Academic Advising FAQ

Have questions? The following list contains the most common questions regarding our undergraduate programs in Paul College.  While the FAQs is by no means exhaustive, it's a great first place to look.  

And, please note: some of the information contained within the FAQs is subject to change (especially with UNH's dynamic response to Covid-19).  Thank you!

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If you do not find the answer you are looking for, please contact your assigned academic advisor (found in MyWildcatSuccess).

Why should I meet with my advisor?

We're here to help!  Consider our office a "one-stop-shop."  If there's something we can't help you with, we'll be able to connect you with another individual, office, or organization that can.  

Here are a handful of things we can help you with:

  • Course registration
  • Academic planning
  • Majors and options
  • Minors
  • Study abroad
  • Academic support
  • Study away
  • Internships
  • Independent studies
  • Business in Practice

Even if you just need someone to listen, we're here for you. 

How do I make an appointment with my advisor?

To schedule an appointment with an advisor, log into myWildcat Success via myUNH  

You can follow the directions below or consult this step-by-step guide on how to make an appointment

After logging into myWildCat Success:

    • From student home page, select “Get Advising”
    • Select “Paul College” from drop down menu
    • Select your "Appointment Type’" from drop down menu. Click “Next”
    • Select “PAUL Undergraduate Programs Office” from "Advisor’s Location" drop down menu
    • You should see your advisor's name appear
    • Select the next available appointment time block, then the appointment time that best works for you. Click “Next”
    • Please write what you’d like to discuss and any additional information in the text box, then select “Confirm Appointment”

Can I cancel my appointment in myWildCat Success?

You sure can!  If you know you can't make your scheduled meeting time, cancel your appointment.

  • You can always reschedule and make another appointment
  • By cancelling, you free up a space for another student
  • Not sure how?  Check out these instructions!

How do I know who my assigned professional advisor is?

There are a few different places you can check to see who your assigned advisor is.  All three options are listed below and are outlined here as well.  

  • Log into myWildcat Success
    • On the bottom right-hand side, you'll see your advisor's name listed under ‘Your Success Team’
  • Log into WebCat 
    • Select the "Student Records" tab and then choose "View Major and Advisor" from the menu
  • Log into WebCat

What's the difference between my peer advisor and my professional advisor?

Great question!  Your Peer Advisor leads your FIRE section and is an invaluable resource because they're been in your shoes. 

Peer Advisors help their first-year students by:

  • Acting as the instructors for PAUL 405 and PAUL 406 (a year long, required course for first-year Paul students)
  • Serving as a built-in role model
  • Answering questions related to systems and processes at UNH and Paul College
  • Guiding first-year students around course selection and registration

Professional advisors help their students by:

  • Continuing the work started by Peer Advisors
  • Crafting academic plans
  • Providing insight on course registration and program requirements
  • Connecting students with academic resource offices
  • Planning for oppportunities (like studying abroad, studying away, Semester in the City, The Washington Center, etc.)

How do I add or drop a class? 

  • For the fall 2020 semester: students can add/drop courses online in Webcat for the first two weeks.
    • The add/drop form will not be used next semester meaning all courses need to be added by the second Friday of the semester.
  • The last day to add or take a course pass/fail is the second Friday of the semester.
  • The last day to drop or audit a course is the fifth Friday of the semester.
  • More information including the registration calendar can be found on the Registrar’s website.

What do I do if I'm trying to register for a Paul College course and it's "closed"?

  • If a Paul College course is full, a waiting list will be created. Please put your information on the webform. Note that courses are only listed if all sections of a course are closed. We do not hold waiting lists for specific sections. Each student file is evaluated to determine academic needs.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for a space when registration re-opens in the winter and summer.  Things really start to move around the week before school starts and the first week of the semester.  You can use your RAC to make schedule changes during this time.
  • Not sure how to see if there's space in a class, consult these instructions
  • When the semester starts, you can try using an override form.  If an instructor agrees to add you to their course (even though it's full), you're in.  While it's not a guarantee, it's a possibility. 
    • Note: override forms WILL NOT be used during the fall 2020 semester

January & Summer courses: do I need to meet with an advisor?  And, how do I register?

  • It's always a good idea to meet with your advisor to discuss J-Term or Summer courses. However, it is not required in order to register for classes.
  • You do not need a RAC to register for winter or summer courses.
  • You can register for winter and summer classes in WebCat or, you can watch this video

How many credits am I allowed to register for?

