FAQ

How many credits must I have to reach sophomore status?
How many courses can I take in a single subject per semester?
How many credits are required to be at full-time status?
What is the maximum number of credits I can take in a semester?
What courses are required for freshmen?
Are there any other required courses?
What is a Faculty Advisor?
Are there any registration restrictions?
What is MyNewSchool?
What is the attendance policy?
If I took college courses in high school, will I receive credit for those courses?
If I took a writing course at a local college while in high school, can I be exempt from Writing the Essay (First Year Writing)?
Are AP Scores accepted?
Are IB scores accepted?
What are the types of holds and how do I get them resolved?
Is there a certain GPA that has to be maintained?
What is a CRN?
What are the policies around adding, dropping or withdrawing from classes?
What is an Alternate PIN?
How do I know when my classes are meeting?
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How many credits must I have to reach sophomore status?
You must have a minimum of 30 credits. The sophomore standing range is 30-59.9 credits.

How many courses can I take in a single subject per semester?
During the Freshman & Sophomore year we encourage students to explore academically. In order to assist in that process we require that students take no more than 2 courses within a single subject during a semester.

How many credits are required to be at full-time status?
A minimum of 12 credits. Anything less, you are considered a part-time student, which can affect your financial aid and on-campus housing eligibility.

What is the maximum number of credits I can take in a semester?
As a Lang student you can take a maximum of 19 credits per semester without incurring additional charges. If you are a BA/BFA student, you can register for a maximum of 21 credits per semester without incurring additional charges.

What courses are required for freshmen?
In the first semester freshmen are required to take Writing the Essay I and the freshman Advising Seminar. In the second semester freshmen are required to take Writing the Essay II.

Are there any other required courses?
Yes. Outside of courses required for one’s major, Lang students are required to take two university lecture courses before they graduate. They are usually denoted by subject code ULEC.

What is a Faculty Advisor?
A Faculty Advisor is a member of the faculty that is assigned a group of students to advise during the semester. Your faculty advisor has been selected based on the Freshman Seminar course a student is registered in. This course combines an academic component as well as an advising component as the professor serves as your faculty advisor until you select a major in your sophomore year. The faculty advisor also provides students with advising and the Alternate PIN during registration. If you have general questions or concerns you can also speak with the Freshman Class Advisor (Shannon-A’lyce Jones) or a Department Chair if you have specific questions regarding a major.

Are there any registration restrictions?
Freshmen are restricted to taking classes at the 1000 or 2000 level in the first semester. Students will be prohibited from taking a course if he/she has not completed the pre-requisite course(s). Students can check for prerequisites in the course descriptions on the courses page.

What is MyNewSchool?
A central location where students can access information and manage their accounts. In MyNewSchool, students can check their New School email and BlackBoard. Housed under the Student Tab students can register for classes, check grades, review their schedule/transcript, check for holds on their account, search for classes (ALVIN Class Finder link), review their financial aid information, review/pay tuition bill and access important forms.

What is the attendance policy?
Due to the nature of seminar style learning, attendance becomes even more crucial. Four absences in a course that meets twice a week results in a one letter grade reduction for the course. More than four absences results in receiving a failing grade for the course. Some exceptions apply for extenuating circumstances such as: an extended illness requiring hospitalization or visit to a physician (documentation required) a family emergency, e.g. serious illness (with written explanation) observance of a religious holiday.

Please note that some courses may have more stringent attendance policies due to course schedule (half-semester classes, classes meeting once a week) or based on the course assignments (labs, workshops, studios). It is essential that students keep in contact with their professors and review the syllabus for specific attendance policies for a course. Note: Tardiness can count as an absence.

If I took college courses in high school, will I receive credit for those courses?
A student may receive credit for college courses taken while in high school, but an official transcript from that college must be submitted to the Advising Office and you must have earned a C or better in the course. Courses will be evaluated individually for potential credit transfer.

If I took a writing course at a local college while in high school, can I be exempt from Writing the Essay (First Year Writing)?
A student would need to complete a First Year Writing Waiver form and provide a copy of the syllabus and/or course description to be evaluated to determine if it fulfills the First Year Writing requirement. Keep in mind, depending on what a student has completed, it may be deemed that he/she is exempt from one semester but required to complete a second semester of Writing the Essay. Please click here for instructions.

Are AP Scores accepted?
Credit can be given for scores of 4 & 5 in liberal arts subjects. However, AP scores do not exempt students from ANY required courses unless approved by a department chair.

Are IB scores accepted?
Eight credits are given for scores of 5,6,7 on the Higher Level, but we do not grant credit for Standard Level scores.

How many credits are required for graduation?
120 credits are needed to graduate, but making sure that all major and university course requirements are met within those credits. In the120 credits students must have at least 90 liberal arts credits and students cannot apply more than 30 non-liberal arts credits towards their degree.

What are the types of registration holds, and how do you get them resolved?
A Bursars Hold is put on an account if a student has a balance on their bill.

An Immunization Hold is put on an account when the Health Services department has not received a copy of a student’s immunization records including the meningitis section of the immunization form.

A Records Hold is put on an account by the Registrar when a student’s high school transcript indicating date of graduation has not been received.

Until a hold is resolved, the student will be prevented from registering. To resolve a hold, contact the office associated with the hold and arrange to submit the required documentation, information, or payment.

Is there a certain GPA that has to be maintained?
In order to remain in good academic standing a student must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher. If the GPA drops below this, the student will be put on academic probation which involves academic interventions such as regular meetings with an advisor and may affect his/her financial aid. Keep in mind that different standards may apply in relation to scholarships that have been received.

What is a CRN?
It is the Course Registration Number, which is a unique 4 digit number that is used to register for a specific section of a course in a specific semester.

What are the policies around adding, dropping or withdrawing from classes?
There are deadlines for adding, dropping and withdrawing from courses:

Courses can be added online during the first week of school without the teacher's permission. Students are strongly encouraged to do all their adding and dropping during the first week of classes in collaboration with the Faculty Advisor.

During the second week of classes a course can only be added with the teacher's permission. There is no guarantee that the professor will grant permission to join the class during this period, so do not rely on this option.

The 3rd week of the semester is the last opportunity to drop a course without it affecting your record.

After the 3rd week of the semester, students are required to meet with their advisor in order to withdraw from a course.

The 7th week of the semester is the last opportunity to withdraw from a class without a failing grade. A grade of W will be recorded, which will not affect GPA but will appear on your transcript.

Dropping a course after the 7th week of classes will result in a grade of WF being recorded, which is considered a failing grade and will be calculated as such for GPA.

Deadline dates for adding and dropping courses are published for each semester in the Registrar's academic calendar.

What is an Alternate PIN?
A six digit number assigned to a student each semester that allows him/her access to online registration. A student will receive this number from his/her Faculty Advisor each semester after they have met with the student and approved his/her course selections. Freshmen will receive an Alternate PIN from their Faculty Advisor for spring registration in November.

How do I know when my classes are meeting?
When reviewing a course schedule, you will see a combination of letters or a single letter before the time of day, which will indicated that the class is meeting Monday (M), Tuesday (T), Wednesday (W), Thursday (R), or Friday (F). Most Lang classes meet twice weekly, on Monday and Wednesday (denoted as MW) or Tuesday and Thursday (denoted as TR).

Example of course listing format:
Intro to Psych |6452 |LPSY 2605 |A |MW 4:00-5:40pm
Course Title |CRN |Subject Level |Section |Meeting Times

 
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