Advice for Students Beyond First Year

November/December 2018

ADVICE for students beyond first year is a bi-monthly newsletter from the Academic Advising Centre to provide current academic information and resources.

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Your Academic Advisors

If you are not yet decided about or declared in a program, you have an academic advisor who you can consult in the Academic Advising Centre. In fact, your advisor is probably already reaching out to you via your email.

The Academic Advising Centre provides academic advice and resources to any student who is:

  • as of yet undeclared in a program
  • unsure of what degree program to study
  • applied or intending to apply to a program but not yet accepted
  • unsure of application process and/or course requirements for intended program
  • considering several programs and not yet decided on a direction

If you have any questions about programs or course selection, you can make an appointment with your Academic Advisor through your GUIDE app or drop by the Academic Advising Centre in SN-4053.

Declaring a Major or Minor

To declare most majors and minors from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, email to make your choice official. There are some exceptions which require signatures on a declaration form or have a competitive application process.

To declare a major or minor from the Faculty of Science, the signature of the department head is usually required on the declaration form. There are three exceptions which have competitive application processes and they are Biology, Biochemistry and Psychology.

If you are planning to apply to a competitive entry degree program, check the application deadlines to make sure yours is submitted before that date.

For further information about the benefits of declaring sooner rather than later, go to Declaring a Major or Minor.


Information Sessions

All students are welcome to attend the academic information sessions below. Each session will be an opportunity to discuss admission requirements, program regulations and potential changes to programs. Information sessions will be held in the Science Building, SN-4083 on Wednesdays at 1:00-1:50 unless otherwise stated.

  • Nov. 7 - Social Work
  • Nov. 14 - Occupational Therapy
  • Nov. 21 - Physiotherapy
  • Nov. 28 - Science

Registration for Winter 2019

Registration times for Winter semester courses have been released and can be found under the Registration tab in Self Service. Course offerings are listed in Self Service. Some questions about the registration process may be answered through the Registrar's Office Registration Information. Other questions about course or program requirements can be answered by making an appointment for academic advice or dropping by the AAC, SN-4053.

Some (not all) reserves are scheduled to lifted on November 22. If there are any seats available in those sections then, waitlisted students may automatically be shifted in. If there are still seats available in those courses after that, November 23 is a good day to check and see if you can get a seat in a course that is no longer reserved.

Waitlists will be deactivated on December 21 and the system will be unavailable on December 22.


Important Dates for Fall 2018

The University Diary lists all relevant dates for the academic year. Below is a list of some important dates for the remainder of this semester.

  • Nov. 12 - Remembrance Day holiday. No lectures.
  • Nov. 16 - Lectures follow the Monday schedule today.
  • Nov. 30 - Last day of classes for the term.
  • Dec. 5 - Exams begin.
  • Dec. 14 - Exams end.
  • Dec. 19 - Final grades released via Self Service at 5pm.

Final Examinations

Final exams are much closer than they appear. The final exam schedule can be found in Self Service under the Academic Information Menu tab. If there is a problem with your exam schedule, for instance 3 examinations in less than 24 hours, it is in your best interest to contact the Office of the Registrar immediately. When a student has three exams scheduled in a 24-hour period, it may be possible to defer the middle exam with departmental approval. The final exam regulations and procedures can be found in the University Calendar.


Help Centres

Final exams can be a stressful time for everyone, students as well as professors. There are many on-campus resources available to all for study aid or stress management.

University Counselling Centre – UC5000
Math Help Centre – HH3026
Chemistry Help Centre– C2022
Computer Science Help Centre – EN2031C
Economics Help Centre – A3095
Physics Help Centre – C3071
Writing Centre – SN2053

Academic Standing

At the end of each semester, in order to be eligible for continuance in the University, a student is required either:

  • to obtain a current average of 50% in the courses for which he or she is registered on the last day for dropping courses without academic prejudice, or
  • to have obtained a cumulative average of at least 55%.

Any student who, for the first time, fails to meet the requirements outlined above will be given an academic warning.

The continuance regulations can be viewed in the University Calendar. It is important to note that individual programs may have additional regulations for admission and promotion.


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September/October 2018 


Academic Advising Centre

Science Building, Room SN 4053
Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 4:15pm
(709) 864-8801


Academic Advising Centre

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000