Keys to Your Success as a College of Business Student
Welcome to the College of Business. We are committed to your success and hope that you are able to maximize your experience here at Purdue University Northwest. A successful college experience includes not only developing expertise in certain subject areas but taking responsibility for managing one’s life as well. To that end, there are certain responsibilities that we are expecting you to uphold throughout your time at PNW.
Academic Advising and Mentoring Policies
Get to know your professional advisor and faculty mentor. A key factor in your continued academic and future career success is developing positive relationships not only with your advisor but with select members of the faculty as well. They can help keep you on track to graduate in a timely manner and provide insight into various career paths, even working to support an internship or other experiential learning opportunity.
When you first declare a major in the College of Business, you will be assigned a professional advisor who will help you set up your initial plan of study and help you become familiar with our campus. After 60 hours, you will also be assigned a faculty mentor who can assist you with career choices, selection of additional areas of interest, etc.
Additional Helpful Hints:
- Take responsibility for your plan of study as well as your progress towards your degree.
- Meet with your advisor at least once per semester early on. As you progress and you are notified of your faculty mentor assignment, it would be a good idea to meet with him or her at least once per year. Be prepared to discuss problems and challenges at this time as well as draft a strategy for going forward.
- Take courses in the prescribed sequence, meeting all prerequisites in order to maximize your success. Failure to follow the prescribed schedule may result in you being dropped from a class. A suggested four year plan of study can be found online.
- Understand the process of registration and use of the Banner System. It is your responsibility to develop your schedule each semester and be able to register yourself for classes through the Banner System. If an error occurs, and you are unable to register, your professional advisor can assist you. Do not wait until the last minute to select your courses – many may already be closed which may affect your ability to graduate on time.
- Follow the plan of study in effect at the time you make any changes in your degree objective. If you are following one plan of study and another becomes available, you may upgrade to the newest plan but then must follow that plan in its entirety. You may not drop back to a former plan once you have made the change.
- Earn at least a “C” in all core courses. You will need a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 to graduate.
- Complete a minimum of 32 credit hours at PNW to receive a degree from Purdue University Northwest.
- In addition, there must be at least 32 credit hours at the junior level or higher if you intend to earn a Bachelor’s degree.
- Consider an internship to enhance your education as well as your resume.