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Where do I go for academic advising? 

When should I meet with an Academic Advisor?

Do I need to choose a major?

How and when do I declare a major?

How do I declare a minor?

How do I find out my degree requirements?

What courses fall under groups A, B and C?

How do I drop a course?

How do I get permission to take a course at another university and transfer the course back to my degree at the Mount?

When do I register for my Fall/Winter courses?

Who will advise me on the Bachelor of Education admission requirements?

What is considered part-time and what is full-time status?

What is Academic Probation?

What is Academic Suspension?

When will I know if I will be placed on Academic Probation or Suspension?

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Where do I go for academic advising?



The Mount offers a dual model of staff and faculty academic advising. Staff advisors in the Centre for Academic Advising and Student Success (CAASS) support students with structural advising (meeting all program requirements), understanding university policies and procedures, and answering general questions, while faculty advisors help students plan and select courses for their majors and discuss further opportunities in their areas of study. To be connected with an academic advisor, contact the CAASS at msvu.ca or 902-457-6657.

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When should I meet with an Academic Advisor?



You should meet with an Academic Advisor several times throughout the year. It is very important that you meet with an advisor before you register for all sessions, Fall, Winter and Summer Sessions, to ensure that you are on the right track with your course selection and program planning. 

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Do I need to choose a major?



If you choose not to declare a major, you can complete a General Studies degree if you are registered in the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. The BA General Studies and BSc General Studies degree requires students to complete a concentration in a subject with an option to complete a minor.

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How and when do I declare a major?



Students intending to complete their degree with a major must declare their major before they register for their sixth unit of coursework. You will need to fill out a "Declaration/Change of Program form" and have it signed by the chair of the department of your major. Once she/he has signed the form, you then submit the form to the Registrar's Office to have your major officially registered on your program.

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How do I declare a minor?



You can declare your minor at the same time as you declare your major. If you have already declared your major or if are completing a General Studies degree, you will need to fill out a "Declaration/Change of Program form," have it signed by your advisor and then submit it to the Registrar's Office to have your minor officially registered on your program.

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How do I find out my degree requirements?



You can read your degree requirements in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar. It is important that you are familiar with your degree requirements. Academic Advisors are available to assist you with your course selection and program planning and to help ensure you are on the right path with your program requirements. However, it is your responsibility as a student to be aware of your own degree requirements.

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What courses fall under groups A, B and C?



Please note: Check your program requirements in the Academic Calendar to see if you are required to take courses from groups A, B and C.


Group A



Science & Mathematics       

Group B



Social Sciences

Group C



Humanities

Applied Human Nutrition (listed under the science minor  in the Academic Calendar)



Applied Statistics (listed under Math)



Biology



Chemistry



Computer Science



Mathematics



Physics



Psychology

Canadian Studies (CANA)                                             Communications



Economics



Family Studies & Gerontology



Political Studies



Psychology Sociology/Anthropology 



Women's Studies (WOMS)

Cultural Studies                                            



English



French



History



Library



Linguistics



Writing (WRIT) Philosophy



Religious Studies Spanish





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How do I drop a course?



If you wish to drop a course, you must be aware of the drop/withdraw dates to ensure that you will not receive an academic penalty and what the financial penalties will be at the time of your drop/withdraw. These dates can be found in the Academic Calendar. If you still want to drop the course, you must fill out a "change form" and submit it to the Registrar's Office.  If you are on Academic Probation, you must have the form signed by the Deans' Office in Seton 302 before submitting it to the Registrar's Office.

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How do I get permission to take a course at another university and transfer the course back to my degree at the Mount?



You will need to fill out an "Letter of Permission" Form and submit the completed form to the Registrar's Office along with a course description of the course you wish to take. You will be notified by the Registrar's Office of approval then can proceed to register at the host institution.

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When do I register for my Fall/Winter courses?



Registration for Fall/Winter courses can take place as early as the end of February, however this may change from year to year. Registration for Summer Session courses usually starts in late January/early February.

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Who will advise me on the Bachelor of Education admission requirements?



If you are a current Mount student and are interested in applying to the Bachelor of Education program you should meet with an academic advisor in the  Centre for Academic Advising and Student Success.

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What is considered part-time and what is full-time status?



Students are considered part-time if they are taking 2.5 (five courses) or fewer units during the regular academic year. Students are full time when they are enrolled in 3.0 or more units (six to ten courses) during the regular academic year.

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What is Academic Probation?



Academic Probation is the academic standing that students are given based on their GPA.  Students who have attempted 3.0 units during the academic year and have achieved a cumulative GPA between 1.0 and 1.699 will be placed on Academic Probation for the next academic year. You can read the complete Academic Probation Policy in the Academic Calendar.

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What is Academic Suspension?



Students will be academically suspended from the Mount for one academic year (12 months) if they fall into one of the following categories:

Students who have attempted at least 3.0 units and have a cumulative GPA less than 1.0.

Students who are on Academic Probation and have achieved a Term GPA of less than 1.7.

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When will I know if I will be placed on Academic Probation or Suspension?



Students' academic standing is assessed once per year when winter semester results become available. Those students who will be placed on Academic Probation or Suspended will be notified by mail by the first week of June. Suspension appeals can be made to the Dean's Office in early June.

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