Academics

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Academics

Welcome to one of the most exciting and most important times of your life—your college experience! At Saint Peter’s you will immerse yourself in the grand questions that have fascinated humankind for centuries. Here is where you will learn to think deeply, analyze critically, and question thoughtfully. Here is where you will find your intellectual passion and prepare for a productive, satisfying career. Here is where you will develop the insight, understanding, and compassion necessary to live a meaningful, reflective life. We at Saint Peter’s are devoted to these ideals and dedicated to helping you succeed, so let’s begin!

How to Be Successful

You are at Saint Peter’s because we think you can do great things! We believe in you! Now you must believe in yourself and take charge to ensure your success. Be proactive, plan carefully, consult with your advisor, get to know your instructors, don’t skip classes, hand in assignments on time, ask your instructor for help if needed, know the requirements, keep up with your coursework, register on time so you can get the schedule you want, and get to know your classmates.

The Center for Academic Success and Engagement

The Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE) at Saint Peter’s University provides students with the academic advising, programming, tools and resources needed to successfully manage the college experience and achieve their academic goals. In collaboration with the schools and colleges CASE assists students with the transition to college-level work and supports their academic endeavors throughout their entire college career. The following programs and services are provided to students in their first year and beyond:

First-Year Academic Advising
A student’s academic program, spread over four years or eight semesters, consists of: (1) a series of required courses across a wide breadth of disciplines (core courses), (2) courses in an area of study (your major) that you are particularly interested in (there are over 50 majors and minors to choose from), and (3) elective courses—taken just for fun, exploration, or enrichment. You will be assigned a first-year advisor who will help you navigate your way through the curriculum during your first year. Specially trained faculty advisors from many disciplines are paired with first-year students for their entire freshman year. The faculty advisors work closely with CASE to create an academic support network for first-year students.

Undeclared Advising & Major Exploration Services
Some students know what they want to major in when they enter Saint Peter’s, and others do not, and that is ok! Your first year is a perfect time to explore different areas of study that you think you may be interested in. Academics Exploratory advising services are offered to students in the process of declaring a major. Advisors provide information regarding the academic programs at Saint Peter’s University, and help students choose a major that best aligns with their goals. With the support of other campus partners and faculty members, major exploration programming is offered throughout the year. If you wish to explore different majors and related careers, we encourage you to register for our Emerging Scholars learning community, consult with your advisor, visit the Center for Career Engagement and Experiential Learning (CEEL), talk to your instructors, and attend our bi-annual Majors Fair!

Testing & Registration
CASE administers testing and coordinates registration for incoming first-year students. Please prepare for your placement test, as these scores determine the appropriate math, writing and reading courses you should take. Practice materials have been made available to you here.

You will be pre-registered for your first semester courses based on your placement scores. Adjustments to your schedule may be made during our ADD/DROP period. The ADD/DROP period is typically held during the first week of classes. Deans and academic advisors are available each day of the ADD/DROP period in CASE to help students change their schedules. Add/drop dates and other Important registration dates can be found on our academic calendar http://www.saintpeters.edu/academic-calendar/.

After your first semester, if you in good academic standing, and after you consult with your advisor, you may register yourself on-line in SPIRIT. At any time, you can also log onto SPIRIT and view your academic record, as well. If you need help getting started with SPIRIT you may contact CASE (case@saintpeters.edu) or IT Services (helpdesk@saintpeters.edu).

Tutoring Services
The Center for Academic Success and Engagement provides professional and peer tutors for: writing, mathematics and a variety of specialized subjects. The tutors can also assist with study skills and research paper preparation.

Disability Services
Saint Peter’s University provides support for students with learning, physical, and psychological disabilities. Students with documented disabilities who are requesting accommodations of any kind should be registered with the Disability Coordinator in the Center for Academic Success and Engagement. Please contact case@saintpeters.edu with accommodation inquiries.

Transfer and Advanced Credit Services Transfer
Students with advanced credit (i.e. AP, College-level coursework, IB) may have their official test scores or official transcripts (college) forwarded to the Center for Academic Success and Engagement for transfer equivalency. In general, Saint Peter’s will evaluate advanced credit but require minimum scores/grades. In some cases, students may still be required to take coursework relative to their program of study. If this happens, credit may be awarded as elective credit rather than credit toward completing a degree.

Learning Support Programming & Workshops
Our workshops are designed to support student success in and outside of the classroom. In collaboration with a variety of campus partners, we are able to offer free workshops to students interested in developing their academic, career, global, wellness and leadership skills.

Peer Mentoring Program
Our GEMS peer mentors (Getting Engaged Mentoring Students) are assigned to all freshman seminar classes. The role of a peer mentor is to connect with students, build a feeling of community, and serve as a liaison to campus resources. Peer mentors also provide help with course content, study skills, and time management.

Supplemental Instruction
Our Supplemental Instruction leaders are known as P.E.E.P.S. (Peers Empowering Every Peacock Student). Supplemental Instruction is a nationally recognized course support program. Supplemental Instruction leaders are assigned to historically difficult courses, offer weekly sessions for students to review material, and provide drop-in tutoring hours.

Courses, Credits, and Grade Point Average

There are two terms offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education, and the School of Nursing—a fall term and a spring term. Students taking a normal course load take five, three-credit courses or 15 credits each term. If repeated over four years or eight terms, this equates to 120 credits—the number of credits required for graduation. Students may take four courses or 12 credits and still be a full-time student, and under certain conditions students may take up to 18 credits under the flat tuition rate. Choices that students make in terms of the selection of courses and the number of credits taken in a given term may impact their timely completion of the core and major courses needed to meet the graduation requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that all graduation requirements are met. To avoid any surprises, students should plan carefully, consulting with their advisors and being aware of the graduation requirements, as outlined in the undergraduate catalog.

Letter grades are given in each course, and each letter grade can be converted to a numerical scale between 0.0 to 4.0. Grade A is equivalent to 4.0; grade B is equivalent to 3.0, and grade B+ is equivalent to 3.33, and so on. Since some courses are worth more or less than 3 credits, the number of course credits needs to be taken into account when computing the average, and this computation is called your Grade Point Average or G.P.A. For example, a G.P.A. of 3.2 is between a B and a B+. Again, by logging into SPIRIT, you can check your G.P.A. at any time.

Communication, Communication, Communication!

When you have a question or a concern, we want you to get an answer as soon as possible. For questions related to registration, your course schedule, academic advising, tutoring, course credit, or accommodations, start with the Center for Academic Success and Engagement! If your question or concern cannot be handled in the Center for Academic Success and Engagement, we will find out where you need to go and what you need to do. You can reach us by phone at 201-761-6038 or by email at case@saintpeters.edu.

There will be times that the Center for Academic Success and Engagement will need to communicate with you by email and/or postal mail. It is your responsibility to regularly consult your postal mail and your Saint Peter’s University email. If your personal information changes, it is your responsibility to notify Enrollment Services immediately so that your permanent record can be changed.