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Graduation Procedure and Requirements

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Your most frequently asked questions, answered.

Graduation Procedure and Requirements

Apply for graduation > At the start of each new fall and spring semester, students who appear to be completing graduation requirements in that same semester will be added to a new email list and will receive graduation updates from the Students Services Coordinator in ARE. These emails include details about graduation application, required paperwork, policies, and procedures. Failure to complete tasks in those emails may result in being unable to graduate or being unable to attend the departmental ceremony. 

Read about NC State Graduation information and complete the application. The university hosts one large graduation ceremony in December and in May; the department hosts a separate graduation ceremony for our majors as well. Dates will be posted as soon as they are determined.

Foreign Language Proficiency > Please review your foreign language proficiency on your degree audit (GEP section)during your first semester. If it appears unfulfilled, let your advisor know immediately. If your foreign language proficiency still appears unfulfilled during your senior year, please contact the Coordinator of Advising for assistance. Waiting until the last minute to do so, may delay graduation.

Course Enrollment

Advising > ABM students begin their advising with the Coordinator of Advising for 1-2 years, then are assigned a faculty advisor who is an expert in the area of their desired career. While students are only required to meet with their advisors once per semester for registration purposes, we encourage students to get to know their advisors. Cultivate a relationship that can help you network and grow as a student.

Add courses > To enroll in courses each semester, you need to use the Enrollment Wizard. Instructions on how to navigate to the Enrollment Wizard, access WolfWare, and guidance using the tool is available. Skip to 3:43 minutes in the video for a demonstration of how to add courses.

Change a course from credit to credit-only > Be aware of dates and deadlines to change courses from credit to credit-only. To switch a class to credit only before the deadline to do so, navigate to your schedule in the Enrollment Wizard. Using the “Edit” feature, change the grading basis to “Sat/Unsat”. Keep in mind that the only courses that ABM majors can take as credit-only are PE and free electives. A grade of C- of higher is required for satisfactory (S).

 (Ambassadors will make a video later)

*Use pencil icon at the far right of course to change to credit only (S/U)

If you want to change your course from Credit to Credit Only after the deadline, you will need to complete a Schedule Revision Form, following instructions and procedures on the form, then turn in the form to 111 Patterson Hall. You must have extenuating circumstances that explain why you want to change the grading method and they must meet certain criteria as outlines by CALS Academic Programs. They may request additional information or paperwork prior to approval and approval is not guaranteed.  Extenuating circumstances must exist to justify a change to credit-only after the drop/revision deadline. Contact Robin Clements to discuss this if you have missed the deadline.

Determine if you can repeat a course > You may repeat a course once if you earned a D+ or lower in that course. Unless the course is a special topic or independent study, the semester hours will only be counted once toward hours required for graduation, even if you pass the course both times you take it. The full policy is listed online.    A student must obtain his or her adviser’s approval before repeating any course previously passed with a C-, C, or C+. 

Determine the books that you will need for your courses > You can find your booklist by logging into MyPack Portal and following this pathway to determine books required for courses.

  •              Student Homepage > Planning & Enrollment > Class Schedule> Bottom left, select “View My Books”. Your pop up blocker will need to be disabled to view your books, as the button opens a new webpage for the NCSU Bookstore.

Determine when you are eligible to add Accounting and Economics courses that have restrictions > Some courses required by the ABM degree are housed in the Poole College of Management (PCOM). Thus, they control when ABM students can enroll for those courses and provide a timeline for each registration period. Make a note in your planner so that you can register for the classes you need in PCOM on the date registration opens for ABM majors and minors.

Excess repeats (Error during registration says I’ve already taken this class too many times) > If you receive an error that states you’ve taken a class over the allowed number of times, but you know you did not finish the class or did not earn credit (D- or higher), you need to go to Academic Programs in 111 Patterson Hall, Complete a Schedule Revision Form, as well as an Excess Repeat form. If the course is in Chemistry, Math, or Genetics, the instructor or department head will also need to sign the schedule revision form. Once the forms are approved by Academic Programs, you will take them to Registration & Records to be manually added to the course.

