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Advising FAQ's

Q:  How does advising work?
A:  For your first two semesters you will be advised through University College. After completing your first two semesters, you will then be assigned an academic advisor based on your major.  This will usually be a faculty member who has received training in advising. 

Q:  Can I retake the foreign language placement test?
A:  No. In extreme cases of computer and/or internet issues, a student may be allowed to resubmit a language placement test. Guidelines and frequently asked questions regarding the foreign language placement test are available.

Q:  Can I retake the math placement test?
A:  Occasionally, students feel that their result is not indicative of their strength in mathematics. In these cases, a student is allowed to retake the test. When retaking a test, please send an e-mail to mathplacement@coastal.edu , and notify your academic advisor.

Q:  How do I know what classes I need to take?
A:  The curriculum requirements are found in the Coastal Carolina University Catalog, on the Coastal Carolina University website, and in handouts given to you at orientation.  Your advisor will also have this information available to you.

Q:  How many classes do I take each semester?
A:  Twelve to eighteen credit hours is considered full-time.  Students generally take approximately five classes (15 credit hours) per semester in order to graduate in four years.

Q:  How often do I see my advisor?
A:  Generally a student can meet his/her advisor as often as necessary.  Students see their advisor a minimum of two times during the semester.  However, typically a student can expect to see his/her advisor four or five times a semester.  Students will also receive several electronic communications from their advisor during each semester.

Q:  What if I want to speak with someone in my declared major?
A:  University College can help you set up a meeting with someone in your major.  The advisors are also all trained to help answer basic questions about any major on campus. 

Q:  Do many students work while attending college?
A:  Yes, many of our students work part-time.  If you are enrolled as a full-time student, you should limit your work hours to no more than 20 per week.  On campus jobs are a great way to earn a little extra money and remain connected to what is going on.

Q:  Can I take classes at home during the summer?
A:  Coastal Carolina University does allow you to take classes at another school to transfer back here.  However, you do have to follow specified guidelines and complete the appropriate paperwork.  Discuss this option with your advisor before enrolling elsewhere.

Q:  What will classes/professors be like?
A:  Unlike high school, in many of your college classes you may or may not have homework every night or even every week that will be collected and graded by your instructor.  Often, your entire grade for a grade will be based on just a few exams/projects.  Therefore, every grade counts!  You are responsible for keeping up with when things are due. Your instructor may or may not remind you of these things.  Do not count on late work or extra credit.  In many classes, there is no such thing.  You CAN do college level work, but you must accept responsibility for this from day one.

Q:  Do I have to attend every class?
A:  Class attendance is a vital part to academic success.  When you miss a class you miss the material covered that day plus you give the impression that you do not consider the class important.  Blowing off class to go to the beach is a bad idea.  Class attendance is the number one predictor of success for the vast majority of college students.

Q:  How will I meet people?
A:  Get involved.  Coastal Carolina University has numerous opportunities for you to take advantage of as a student.  Clubs, student organizations, student productions, Student Government, Greek organizations, intramural sports, are all great ways to meet people.  Plus, students who get involved are generally happier and do better in their classes.