Many of these questions can be answered by your academic advisor. Be sure to meet with your advisor early and often throughout the semester to discuss any questions or concerns you have.
An academic advisor is a faculty member from your program of study who will assist you in choosing the correct courses for your major. This advisor knows the requirements for your specific major and will suggest courses which will fulfill graduation requirements in your area. However, choosing classes or determining your degree status is only part of advising. Your advisor is also there to talk about other topics, including research, internships, volunteer experiences, long-term career goals or graduate school.
You can see your academic advisor’s name in JetStream. Log into your JetStream account, click on the Student Records tab, then the Degree Audit link, then click on the Degree Audit button. Your advisor will be listed in the Major section, as well as your major and any minors. If you have multiple majors, you may have multiple advisors. See example below:
At a minimum, you will need to meet with your advisor at least once a semester in order to enroll for the next semester and verify that you are on track towards graduation. However, it is in your best interest to meet with your advisor regularly throughout each semester so that he/she can get to know you and help you with your specific goals and plans. All students should establish strong relationships with advisors and other faculty/staff members. These relationships are a valuable part of attending Newman University.
A credit hour is a unit counted toward completion of an academic program. Each course is worth a certain number of credit hours which reflects the number of hours a student spends in class for that course per week. Full-time enrollment for undergraduate students in the fall/spring semesters is 12 credit hours, though students often take more hours if they feel like they can be successful with a fuller schedule. A bachelor’s degree at Newman requires a minimum of 124 credit hours.
The Newman Studies Program (or NSP for short), is our carefully-designed general education experience. This interdisciplinary program is designed to help Newman students with active learning, critical thinking skills, and connectivity of ideas. View an in-depth description of the program as well as the current NSP advising guide
In order to earn an undergraduate degree at Newman, you will complete a combination of general education/NSP courses along with your major/minor required courses. You can see the courses required for your major in Degree Audit through JetStream. You should meet with your advisor to discuss how to read the information provided in Degree Audit and to determine how you are progressing with your degree requirements.
- We have specially-trained staff and a variety of resources offered in Student Support Services (302 Sacred Heart Hall) to help you determine your major. There is an Advisor available specifically to assist students who are undecided on a major and we have a Career Services Director who can provide assistance, including assessments, for your major/career search.
- Faculty members are another good resource for information about careers available to students with a major from their department. If you have questions about certain majors, schedule an appointment with the department chair or other faculty members in the department to discuss your options.
Drop – Dropped courses never appear on a student’s transcript and do not impact GPA. Student drops out of a course during the 100% tuition refund period. Dates for 100% tuition refund for 8-week and semester courses can be found in the calendar section of the Schedule of Courses. Because the student’s financial aid may be affected by a dropped course, the student should see the Financial Aid Office before completing the drop process.
Withdrawal – The course appears on the student’s transcript with a grade of “WD” but the course does not impact the student’s GPA. Student withdraws from a course after the 100% tuition refund period. Dates for the last day to withdraw from 8-week and semester courses can be found in the calendar section of the Schedule of Courses. Because the student’s financial aid may be affected by a withdrawal, the student should see the Financial Aid Office before completing the process.
The IT Help Desk can help if you have difficulty with logging into student accounts, connecting to the Newman University WIFI, or have any other technological issues. You can call them at 316-942-4291 ext. 2402 or stop by the Help Desk in the Dugan Library/Student Center. Visit the help desk page
Yes, we have computer labs located in the Dugan Library and Student Center as well as the Hangar on the third floor of Sacred Heart Hall. Find more information about hours
Your professors will give you a syllabus in the first class of the semester. This syllabus will explain the requirements of the class, including exam and assignment due dates. If you have any questions regarding expectations and what is required to be successful in the course, you should contact your professor. Contact information will be listed in the syllabus.
Class attendance and class participation are very important and are often counted as a percentage of your grade.
You should attend class each time it meets, participate in class discussions, ask questions when you are in doubt, visit your professors during their office hours to discuss any concerns about the course, meet the expectations listed in your course syllabi, and be sure to take advantage of any supplemental or tutoring programs offered on campus.
It is recommended that you study three hours for every one hour you are in class. This can include reading the textbooks, doing your homework assignments, reviewing your handouts and notes taken during class, and any other methods you use to prepare for class.
Even from the first week, professors will begin grading you on assignments, class participation, quizzes and exams. Forming good study habits at the beginning the semester will contribute greatly to your success in the classroom.
There are several places you can go:
- Professor – Schedule time to meet with your professor during his/her office hours.
- Dugan Library
- Writing tutors in the Academic Resource Center – 301 Sacred Heart Hall SERVICES
There are a few different options available to you, depending on the reason(s) why you might not be doing well. You should meet with your academic advisor to discuss the best course of action. A few options available to you include:
- Tutoring – Free tutoring is available to all Newman students for the majority of classes we offer. Schedule an appointment with a tutor
- Drop/Withdraw Courses – You must see your academic advisor to make any changes to your schedule. You may also need to connect with Athletics and/or Financial Aid to verify any changes will not impact eligibility.
- Counseling – Newman students can have up to 6 FREE counseling sessions per academic year. Information and referrals for this service are available in Student Support Services (302 Sacred Heart Hall).
- Project Care – Newman has a program to assist students who may be struggling and help them find the appropriate resources. Learn more about Project Care
Disability Services are available in 305A Sacred Heart Hall. Learn more about Disability Services offered
ON-CAMPUS JOBS AND CAREER SERVICES
You will need to apply through Human Resources (305B Sacred Heart Hall). View on-campus job openings
Career Services (302 Sacred Heart Hall) is here to help! Discover more resources available through the Career Services office
NEW STUDENT QUICK LINKS
To reach a department at Newman University, dial 316-942-4291, then the 4-digit extension number when prompted:
- ADA/Disability Services – ext. 2235
- Athletics – ext. 2118
- Bookstore – ext. 2102
- Campus Ministry – ext. 2422
- Counseling Referral – ext. 2319
- Financial Aid – ext. 2103
- Human Resources – ext. 2202
- Library - ext. 2107
- Registrar – ext. 2121
- Residence Life – ext. 2209
- Security – ext. 2911
- Student Accounts – ext. 2168 or 2420
- Student Activities – ext. 2453
- Student Affairs – ext. 2138
- Student Support Services – ext. 2318
- Tutoring – ext. 2229