When a student attains 85 semester hours of credit (including current enrollment), the student should apply for an official degree check in the Degree Certification Office, Room 102 Russ Hall. Written application must be made for the degree on an approved form in the Registrar's Office, Degree Certification Section. The student's permanent record and current enrollment will be examined in detail to assess progress toward the degree objective. A letter is written to the student following the record analysis outlining specific requirements which must be met before a degree may be granted. A copy of this letter is sent to the student's advisor.
An automated degree audit is available through the on line Web based enrollment system to all undergraduates and their advisors at the time of early enrollment each semester. The degree audit lists all requirements to be met for the degree, major and minor as selected by the student.
Admission will not be allowed in any course for which official enrollment has not been made.
Normal Academic Load
All undergraduate students are expected to consult with their advisors not only during enrollments, but during any changes requiring a drop or add. For fee purposes, undergraduate students pay a flat rate at 10 or more hours. Academically, undergraduate students are considered full time at 12 hours with a normal academic load being between 15 and 16 hours during the Spring and Fall semesters. A graduate student is considered full time at 9 hours during the Spring and Fall semesters for fee purposes as well as academic purposes. Total recommended academic load includes both on and off campus enrollment. Academic loads in excess of these recommended loads should be taken only after careful consultation by the student with the advisor.
The typical load for full-time graduate students is 9-12 semester hours. For full-time students who are full-time graduate assistants, the typical load is twelve semester hours and no less than nine semester hours. Full-time students may also hold part-time graduate assistantships.
Students enrolling in 8 semester hours or less are considered part-time graduate students. For part-time students who are part-time graduate assistants, the maximum load is no more than six semester hours or less than four semester hours. Part-time students may not be full-time graduate assistants.
Any exceptions to this regulation must have the approval of the major advisor and the Dean of Graduate Studies.
All international students are required by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to be full-time students. The INS requires undergraduate students to complete at least 12 hours each fall and spring semester to maintain their student status. Graduate students must complete at least nine hours to maintain their student status. When a student fails to maintain his/her INS student status, it can result in many lost benefits for the student. Students may be less than full-time their final (graduating) semester.
Non-Degree Seeking Students
Non-degree seeking students who have an active application on file through the undergraduate or graduate office, may enroll through the Registrar's Office by calling 620-235-4200, email, or visiting the office in 103 Russ Hall. Please provide the course number, title, and time. Students who have not attended Pittsburg State for more than three semesters or are changing from undergraduate to graduate studies or vice versa, will need to apply for admission to initiate the enrollment process.
Enrollment in Upper Division Courses
Students shall enroll for courses in an orderly sequence that recognizes the interdependence and progression of the acquisition of knowledge. Therefore, students must meet prerequisites as identified by the faculty for specified courses and must meet grade point requirements for admission to upper division courses as follows:
Change of Enrollment (Drop and Add)Withdrawal from the University
If it is necessary for you to change your schedule after you have turned in your enrollment materials, you may drop and add courses through any computer connected to your GUS account or through the Registrar's Office at 620-235-4200. Please check the Enrollment deadlines found under "Enroll for Spring" found on the Registrar's homepage.
A student who does not officially withdraw from a course or the university will be given an F grade in the course or courses concerned.
F grades given for courses as a result of withdrawing from the university will be included in computation of the grade point average.
Exceptions to this policy may be appealed through the Withdrawal Appeals Board.
Withdrawal from the University
Withdrawals from the university are initiated through the Office of the Registrar Room 103 Russ Hall. If you find it necessary to leave school during the semester, be sure that the official withdrawal has been made; otherwise, F grades will be recorded on your permanent record for the semester due to unofficial withdrawal.
Pass-Fail Enrollment Procedure
Students may audit classes by obtaining an audit enrollment from the Registrar's Office, Room 103 Russ Hall. Auditors must receive permission from the instructor of a course in order to be permitted to audit. Auditors are permitted on a space available basis. All persons who audit courses are admitted as listeners only. They are not entitled to any instructional privileges in any form and may not participate in the class activities except as listeners. No official record is made of audit enrollments. Students may not audit courses offered through Continuing Studies.
