Undergraduate Student Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Keep Track of My Academic Progress?

To keep track of your academic progress use your degree progress report (DPR). It will show you all satisfied and unsatisfied requirements for your major. Run a DPR at least once every term before you meet with your advisor. You can access your DPR through you MyWCU account. Select "Degree Progress Report".

When Should I Meet with My Advisor?

At a minimum meet with your advisor (or, if you're a pre-business student, with your business counselor) at least once each semester before you schedule for classes. Be sure to schedule a meeting in advance of your course scheduling appointment. Consult with your advisor as needed at other times when you have questions about your academic progress.

How Do I Change My Major?

Undergraduate students now have the ability to submit plan change requests, such as: change of major and add/remove an additional major through their myWCU account. Prior to submitting any change requests, students should contact their academic advisor and the chair of the department they seek entrance. Please refer to the plan change request for additional information. 

How Do I Add a Minor?

Undergraduate students now have the ability to submit plan change requests, such as: change of minor and add/remove minor through their myWCU account. Prior to submitting any change requests, students should contact their academic advisor and the chair of the department they seek entrance. Please refer to the plan change request for additional information. 

Does the College of Business and Public Management Offer Any Scholarships?

Yes. The College of Business and Public Management offers a number of scholarship opportunities. Students can search for current scholarship offerings on the Financial Aid Scholarship website

When And How Should I Apply to Graduate?

You should apply to graduate once you have completed 90 credits. You should apply on-line through your MyWCU account. Select "Apply to Graduate" and follow the prompts.

What Are the Requirements For Graduating With Honors?

To qualify for honors at commencement, you will need to have completed at least 60 credits at WCU. Honors are awarded as follows:

  • cum laude: 3.250 – 3.499
  • magna cum laude: 3.500 – 3.749
  • summa cum laude: 3.750 – 4.000

Can I Participate in the Commencement Ceremony Even If I Have Not Completed All of My Coursework?

There are two annual commencement ceremonies: one in May and one in December. If you complete your coursework in the winter, spring or summer sessions, you can participate in the May Commencement. If you complete your coursework in the fall session, you can participate in the December Commencement.

How Many Courses Can I Retake To Improve My GPA?

Students may repeat undergraduate college-level courses to improve a grade of F, D, C, or B (not A). 
  1. No student may use the repeat option more than six times TOTAL. For example, this means repeating six DIFFERENT courses once each, or repeating three different courses twice.
  2.  A single course may not be repeated more than twice.
  3. The most recent grade, regardless of whether it is higher or lower, will be the grade used for the GPA calculation. Your original grades will still appear on your transcript, but they will not factor in to your GPA.
Undergraduate students who take and complete a course at West Chester may not repeat the course at another institution and have the credits or grade count towards a West Chester degree.

 

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