Need help in a class?

As you are getting into your classes, you may find that you need extra help on a topic. If you have questions, go see your professor during office hours, or e-mail your professor to set up an appointment. Learning Centers are another resource on campus:

  • Chemistry: 208 Chem Sciences and Eng Building
  • Engineering Fundamentals: 209 Dillman, Sunday- Thursday, 7pm-9pm
  • Mathematics: 128 Fisher Hall
  • Physics: 228 Fisher Hall
  • Multiliteracies Center (formerly the Writing Center): 107 Walker Arts and Humanities Center


First-year advising meetings

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 (jzross@mtu.edu)
  • 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 (jsgierke@mtu.edu)
  • Materials: please schedule an appointment with Ms. Kramer (ruthie@mtu.edu)
  • Mechanical: 10/10/2011, 5:00pm, 112 MEEM


Last day to drop without a “W” is September 16, 2011 (Friday, Week 3)

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.


Writing professional e-mails

Professional e-mails (those going to a professor or to a prospective employer) are different from personal e-mails or text messages in several ways.

  • Include a descriptive and detailed subject line for the e-mail. See the following examples:
    • Poor: I have a question
    • Better: ENG1101 Homework
    • Best: ENG1101 Homework due 9/6/2011, Problem 3.5
  • Address the person you are e-mailing (e.g., Hello Dr. Smith,).
  • Use full sentences.
  • Use capitals and punctuation.
  • Do not shorten words (i.e., use “you” instead of “u”).
  • Spell check the e-mail.
  • Sign the e-mail.
    • Thank you,
    • Your Name
    • Your Contact Information


Looking ahead: preparing to get a job

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


Changing Fall 2011 Schedule

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Contact the department of the class that is full to see if you can get into the class.
  3. 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.