Frequently Asked Questions - CI Advising Center
Table of Contents
- Transferable Credit/Classes
- Academic Probation
- Academic Disqualification
- Graduation Requirements
Can I take classes over the summer at a community college?
If you plan to attend a California community college, you can visit www.assist.org to check what is articulated to transfer from the community college to CI for major, GE or elective units. If you are going to a school that doesn’t have an articulation agreement on assist for the class you want to take, you can fill out a Major/Minor or GE /Graduation Substitution Request form to find out if the class can transfer. You should fill out this form before you complete the class and turn it into the Enrollment Center, Sage Hall 1020.
If I have completed 70 units at the community college, can I still take classes at
the community college?
If you already have 70 transfer units from the community college, you can still take classes to satisfy requirements if the courses are articulated on www.assist.org or approved by petition. The course will satisfy the class requirement, but you will not receive the units for the course. If you are a transfer student with 70 units from the community college, you will need a minimum of 50 units at the university level.
Where do I find out information about Advanced Placement Exams?
Please refer to the catalog or to the Academic Advising website for information. Remember to check the Advanced Placement information for the year you completed the exam/s. http://www.csuci.edu/academics/advising/articulation.htm
Where do I find out information about credit for International Baccalaureate Exams?
Please refer to the catalog or to the Academic Advising website for information. Remember to check the International Baccalaureate information for the year you completed the exam/s. http://www.csuci.edu/academics/advising/articulation.htm
Where do I find out information about CLEP tests?
Please refer to the catalog and the Academic Advising website for information. http://www.csuci.edu/academics/advising/articulation.htm
What if a class didn’t transfer for a class I think it should count for?
You can fill out a Major/Minor or GE/Graduation Substitution Request. You need to attach a course description to the petition form. The form is online, in the Enrollment Center, Sage Hall 1020 or in the Academic Advising Center, Bell Tower, Rm. 1595. An Academic Advisor can help you with the petition process during your scheduled or walk-in appointment.
What does GE or IGETC certified mean?
If you are a transfer student, you can be CSU General Education certified or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum certified from the community college in general education areas A-E. If you are GE certified in areas A-E, you have satisfied your A-E general education requirements. You can be partially certified in one or more GE areas.
Can an advisor assist me with questions regarding transferring to another school?
Contact the Admissions office at the school you wish to attend. CI Advisors cannot assist you with specific questions related to transferring to another institution.
What is academic probation?
If your cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) or cumulative CI GPA falls below a 2.0, you will be subject to academic probation. You will be limited to 13 units for each semester you are on probation. You will have an advising hold placed on your account and are required to have mandatory Academic Advising. For further details refer to Academic Probation.
How do I remove an advising hold?
If you are on academic probation, you will need to complete an online probation survey and meet with an Academic Advisor or attend a probation workshop to review an academic plan and have your advising hold removed.
What is academic disqualification?
If you have previously been on academic probation and your cumulative CI GPA in all units attempted falls below the following: freshman- 1.50; sophomore- 1.70; junior- 1.85; senior- 1.95 you will be subject to academic disqualification. For further details refer to Academic Disqualification.
What can I do if I am academically disqualified?
Planning to return to CI
You must take courses at CI through Open University to raise your cumulative CI GPA to a minimum 2.0, to be eligible to Petition for Reinstatement. In rare exceptions, Disqualification Appeals may be granted. Refer to the aforementioned links for details.
Not planning to return to CI or can’t afford Open University
You may attend a community college to raise your overall cumulative GPA, and transfer to another college or university.
Or apply directly to another college or university.
What is Open University?
Open University provides an opportunity for non-CI students to enroll in undergraduate courses on a "space available" basis, subject to the approval of the instructor, the first week of school. Up to 24 units of credit taken through Open University may be applied toward a baccalaureate degree at CI. Open University Enrollment Form (PDF, 99KB)
Am I eligible for financial aid if I attend Open University?
