Update on Credits, Advising, and Graduation for Students

March 23, 2020

Dear Griffins,

We know that this has turned into a tough semester as we make the change to online classes and change the way we interact with each other and the world. In light of all of this disruption, we are introducing additional flexibility into the semester when possible and trying to answer your questions.

What kind options are available to me this semester if I am worried about my grades?

This semester, you may opt to take some or even all of your courses for a final grade of either “Credit” or “No Credit” (CR/NC) as a way to reduce a course’s impact on your GPA without adhering to the normal two course maximum. Courses taken credit/no credit may be used for WCore/Honors or electives with no additional signatures. Students needing these courses to count towards major or minor requirements must get advisor approval. Download the election form.

What if I’m pre-med/pre-nursing/pre-health sciences?

Students in the pre-health sciences (pre-med, pre-dent, etc.) and nursing (including nursing prerequisites) are recommended to NOT elect any of their required courses to be CR/NC, as letter grades are required in certain courses for applications for the nursing program or for graduate schools. Students in pre-health sciences and nursing should consult with their advisors before choosing this option.

When do I have to decide?

We want you to have enough time to consult with your advisor(s), so we are extending the deadline to choose CR/NC courses to April 10 at 5:00 p.m. This is also the new last day to withdraw from a class without a grade of WF, which is counted as an F in GPA calculations.

What’s going on with fall registration?

To give more time for the advising process, registration for Summer and Fall has been moved to start at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, April 6, according to the following schedule:

  • April 6 – Graduate Students and Seniors
  • April 7 – Juniors
  • April 8 – Sophomores
  • April 9 – Freshmen

How will I get advised for summer and fall courses?

Faculty advisors should all be available to make appointments for remote meetings or calls. You can make things easier by:

  • Reviewing “My Progress” in Self-Service to see your major requirements and WCore
  • Planning your May/Fall/Summer courses in Self-Service
  • Clicking “Request Review” on the Advising tab in Self-Service when you’re ready for feedback

What if I plan to graduate at the end of the Fall 2020 semester?

Graduation applications are due April 1 for those intending to graduate at the end of the Fall 2020 semester. There is no penalty for submitting this late but meeting remotely with your faculty advisor(s) before the end of Spring to ensure plans are in place for remaining requirements can help ensure there are no surprises.

How can I turn in forms to the registrar’s office?

All forms for major declarations, CR/NC grade options, and applications to graduate can be sent as an attachment to email to registrar@westminstercollege.edu. In lieu of advisor or student signatures, support can also be sent via a Westminster email account.

We appreciate your dedication and flexibility as we adapt to changing needs. If you have questions or need assistance in some way, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Christie Fox, PhD
Director of Student Success and Retention

Michael Santarosa, EdD

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