The last day to drop a class with a withdraw (W) grade is Friday of Week 8. All first-year students must meet with their academic advisor and instructor to drop a class. This allows the student to discuss the ramifications before dropping a class. After the last day to drop, students who have extenuating circumstances must appeal to the Student Affairs office for a Late Drop. The instructions for requesting a Late Drop can be found at: www.admin.mtu.edu/dos/latedrop.htm. For more information regarding W grades, see the September blog “Last day to drop without a ‘W’“.
Spring and Summer 2012 registration will open October 27th, 10:00 pm through November 13th, midnight. If you have questions regarding what classes to take, you should make an appointment to meet with your academic advisor.
Registration typically opens each night at 10:00 pm. Due to the large number of students, some days will have two start times, 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm. To find out what day and time you register go to: www.mtu.edu/registrar/pdfs/registration-priority-schedule.pdf.
- Priority is based on the number of credits earned at the time of registration. This does not include the number of credits the student is currently taking.
- Students may register anytime on or after their scheduled day.
- The web will be unavailable for registration from 2:00–2:30 am each day.
- Registration closes at midnight Sunday, November 13 and reopens at 10:00 pm Sunday, November 20.
- Students with questions or problems should contact the Student Service Center at 487-2319 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
All first-year students will receive mid-term grades for their classes; mid-term grades are viewable on Banweb at 5pm, October 10, 2011. The purpose of mid-term grades is to help first-year students see how they are performing in their classes. If a student has questions regarding a mid-term grade for a class, they should meet with the instructor. Mid-term grades are defined as satisfactory (SA), unsatisfactory (UN), not applicable (NA), and missing (M). NA is used for courses where credit is not earned. M is used when an instructor does not submit a grade. Mid-term grades are temporary grades and will be replaced when the student has earned the final grade for the class. Therefore, no permanent record of the mid-term grade is kept.
Career Day 2011 is where students and companies can meet to discuss potential job opportunities including summer internships, co-ops and full-time employment. It is a great chance for first-year students to find summer employment as well as to get help making career decisions (see the September blog “Choosing a major, choosing a career“). A Job Fair Guidebook will be handed out at the Career Fair and will be available on-line. The guidebook provides a brief description of each company attending the Career Day (see details on the web at www.career.mtu.edu). A shuttle will be provided to transport students to and from the SDC; campus pick-up is at the MUB.
Ms. Erin Zimmer, Michigan Tech alumna, will give students tips from her recruiting and professional experiences. Topics will include:
- Approaching and speaking to recruiters
- Obtaining an interview
- Interviewing advice
- Sample interview questions
During fall semester, all academic advisors meet with first-year students to go over the requirements for the department, scheduling, and degree options. Students who are undecided (General Engineering) about which engineering discipline they want to pursue should attend the meeting with Engineering Fundamentals. These students are also welcome to attend any department meeting (see list below).
- Biomedical: 10/12/2011, 6pm, 641 DOW
- Chemical: 10/10/2011, 6pm, 102 Chem Sci
- Civil: during CE1000, 10/10/2011, 2pm, U115 M&M
- Environmental: during ENVE1501, 10/11/2011, 2pm, 101 Chem Sci, other students by appointment, e-mail Ms. Ross (email@example.com)
- General/Undecided & Bachelor of Science: 10/11/2010, 6pm, 641 DOW
- Electrical & Computer: ECE will schedule your appointment and notify you via e-mail, 131 EERC
- Geological: during GE1100, 10/12/2011, 4pm, 320 Dillman, other students by appointment, e-mail Dr. Gierke (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Materials: please schedule an appointment with Ms. Kramer (email@example.com)
- Mechanical: 10/10/2011, 5:00pm, 112 MEEM
When a student drops a class between 1st and 3rd weeks, nothing appears on their transcripts. When a student drops a class between 4th and 8th weeks, a withdraw grade (W) appears on their transcripts. This indicates that the student took the class for a significant amount of time (more than 3 weeks) and then decided to drop the class. One W on a transcript is not a big deal (check with Financial Aid to see a W grade will affect your financial aid, scholarships, or loans). More than a couple of Ws will start to indicate to a potential employer that a student cannot complete what they set out to do. All first-year students must meet with their academic advisor to drop a class after orientation. All students must go to the Student Service Center to drop classes through the Friday of 8th Week.
It’s not too early to start preparing for a summer job; plan ahead for the 2011 Fall Career Fair. For details: www.career.mtu.edu/general/calendar.php:
- Resume Blitz: MUB Commons, September 6, 7, 13, and 15, 11am-2pm
- Career Development Conference: MUB Ballrooms, September 8 and 14, 11am-3pm.
- Benefits of a Co-op or Internship: EERC 103, September 21, 6pm
- Fall Career Fair: SDC, September 27, noon – 6pm
Mr. John Rockwell, founder of Element Partners, a Michigan Tech alumnus and former Husky hockey player, will be speaking to all 1st-year engineering students.
- Tuesday, August 30, 2011; 6-7pm, Rozsa Center
Whether you have decided to change your major, retake a class, or just want classes at different times, you may find yourself wondering if you should change your schedule. Fall 2011 registration will be open most of the summer, with a brief shutdown in mid-July. Before rescheduling classes, make sure that there are seats available in the classes that you intend to switch into. If you are changing your major and are unsure of which classes to take, contact that major’s academic advisor (www.mtu.edu/student-affairs/interests/handbook/academic/advisors/). If you need to get into a class that is full, here are some options:
- Check to see if there are open sections that may fit in your schedule if you move other classes. Double check seating availability for all classes that you will need to move before changing your schedule.
- Contact the department of the class that is full to see if you can get into the class.
- If you cannot get into a class, contact your academic advisor to see what other class you should take.
If a class is full, or you do not have the pre-reqs or there is a major or class restriction, then you will need a waiver to get into the class; contact the department offering the class.