Advising Services

Advising FAQs

  • College-Specific Advising Information

    Who is my Academic Advisor?

    Academic Advisors are automatically assigned to you by Seattle University, and are chosen from within your specific department of study. You will be notified of your academic advisor through an email sent to you SU email account. You can also find the name of your advisor on SU Online by following the instructions below:

    • Log into SU Online
    • Select the Student Menu
    • Select "My Profile" under the Academic Profile section
    • Your advisor's name will be listed in the "Academic Information" area
    • You can find his/her email, phone number, and location in the Online Faculty/Staff Directory

    When can I see an advisor? How do I make an appointment?

    You can set up an appointment with your advisor by calling the following numbers (Advising office locations are in parenthesis): 

    • Pre-Major Studies: 206-296-2260 (Bellarmine 111)
    • Albers College of Business and Economics: 206-296-5700 (Pigott 318)
    • College of Arts and Sciences: 206-296-2840 (Casey 1W)
    • College of Nursing: Email your assigned advisor (Garrand 4th Floor)
    • College of Science and Engineering: 206-296-2500 (Engineering 300)
    • Matteo Ricci College: 206-296-5404 (Casey 117)

    Unsure of who your advisor is? Check out this link.

    These links will take you to more information on hours of operation for the following programs/colleges:

    Advising periods (designated times for you to meet with your advisor to plan and register for next quarter's classes) differ slightly from college to college. Contact your advisor for more information.

    Who do I see to find out major and/or minor requirements?

    The best place to check first is the Major/Degree Planning Resources Page. 

    If you're still unsure, your academic advisor can help you to understand your degree requirements.

    If you'd like to check your current degree progress or see which of the course you've taken go towards a particular major, take a look at your Program Evaluation on SUOnline.

    Where can I find a list of majors, minors, and degree programs? 

    Find out more here.

    How do I pursue university honors?

    There are several different types of honors at SU:

    University Honors and Core Honors are two programs that are by invitation only. New freshman are notified if they qualify when they are accepted to the university.  

    There are also a variety of Departmental Honor Societies that any student can join (most honor societies have a minimum GPA requirement to join) 

    Honors at graduation are awarded with a minimum of 90 SU graded credits and a cumulative GPA as follows: 

    • Cum Laude   3.5 to 3.69
    • Magna Cum Laude: 3.7 to 3.89
    • Summa Cum Laude: 3.9 to 4.0 

    When should I declare a major?

    Once students accumulate 90 credits, they must declare their major.

    How to declare or change a major:

    • Print a Change of Major form and complete the top portion.
    • Print out your program evaluation on SU Online using the "What If" option with the major you are going to declare.
    • Bring the two forms and meet with a faculty/professional advisor in the major you are declaring for approval and advisor re-assignment.

    How to declare a minor:

    • Review the list of approved minors.
    • Meet with your advisor to plan out the correct courses to satisfy minor requirements.
    • Complete the Minor Request form and get it signed by your advisor and the chair of the minor department.

    Requirements to declare particular majors:

    Albers School of Business and Economics 
    • a minimum 2.75 GPA in business-related courses
    • a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA
    • Math 130 with a C- or better
    • 2 business courses completed (at least)
    College of Arts and Sciences
    • a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA for most majors except...
    • Communication Studies: a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA 
    • Psychology: a minimum 2.75 (must take and pass PSYC 120 with a C+ or better) cumulative GPA
    • Sport and Exercise Science: pass CHEM 121/131; Math 120 (if necessary), Math 121 (can test out), and PSYC 120 with a C+ or better
    College of Science and Engineering
    • Computer Science or Engineering: a minimum of 2.5 cumulative and major GPA 
    • Sciences: a minimum of 2.0 cumulative and major GPA
    • all prerequisites must be passed with a C- or better
    • recommended: students should declare their major during their first year

    What are the requirements for a minor?

    Find out more at seattleu.edu/premajor/major/declaring/

    Requirements and Graduation

    How do I access my grades and unofficial transcript?

    • Log on to SUOnline
    • Go to the Student Menu
    • Navigate to the  Academic Profile  section and then click Transcript 

     This will display both a record of all previous coursework and earned grades.

    How do I look up my degree progress?

    Academic Advisors are automatically assigned to you by Seattle University, and are chosen from within your specific department of study. You will be notified of your academic advisor through an email sent to you SU email account. You can also find the name of your advisor on SU Onlineby following the instructions below:

    • Log into SU Online
    • Select the Student Menu
    • Select Program Evaluationunder the Academic Profile section 

    Need help understanding your program evaluation?

