Advising FAQs

Below are some commonly asked questions to help you with advising and registration. If you have any additional questions, contact your adviser directly.

What are the hours of operation for the Center for Student and Career Services?
When do I need to be advised?
Why do I need to be advised?
What resources are available to help me decide which degree to pursue at UALR?
What classes fulfill an elective requirement?
How many hours are required at UALR to be considered a full-time student?
Do I have to take Business Perspectives or a First Year Experience course?
What are online and hybrid courses?
How do I access online courses?
What is BOSS and how do I activate my BOSS account?
When and where should I drop a course?
What is academic probation and academic suspension?
What is a prerequisite and what is a corequisite?
I have completed the prerequisite but I cannot register for a class. Why?
I have a hold on my account. How do I remove it?
What do I do if my financial aid is not in place?
On my transcript, what does NC, W, I and CR mean?
How do I calculate my GPA?
How do I waitlist for a class?

What are the hours of operation for the Center for Student and Career Services?
The Center for Student and Career Services is open Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5 pm.

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When do I need to be advised?
UALR College of Business students who are new to campus should schedule an appointment with their assigned adviser once advising for the semester begins. Our Center for Student and Career Services has advisers assigned to each major within the College of Business. Students are required to see an adviser before registration can take place. If you need further assistance, please contact our office at 501.371.8009.

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Why do I need to be advised?
As an integral part of teaching and learning at UALR, advising is a student-centered, collaborative process designed to engage students in educational planning to promote academic, personal, and professional development, while considering diverse interests, abilities, and goals. Personalized advising conversations are intentional and assist students in learning to assess their competencies, discover their passions and clarify their academic paths and leads to graduation. Academic advising processes assist in clarifying and reinforcing optimum course sequences to plan degree completion on a full-time or part-time basis.

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What resources are available to help me decide which degree to pursue at UALR?
Students unsure about College of Business majors, can explore their options on our website.

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Which courses fulfill an elective requirement?
In each of the College of Business degrees, electives are part of the graduation requirements. There are 3 types of electives for College of Business degrees: unrestricted, upper-level, and major electives. Unrestricted electives are courses taken from a variety of departments at UALR. Courses in the unrestricted electives category may be 1000-4000 level courses. Upper-level electives are available in a variety of departments and must be at the 3000-4000 level. Major electives are those within a defined major and are typically chosen from a list of several options.

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How many hours are required at UALR to be considered a full-time student?
A student enrolled in twelve (12) credit hours during the fall or spring term or six (6) credit hours during a summer term is considered a full-time student. Eighteen (18) hours is the maximum load a student may carry during a regular semester. Any student who wishes to take more than 18 hours must request permission from the Department Chair of their major prior to registration. Students wanting to major than the maximum credit hours for a particular semester should first directly contact their adviser.

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Do I have to take Business Perspectives or a First Year Experience course?
Beginning in the Fall of 2011, all first-time entering, degree-seeking students must enroll in BSAD 1100: Business Perspectives, PEAW 1300: First Year Experience, or another approved First Year Experience course within the first 12 hours of coursework.

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What are online and hybrid courses?
Online courses are designed to give students the opportunity for quality education using a self-directed environment. The term ‚Äúhybrid‚ÄĚ describes courses that are a combination of online and on-campus. In other words, you will be required to come to campus on a designated day for your course and you will complete the remaining course work online.

Students taking online and hybrid courses should:

  • Maintain good study and time management habits.
  • Employ self-discipline and attention to detail.
  • Read your course syllabus very closely to watch out for assignment due dates and exam dates.
  • Log in to the online course as often as you would attend a traditional course.
  • Utilize a functional knowledge of personal computers and reliable internet access.

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How do I access online courses?
Online courses are delivered through Blackboard and can be accessed once you log in to myUALR. Once you have logged in using your Net ID, you will click on the Blackboard Courses link.

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What is BOSS and how do I activate my BOSS account?
BOSS is a web resource for advising, registration, financial aid, and accessing your grades. ¬†Once you login to myUALR, you can access BOSS directly with the BOSS link. If you forget your BOSS password, click the Forgot PIN link and then you’ll be able to enter your T-Number as well as other PIN reset questions.

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When and where should I drop a course?
You may add or drop classes online each semester by the deadline dates listed in the Academic Calendar. After the initial deadline for drop/add, you may no longer add classes and cannot drop classes online. However, to drop or withdraw by the final semester deadline, fill out and submit the Drop/Withdrawal Form to the Office of Records and Registration in the Student Services Center, Room 218. You can also mail or fax the form to this office. Review their website to review further information on this topic.