Registration for and Admission to Teacher Education
Students enrolled in teacher preparation programs or who wish to explore interest in teacher preparation should register with the College of Education during the first semester of the freshman year or as soon thereafter as their interest and plans make such registration appropriate. (See Director of Teacher Selection, 110 Hughes Hall.) Information concerning preparation and requirements is supplied at this time.
Laboratory experiences are required for all students preparing to teach and normally begin in the sophomore year.
By the close of the sophomore year for on-campus students and the beginning of the junior year for transfer students, application for admission to teacher education must be accomplished (Room 110 Hughes Hall).
Professional Semester Required
Students enrolled in the regular academic year who are preparing to teach, either elementary or secondary, are required to take the professional semester program. See University Catalog for criteria for admission to the professional semester.
Students who wish to enroll in the Professional Education Semester must submit an application and be accepted during the preceding term. Application is made to the Director of Teacher Selection, Room 110 Hughes Hall. Advisors should make certain that the permit has been obtained before giving final approval to the student's proposed program.
Return of Title IV Funds Policy
Students need to be cautioned under this new policy. Students who totally withdraw after receiving Title IV assistance in many cases will have to repay a portion of the funds received. The financial aid office recalculates federal* financial aid eligibility for students who withdraw, drop out, or are dismissed prior to completing 60% of a semester. Recalculation is based on the percent of earned aid using the following formula:
Percent earned = Number of days completed up to the withdrawal date** divided by total days in the semester.
Federal financial aid is returned to the federal government based on the percent of unearned aid using the following formula:
Aid to be returned = (100% - percent earned above) times the amount of aid disbursed toward institutional charges. Institutional charges are: tuition, fees, on-campus room and board.
When aid is returned, the student may owe a debit balance to the University and/or Department of Education Title IV Programs. If a student owes a debit balance to the Department of Education, payment arrangements will have to be made with the Department.
*Federal financial aid includes the Federal Pell Grant, SEOG Grant, Perkins Loan, FFEL Stafford Student Loan, and PLUS Loan.
**Withdrawal Date is defined as the actual date the student began the institution's withdrawal process through the Registrar's Office, the student's last date of recorded attendance or the midpoint of the semester for a student who leaves without notifying the institution.
Parking on Campus
All campus parking shall be restricted to vehicles with permits. Application may be made for a parking permit at https://go.pittstate.edu/upps/parking.permit or in person at PSU Police and Parking Services, Shirk Hall, 1501 S. Joplin, Pittsburg, KS. The cost of the parking permit is included with tuition fees.
The Parking and Traffic Rules and Regulations can be found at http://www.pittstate.edu/upps/rules.htm or a copy can be obtained from the PSU Police Department.
Abbreviations Used in Class Schedule
AL - Axe Library BH - Bowen Hall FAM - Family & Consumer Sciences BuildingFTS - Ft. Scott GH - Grubbs Academic Building HA - Hartman Hall HH - Hughes Hall HM - Horace Mann HW - Heckert Wells JOP - Joplin KCM - Kansas City Metro CenterKLC - Kelce Center KTC - Kansas Technology Center MH - McCray Hall MI - Mitchell Hall MP - McPherson Nurse Ed. BuildingMC - Mt. Carmel Med. Center MRCY - Mercy Hospital PH - Porter HallRH - Russ HallSC - Overman Student CenterSH- Shirk HallSJ - St. John's HospitalSRC-Student Recreation CenterTBA - To Be Announced WE - Weede Phys. Ed. Building WH - Whitesitt Hall WI - Willard Hall YH - Yates Hall MWF - Monday, Wednesday, Friday MW - Monday and Wednesday M-F - Monday thru Friday M-TH - Monday thru Thursday TUTH - Tuesday and Thursday MTT - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday S - Saturday FSF - Friday, Saturday, Friday
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Vietnam Fee Waiver
A tuition and fee waiver is available for dependents of prisoners of war and servicemen declared missing in action; and children of veterans who died as the result of injuries suffered in the line of duty during the Vietnam Conflict. For further information, call the Kansas Veterans Commission at 913-296-3976.