Student Counseling Center
Academic Counseling FAQ
- Why is HU NET giving me a prompt saying "Unable to Register due to Hold/ Call the Student Counseling Center concerning Hold"?
- All holds must be cleared before any registration activity can occur. Holds typically arise from failure to meet academic requirements; submit important paperwork, such as immunization record or physical exam report; or from a need to make arrangements regarding financial matters. If you have holds on your account, you will be prevented from registering. If you have a probation hold, you will need to meet with an academic counselor in person to discuss your probation status. You will not be able to make any changes to your schedule until you meet with a counselor. If your GPA was at least a 2.0 last semester, your probation status may be a reflection of your cumulative GPA. The details on your specific situation can be explained by a counselor in person.
- What is Academic Probation?
- Students are placed on academic probation when their cumulative grade point average is below a 2.0 and they are not dismissed for academic deficiency. They are then placed on a reduced academic course load [not to exceed 13 credits]; must enroll in EDU 295 [3 credit course] which is included in the 13 credits but does not count for graduation; and meet with an academic advisor in the Student Counseling Center.
- What can a student expect during a typical personal counseling session?
- Students who are seen by the Counselors at the SCC can expect to be treated with respect regardless of the reason they are being seen. The counselors assist students to express, understand, and find appropriate solutions for their concerns.
- What is an Academic Dismissal?
- You are placed on academic dismissal when your cumulative grade point average falls below the level required for the number of quality hours attempted. If this is your first academic dismissal, and you wish to be considered for re-admission, you must (1) submit a re-admission application for provisional student status to the Director of Admissions (2) enroll in Hampton U. Summer Session or in another accredited postsecondary institution and register for at least 6 semester hours of non-repeated academic courses and (3) earn a GPA of not less than 2.5 in the courses attempted. After two academic dismissals, you may be permanently dismissed from the University. Please refer to page 26 of the 2008-2010 University Catalog.
- What is an Academic Warning?
- An academic warning notice is sent to an undergraduate student if his or her semester GPA is below 2.0 but his or her cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher.
- When is the last day to drop classes?
- All of the deadlines are printed on the Hampton University 2009-2010 academic calendar.
- I am going to have to withdraw this semester. How do I go about getting a refund on the fees I already paid?
- Please note that the application, matriculation and advance deposit fees are payable once and are not refundable. Refer to the refund schedule on page 15 of the Hampton University 2008-2010 Catalog for details. It is important that you officially drop your course(s). This can be done online (HU Net), by telephone or in person.
- I received a letter stating that I have been dropped from my classes. I would like to know why I have been dropped.
- The Admissions and Registrars’ office periodically drops students from classes
for various reasons. Following are the three most common reasons:
- Student is on an Academic Dismissal status or probation and failed to meet with a counselor.
- Student failed to meet the required prerequisite for a specific course.
- Student failed to pay enrollment fees.
- Is it true you can retake a class you have failed with an "F" and have the grade replaced with the higher grade you obtain?
- Yes, you may repeat a course for which you previously earned a "D" or "F", for a better grade. When you repeat the course, the grade earned on the second attempt will replace the first grade. For example, if you received an "F" in a Math course, and you repeat it, and received a "B", the "B" will be calculated in your GPA and the "F" will no longer be reflected in your GPA. The transcript does remain true so the "F" will not be "erased", but you will see brackets around the credit and grade point values on the transcript along with an "R" indicating that the course was a repeated.
- I had a medical issue last semester and I was unable to complete my courses.
I read that there was a form for withdrawing so, how do I go about getting the
- What you are referring to is "Petition of Separation Form". Petitions for withdrawal due to extenuating circumstances are available from the Registrar’s office. Please refer to the Hampton University 2008-2010 Catalog for specific steps to follow. If you are referring to “retroactive withdrawals”, please note that the withdrawal should be done during the semester of illness, etc.
- I don't agree with my final grade in one of my classes from last semester.
Who do I speak to about it?
- All questions in regard to grades must be addressed first with your professor, then department Chair, then Dean if necessary.
- When do I have to declare a major?
- Students must declare a major by the completion of 60 credits.
- How many credits do I have to take each semester in order to graduate?
- It depends on your desired graduation date. A new freshman wishing to graduate in 4 years will need to complete an average of 16 credits each semester.
- Am I going to graduate "on time"?
- Graduating "on time" is dependent on the number of credits completed each semester and the availability of required courses. It is not unusual for students to take summer courses in order to meet their desired graduation date.
- Can I go to another school in the summer?
- Students wishing to attend another institution over the summer must first consult with an academic counselor, and fill out an “Application to Take a Course at Another Institution” form, go to each department in which the course that you are substituting is offered and obtain a signature from the appropriate individual to determine whether or not the outside course is equivalent. The office of the Registrar makes the final determination of course approval.
- If I am a Virginia Beach Campus student, do I have to register with the Hampton University main campus also?
- Virginia Beach students do not have to register at both sites. Students register to the campus to which they applied and were accepted. The Hampton University Virginia Beach campus also has academic counselors.