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Student Responsibilities

Academic Advising Student Responsibilities

Advising assists you to develop yourself academically, personally and professionally to become an independent and aware learner and to adapt to the academic environment.

You have a large responsibility in the advising system and should take the initiative in seeking advisement.  Your responsibilities are to:

  • Know the name and office location of your academic advisor.
  • Schedule appointments as needed during the academic term and be prepared for the meeting by bringing pertinent information and materials.
  • Keep scheduled appointments or reschedule by calling or stopping in the Advisor's office.
  • Organize and become familiar with the Academic Evaluation, Student Validation Report, College Bulletin, Course Offerings Information, IOL, and program and graduation requirements.
  • Consult with your Advisor concerning registration and changes in your schedule (i.e., changing sections, adding or dropping classes, changing major(s) and/or support(s)).
  • Consult with your Advisor when you are having academic difficulty to problem solve, self-assess and develop a plan for addressing/overcoming challenges to your own learning.
  • Become familiar with other campus resources.
  • Consult with your Advisor before transferring to another college, taking a student-on-leave, or taking an official withdrawal.
  • Set goals and make decisions based on consideration of information, alternatives, and personal values.
  • Explore consequences of your choices and accept personal responsibility for them.

 

What does it mean to be a full-time undergraduate student?

A full-time student is a student who is registered for 12 to 18 credits in any given semester.  There are a number of things to understand about being full-time:

Homework and Study Time- You should plan for 2 hours of homework and study time for each credit you are registered for.  So, if you are registered for 16 credits you would need approximately 32 hours for homework and study time (16x2=32 hours for homework and study time).  This equals a total of approximately 48 hours per week for school – 16 hours per week in class and 32 hours outside of class.

Graduation Date-If your goal is to graduate in 4 years, you should plan to complete approximately 16 credits per semester.  Please note:  This is just an estimate; a specific plan with your advisor is needed to determine exact graduation date.  And, some programs (Nursing, Education, Music Therapy, Art Therapy, etc.) require students to average approx. 17-18 (or more) credits to complete in 4 years.

TuitionFor students taking 12-18 credits (i.e. full-time), tuition is the same regardless of how many credits above 12 you are taking.  However, tuition is program dependent (i.e. declared Nursing and Non-Nursing have different tuition charges for full-time.) Check the Alverno Business Office Tuition/Fee information for specifics.

Financial Aid-Financial Aid is different for each student, but is based on the number of credits a student is taking and a student’s individual eligibility.  Check with Financial Aid for specific information.   

Living on campus-Students who plan to live in the Residence Halls must be full-time students.

Student Athletes-Students who participate in College Athletics must be full-time students.

 

What does it mean to be a part-time undergraduate student?

A part-time student is a student who is registered for 1 to 11 credits in any given semester.

Homework and Study Time- You should plan for 2 hours of homework and study time for each credit you are registered for.  So, if you are registered for 6 credits you would need approximately 12 hours for homework and study time (6x2=12 hours for homework and study time).  This equals a total of approximately 18 hours per week for school – 6 hours per week in class and 12 hours outside of class.

Graduation Date-To estimate your graduation date as a part-time student, a long term plan of how many credits you will take on average each semester/year would be needed to determine your graduation date.  A part-time student taking 6 credits per semester would have a different graduation date than a part-time student taking 10 credits per semester.    

TuitionFor students taking 1-11 credits (i.e. part-time), tuition is charged by the credit.  However, tuition is program dependent (i.e. declared Nursing and Non-Nursing have different tuition charges.) Check the Alverno Business Office Tuition/Fee information for specifics.

Financial Aid-Financial Aid is different for each student, but is based on the number of credits a student is taking and a student’s individual eligibility.  Check with Financial Aid for specific information.

Living on campus-Students who plan to live in the Residence Halls cannot be part-time.

Student Athletes-Students who participate in College Athletics cannot be part-time.

 

 

What should a student consider when making a decision about attending college full-time or part-time?

Regardless if you choose to be a full-time student or a part-time student, we know from research and experience that students who are engaged on campus are more successful and graduate at higher rates.  Being engaged on campus might mean; attending campus events, joining a student organization or group, working on campus, living on campus, and/or any other example of engaging in campus life that occurs outside the classroom.   All of these experiences contribute to and enhance the academic work a student will do while she is in college.  This should not be considered an additional requirement, but rather an integral part of being a successful college student. 

 

Students and their families also want to carefully consider the financial aspects of deciding to attend college full-time versus part-time.  For example, a student who chooses to attend college full-time might not be able to work as much during the school year or at all (depending on the number of credits she chooses to take).  However, this could be a good long-term decision because it will allow a student to graduate sooner, enter the labor-market earlier, and potentially incur less debt and fewer tuition charges over time.  Each student and her family needs to consider their individual circumstances and determine the best approach considering both short and long term implications.

 

And, a final consideration; there are many resources on campus for students and their families who are making decisions about attending full-time versus part-time (and, really for any question that students and families may have).  For example, Admission Counselors, Academic Advisors, Coaches, and Student Service professionals can discuss the expectations of college life and answer many general questions that come up as a student begins college.  The professionals in the Financial Aid Office and the Business Office can explain the financial aspects and discuss both short-term and long term implications.  In addition, there are many academic support services available to all students regardless if they are full-time or part-time.  We encourage all students and their families to learn about and use the many resources available on campus.