Frequently Asked Questions
New Incoming Students
Undergraduate: degree seeking students are encouraged to take 15-18 credits each semester towards degree requirements in order to graduate in 4 years. However, undergraduate degree seeking students who register for at least 12 credits in a given semester are defined as full-time for federal financial aid and reporting purposes. Those students registering for 11 credits or less are defined as part-time.
Each college has it own academic advisor, please refer to your college’s website for contact information or visit Academic Central Advising Center.
It is recommended that student's log into their MyNEVADA account often to monitor their account. If you have a hold on your account, it will appear within your Student Center Dashboard. Clicking on the hold will give you details on how each hold can be resolved.
If you have an advising hold, please contact your Academic Advisor as soon as possible.
Go to AP-IP Tests for a chart that shows Course Equivalents for AP/IB Tests.
Contact your Academic Advisor/ College.
English/Math/Foreign Language Placement
A dual major is earned if a student wishes to major in two programs leading to the same degree name--for example, both majors leading to a bachelor of science degree. A student cannot have a dual major within a named degree such as Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Students who earn a dual major with at least one major under the College of Science are required to fulfill all of the college's general requirements for a bachelor's degree.
Each department offering an approved major, or any university interdisciplinary committee or board, may propose a minor for official program approval. A minor program requires students to complete at least 18 credits, including nine or more credits in upper-division courses.
Students may complete a second major after graduation from the university provided all the requirements mentioned above are met. The second major will be posted on the student's transcript upon receipt of confirmation of completion of major requirements from the student's advisor, department chair, and dean.
Summer Session credit is designated as semester credit and is equivalent to any given course taken in any other semester. To ensure quality and to comply with accreditation standards, maximum credit loads are set for summer terms. These are:
- Mini-Term: three (3) semester credits or equivalent;
- First Term: six (6) semester credits or equivalent;
- Second Term: six (6) semester credits or equivalent.
Wintermester credit is designated as semester credit and is equivalent to any given course taken in any other semester. To ensure quality and to comply with accreditation standards, a maximum credit load of four credits is set for Wintermester. It is suggested you not rely on Wintermester to fulfill a prerequisite for a spring course. Also, please note these courses do not satisfy fall credit.
Start looking before you graduate. Here are some important steps to take while you're still a student to up your chances at getting the job you want:
- Take advantage of career resources like the Job Fair.
- Get involved with professional organizations. These organizations allow you to network with the people who will be doing the hiring when you're out of school. As we have all heard, who you know makes a huge difference in getting a job.
- Get involved with clubs related to your professional interests.
- Find an internship or part-time job in your field. This will give you the opportunity to prove your worth and learn valuable skills.
- Do not wait until you are done with school to start preparing. You will be at a huge disadvantage if you do.
Contact the Career Studio on campus. They can assist you in planning and searching for career opportunities. No appointment needed, just drop in and start planning your future today!
Students may repeat a maximum of 15 lower-division credits (100-200 level) to replace original University of Nevada, Reno grades. The course(s) must be repeated and completed at the University within the next two regular semesters in which the student is enrolled. If the course is not offered within the next two regular semesters, the student must take the course the next time it is offered. The most recent grade earned in the course will be used in the grade-point calculation. Students who wish to utilize the grade replacement policy must file an application in the Office of Admissions and Records. Students may not apply for grade replacement for courses in which they received a sanction for academic dishonesty.
Undergraduate students are placed on academic probation when a student's cumulative University of Nevada GPA is below 2.0.
Students who are placed on Academic Probation will receive a letter notifying them of their academic status. Admissions and Records will place a registration/advisement hold on each probationary student's record. To have this hold removed, students must meet with their academic advisor.
Release from University Probation: Undergraduate students are removed from Probation when their University of Nevada cumulative GPA rises above 2.0.
Program Probation: A school or college may place a student on Probation whenever satisfactory progress toward degree objectives is not maintained. The credit load of a student on Probation is determined in consultation with the assigned advisor and, when necessary, the dean of the appropriate school or college.
Release from Program Probation: The school or college defines release from program probation.
This policy applies only to coursework attempted at the University of Nevada, Reno. Under certain circumstances, undergraduate students may petition the registrar for academic renewal. If the petition qualifies, students may have a maximum of two consecutive semesters of course work disregarded in all calculations regarding academic standing, grade-point average and graduation eligibility. If summer work is to be included in the disregarded course work, then a five-week summer term shall count as one-half semester.