No, only matriculated (current) CI students on good academic standing are eligible for financial aid.
Can I repeat a course to improve my GPA?
If you need to repeat a course grade (C- or below), you are allowed to repeat up to 12 units taken at CI for grade forgiveness, and can repeat an individual course once. For further information, see the University Catalog for the repeat policy.
How can I calculate my GPA?
You can use the GPA calculator, located on the Advising website.
Can I meet with an academic advisor to discuss my options?
If you have been attending Open University, you can schedule an appointment with an academic advisor. When scheduling, please inform them of your disqualified status and what courses you are enrolled in at Open University.
If you were recently disqualified, you will need to attend a disqualification workshop explaining your options and potential return to CI.
When should I apply for graduation?
Deadlines are posted on the Records and Registration website: http://www.csuci.edu/students/registrationrec.htm. The current deadlines are 2 semesters in advance of the term you want to graduate. The Application for Degree and Diploma form is online or located in the Enrollment Center, Sage Hall 1020.
How do I find out about information for Commencement?
Please refer to the Commencement website for details: http://www.csuci.edu/students/commencement.htm
Can I receive honors at graduation?
Yes, you can receive honors at graduation if you have completed a minimum of 30 units at CI and earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 or above in your cumulative and CI GPA’s. For Cum Laude, you need a cumulative and CI GPA of 3.50-3.74. For Magna Cum Laude, you need a 3.75-3.89 cumulative and CI GPA. For Summa Cum Laude, you need a cumulative and CI GPA of 3.90-4.0.
Do I get a graduation check before I graduate?
Please see records page for full information regarding graduation on this page.
What is the Upper Division Interdisciplinary General Education requirement (UDIGE)?
You need 3 UDIGE courses in order to graduate from CI. These 3 courses are any course in the numbers 330-349 or 430-449. Two of the courses can come from your major and one must be outside of your major (must not be cross-listed with your major). These courses must be taken in residency and satisfy the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
What is the GWAR requirement?
The Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement is satisfied by completing the 3 Upper Division Interdisciplinary GE (UDIGE) courses. UDIGE courses are writing intensive courses. CI students are not required to take a written exam to satisfy the GWAR.
Do I need elective units to graduate?
You need a minimum of 120 units to graduate. If your total units after completing all major, general education and graduation requirements do not add up to 120, you will need elective units to make up the difference.
How many total upper division units do I need in order to graduate?
You need a minimum of 40 upper division units. These 40 units can come from your major, GE, electives or upper division transfer units. If you transfer in upper division units, you need to make sure that at least 24 of these 40 upper division units are here in residency at CI.
What graduation requirements require a C or better?
You are required to receive a C or better in the language and multicultural requirements. A grade of C- is not considered a C or better.
Can I take another language besides Spanish, American Sign Language, Arabic or Chinese?
Yes, you can take another language at the community college or another university. If you take a language course at the community college, please follow the articulation on www.assist.org. If you take a language course at another university, you may need to fill out a GE/Graduation Substitution Request in order to receive credit. You may have already met the language requirement at another institution if you are a transfer student.
What if there is a discrepancy on my CI Academic Requirements Report?
The Records and Registration Office maintains your CARR. You can fill out a Discrepancy Resolution Request for CI Academic Requirements Report and Transfer Credit Report and submit it to the Enrollment Center in Sage Hall Room 1020. Your Academic Advisor can also fill out this form when you come in for a scheduled or walk-in appointment.
Can I repeat a class?
CI has a repeat/delete policy that can apply up to 16 units total if you receive a C- or lower in a class. In this case, you can repeat the same class and replace the first grade you receive with the second grade you receive. You can attempt to repeat the same class two times after the first attempt. This repeat/delete policy only applies to classes completed here at CI. Beyond 16 units, only 12 additional units will be averaged into the GPA. If you repeat the same class at the community college after you received a C- or lower at CI, the grades will average in your cumulative or major GPA’s. Please refer to: http://www.csuci.edu/students/Repeat-Withdrawal-Incomplete-Policy-FAQ.htm for more information.