Search for courses offered > You can view all courses offered at NC State for each semester in the class search page.

Read and understand course restrictions > Be sure that you review course restrictions before registering for courses. You may encounter prerequisites, corequisites, or other requirements you have to meet in order to register for a specific course. Registration & Records outlines each type of requirement. If you have concerns, talk to your advisor. They also appear as an exclamation point highlighted in yellow in the Enrollment Wizard and on the course offerings page. Some are listed just below the course title in the course catalog.

Minors

Add a minor > Visit the Academic Minors page to determine minor requirements and who to contact to add each minor. You must add a minor by the first day of your final semester before graduation. Course selection for your minor should be detailed on the minor page and alternatives must be approved by the minor coordinator.

Determine the ARE courses that count as an Elective in the Economics Minor > The following courses can count toward your Economic Minor:

  • Introduction to Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE 201)
  • Intermediate Microeconomics (ARE 301)
  • Introduction to Resource and Environmental Economics (ARE 336)
  • Energy Economics and Policy and Food Policy (ARE 475)

Course Drops and Withdrawals

Drop a course > Pay attention to deadlines on the academic calendar. The way you can drop a course varies based on the time of the semester.

Before Census Date: You can drop the class yourself in MyPack Portal as long as you are not dropping below 12 credit hours. Go to the Enrollment Wizard, visit the course you plan to drop, and click the box under “Drop”. Then, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the red bar “Drop”. You will not receive a and the class will not show on your transcript if you drop on or before the Census Date.

After Census Date, but prior to the last two weeks before the last day of classes in a semester: Initiate a course drop in this time frame via a Schedule Revision Form. You must complete the form and drop it off in 111 Patterson Hall for review. Additional paperwork may be required.

Two weeks or less until the last day of classes: Initiate a course drop in this time frame via a Schedule Revision Form and Supplemental Data Form (completed by the instructor). You must complete the form and drop it off in 111 Patterson Hall for review. Additional paperwork will be required once you arrive at 111 Patterson Hall. Documentation for your unforeseen medical, psychological, or dire personal/family hardship situation will also be required and you must meet certain standards for drop approval at this late date.  You cannot drop a class at this date and beyond for the following reasons:

  • I am doing poorly in the course.
  • The instructor told me to/I could drop the course.
  • I work too much to make the course a priority.
  • I don’t like how the course is taught/I don’t like the instructor.
  • I just learned that I don’t need this course for my degree.
  • I am transferring to another university.
  • My GPA needs to stay high.
  • Any other reason that is not medical, psychological, or dire personal/family hardship.

Keep in mind that dropping a class from your schedule may impact your academic progress, Financial Aid eligibility, and does not promise a full refund for the cost of the course. You should talk to Financial Aid, your advisor, and Athletics or Office of International Programs (where applicable) prior to dropping a course.  There is no guarantee that course drops will be approved.

Grade Exclusions > Undergraduates are permitted up to two grade exclusions for courses with letter grades of C- or below. These must be completed before applying for graduation. Do not apply for a grade exclusion without speaking to your advisor as there are many facets to the policy that must be considered. Hours attempted and earned are removed from the GPA calculations, but the course does remain on your transcript with a notation of exclusion. Many professional schools will still use this grade in their calculations.  Any courses excluded must be re-taken for credit. You can view a demonstration of how to take advantage of this option here (again, seek advisor advice before using).

Withdrawal from the current semester > All withdrawals for a current or upcoming term are initiated through the self-service Term Withdrawal page in the MyPack Portal: Student Homepage > Planning & Enrollment tile > Term Withdraw menu item.  Term withdrawal requests can be initiated through the MyPack Portal up to 30 days after the last day of the term.

If you are considering a term withdrawal due to a personal or family crisis or need to speak with someone, contact the Counseling Center.