    Select How to Read Your Program Evaluation from the Program Evaluation screen or contact your Academic Advisor.

    I am considering several different majors. How do I know if my current coursework applies to these majors?

    • Log into SU Online 
    • Select the Student Menu 
    • Select Program Evaluation under the Academic Profile Section
    • Select a new major from the "What if I Changed My Program of Study" drop-down box.

    If you do decide to change a major, make sure to consult with your academic advisor and fill out a change of major form.

    How do I verify that I’ve met all requirements to graduate?

    • Log into SU Online 
    • Select the Student Menu 
    • Select Program Evaluation under the Academic Profile section 
    • Select your active program of study.

    The Program Status section will display your credits earned and needed towards the degree. For example:

    Program Status Example

    The Program Requirements section will show a detailed list of the courses completed, in progress, and needed. For example:

     Program Requirements example

    When is commencement? What are the policies and procedures for graduation?

    Graduation is the term used to identify when a student has completed and earned their degree from Seattle University.

    Commencement is the symbolic ceremony where the university community gathers to celebrate, with family and friends, the student's accomplishments. However degrees are not actually awarded here and attending commencement does not mean a student has graduated.

    • You must apply for graduation via SU Online by the deadline for the quarter in which you plan to participate in commencement.
    • Students who plan to participate in commencement with deficiencies in Spring quarter should apply by the November 1st deadline.
    • After your application for graduation is received, your Student Academic Specialist in the Office of the Registrar, in consultation with your academic adviser, will determine your remaining degree requirements. You will be sent a letter which outlines these requirements.
    • An audit of your progress towards graduation will be done during Spring quarter. You and your adviser will be notified if it is determined that you do not meet the conditions for participation in commencement.
    • You can check your Program Evaluation on SU Online to make sure that you are on track for graduation and ensure that you will meet the conditions for participating in the commencement exercises. You may also check with your Student Academic Specialist in the Office of the Registrar and your adviser to confirm your eligibility for participation in commencement.
    • Detailed information on the commencement ceremony will become available online during Spring quarter.
    • Students participating in commencement with deficiencies are eligible for honors under the same conditions that apply to students completing their degrees in June.
    • If you choose to attend commencement with deficiencies, your file will be reviewed and your degree will be posted at the end of the quarter which you indicate as being your final quarter in your graduation application. Your diploma will be ordered after your degree is posted. Once you have participated in commencement with deficiencies, you are not eligible to participate in commencement again following the completion of your degree requirements.
    • For more information, view the Commencement with Deficiencies policy under Academic Policies on the Registrar's web site.

    The deadlines to apply for graduation are:

    • Winter Quarter Graduation: October 1
    • Spring Quarter Graduation: November 1
    • Summer and Fall Quarter Graduation: February 1

    How do I know if my transcripts from other schools or examcredit (AP, IB, etc) have been reviewed and processed?

    • Log into SU Online 
    • Select the Student Menu 
    • Select Program Evaluation under the Academic ProfileSection
    • Navigate to the Transfer Credit Information section. For example:
    Transfer Credit Information Example

    Don't see your transfer credit? Sit tight! An Academic Specialist will update your program evaluation when your previous coursework has been processed.

    How do I qualify for university honors? What do cum laude,magna cum laude, etc. mean?

    Academic honors apply toundergraduatestudents only.You must have a minimum of 90 graded credits (courses graded A - F) atSeattleUniversityand at least a 3.50 cumulative grade point average to be eligible for graduation with honors.

    • Cum Laude (With Distinction) 3.50 to 3.69 gpa
    • Magna Cum Laude (With Great Distinction) 3.70 to 3.89 gpa
    • Summa Cum Laude (With Highest Distinction) 3.90 to 4.00 gpa

    Note: The minimum must meet or exceed the gpa listed above (SeattleUniversitydoes not “round up” the gpa).

    Honors at commencement are based on your cumulative gpa at the end of Winter quarter since Spring quarter grades have not yet been received.Honors are noted in the commencement program. You will receive an honors hood to wear in the ceremony and honors will be announced after your name when you walk across the stage.

    Honors on your transcript and diploma are based on allSeattleUniversitycourse work, including Spring quarter grades and any future quarter grades if you are commencing with deficiencies.