Admissions and Records
If you are eligible to apply for graduation, you can do so by logging into your MyNEVADA account. For a step by step tutorial on how to apply for graduation via MyNEVADA, please navigate to the MyNEVADA help site.
Graduation application deadlines are:
May Graduation: March 1st
August Graduation: June 1st
December Graduation: October 1st
You'll be able to see that your application went through on your Academic Advising Report in MyNEVADA. To learn how to access your Academic Advising Report in MyNEVADA, you can navigate to the MyNEVADA help site.
Yes. To walk in May you'll need to have no more than 12 credits left to complete and be in good academic standing. You'll also need to fill out an "Intent to Participate in Commencement" form, available on the Academic Central forms page.
If you don't know your declared major, you can find out in MyNEVADA under "My Academics."
The transcript request can be tracked through the National Clearinghouse using the order number emailed to you verifying the request has be received.
All students are defaulted to Out of State status until proven otherwise; one example is a final transcript from a Nevada high school showing a graduation date. For detailed information regarding Residency or how to gain Nevada Residency please visit our residency section.
You can manage your personal information through MyNEVADA . First, login to MyNEVADA and click on Student Center. Under Personal Information there is a Demographic Data link. Click on the link and it will allow you to change your preferred name and update your address phone number and email address.
You can check the status of your application by logging into MyNEVADA , clicking on the Student Center/Applicant Center and scrolling to the bottom of the page where it says Admissions. Click on the view status link and it tells you were we are in the process. If something is missing, it shows as incomplete and lists out what is needed from you in order to move you application forward in the evaluation process.
Fill out a Change of Major form, have the department approve and sign it before bringing it to Admissions and Records to be entered.
There are items on my To Do List that I have already turned into the office, how do I remove those from the list?
Contact Admissions and Records to verify that the action has been completed, if it has been Admissions and Records can resolve this issue.
If you are a current student you can verify your enrollment through the self service system. Verification of Enrollment for the upcoming semester is available the week prior to the first day of class. Verification can be granted prior to this date at Admissions and Records if half the tuition has been paid. If you are an incoming freshman and need a verification of enrollment for scholarships print out your schedule from MyNEVADA.
Students who withdraw from the university after the eighth week of classes, and who are passing all of their classes, receive grades of "W" on their transcripts. Students who withdraw after the eighth week, and who are not passing all of their classes, receive grades of "F."
Students may drop courses via MyNEVADA during the first eight weeks of the semester. If a course is dropped between the sixth day of classes and the end of the eighth week of classes, a grade of "W" appears on a student's transcript.
Registration will be canceled for nonpayment of fees.
Under extenuating circumstances, including illness, accident or similar medical emergency or other hardship, students have the option of either requesting an incomplete grade in one or more courses, or withdrawing from the university. In both cases, students must follow the rules listed in sections of the catalog regarding these policies.
Go to the transcripts page on Academic Central and follow the prompts. Please allow 5-7 business days for the transcript to be sent. For and expedited transcript fill out the form and bring it to the Cashiers office for processing.
If the class is full keep checking it in MyNEVADA for a space to open up, and if the class has a wait list option you can add yourself to the wait list. If MyNEVADA is saying you don't meet the pre-requisites for the course and you have not taken the pre-requisite class please contact the department offering the class if you have been told to take the class by an advisor. If you have taken the pre-requisite and have received credit please contact Admissions and Records for further assistance.
In the Student Center section of MyNEVADA there is a To-Do List section on the right hand side which shows any documents or actions needed from the student. By clicking on details under the checklist item a description of the action or document will instruct the user on what to do.
In the Student Center section of MyNEVADA there is a To-Do List section on the right hand side. The missing immunization will show up here. Instructions are found by clicking on the details link below the checklist item.
Go to the MyNEVADA login page. Once there, on the upper right hand corner of the screen click "Login". Below the login section are two help links. As long as you have already activated your MyNEVADA you can click on "Forgot My NSHE ID" or "Forgot My NSHE ID Password." If you are still experiencing problems with resetting your password contact the Help Desk at 775-682-5000.
In the Student Center section of MyNEVADA there is a To-Do List section on the right hand side. The hold will show up here. Instructions for taking care of the hold are found by clicking on the details link below the checklist item.
Students should review the Diversity section in the program description for their major before selecting a Diversity course. Students should consult with college or program advisors before enrolling in Core courses.
Contact the Transfer Center at (775) 784-4700 ext. 3 to make sure that the credits will transfer.