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What is academic probation and academic suspension?
To be in good standing, all students must carry the required minimum cumulative grade-point average as listed below. Students who fail to meet these standards will be placed on academic probation or suspension.

Credit Hours Attempted Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average
1 ‚Äď 29 1.75
30 hours or above 2.00

Students on academic probation who do not achieve the minimum cumulative grade-point average as stated shall be suspended for one semester. Students placed on academic suspension for the second time shall be suspended for one year. Students placed on academic suspension the third time will be suspended for a three-year period.

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What is a prerequisite and what is a corequisite?
A prerequisite is a course that must be satisfactorily completed before you may register into the next level course. Prerequisites are not listed on your degree plan, so it is your responsibility to look up all the course descriptions in the Academic Catalog to find those courses that do have prerequisites and/or corequisites (courses that are to be taken at the same time). If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite, you will not be able to register for the course until the semester is complete and the grade for the prerequisite is posted in BOSS.  You can view your grades in BOSS by clicking on the Student Services tab, then the Student Records tab, and finally click on Midterm Grades or Final Grades.

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I have completed the prerequisite but I cannot register for a class. Why?
If you are a transfer student, transfer credits are evaluated by the Office of Records and Registration and the Office of Transfer Student Services once you have submitted your official transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions. Once your transcript has been evaluated, courses will then be added to your UALR transcript. The following policies apply to the granting of transfer credit:

  • Official transcripts should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the time of application.
  • Official transcripts are evaluated by the Office of Records and Registration and the Office of Transfer Student Services or decisions can be made by appropriate College of Business faculty and staff.
  • Only grades of “C” or higher are eligible for transfer credit. Credit is not granted for course work that is developmental or technical.
  • Grades earned at other institutions are not posted to the student’s UALR transcript and are not calculated in the student’s UALR grade point average. Credits earned will be reflected in hours earned and may be used for degree requirements.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at UALR to be eligible for a UALR degree or certificate.
  • Students should be prepared to submit course descriptions and syllabi of transfer work if there is any question concerning the acceptance of credit toward a degree program. UALR reserves the right to revise previously granted transfer credit.

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I have a hold on my account. How do I remove it?
Holds must be removed by the office who placed the hold on your account. Contact the Center for Student and Career Services at 501.371.8009 for more detailed information on a how to remove a hold.

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What do I do if my financial aid is not in place?
You must make a payment for your tuition and fees or set up a payment plan if your financial aid is not place before the payment due date for each term. You can find the payment due dates and information about payments and payment plans Bursar’s Office¬†website.

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On my transcript, what does NC, W, I and CR mean?
Successful completion of a course is defined as a passing grade. Grades of W (withdrawal), F (failing), NC (no credit) or I (incomplete) are not considered successful completion. CR (credit) as a grade means that the student is granted the credit hours for the course but no grade and the course is not calculated in his or her grade point average. For more information, review the UALR Grade Reporting Policy.

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How do I calculate my GPA?
In order to determine a grade point average (GPA), a student will need to calculate the grade points for each course by multiplying the number of points the grade is worth by the number of credit hours the course carries. Thus, an “A” letter grade (worth four (4) points) in a three-credit hour course is worth 12 points, and a “B” letter grade (worth three (3) points) in the same course is worth nine points.

The GPA is determined by adding the total point values for all courses and dividing the total point values by the total number of credit hours attempted during the same period of time (see table below).

Developmental courses are not included in the computation of cumulative grade point averages but are calculated in the semester GPA.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

COURSE NAME & NUMBER CREDIT HOURS GRADE & VALUE GRADE POINTS
BSAD 1100, Business Perspectives 1 B (3) 3
RHET 1311, Composition I 3 A (4) 12
HIST 1311, History of Civilization I 3 B (3) 9
MATH 1302, College Algebra 3 A (4) 12
MUHL 2305, Introduction to Music 3 A (4) 12
Totals 13 48

To obtain your GPA, divide the total grade points by the total number of credit hours (48/13 = 3.69).  With these hours and grade points, the grade point average would be a 3.69.

NOTE: You can also use the GPA Calculator on the UALR website.

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How do I waitlist for a class?

Procedures rules for waitlisting are available on our website.

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