Important things to Know

  1. Getting a little help from my friends
    1. Is a friend of yours in distress?
    2. Your family's role in your education.
  2. preparing to register
    1. How to Declare a Major/Minor (note this form does not automatically put you into that major but it does start the paperwork). Part of the process is to get an advisor for that major, so it makes sense to declare a major at least two weeks before registration.
    2. When and How Do Students Register?
    3. Picking your courses; Find list of required courses for your major
    4. Undecided Major; all courses are a potential Major or minor, don't worry about "distribution requirements" as they vary from major to major
    5. Electives can fulfill a distribution requirement, be something you are interested in, etc.
    6. Use the course planning sheet. Be sure to list dept course number and the crn to speed up registration (ex cs 8 11748)
    7. Have several alternative choices as the course you want may be full.
      1. if course is full you may still be able to get it
        1. ask the professor in person as it shows your interest (email is to easy to ignore) and see if they are willing to do an override (some will some wont).
        2. Monitor the status of the course on the registrars enrollment page, other people may drop so you can add before the class even starts.
        3. If you don't get in by the first day of classes attend the first week anyway and repeat all the above
      2. It is common to change your schedule over the break (up to and including the first week of classes)
    8. be sure you do not have holds on your account
  3. Accessing Student and Curricular Info Online
    1. Online Catalogue
    2. Registrar's Page
    3. MyUVM Logon
  4. Transfer Course Equivalences Online
  5. How to Email your professor
    1. Include the course number (ie cs095) in the subject line
    2. Also include your name if your email address does not have it (Bob Erickson: cs095)
    3. Have a clear and short message to the professor. Clear is the hard part!
  6. The Three Ways for you to "Get Out" of a Course
    1. Add/Drop
    2. Withdrawal
    3. Incomplete
  7. Academic Alert Warning Letters

      Sample Academic Alert letter

      Oct 17, 2013
      Dear Jeanne Shea,
      I am writing because I am concerned about your performance in my CS 101 A "The Antrologcial Computer" class for Fall 2013. (If you are not in this class, please contact me, immediately.)
      You have been receiving poor grades on the exams.
      I urge you to contact me to seek help in improving your performance. Please see me during my office hours or make an appointment by talking with me after class or emailing
      Please note that your academic advisor(s) will receive notification of this letter. I recommend that you contact your advisor Deborah Blom at to discuss strategies for improving your performance.
      Here is a link to a list of additional campus resources that may be helpful to you:
      Your academic success is important to me, your advisor(s), and others at UVM. While we will do all we can to assist you, it is up to you to take the initiative.
      Robert M. Erickson
      I cc: Robert M. Erickson
      A cc: Deborah Blom

      What do you do?

      1. Be realistic and honest on your chances of passing.
      2. Make appointment with professor asap to talk about your grade.
        • possibility for passing / ok grade
        • likely hood for passing
        • study suggestions etc
      3. Make appointment with advisor to go over the same and choose the best option for you
      4. Down sides to withdrawing from a course
        • You will be short credits and will need to catch up at some point. avg is 15 per semester
        • summer is a good time to makeup credits/classes, transfer credits in?
        • you may lose some scholarships (look at what the fine print)
        • looks bad on your academic record but first semester and only one is not to bad
      5. Up sides to withdrawing
        • Less work, less stress
        • Does not effect your GPA
        • Allows more time to devote to other classes so GPA should go up
  8. Academic Probation:
    1. University Rules
    2. Arts and Sciences Rules
    3. Getting off Probation