  • The credit maximum for most students is 18.
  • In order to register for 20 credits, Paul College students need a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
    • Typically, the Registrar raises the credit cap the Tuesday before the semester starts.

How do I find _______ in WebCat?

WebCat houses a lot of important information related to your schedule, classes, major, and degree program.

Here are a few things you can leverage WebCat for:

How do I get my RAC number?

  • Students must meet with their academic advisor (or have their registration paperwork reviewed by their advisor) each semester to receive their registration access code (RAC).
  • In April and November, you'll receive detailed information about registration appointments including links to required paperwork.
  • Once your RAC has been assigned, you can access it in WebCat by following these instructions

How is my RAC number determined?

  • Registration Access Codes (RAC) are assigned at random in each class standing.
  • Here's how you can determine your class standing based on earned credits!
    • 0-25 earned credits = Freshman
    • 26-57 earned credits = Sophomore
    • 58-89 earned credits = Junior
    • 90+ earned credits = Senior

When can I start in on my major and/or option courses?

In Paul College, regardless of major, students start in on required major coursework right away.  First-year students in all degree programs chip away at major courses from the start.  Classes like ECON 401, PHIL 431, and MATH 422/424A are all requirements within Paul and courses first year students take.

Students typically start taking option level courses (like Management, Information Systems & Business Analytics, Finance, etc.) during their junior year once all pre-requisistes are completed.  

In some cases, Paul College requirements also count as UNH Discovery requirements meaning, students are satisfying two requirements with one course! 

What's contained under the Business Administration umbrella (i.e., can I major in Marketing or Finance)?

Students often ask if they can major in a specific area of business, like Marketing or Finance.  The way the Business Administration degree is structured is such that under the business umbrella, students choose an option (or concentration) to focus on.  All Business Administration students need to elect one option (with the maximum being two).

For students wanting to major in Accounting, for example, their degree program (major) would be Business Administration with an option in Accounting.  

Options within Business Administration:

    How do I change my major, declare my option, and/or add a second major or option?

    You can perform all of these changes in WebCat!

    Note: all students need to declare their major and/or option by February 15th of their sophomore year.  You'll receive reminders about this declaration deadline from the Advising & Programs Office.  

    • Sign into MyUNH
    • Select Webcat
    • Select "Student Records"
    • Select "Change of Major" and then "Change Major/Option"
    • Make you "Submit" your change and then "Confirm"
      • If you don't do both these steps, your changes won't save
    • Once your change has been approved, it'll be reflected in Degree Works at the top of the page

    For a detailed walk-though of this process, you can visit this site!

    What's the difference between Analytical Economics (B.S.) and the B.A. in Economics?

    You can learn more about the program requirements for each Economics degree below:

    "The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Analytical Economics differs from the Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Economics in that it requires more quantitative and data analysis courses, but does not require a foreign language. It emphasizes the predictive and prescriptive modeling skills that are in high demand in today's labor market. Prescriptive modeling is quantitative and strategic decision analysis geared toward corporate decisions. Predictive modeling emphasizes data analysis skills used to develop the information needed to make these decisions."

    "Bachelor of Arts in Economics is designed to offer students the maximum flexibility in tailoring a program of study and provides a powerful platform for launching careers in almost all walks of life. Students are encouraged to take a wide variety of courses, double major, and take advantage of study abroad programs."

    How do I declare a minor?

    • You can declare a minor at UNH once you have completed or are enrolled in your final coursework.
    • To officially declare the minor, you will need to complete the Minor Form and obtain all appropriate signatures.
    • Once the form is completed you can bring it or email it to the Registrar’s Office for processing.

    What's Paul College's course repeat rule?

    • Students are required to earn a C- or better in their Paul required courses (this also includes option courses for Business Administration majors).
    • If a student doesn't earn a C- or better the first time, the course must be repeated the following semester and the student must attain a C- or better on their second attempt.
      • For example: Judy received a D+ in ECON 401 in the fall and in the spring, upon retaking the course, she earned a C+.  Judy is fine to continue on with her program requirements in Paul.  If during her ECON 401 retake, Judy earned another D+, she wouldn't be allowed to continue in Paul. 
    • Students can repeat up to two courses, one time
      • For example: Steve repeated ADMN 410 one time (the first time, he earned a D- and the second time, he earned a B+) and is now needing to retake ADMN 502.  As long as he earns a C- or better the second time in ADMN 502, he's all set to continue.  However, Steve would not be allowed to retake any additional courses in Paul.  He's reached his two course repeat maximum.  
    • This policy can be found under the "Degree Requirements" heading in the Undergraduate Catalog (found here).

