FAQs

Academic Advising

How do I make an appointment with my academic advisor?

Schedule an appointment with your advisor online via MU Connect. If the advisor is not currently assigned as your advisor in myZou and MU Connect, then you will need to search for the advisor in MU Connect. Under "Services" in MU Connect, you should search for the advisor by name and then click the "members" tab to find the advisor and schedule an appointment with her.

If you have trouble scheduling via MU Connect and need to meet with Carlynn Trout, you can call 573-884-9700 to schedule an appointment.

If you have trouble scheduling via MU Connect and need to meet with Kati Abbott or Kibby Smith, email the advisor.

If you’re not sure if you need to schedule an appointment, email the advisor your question(s) from your MU student email account and include your name and student ID number.

Does my advisor make my schedule for me?

No. After you meet with your academic advisor to review the major and general education requirements and your progress towards those requirements, it is your responsibility to use the graduation plan or planning worksheet and degree requirement sheet to create a schedule.

How do I withdraw from a course?

If you want to withdraw from a course or courses, but not all of your courses for the semester, you need to complete a Course Withdrawal Form at http://registrar.missouri.edu/policies-procedures/withdrawal-course.php. Carefully read the policies regarding course withdrawal and follow the instructions included on the form. You should discuss the subject of whether it is a good idea to withdraw with your professor or instructor. It may also be a good idea to discuss it with your advisor. However, your academic advisor does not necessarily need to sign your course withdrawal form. After you have discussed whether you are going to withdraw (with your professor/instructor/advisor) and have made the decision to withdraw, if you are a current College of Arts & Science student you should go to the College of Arts & Science Advising Office in 107 Lowry Hall to begin the withdrawal process. That office has walk-in advising availability and issues Dean’s stamps Monday-Friday during the regular academic session. To confirm walk-in hours, call their office at (573) 882-6411.

How do I withdraw from the term?

If you want to withdraw from all of your courses for the semester, you will need to complete a Term Withdrawal Form at http://registrar.missouri.edu/policies-procedures/withdrawal-university.php. Carefully read the policies regarding term withdrawal and follow the instructions included on the form.

You should discuss the subject of whether it is a good idea to withdraw with your professors or instructors. It may also be a good idea to discuss it with your advisor. However, your academic advisor does not necessarily need to sign your term withdrawal form. After you have discussed whether you are going to withdraw (with your professors/instructors/advisor) and have made the decision to withdraw, then if you are a current College of Arts & Science student you should go to the College of Arts & Science Advising Office in 107 Lowry Hall to begin the withdrawal process. That office has walk-in advising availability and issues Dean’s stamps Monday-Friday during the regular academic session. To confirm walk-in hours, call their office at (573) 882-6411.

What is a graduation plan?

In the College of Arts & Science, you need to file a graduation plan by the time you have completed 60 hours. You must have completed ENGLSH 1000 and MATH 1100 with a C- or higher. You will need to meet with your advisor for assistance in completing the grad plan and to obtain her signature. Your advisor will make you 3 copies of your grad plan. You then will need to officially file the grad plan in the College of Arts & Science Advising Office in 107 Lowry Hall. To do so, call (573) 882-6411 to schedule an appointment. You must take the 3 copies of the completed and signed grad plan with you to that appointment.

What is a graduation check?

A graduation check is a final review of your remaining requirements for graduation, which is completed by a coordinator in the College of Arts and Science Advising Office in 107 Lowry Hall. You should complete a graduation check the semester before the semester in which you plan to graduate. During your graduation check appointment, the coordinator will also give you information about graduation and the ceremony. Appointments to complete a graduation check are made by calling (573) 882-6411.

How do I change my major?

  • If you are a declared or undeclared major within the College of Arts and Science, you need to complete a Change of Major form to change your major to a different Arts and Science major (this form can be obtained from 107 Lowry Hall).
  • If you are a declared or undeclared major within the College of Arts and Science, you need to complete a Transfer of Division form with the division you’re transferring into to change to that major (e.g., College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Human Environmental Sciences, School of Health Professions, School of Natural Resources, School of Nursing).
  • If you are a declared or undeclared major in a division outside of the College of Arts and Science and would like to change to a declared or undeclared Arts and Science major, then you need to complete a Transfer of Division form in 107 Lowry Hall. 

Campus Resources

Where do I find the academic dates and deadlines?

View academic dates and deadlines at http://registrar.missouri.edu/academic-calendar/.

Where do I go for the academic unit or Dean's signature?

