Undergraduate Students Reopening FAQs

Reactivating Campus for Fall Semester Instruction

Can I make an in-person appointment with an advisor (academic, career, faculty)?

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For the time being, all student advising meetings will continue to be via phone call or Zoom. 

Who do I talk to about my academic options for Fall (e.g., remote coursework, affiliation, leave of absence)?

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Unaffiliated students should contact Engineering Advising. Affiliated students should contact their Undergraduate (Major) Coordinator.

Will Project Teams continue in the Fall?

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Project Teams will continue in modified modes to ensure the health and safety of students.  More info coming soon.  Reach out to the Swanson Director of Student Project Teams with any questions.

Are undergraduates able to participate in research in Fall semester?

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In-person and virtual research opportunities will be lab dependent and subject to University guidelines. Contact your lab supervisor for more information.

Will Academic Excellence Workshops (AEWs) be offered in Fall?

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AEWs will be offered online for the fall semester. Schedule info coming soon.

Will the ELI Undergraduate Research Grant Program be offered in Fall?

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The Undergraduate Research Grant Program is expected to continue in Fall. In-person and virtual research opportunities will be lab dependent and subject to University guidelines.

Will the limit on transfer credits be modified?

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At the moment, we do not expect any change to the College of Engineering’s policy of an 18 credit limit on transfer credit.

Is there a credit maximum policy for fall semester?

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There will no longer be a University-wide credit maximum of 18 credits for fall semester. Each undergraduate college has specific policies pertaining to permissible maximum credit hours per semester. The College of Engineering technically permits a maximum of 23 credits. However, several features of the 2020 fall semester will be new to students and could introduce new sources of stress. We are strongly urging you to still limit your credits in the fall semester to 18 credits, and if you wish to take additional credits, we encourage you to first discuss your intentions with Engineering Advising, your faculty advisor, or your major department.
 
Please note: incoming first-year students will not be permitted to take over 23 credits in their first semester. Petitions to do so will be denied. For all other undergraduate students, in order to take over 23 credits, you must submit a Petition to Take a Credit Overload (More than 23 credits) form to the Engineering Registrar explaining the value of these additional credits. Such petitions will be granted sparingly and on a case-by-case basis.

I am a rising sophomore for fall semester. Do I still need to meet with my faculty advisor to get cleared to pre-enroll for fall?

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Yes. Part of the first-year requirement last year was to meet with your faculty advisor in the spring semester and have a conversation about fall course planning.  This requirement was extended into the summer.  If you have not done so already, please plan to meet with your faculty advisor virtually in the coming weeks to be ready to pre-enroll when those dates are announced.