    What are Paul College's GPA requirements & minimums?

    The following GPA requirements can also be found under the "Degree Requirements" heading in the Undergraduate Catalog.

    • Graduation GPA requirements
      • In order to graduate, all B.S. degree students (Business Administration, Hotel & Hospitality Management, and Analytical Economics), need to achieve a 2.3 GPA in their major courses
      • B.A. degree students (Economics), need to achieve a 2.0 GPA in their major courses
    • Freshmen & Sophomore GPA requirements 
      • Before students reach junior rank (58 earned credits—not in-progress-credits), they’re considered “provisional Paul” students
        • For provisional Paul students (freshmen and sophomores), a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3 at UNH must be maintained by all Paul students to remain in the College
          • For provisional Paul students who slip below an overall GPA of 2.3, they’ll be required to participate in academic success programming for a semester with the goal of reaching the 2.3 GPA threshold at the end of their academic success semester
          • If provisional Paul students don’t attain a 2.3 GPA after their academic success semester, they may be required to change their major

    How many credits do I need to graduate?

    • Business Administration students need to earn 136 credits
    • Students in the Hotel & Hospitality Management program as well as both Economics programs need to earn 128 credits
    • You can read more about this in the Undergraduate Catalog under "Degree Requirements" 
    • Interested to see how many credits you've earned?  You can access this information in Degree Works by following these instructions

    When do I need to petition something & why?

    Our office asks students to submit petitions whenever an exception to a policy or procedure is being made.  In some cases, a petition is needed as part of a process.

    In some instances, having the support of a faculty member is required.

    Some of the most common reasons students need to petition are:

    • Asking to lift academic actions
    • Wanting to register for 20 credits without the requisite GPA
    • Dropping or adding a course past the deadline

    Whenever you subit a petition, the more information you include, the better.  Because you're asking for an exception to be made, there need to be compelling and non-academic reasons for the request.

    If you need help with the process are unsure of whether or not you need to petition something, ask your advisor!  They're happy to assist and can provide insight into what to include in your petition. 

    I need some help in my Paul College classes...what can I do?

    • The first step is to schedule a meeting with your professor or attend office hours to discuss the situation. Several classes also have peer teaching assistants who hold office hours outside of class. Your instructor can provide more information about their teaching assistants.
    • There are a plethora of resources on campus to help you be successful. More information can be found at this website.
    • You can also "heart" the "Student Academic Resources for Assistance" app in myUNH.  It'll bring you to each of the webpsites of the resource offices on campus!
    • You should also schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to learn more about the resources on campus and discuss ways that you can finish strong in your courses.

    What's the process and do I need to make an appointment?

    The short answer is: yes!  But, read through the steps outlined below first:

    • The first step in the study abroad process is to attend an information session held by the UNH Global Office.
      • They offer in-person and online sessions.  You can access UNH Global's information sesssion schedule here.
    • After you attend an information session, create your UNH-Via profile
    • Once you complete those first two steps (information session and creating a Via profile), make an appointment with your Paul College advisor.
      • It's recommended that you schedule an appointment with a Paul College advisor at least one year prior to studying abroad.
      • Your advisor can discuss coursework you can complete abroad as well as show you how your semesters at UNH will look when you return.
      • Note: it's recommended students make a "study abroad" advising appointment as walk-ins aren't a good time to chat about study abroad and what it entails.
    • Meet with UNH Global.  Paul College has a designated study abroad liaison who holds walk-in hours and can meet with you for a scheduled appointment!

    How can I find a job or internship?

    • Career and Professional Success (CaPS) works with employers who post job and internship opportunities on HandShake
    • There's a ton of valuable information on Paul College's CaPS page and if you need help with anything career related
    • You can make an appointment with a career counselor in HandShake as well!

    What is BIP?

    BIP stands for Paul College's Business In Practice Program: an experiential learning oppportunity centered around giving students the skills to be successful in today’s business environment.