Retroactive withdrawal (past semesters)> If you need to have a previous term withdrawn (all courses will be assigned W’s), discuss the process with your advisor. Consider the implications of withdrawing from a full term as well as make a back-up plan in case your request is not approved. Then, you can initiate your request via the Counseling Center using this form. There may be a fee if your retroactive withdrawal is approved.

 

Grading

Remove a grade of Incomplete > Incomplete grades (IN) are temporary grades utilized by instructors at the request of a student who encountered an unexpected, documented event preventing him or her from preventing an assignment vital to the completion of the course. An incomplete cannot be used if the student does not complete the coursework due to negligence.  Instructors are not required to agree to an IN grade. IN revert to F’s following the next term a course is offered after an IN was assigned if coursework is not completed.

For example, if you are assigned an IN at the end of Spring 2018, at the end of Fall 2018, your grade will change to an F if you have not completed the coursework by that date.

INs can be extended if the student communicates with the instructor ahead of the F being assigned and the instructor agrees.

Students cannot graduate with INs on their record. If a degree requirement has an IN, the student must complete the coursework prior to graduation. If the IN course is not required for the degree, the student should contact the Coordinator of Advising for assistance.

Students cannot register for the same course in which he or she already has an IN.

To remove an IN, contact the course instructor and submit your remaining work. The student must work with the instructor to develop a plan of course completion and stick to that plan.

Calendar and Time Management

Add the academic calendar and your course schedule to your Google calendar >

Academic Calendar:  Add the academic calendar to your Google calendar with these instructions.

Course Schedule:   Add your course schedule to your Google calendar

Share your Google calendar with someone else > Follow these steps to share your Google Calendar. You may be asked to do this with an advisor, classmates, groups, etc. Be sure to note the various types of access you can issue to another person.

Funding and Money

Apply for financial aid > Steps to apply for financial aid are here. The priority deadline to submit FAFSA is March 1 prior to the upcoming academic year, however, ARE encourages students to apply for financial aid much earlier. The application opens on October 1 each year, so you should do your best to apply as close to this date as possible. Use tax returns from two years prior on the application.

If your financial situation has worsened since two years ago, please contact your Financial Aid Counselor. If your situation has remained the same or improved, you don’t need to report this.

Apply for scholarships > on December 1, Pack Assist, NC State’s main scholarship application portal, opens for continuing students. Visit Pack Assist and complete your application by the priority deadline of February 15.

If you are a newly admitted student, apply for scholarships via Pack Assist as soon as you are admitted using your Unity ID and Password.

We encourage you to apply for other scholarships both via NC State and outside of NC State. Of particular interest would be Park Scholars, Caldwell Fellows (apply in your first semester at NC State), General Hugh Shelton Leadership Initiative Scholarship and for the Goodnight Scholars program (incoming freshmen and transfers eligible).

How do I prepay tuition and/ or remove Cashier’s Hold > If you want to register late, you will need to prepay in order to register for classes. TO prepay, contact the Cashier’s Office via phone for the balance you are required to pay, then make the payment in MyPack Portal. Even though your bill shows as $0, you will need to input the amount reported by the Cashier’s office. Once payment is complete, call the Cashier’s Office to have the hold removed so you can register for courses.  Do not email – even if instructions on other sites tell you to do so – calling will remove the hold.

How to determine tuition > While tuition is determined by the state’s General Assembly each summer, a good estimate for tuition is available. Note that this chart is based on credit hour, not the number of courses. Full-time students should take 12 credit hours or more in order to be considered full-time. You also need to keep in mind whether or not the university has designated you as an in-state or out-of-state student. Make note of the Fixed Tuition Program when considering cost of attendance.

Unless you are a designated distance ed student, you will be able to take online courses under the standard tuition rate rather than the Distance tuition rate.

Payment Plans > Students and families who require a payment plan each semester may apply for one each year. The deadline and details are denoted online. Students can spread their payments out over 5 to 10 months with a $50 – $65 fee to do so. You may sign up for a payment plan for Fall 2019 as late as August 29th.