You can obtain this signature in the College of Arts and Science Advising Office in 107 Lowry Hall. That office has walk-in advising availability and issues Dean’s stamps Monday-Friday during the regular academic session. To confirm walk-in hours, call their office at (573) 882-6411. 

Where can I find information about scholarships?

MU’s Financial Aid website provides information about types of scholarships; including scholarships, grants, and loans offered through the University of Missouri. You can also search online for scholarships; www.fastweb.com is one resource, but there are many others.

Where can I go for help finding an internship or a job?

The MU Career Center can help you search for an internship or job.

How can I get involved on campus?

There are multiple opportunities to get involved on campus and off campus through the Student Life office.

How do I prepare to study abroad?

In general, you should begin preparing for a study abroad experience a year in advance. Follow the step-by-step instructions at http://international.missouri.edu/study-outside-the-us/getting-started/index.php to get started.

Degree/Course Requirements

Where do I find a list of courses that are approved for General Education?

You should check the Distribution of Content Course List (also referred to as the general education or gen ed site) to see if a course can count as a general education requirement. In general, if the course is on the list, you can count it; if not, you can’t.

Where do I find Writing Intensive courses?

You can find courses designated as Writing Intensive at http://cwp.missouri.edu/wi/courses/index.php.

Registration/Enrollment

When can I register for next semester courses?

Your registration date will be available during the Early Registration period. Find the dates for Early Registration in the Academic Calendar. To find your registration date, log in to myZou and visit the Student Services Center. In the Enrollment box on the right-hand side of the page, select details. Then select the correct semester and your enrollment date and time will be displayed. Note: Plan to enroll as close to your registration date as possible; if you do not enroll in the classes that you need during Early Registration, they might fill up!

How do I know if I have a registration hold, and how can it be released?

To check if you have a registration hold, log in to myZou and visit the Student Services Center. Holds are indicated in the box on the upper right-hand side of the page. For information on lifting the hold, click details and then click the hold. When you click the hold, the contact information for the office that can lift the hold will be displayed. Your academic advisor cannot release your holds; you will have to take the necessary action in order to have your hold released.

Where can I find course descriptions and prerequisite information?

If you are interested in a course, please make sure to click on the section information in myZou and read all of the additional course information before attempting to enroll in the course; prerequisites and special requirements are indicated in this section. If you are unable to add a course, you may not meet the prerequisites.

How do I get into a class that is closed?

If a course you want to enroll in is closed or you are unable to enroll, you need to contact the department or professor offering the course and request permission to add the course. If a permission number is not granted, you can keep checking back on myZou periodically to see if there is an opening. Another student might drop the course, thus opening up a seat. It is best to have an alternate course in mind in case you do not get your first choice.

How many courses may I repeat and file a grade replacement for?

You are allowed to repeat up to 15 credit hours of C- or lower coursework under the course repeat/GPA adjustment request policy. Repeating a course is not always the best option. Talk to your advisor to see if repeating a course is right for you. The course repeat policy/GPA adjustment request is located at http://registrar.missouri.edu/policies-procedures/course-repeat.php.

How does adding a Mizzou online self-paced course affect my full-time status?

A Mizzou Online self-paced class will be applied to the semester in which you enroll. However, there is a deadline near the middle of the semester for enrollment in Mizzou Online self-paced courses; after this point, if you enroll in a Mizzou Online self-paced class, it will appear on your schedule for the next semester.

How do I apply for readmission to MU?

Students seeking readmission should be officially readmitted BEFORE contacting the advisor. First, submit a readmission application available at https://admissions.missouri.edu/apply-returning-student/. If you also need to submit an appeal, contact 107 Lowry Hall at (573) 882-6411 for more information. If you left MU because you were Ineligible to Enroll and you have questions about meeting readmission requirements, contact 107 Lowry Hall at (573) 882-6411.

Transcripts

Where can I get an official MU transcript?

To request an official MU transcript, you must visit the University of Missouri Registrar’s website and fill out an online form. There is a fee associated with ordering an official transcript.

Where can I get my unofficial MU transcript?

You can get an unofficial transcript (student academic profile) from myZou. To email a copy of your academic history to yourself, go to Self Service, Student Center. From the Student Center, select Student Academic Profile from the “Other Academic” drop-down list. Click the “Go” button.

How do I request an official transcript from another institution?

You must contact the Registrar’s office at that institution and request a transcript from them. If you are having the transcript sent to MU, send it to the Admissions office. There is typically a fee for requesting an official transcript.