For Students

How to Make the Most Out of Your Advising Experience

What is the purpose of my Success Coach and/or academic advisor? You will be assigned a Success Coach and/or an academic advisor when you are accepted to Plymouth State University. You can find out who your advisor is by logging into your myPlymouth under academic information. You and your advisor should get to know each other. Call, e-mail and/or stop by your advisor’s office frequently. Your advisor will assist you in mapping out your semester schedule as well as creating your “Four-year plan.” In addition, you and your advisor will discuss your major, career and life goals.

Student Advising Responsibilities

  1. Recognize personal responsibility for continuous evaluation of progress toward the objectives set by the University and the ultimate responsibility for all academic choices.
  2. Formulate social and academic goals in order to optimize life and career choices.
  3. Become acquainted with the resources at PSU that can increase the likelihood of academic success and help with definition of long-term goals. These include The Bagley Center, Plymouth Academic Support Services (PASS), Office of Undergraduate Studies, the Undergraduate Advising Center, the Writing Center, the Math Activities Center, and the academic advisor.
  4. Become familiar with academic policies, procedures, and requirements by studying the Academic Catalog and the Student Handbook .
  5. Know the graduation requirements for the chosen program in order to monitor progress toward completion of the degree.
  6. Maintain accurate and current academic records, such as add/drop transactions, transfer credit evaluations, student request copies, and correspondence from beginning to completion of the degree program.
  7. Initiate regular contact with the advisor.
  8. Prepare in advance for every meeting with the academic advisor and bring to each meeting the necessary supporting materials such as tentative schedules.
  9. Follow through on the evaluation of transfer credit from other colleges and universities to assure that transfer credit is applied correctly to PSU degree requirements and on the students’ PSU transcript.
Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ’s
Planning My Degree
Warning, Probation, Severance
Preparing to Graduate
Congratulations!! You have reached your senior year and are nearing completion of your college degree. Review the following information to be sure you are ready to graduate.

Graduation Requirements:

To graduate with a Plymouth State University degree, you must have the following requirements fulfilled:

  • Complete all course requirements as outlined in the University Catalog for your program, including major courses, minor courses (if applicable), and general education coursework.
  • Be sure you have met the total number of credits required for your degree program. The minimum number of credits to graduate is 120; however, some programs have a higher credit requirement.
  • Be sure you have met the major average, discipline average (if applicable), minor average (if applicable), and cumulative grade point average for your degree program. Every major, discipline, and minor requires a minimum 2.00 average, but some require a higher average.
  • Be sure you have filed all appropriate paperwork.
    • Are you completing a major and/or option in your major, but not filed the Academic Major and/or Option Declaration or Change form?
    • Is the Academic Catalog you are following the one in which you are actually declared? For instance, are you listed with the Registrar’s Office as following the 2015-2016 Catalog, but actually following the 2016-2017 Catalog? If so, submit a Request to Change Catalog form to the Registrar’s Office in Speare Building.
    • Are you completing an academic minor, but not filed the Academic Minor form?
    • Did you file an Academic Minor form, but now are not going to complete the minor? If this is the case, submit a Request to Remove An Academic Minor or Option form with the Registrar’s Office in Speare Building.
    • If you are substituting a different course for a course required in your major or minor, have you filed a Student Request form?
    • Have you taken a course at another institution, but haven’t filled out a Transfer Credit Approval form, or had an official transcript sent to Plymouth so the course appears on your Plymouth State University transcript?
  • Be sure to take care of any financial obligations. Do you have an outstanding library book or fine? Do you have any unpaid parking tickets?
  • File your Graduation Application with the Registrar’s Office