Can I take a class for credit/no credit?
A student can take a course credit/no credit if the course is designated as having the option for CR/NC grading. This information can be found in the course description for the course. You can check with the Records and Registration Office in Sage Hall, Room 1020 or an Academic Advisor if you have questions.
How can I change my major?
You can fill out a Change of Major/Minor form and have an Academic Advisor or Faculty Advisor sign it and bring it to the Enrollment Center, Sage Hall 1020 to be processed. This form is located online, in the Enrollment Center, Sage Hall 1020 or in the Academic Advising Center, Rm. 1595. There are a few exceptions where the Faculty Advisor must sign this form.
How can I take more than 18 units in a semester?
If you want to take more than 18 units, you need to get an Additional Unit Authorization form signed. This form is located online or in the Enrollment Center, Sage Hall 1020. If you have a major, the Additional Unit Authorization would need to be signed by the Faculty Advisor or Chair of your major. If you are undeclared, an Academic Advisor needs to sign the form. Your request can be denied.
What is an “Incomplete” grade?
An incomplete grade ("I") indicates that an extension of the assignment of a final grade from the professor has been approved because the student has not completed a portion of required course work. Reasons for the request usually indicate an unforeseen and justifiable interruption occurred during that course. Once an instructor and student agree on the terms and deadlines a "contract" is signed. You will have up to one calendar year to complete the class and if not completed, the incomplete automatically converts to an “IC” grade which is equivalent to an “F” grade in the GPA. Please refer to: http://www.csuci.edu/students/Repeat-Withdrawal-Incomplete-Policy-FAQ.htm for more information.
Can I appeal a grade?
You can appeal a final course grade only by following these steps:
1. Direct your appeal to the Professor of the course in writing by the end of the seventh week of the semester and copy the Chair. Your Professor has two weeks to respond in writing to you and the Chair. If you file an appeal after the fifth week, your appeal may not be settled by the end of the semester.
2. If the grade is correct and you are not satisfied with the Professor’s response, you can make an appointment with the Chair to appeal the grade. If the Professor does not respond to the student’s appeal within this designated time period, then the Program Chair can act on behalf of the Professor. If the Professor is the Program Chair, you can talk to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
3. If you are still not satisfied after receiving a response from the appropriate administrator, you can submit a written appeal by the end of the eleventh week of the semester to the University Appeals Committee through the Academic Affairs Office.
4. The University Appeals Committee will get a written response from the Professor and review the information submitted to see if more information is needed or make a decision on a grade.
5. You will be notified in writing of the decision.
What are important deadlines for adding, dropping or withdrawing from class/es?
Please refer to the Change of Program Table on the Records and Registration website for deadlines regarding add/drop, withdrawals and complete withdrawals.
What if I can’t register for a course and I meet the prerequisite?
If you have met the prerequisite with an articulated or an approved petitioned course and are not able to register for the course, you need to contact the Records and Registration Office via email firstname.lastname@example.org or in Sage Hall, Room 1020.
Who do I meet with to get approval for study abroad courses?
You should meet with your Faculty Advisor to discuss the courses you could take abroad to satisfy major requirements. Professional Advisors can only assist with reviewing remaining degree and graduation requirements.
How do I know what my Catalog year is?
Check your CI Academic Requirements Report (CARR) through your MyCI portal to confirm your catalog year.
Who is my advisor? Do I have one specifically assigned to me?
All undergraduate students have professional and faculty advisors available to assist with questions regarding academic programs and graduation requirements at CI.
What is my class standing based on my units?
Disclaimer – For more information regarding transfer credit, your CARR, substitution/petition status, or forms please contact Records & Registration -- http://www.csuci.edu/records-registration/ .