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Advisor Tools & FAQs

**Professional advisors in the UARC have advising loads of approximately 300 students both designated to a specific program as well as those who are undecided. Professional advisors also serve as liaisons to faculty and departments in each college in accordance with the total intake model after students transition from a professional advisor to a faculty advisor. UARC liaisons partner with faculty to assist with understanding the Advisement Report and USP requirements, provide information on how best to reach out to advisees, assist with planning and coordination of group advising sessions for majors, and provide general information about advising to academic departments.**
If you would like to contact your UARC liaison, please call the UARC (920) 424-1268 or see the current liaison list.

Faculty Advising FAQs

Q: How do I know who my advisees are?

A: The easiest way to see who is assigned to you is to log in to Navigate. Faculty advisers can also consult with the Program Assistant(s) in their respective departments to identify those students who have been assigned to them as advisees. Individual departments and programs within Colleges have set guidelines for how advisees are to be assigned.


Q: How do you change a major or minor?

A: Students who wish to change a major or minor should email or call the UARC at (920) 424-1268.


Q: How long does a student have to drop a class?

A: Students should check for deadlines in the add/drop calendar before dropping classes. If the class is the student’s only class, see question on Withdrawing from the University, below.

If a student wants to drop a class after these deadlines, they must complete a Request for Late Drop Form.


Q: Is withdrawing from the University the same as dropping a class?

A: No. Dropping a course and withdrawing from the university are two separate issues with different deadlines and processes.  Dropping a course is the deletion of a single course from your schedule. Withdrawing from the university is the dropping of all courses, including interim.

Students may withdraw from the University by dropping all their classes using the Withdrawal Form.

The deadlines for withdrawals vary for each term & session. Please see the Add Drop Calendar.

After these deadlines, students seeking to withdraw must complete a Late Withdrawal Form, including supporting documentation. Students should consult the Fee/Refund Schedule for information about refunds and charges. Withdrawal does not remove the obligation for costs incurred by a student during the semester. Questions should be directed to Student Accounts, Dempsey 236, (920) 424-1332.


Q: If a student doesn’t attend for a semester do they have to re-apply?

A: Yes. Students who do not attend a semester will need to reapply to the campus when returning. Contact the Admissions Office, Dempsey 135 or phone (920) 424-0202.


Q: How do I find out about Study Abroad?

A: To learn about study abroad programs check out the Office of International Education (OIE) website.


Q: How does a student get permission for a credit overload?

A: The following unit (cr.) load maximums have been established for undergraduates:

  • 17-week term: 21 units (crs.)
  • 14-week term: 18 units (crs.)
  • 7-week term: 9 units (crs.)
  • 3-week term: 3 units (crs.)
  • 8-week term: 9 units (crs.)
  • 4-week term: 6 units (crs.)

In extraordinary circumstances students may file a written request to exceed these limits. Students should submit the Credit Overload Request Form to or talk to an advisor in Drop Ins. Final decisions on overload requests are made by the respective college Assistant Director or Dean’s Designee.


Q: What should students consider when thinking about dropping below full time status?

A: Dropping below full time (12 credits for a regular semester) can cause problems in the following areas:

  • Athletic eligibility
  • Discount on insurance rates
  • Veterans benefits
  • Financial aid
  • Eligibility for the Dean’s list
  • Progress toward graduation
  • Tuition charges

Refer students to this link for guidance.


Q: How can a student find out how courses transfer to or from UW Oshkosh?

A: Transferology is a tool that students can use to explore how courses can transfer to and from UWO.


Q: How can a student request a transcript? 

A: Information about requesting an official transcript can be found here.


Q: How does a student obtain a verification of Graduation? 

A: Students can obtain a verification of Graduation by requesting an unofficial transcript. Read more about this here.

Early Alert Information

The Early Alert Program provides a way for faculty to share vital information with students that are not demonstrating academic progress, meeting expectations and/or not attending class. Based on Progress Reports submitted in Navigate, students who need extra assistance are referred to academic resources such as tutoring, supplemental instruction, and the Academic Checkup program. The University is currently analyzing how students who receive an Early Alert follow up and if they receive help. The aim of the program is to provide students with information about their academic progress early enough in the semester so that they can utilize resources and adopt new strategies to improve their academic performance.

Early Alert was developed by faculty as a proactive way to address early academic concerns. Your participation in Early Alert provides essential information to students and contributes to student success.

I have participated in the Early Alert system for the past several years for my Psych 101 (General Psychology) class. This is a large class (more than 200 students) and one in which students can easily “fall through the cracks.” I have found the Early Alert system to be quite effective in letting at risk students know that: 1) I have noticed that they may be struggling and 2) I care about their success at UW Oshkosh. Ultimately, I strongly encourage faculty to take the time (it doesn’t take long!) to complete the Early Alert system forms.

Quin Chrobak

Ph.D., Psychology Department

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