Getting Involved with ARE

Become active in the Agribusiness Management Club > Students can join by attending meetings and completing the active status requirements (events throughout the year/semester) and paying $20/semester or $30/year.  Email abmNCSUPresident@gmail.com for information and/or visit the Club Fair the day before the first day of classes.

Become an ARE Ambassador > ARE Ambassador interviews occur each spring semester during March and April. Keep an eye on the weekly emails sent out from the ARE Undergraduate Programs office for information about applications and interviews.

Volunteer to assist the ARE Undergraduate Coordinator Office with projects > If you have an interest in volunteering to help the ARE Undergraduate Programs team, email the Agricultural Business Management’s Undergraduate Teaching Coordinator.

Freshmen in ARE

Transfer credit from another institution to NC State > To view how your courses will transfer into NC State, use the Course Equivalency Tool. If your course is not listed, NC State cannot guarantee the transferability of the course and will not assess the course until you apply for admission. Questions about how this credit will apply to your degree can be sent to the Coordinator of Advising.

Take the math placement test > In order to determine whether you should enroll in MA 107 or MA 121, you must take the math placement test. Take this test even if you anticipate college credit or AP/IB credit for math placement as those credits may take time to post. If your college or test credit comes into NC State and places you into a higher class than the math placement test, we can enroll you in an alternate course at that time. If you have trouble with the test, please contact the Coordinator of Advising.  We advise you to study for the placement test and suggest you use Kahn Academy online as a resource.

Transferring to ARE

Determine how courses at other institutions transfer to NC State >  To view how your courses will transfer into NC State, use the Course Equivalency Tool. If your course is not listed, NC State cannot guarantee the transferability of the course and will not assess the course until you apply for admission. Questions about how this credit will apply to your degree can be sent to the Coordinator of Advising.

Transfer admission > ARE welcomes transfer students and transfer requirements are detailed for prospective agriculture students. We have several PackTrac agreements with NC Community Colleges and welcome inquiries about this program or any alternative pathway to AgBusiness.  We have pathways to our major via the certificate program, internal or external transfer, and PackTrac. Please contact Robin Clements to discuss your options for transfer.

 

Who can help?

Academic Advisor > You can find the name of your academic advisor in MyPack Portal. If you are unsure of your advisor, contact the Coordinator of Advising in Ag Business.

Find contact information > The NC State Directory helps you find contact information for NC State faculty, staff, and students.

Find information about clubs and organizations at NC State > CALS clubs and organizations are plentiful! You can also participate in extracurricular sports and clubs from across the entire campus. Check out the Club Fair held around the first day of classes.

CALS Career Services > CALS has its own designated Career Services office. Check them out online, stop into 111 Patterson for drop-in hours, or make an appointment via e-Pack or email.

Counseling Center > The NCSU Counseling Center provides assistance for students in a number of ways including group sessions, individual appointments, triage sessions (life-threatening emergencies), substance abuse counseling, and veteran counseling. Confidentiality is always honored. Call 919-515-2423, visit, or make an appointment if you feel you have a need for one or more of these services.

Health Center > Need a prescription refilled? Have a sinus infection and need to be checked out? Visit the Student Health Center for assistance!

Internships

Request ARE college credit for internships > If you see course credit for your internship, please contact Dr. John Russ via email. You will be required to complete paperwork before gaining approval.

Finding internships > Keep an eye on weekly emails that are sent out from the ABM Undergraduate Programs Office. We always feature job/internship opportunities. Additionally, check in with the Coordinator of Advising for help with preparing to apply to and seeking internships.

 

Study Abroad

How to get approval for study abroad > First, begin by attending a session at the Study Abroad Office to determine programs of interest. Once you’ve applied to Study Abroad, your advisor can approve courses. At times, your advisor may defer to the Coordinator of Advising to handle the paperwork. Do not take classes at an international campus that have not been approved by ABM.

Where to study abroad > As long as courses transfer to your degree plan, you can study anywhere there is a program already established. However, ABM does offer specific study abroad trips – usually in the summer. Contact the Study Abroad Office to learn about these uniquely tailored programs.