start off with a "fresh" GPA even if you transferred in from another institution. The only exception to this is if you transfer from another university within the University of Missouri system. While the College of Business does not calculate those grades in your graduation gpa, they are calculated in the Latin Honors gpa if you are eligible for Latin Honors. Unless you have 60 graded credit hours at UMSL. The College of Business then uses the UMSL GPA.

Someone said that even if we pass all of our classes, we cannot graduate until we take an "assessment exam." What is it? 
You are required to take the major field exam in your last semester. You register for the major field exam as MGMT 4220: Business Assessment Test.  The test is required so that the College of Business is able to provide the AACSB with data on how successfully graduating students have learned important core business topics.


You can find the prerequisites for each course in the "course description" section of the UMSL Bulletin.  Click here for the UMSL bulletin.

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