    Please see the policy onundergraduate honorsin the Academic Policies section of the Office of the Registrar’s web site.

    To graduate with honors, your application for graduation must be submitted before the deadline, and if the above minimum requirements have been met, you are eligible for honors.

    Looking for information on our honors programs? Find out more about University Honors and Core Honors.

    University CORE requirements

    How do I know if a course satisfies a UCOR requirement?

    Check this link for a list of currently approved UCOR courses.

    Are you a transfer student? Take a look at the UCOR Transfer Student FAQ to find out how your courses might fulfill UCOR requirements.

    What are UCOR requirements?

    This link will take you to a chart containing all of the UCOR requirements.

    How do I know which of my transfer/AP/IB credits will fulfill UCOR requirements?

    Check out the UCOR Transfer FAQ for information on how your courses may transfer.

    Can UCOR requirements be taken as Pass/Fail?

    Simple answer: No

    Undergraduate students are allowed to choose the pass/fail grading option for courses which will be used towards general electives or minors only (see note below). Core courses, college requirements, and major requirements cannot be taken pass/fail.

    Only one course per quarter may be taken pass/fail and a maximum of 10 credits of pass (P) graded courses may apply towards a degree.  A minor can include a maximum of 5 credits graded pass (P) and/or credit (CR).

    To choose the pass/fail grading option, a student must fill out aRegistration Change-Petition to the Dean Form for approval, and must be approved prior to the add/drop and change grading option date of the term of registration. This date can be found on the Important Dates calendar on the Office of the Registrar web site.

    If a student earns a D- or above in a course where the pass/fail grading option has been chosen, the grade on the transcript will appear as “P” (pass).  A failing grade will appear as “F.”   A pass (P) grade does not affect a student’s cumulative gpa, while a fail (F) grade will be used in the computation of the cumulative gpa.

    Please see the Grading Alternative Modes policy on the Office of the Registrar web site under Academic Policies for more information.

    Grades and Grading

    What is the maximum number of credits that can be taken pass/fail?

    Only one course per quarter may be taken pass/fail and a maximum of 10 credits of pass (P) graded courses may apply towards a degree.  A minor can include a maximum of 5 credits graded pass (P) and/or credit (CR).

    To choose the pass/fail grading option, a student must fill out aRegistration Change-Petition to the Dean Formfor approval, and must be approved prior to the add/drop and change grading option date of the term of registration. This date can be found on the Important Dates calendar on the Office of the Registrar web site.

    Does a class taken under pass/fail affect my GPA? 

    Undergraduate students are allowed to choose the pass/fail grading option for courses which will be used towards general electives or minors only (see note below). Core courses, college requirements, and major requirements cannot be taken pass/fail.

    Only one course per quarter may be taken pass/fail and a maximum of 10 credits of pass (P) graded courses may apply towards a degree.  A minor can include a maximum of 5 credits graded pass (P) and/or credit (CR).

    To choose the pass/fail grading option, a student must fill out aRegistration Change-Petition to the Dean Form for approval, and must be approved prior to the add/drop and change grading option date of the term of registration. This date can be found on the Important Dates calendar on the Office of the Registrar web site.

    If a student earns a D- or above in a course where the pass/fail grading option has been chosen, the grade on the transcript will appear as “P” (pass).  A failing grade will appear as “F.”   A pass (P) grade does not affect a student’s cumulative gpa, while a fail (F) grade will be used in the computation of the cumulative gpa.

    Please see the Grading Alternative Modes policy on the Office of the Registrar web site under Academic Policies for more information.

    What is an incomplete?

    An Incomplete (I) is a temporary grade indicating that work in the course was acceptable, although a critical portion of it was not completed because of illness or other serious circumstances beyond the student’s control. The (I) grade is not counted in the credits earned or used in the grade point average computation.  

    A final grade must be submitted by the faculty member to the Office of the Registrar by the end of the fourth week of the next term (see table below). It is your responsibility as a student to have your course work completed and submitted to your professor prior to this deadline to ensure that the faculty member meet the University deadline. If the deadline is not met, the provisional grade that was submitted at the end of the term will be the default grade. The provisional grade is based on the work you have completed.

    Term ‘I’ Grade earned in: Submission deadline:
    Spring, Summer or Intersession Fall Quarter
    Fall Quarter Winter Quarter
    Winter Quarter Spring Quarter

    How does an incomplete affect my GPA and/or financial aid?

