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  1. How do I declare a major?Answer
  2. How many credit hours do I have?Answer
  3. How can I find out who my advisor is?Answer
  4. Do I have to take CSCI 1100: Using Information Technology, or may I test out of it?Answer
  5. Why did some of my classes not transfer to ETSU?Answer
  6. Where can I find a tutor?Answer
  7. How can I get help writing papers?Answer
  8. How do I know exactly which classes I have left to complete in my program?Answer
  9. What is my GPA?Answer

How do I declare a major?

To declare (or change) your major, your first step will be to meet with an advisor in your chosen major.

You can find out who your advisor will be by checking the "Find Your Major Advisor" menu at the top of this page. If you are unable to find your major in that menu, it means that your program is outside the College of Arts and Sciences and you should consult the university advisor contact list. Schedule an advisement appointment to discuss your plans, and review your program requirements in advance of your meeting.


How many credit hours do I have?

You can find out exactly how many hours you've earned by viewing the bottom of your academic transcript. To get to your transcript, log into GoldLink, click the "My Student Info" tab and choose "Transcripts" from the box labeled "Registration Tools."

finding transcripts in GoldLink

Click on Transcript Totals (or scroll down to the bottom of the page).

Your earned hours and other statistics will be waiting for you there. Pretty simple, eh?

transcript totals

Ok, maybe it's not so simple.  Here's how to make sense of what you're looking at.

You want to focus most of your attention on the first and third rows: Total Institution and Overall. Your institutional hours and GPA reflect the number of hours you've completed at ETSU and the grades you've earned in those classes. You overall GPA includes all college level work.  You can basically ignore the Combined lines; those are vestiges of a bygone era when ETSU offered developmental classes. Unless you started at ETSU before Fall 2012, you can't possibly have an ETSU developmental class.

annotated image of transcript totals

When we ask you how many credit hours you have in order to place you with the appropriate academic advisor, we're looking for the overall number in the third row. Regarding GPA, you want to pay attention to both your institutional and overall GPA, as they are both used for continuation and graduation purposes.

 


How can I find out who my advisor is?
The fastest way to find the advisor for your major, minor, or preprofessional program is to consult this university-wide advisor contact list. Or, if you know that your program is in the College of Arts and Sciences, just use the "Find Your Major Advisor" drop-down menu at the top of this page.

Do I have to take CSCI 1100: Using Information Technology, or may I test out of it?

All ETSU students are required to demonstrate computer proficiency before earning 30 credit hours (i.e., within your first year here).

You can do this either by taking CSCI 1100, a 3 hour class, or by passing a proficiency exam.

If you think that you are equipped to pass the proficiency exam, we recommend that you take the test during your first semester here so that you can register for the class in your second semester in the event that you don't pass the test.


Why did some of my classes not transfer to ETSU?

Transferring coursework from one school to another can get complicated. Some classes from institutions outside ETSU may satisfy general education requirements at the university but may not satisfy the specific requirements of your major or degree program. Other classes have not been evaluated by the relevant department at the university and transfer to ETSU as general elective credit. This means that ETSU counts these courses as college-level coursework, but the content of the class is not equivalent to any course at ETSU. 

Other classes have not been evaluated by the relevant department at the university and transfer to ETSU as general elective credit. This means that ETSU counts these courses as college-level coursework, but the content of the class is not equivalent to any course at ETSU. 

Still other classes, most often vocational classes from two-year schools, do not transfer to ETSU at all.

If you have transferred classes to ETSU that you think are equivalent to courses in your degree program, talk with your advisor and request a review of your transfer courses from the relevant ETSU department(s).


Where can I find a tutor?

If you find yourself struggling in a course, we can help.

ETSU offers free tutoring for many general education courses to all of our enrolled students through the Center for Academic Achievement (CFAA). Individual, group, and online tutoring is available. The CFAA is located on the first floor of Sherrod Library.

Students who meet eligibility criteria may also receive additional tutoring assistance through Student Support Services (a TRiO program). You can visit them online or on the 3rd Floor of the Culp Center.


How can I get help writing papers?
ETSU offers writing assistance through the Center for Academic Achievement (CFAA). The CFAA is located on the first floor of Sherrod Library.

How do I know exactly which classes I have left to complete in my program?

The easiest way to determine which classes you still need to take is to consult your Degree Works Audit.

Degree Works has its own tab in GoldLink. You can login and review your progress toward your degree. You can also use Degree Works to perform what is called a "What-If?" analysis that will show you which classes you would still need if you were to change majors or choose a new minor. Finally, Degree Works allows you to easily create an academic plan from this point until graduation by dragging and dropping classes into specific semesters.

You can learn how to use all of Degree Works' features with these short tutorials.

Your advisor will use Degree Works during your advisement meetings to create and update your academic plan. You can log in and refer to your plan for guidance as you contemplate decisions like adding elective classes, changing or adding minors, or participating in study-abroad or other experiential learning activities.


What is my GPA?

You can find out exactly how many hours you've earned by viewing the bottom of your academic transcript.

To get to your transcript, log into GoldLink, click the "My Student Info" tab and choose "Transcripts" from the box labeled "Registration Tools."

finding transcripts in GoldLink

Click on Transcript Totals (or scroll down to the bottom of the page).

Your earned hours and other statistics will be waiting for you there. Pretty simple, eh?

transcript totals

Ok, maybe it's not so simple. Here's how to make sense of what you're looking at.

You want to focus most of your attention on the first and third rows: Total Institution and Overall. Your institutional hours and GPA reflect the number of hours you've completed at ETSU and the grades you've earned in those classes. You overall GPA includes all college level work. You can basically ignore the Combined lines; those are vestiges of a bygone era when ETSU offered developmental classes. Unless you started at ETSU before Fall 2012, you can't possibly have an ETSU developmental class.

annotated transcript totals

Regarding GPA, you want to pay attention to both your institutional and overall GPA, as they are both used for continuation and graduation purposes.


 

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