    • To learn more about the BIP program, you can visit this page

    How do I know if I'm required to complete BIP courses as part of my degree?

    • All Business Administration and Hotel & Hospitality students need to complete BIP courses as part of their core curriculum
      • Business Admininstration students need to satisfy all four BIP intelligence categories:
        • Social (PAUL 660)
        • Analytical (PAUL 670)
        • Competitive (PAUL 680)
        • Professional (PAUL 690)
          • These requirements are listed in Degree Works so you can track your progress
      • Hotel & Hospitality students need to complete three BIP courses in order to graduate: 
        • Professional (PAUL 690)
          • Note: there is a specially designated PAUL 690 for Hotel & Hospitality students
        • Two additional BIP courses (students can elect which they want to take)
          • These requirements are listed in Degree Works so you can track your progress
    • Economics students do NOT need to complete BIP courses in order to graduate

    I'm part of a club, organization, and/or co-curricular opportunity, will that count toward my BIP requirements?

    • If you have questions about this, please reach out to your academic advisor for more information
    • You can also use the guide below to see what satisfies certain BIP requirements
    BIP Intelligence
    Course
    Semester
    Title
    Credits
    Competitive PAUL 680 PAUL 520 Fall Top/Artifex: Data Analytics 2
    Professional PAUL 690 PAUL 520 Spring Top/Artifex: Data Analytics 2
    Analytical PAUL 670 MKTG 520 Fall Top/Digital Marketing Agency 2
    Professional PAUL 690 MKTG 520 Spring Top/Digital Marketing Agency 2
    Social PAUL 660 FIN 650 Fall Atkins Investment Group 2
    Competitive PAUL 680 FIN 650 Spring  Atkins Investment Group 2
    Professional PAUL 690 ACC 795 Both Internship: Accounting 1-4
    Professional PAUL 690 FIN 795 Both Internship: Finance 1-4
    TBD TBD ACC 725 Both Independent Study: Accounting 1-4
    TBD TBD FIN 725 Both Independent Study: Finance 1-4
    Analytical PAUL 670 DS 650 Fall Rines Student Angel Fund 2
    Competitive PAUL 680 DS 650 Spring Rines Student Angel Fund 2
    Analytical PAUL 670 INCO 505A Both Semester in the City: Becoming a Problem Solver  4
    Competitive PAUL 680 INCO 505B Both Social Innovator’s Toolbox 4
    Professional PAUL 690 INCO 505I Both Semester in the City Internship 8
    Professional PAUL 690 INCO 682I Both Washington Center Internship  Variable: up to 12
    Analytical PAUL 670 MKTG 520 Fall Top/Professional Sales Group 2
    Competitive PAUL 680 MKTG 520 Spring Top/Professional Sales Group 2
    TBD TBD PAUL 725/725W Both Independent Study Variable
    Social PAUL 660 PAUL 626 Both Supervised Student Teaching 2-4
    Social PAUL 660 PAUL 705 Fall Peer Advisor 2
    Professional PAUL 690 PAUL 705 Spring Peer Advisor 2
    Social PAUL 660 PAUL 790 Fall Honors Workshop 2
    Competitive PAUL 680 PAUL 792 Spring Honors Consulting Project 2
    Analytical PAUL 670 PAUL 794 Fall Honors Research Process 2
    Professional PAUL 690 PAUL 795 Both Internship 1-4
    Professional PAUL 690 PAUL 796 Both International Internship 1-4

    I'm currently a student at UNH, how can I transfer into Paul?

    • Thanks for your interest in Paul College! We have a competitive application process for the Analytical Economics, Business Administration, and Hotel & Hospitality Management majors in Paul College. More information about the process can be found here.
    • If you are interested in the B.A. Economics major, you will need to meet certain criteria before you are eligible to declare. That information can be found here.

    I'm not currently a Paul College student, can I speak with an advisor?

    • You sure can!  We host walk-in hours during the week that are open to all students
    • Lisa Pappajohn also holds walk-in hours on Fridays to help students looking to join Paul College
    • You can learn more about the inter-college transfer process here

    When can I apply for Paul College scholarships?

    The Paul College scholarship application generally opens in early February and the deadline is in early March. More information about the scholarship opportunities and application process can be found here.