    The (I) grade is not counted in the credits earned or used in the grade point average computation.  A final grade must be submitted by the faculty member to the Office of the Registrar by the end of the fourth week of the next term (see table below).

    It is your responsibility as a student to have your course work completed and submitted to your professor prior to this deadline to ensure that the faculty member meet the University deadline. If the deadline is not met, the provisional grade that was submitted at the end of the term will be the default grade. The provisional grade is based on the work you have completed.

    Term ‘I’ Grade earned in: Submission deadline:
    Spring, Summer or Intersession Fall Quarter
    Fall Quarter Winter Quarter
    Winter Quarter Spring Quarter

    Your financial aid could be affected if you receive a low grade after the (I) has been replaced. It's always a good idea to consult with your financial aid advisor when unexpected grading situations (such as an Incomplete) happen.

    How do I withdraw from a class?

    Undergraduate students must use the Withdrawal Request form (available for download on the Registrar's web site, or for pick-up at University Services Building, 103) to withdraw from one course, all courses for the current quarter, or officially from the University.

    If it's past the add/drop deadline you can still officially withdraw from one or more of your classes until the deadline to withdraw has passed.  A completed form must be received by the Office of the Registrar prior to the withdrawal deadline, and incomplete forms will not be processed. An official withdrawal from a course results in a permanent grade of “W” being assigned to your transcript.  The “W” has no affect on your grade point average.  If the course is required for your degree however, the “W” does count as an attempt at the course; you are limited to 3 attempts at a course.

    To withdraw from a course or from the University 

    1. Review the Academic & Important Dates calendar on the Registrar's web site to check what the deadlines are to withdraw and whether or not you are eligible for a partial refund of your tuition.

    2.  If you are within the timeline allowed for withdrawal, download and complete the Withdrawal Request form. 

    3. Make sure to check the appropriate box in upper right-hand corner of the Withdrawal Request formindicating whether you are withdrawing from some of your courses, all of your courses for the current quarter only, or withdrawing from the University completely.

    4.  Obtain all signatures which pertain to your situation, and submit the completed form to the Office of the Registrar.  Processing your withdrawal will be delayed if the form is not completely filled out with all required signatures.  

    Timeframe:  Allow one week for processing

    Note the refund policy:  You may receive a percent of your tuition back based on the official date of withdrawal.  The official date of withdrawal is the date of the first signature by any official of the University, or the last date of attendance as verified by the instructor, whichever is earlier. Refund dates can be found on the Important Datescalendar on the Registrar's web site.

    Can I retake a class that I’ve previously failed?

    Undergraduate students

    If you are an undergraduate student,  you can repeat courses graded “C-“ or below.  You are limited to 3 attempts at a course.  The most recent grade earned (even if it is lower than the original grade) will be used to calculate your cumulative gpa.  The original grade remains on your transcript, but is excluded from your gpa and credit (if any was earned) is revoked.

    Graduate students

    If you are a graduate student, you must repeat any required course that is graded C- or below.  You are permitted to repeat a graduate course graded C or C+ but only once.  The grade earned the second time (even if it is lower than the original grade) will be used to compute the cumulative gpa.  The original grade earned stays on your transcript, but does not factor into your cumulative gpa.

    Some courses are designed to allow multiple retakes.  See the course description in the Catalog or check the online schedule for specifics.  For example, certain music courses can be taken up to 12 times for credit.

    Consult your Catalog or your program evaluation (available on SU Online) to determine if you have met the minimum grade requirements for your degree.  Core courses and general electives can be graded as low as "D-",  but Schools and departments have different requirements which you are responsible for meeting.

    More information about Repeated Courses can be found in the Academic Policies section on the Office of the Registrar web site. 

    How do I qualify for the Dean’s list?

    The Dean’s List at Seattle University recognizes student academic achievement for undergraduates and is published by each School/College after grades are processed each quarter. To qualify for the Dean’s List, you must earn at least a 3.5 GPA for the quarter and have completed a minimum of 12 graded credits. Pass/fail and credit/fail classes do not count toward these 12 credits.

    The President’s List recognizes academic excellence by undergraduate students each quarter after grades have been processed and is acknowledged by a letter from the Provost’s Office. To make the list, students must earn at least a 3.9 GPA for a given term and must have completed a minimum of 12 graded credits. Pass/fail and credit/fail classes do not count toward these 12 credits.