Academic Advising FAQs

Center for Academic Success and Achievement

Who are the advisors in the Center for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA)? 

Kate Johnston, Lisa Nordeen, Oriana Gatta, LeAnne Berlin, Evan Almeida, and Amy Schendel are professional advisors in CASA. We work with all undergraduate students who have advising questions. Learn more about us by visiting the CASA staff page. We are always happy to talk with you about anything related to your academic goals.

When would I meet with someone in CASA instead of with my faculty advisor, and vice versa?

Your faculty advisor is the best person to answer specific questions about your major, the Hamline Plan, career information, and general college policies. But if you are thinking of switching to a different major, or if you are undecided about your major, CASA can help you consider your options. CASA is also a good resource if you are looking to strengthen academic performance and study skills, if you have a complicated question about graduation requirements, or if you are considering taking time off from school. If you are not sure where to go with a question, CASA is always a good place to start.

Your faculty advisor is an excellent resource to begin exploring various educational opportunities beyond the graduation requirements: internships, independent studies, study abroad programs, service learning, etc. These are all things that help you stand out once you have graduated and are applying for jobs, graduate school, or whatever else you are pursuing.

How do I know which classes to take? 

During Advising Weeks (the two weeks prior to registration), you should meet with your faculty advisor to discuss your plans for the upcoming term. Prepare for this meeting by reviewing your academic plan in Workday. You can develop a schedule that you will want to review with your faculty advisor.

How and when do I choose a major?

If you are undecided, you should take classes from a variety of departments. Your goal should be to explore areas you may not know much about but could be potential majors.

You may also want to schedule an appointment with the Career Development Center (CDC). The CDC has many resources to help you in your major and career search. Faculty members are another good resource for information about careers related to the majors offered in their department. If you have questions about certain majors, schedule an appointment with the department chair or other faculty members to discuss your options. Faculty members genuinely enjoy talking about their departments and their fields of study.

Normally, you should declare a major by the end of your sophomore year, although some majors and programs require careful attention to course sequencing. If you know your intended major, we encourage you to consult a faculty advisor in that department and declare as early as possible (but no sooner than second semester for first-year students).

To declare your major, complete the Undergraduate Declaration of Major/Minor/Certificate form available on the Registration and Records website

Can I take a course P/N (Pass/No credit)?

When you take a course P/N, you will receive a "P" if you earned a grade of C- or better. You will receive an "N" if you earned a grade below C-, and you will not be granted credit for the course. Whether you receive a P or N, the grade for the course is not computed into your grade point average. However, some graduate and professional schools do not look favorably on a large number of P-graded courses, or they may rank each as a C.

You may take one course per year P/N. Remember, however, that most majors do not allow P/N grading; check with your faculty advisor.

Can one course fulfill more than one requirement?

Yes. A single course may fulfill multiple requirements. For example, a course that counts in your major might also fulfill one or more Hamline Plan requirements. If you are pursuing multiple majors or minors, it is a good idea to meet with an advisor to ensure you are on track to complete your requirements on schedule.

What happens if I earn a D or fail a course?

If you fail a course, you will not receive any credit for it. Courses for which you earn a D-, D, or D+ can be used to fulfill Hamline Plan, residency, and/or breadth of study requirements, but will not count in a major or minor. A course in which you earn a D+ or below may be repeated for credit. Only the credits and grade earned the second time are counted toward graduation and in the grade point average.

It is important to learn why you were not successful in a course. Talk with your professor, your faculty advisor, or an advisor in the Center for Academic Success and Achievement.

How often should I meet with my advisor and what should we discuss?

All students should establish strong relationships with advisors and other faculty/staff members. You are required to meet with your advisor to review your schedule before you will be eligible to register. However, we recommend you meet with your advisor more than just once a semester. Choosing classes or determining your degree status is only part of advising. Your advisor is also there to talk about other topics, including research, internships, volunteer experiences, long-term career goals, or graduate school.

How do I change advisors?

To change advisors, you will need to fill out a Change of Advisor form. This is to be filled out if you are only changing your advisor and staying in your current major. If you are adding or changing a major or minor you will need to complete an Undergraduate Declaration of Major/Minor/Certificate form available on the Registration and Records website.

How do I obtain a copy of my transcript?

You can request an official transcript in Workday, for yourself or third parties.

Who decides how transfer work applies to Hamline requirements?

Registration and Records reviews transfer courses to determine whether they fulfill Hamline Plan requirements. Your major advisor or department chair will determine how transfer work applies to your major. You should submit a syllabus for each course you wish to have evaluated. Contact the transfer articulation coordinator (651-523-2127 or for more information about transferring in credits.

When can I register?

New first-year students register on campus at Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR).

New transfer students are strongly encouraged to meet with a CASA advisor and register during that meeting. Your registration date depends on the number of credits you are transferring to Hamline.

New first-year students starting Hamline in the spring are also strongly encouraged to meet with a CASA advisor and register during that meeting. Continuing students are required to meet with their assigned advisor during Advising Weeks, the two weeks prior to Registration Week, to discuss your plans for the upcoming term, and your overall academic plans. Following that meeting, your advisor will lift a hold that will allow you to register. Registration begins the week following Advising Weeks. Students register in Workday by class starting with seniors. Registration begins at 7 a.m. on the first day to register and remains open until the first day of the upcoming semester. Once classes begin, you may drop classes yourself in Workday and add classes via an Add/Drop/Withdrawal form available on the Registration and Records Forms website. Adding and dropping classes is permitted through the tenth day of classes (referred to as census date).

Visit the online calendar to see exactly when you may register.

How do I add or drop a class?

Check the academic calendar for the add/drop/withdrawal deadlines. You may add classes with an Add/Drop/Withdrawal form during the first ten days of class. You may drop a class through Workday during that same time frame. If you withdraw from a class after the drop deadline (the tenth day of classes in fall/spring), you will receive a grade of "W." You must make sure that dropping or withdrawing from a course will not jeopardize your eligibility for insurance, scholarships, or international student status. When you are sure that you want to withdraw, speak with the instructor to determine the appropriate course of action. Obtain an Add/Drop/Withdrawal form from the Center for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA) or Student Administrative Services, complete it (including appropriate signatures), and return it to Student Administrative Services (East Hall 113).

How can I receive credits for classes taken at another university?

If you are a first-year student, Hamline will accept up to 64 credits for accredited college-level coursework taken while concurrently enrolled as a high school student. This includes coursework from AP, IB, PSEO, CIS, and CLEP. For more information, visit the Undergraduate Admissions Transfer Credits webpage.

To determine if/how a course taken elsewhere might transfer to Hamline, go to Transfer Evaluation System (TES).

Visit the Undergraduate Bulletin for detailed information about transfer credit policies.