headingNews From Academic & Transfer Advising Services    |   Fall 2013   |  Issue #1, August 26 - September 8


Welcome to the fall 2013 semester and the first day of classes! Whether you are a new or continuing student at Stony Brook, we hope this bi-weekly “Please Be Advised” message will help you learn more about the University’s academic deadlines, policies, and events. Look for us in your Stony Brook e-mail account every other Monday. Best of luck this semester! We’re here to support your academic success. Go Seawolves!


THE HEADLINES:

Credit Limits
Apply For Graduation
Have Questions about Your Major/Minor? Need to Declare a Major/Minor?
Are You Working Toward Completion of Your 39 Credits?
Are You a New York State Resident Who Has Applied For TAP?
Looking For a Skill 4 Class?
Academic Advising Offices
Word of the Week


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Friday, August 23 at 11 a.m.
Credit limit will be raised to 19 credits for students in good academic standing.

Monday, August 26
First day of classes.

Wednesday, August 28 at 9 a.m.
Credit limit will be raised to 23 credits for all students with Cumulative G.P.A’s. of 3.0 or higher, and no “I”, “R”, “NR”, “Q” or missing grades. (A $20 administrative fee will be automatically billed to students’ accounts for those who enroll in more than 19 credits).

Friday, August 30
Last day you can add yourself to a waitlisted course.

Sunday, September 1*
Last day to drop a class or withdraw from the University without tuition liability. *Offices are closed on Weekends.* Download and fax withdrawal form located at www.stonybrook.edu/registrar . Please see additional details below.***

Monday, September 2
Labor Day-No Classes in session.

Tuesday, September 3
No Classes in session.

Tuesday, September 10 @ 4 p.m.

  • Last day to drop or withdraw from the university without a “W” (Withdraw) recorded on student record. You are liable to pay pro-rated tuition and all fees.
  • Last day to add classes and process a swap. Tuition liability may apply if you reduce credit load.
  • Last day to change status to or from full-time & part-time status.
  • Last day to apply for graduation.


***For more information about the Fall 2012 deadlines, please visit: http://www.stonybrook.edu/registrar/calendar-academic.shtml .


 

CREDIT LIMITS

Beginning Friday, August 23 @ 11 a.m., students in good academic standing can enroll in up to 19 credits.  Starting Wednesday, August 28 @ 9 a.m., continuing students who have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA with no incompletes or Q grades on their record can enroll in a maximum of 23 credits. ($20 fee will be automatically billed to students’ accounts for students who enroll in more than 19 credits).


 

APPLY FOR GRADUATION

If you are a senior with at least 108 credits, and you will have met all of your degree requirements -- DECs, skills, 39-upperdivision credits, total credits, major, (and minor, if you are in the College of Business), by this December or January, be sure and apply via SOLAR under the “Apply for Graduation” link. The deadline to apply for graduation is TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10. It is CRITICAL that you review your degree progress report on SOLAR to see if anything in the general education areas show as BOLD – that means it’s a requirement that either is not in-progress or has not been met. Also, check with your major (and minor, if applicable) department to ensure you will have met all requirements by the end of this semester. For a list of major/minor advisors, visit http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/advising/maj_min_adv.shtml

If you will be completing all of your degree requirements in the fall semester please choose the "December" graduation date.  If you will be completing all of your degree requirements in the winter session, please choose the "January" graduation date.  Both candidates (December & January) will walk in the DECEMBER ceremony.

Watch the Video Tutorial: How to Apply for Graduation on SOLAR
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Watch the PBA Show: All About Graduation Episode:
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HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT YOUR MAJOR/MINOR?  NEED TO DECLARE A MAJOR/MINOR? 

To verify your declared major and/or minor, check your unofficial transcript on SOLAR, and scroll down to your fall 2013 semester. If your major/minor is not accurate, or not listed at all, you need to print a Major/Minor Declaration form, visit the appropriate academic department to discuss your plans and obtain a signature, and bring the form to the Registrar’s Office for processing. The form is available at www.stonybrook.edu/registrar, click on “Forms”. For a list of major/minor advisors, visit http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/advising/maj_min_adv.shtml .


 

ARE YOU WORKING TOWARD COMPLETION OF YOUR 39 CREDITS?

All West campus students are required to complete 39 upper division credits in order to graduate. That is, courses at the 300-level or higher. In some cases, your major and DEC courses will cover most if not all of these upper division courses, but majors that have less credits will result in your needing to take some additional upper division coursework. This is the requirement most often overlooked by students, so be sure and check your degree progress report on SOLAR today.


 

ARE YOU A NEW YORK STATE RESIDENT WHO HAS APPLIED FOR TAP?

If you are receiving TAP funds (Tuition Assistance Program from New York State), you should have already received a message reminding you that you must be enrolled in at least 12 applicable degree credits this fall. These are credits that are being applied to a DEC category that you have not yet completed, or a declared major, minor, specialization, or concentration that shows on your transcript on SOLAR. In some cases, you may be able to take elective credits as part of these 12 credits, but that is determined on a case-by-case basis. The University is in the process of reviewing all TAP applicants’ fall schedules.

Once your schedule is approved with 12 credits towards your degree, you will be prevented from dropping or swapping courses, but you may still add classes up to your approved credit limit. If you are denied for TAP, you will see a service indicator on SOLAR noting this. You are advised to speak to a staff member in the Registrar’s Office or your academic advisor to see if you can modify your schedule to become certified for TAP.

Certification for TAP of all other eligibility criteria will begin September 23, 2013.


 

LOOKING FOR A SKILL 4 CLASS?

All students in the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business, School of Journalism, and School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences are required to complete a SKILL 4 class that covers American History. If you’re looking for a SKILL 4 class for this fall, consider taking HIS 103 (a DEC F & SKILL 4 class), American History to 1877. Check SOLAR for available seats today!


 

PRE-HEALTH INFORMATION  @ www.stonybrook.edu/healthed

Pre-professional Advising Walk-In Hours 
August 26 - September 6 

Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
* September 2nd - Closed & September 3rd- 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Research Opportunity 
The Bellevue Hospital Emergency Department is currently accepting applications for our academic year-long Research Associate Internship. In this program Research Associates develop basic clinical research skills, collect data from patients in the Emergency Department, and assist with research-related tasks such as data entry and analysis. The requirements for this program consist of working two four-hour shifts per week in the Emergency Department and attending a monthly lecture series. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program fills up. Perspective interns can find additional information and the application at the below link: http://emergency.med.nyu.edu/education/undergraduates/research-internship


 

PRE-LAW INFORMATIONwww.stonybrook.edu/prelaw
Pre-professional Advising Walk-In Hours 
August 26 - September 6 
Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
* September 2nd - Closed & September 3rd- 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.



ACADEMIC ADVISING OFFICES

Several offices provide general and major/minor-related academic advising to specific cohorts of undergraduates.  To see where you go for academic advising, visit http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/academichelp.shtml .


word of week

Profluent \PROF-loo-uhnt\, adjective:

Flowing smoothly or abundantly forth.

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