After admission to and matriculation at the University of Nevada, Reno, only Core Humanities courses taken here or at another NSHE institution will satisfy the requirement. For further questions please contact the Transfer Center at (775) 784-4700 ext. 3
Independent Studies and Extended Studies
The University offers a limited number of courses online. To review your options, please refer to the Schedule of Classes.
Excess Credit Fee
This is a new NSHE wide policy approved by the Board of Regents that will go into effect Fall 2014. Students who have accumulated ATTEMPTED credits equal to 150 percent of the credits required for their program, will face a 50 percent excess credit fee on the per credit registration.
Any class that shows on your transcript. This includes classes with grades of U, F, AD (audit), R (replaced), W (withdrawn), and AR (academic renewal). This also includes transferrable credits from other schools.
The per credit registration fee is $191.50 and 50 percent of that is $95.75. Meaning that students who fall under this excess credit fee policy will be charged $287.25 per credit instead of $191.50
Typically an undergraduate bachelors degree requires the completion of 120 credits. Therefore, students who have attempted 180 (1.5x120) credits including transfer work and have not yet graduated are subject to this new excess credit fee policy. Some degrees may require more than 120 credits; this would be a good reason to appeal.
Yes. Students who are subject to this excess credit fee policy have the option to submit an appeal. There are several reasons that an appeal might be granted such as AP credit, transfer credit that doesn't meet degree requirements, this isn't your first bachelors degree, etc. Please see the Excess Credit Fee Appeal Form for more information on the process.
Enroll in 15-18 credits each semester towards degree requirements. Meet with your academic advisor every semester to keep on track and utilize the planning tools available in MyNEVADA such as your planner and academic requirements report, to map out a four year plan to graduate.
Probation and Dismissal
Only coursework completed at the University of Nevada applies to the UNR grade point average. Academic standing is updated only on the basis of coursework completed at the University of Nevada.
Undergraduate students whose University of Nevada grade point average has fallen below 2.0 at the end of a single regular semester (spring and fall) are placed on probation 1 at the end of that semester. Undergraduate students whose University grade point average remains below 2.0 for three consecutive semesters are dismissed from the University at the end of the third semester.
|Transcript Notation||Probation Code in Self-Service|
|First Semester Probation||P1|
|Second Semester Probation||P2|
|Third Semester Probation||P3|
Academic standing is updated after every fall and spring semester. Academic standing is not updated during the summer.
If a grade replacement form is processed for a probationary student and that processing raises the student’s University grade point average to at least a 2.0, is the student's academic standing immediately changed to good standing?
No, academic standing is updated at the end of the spring and fall semesters. Standing does not change after processing of a grade replacement form even if that processing raises the student's University grade point average to at least a 2.0.
If, through academic action (grade replacement, improper withdrawal, academic renewal) or summer/wintermester coursework, dismissed students are able to improve their University grade point average to at least 2.0, are they required to submit an appeal to be enrolled in the subsequent regular semester?
Yes, the student must submit an appeal form including a plan for graduation (the plan can be on paper or in PeopleSoft) and an essay describing the circumstances that led to dismissal and the changes the student has made to ensure a better performance in the future. Appeals for these students will be approved without committee review, and the students’ standing for the subsequent term will be updated to “Subject to Dismissal”. Students with this standing have a single additional semester in which to improve their University grade point average to at least 2.0.
Prior to enrollment for the next regular term, a registration hold will be placed on the records of all probationary students. Students who are placed on probation at the end of the fall semester will see the hold on their records on or about March 1st for fall registration. Students who are placed on probation at the end of the spring semester will see the hold on their records on or about October 1st for spring registration. Students are, however, encouraged to meet with their advisor soon after receiving notification that they have been placed on probation to review their transcript and verify their enrollment for the subsequent term(s).
Once the advisement hold has been removed, students have control of their own enrollment.
Probationary students are required to meet with their advisor at least once per term.
Students who are placed on probation at the end of the fall semester will see the hold on their records on or about March 1st for fall registration. Students who are placed on probation at the end of the spring semester will see the hold on their records on or about October 1st for spring registration.
Only academic advisors may remove advising holds.
All of the forms are available from the Academic Central forms link.
Students are dismissed at the end of the third consecutive regular semester in which their University grade point average is below 2.0.
The student can return to good standing by raising their University grade point average above a 2.0 at the end of a regular session semester.
Students whose University grade point average remains below a 2.0 for three consecutive regular semesters are dismissed. Academic standing is not updated once at the end of the fall semester and again at the end of the spring semester. Academic standing is not updated during the summer.
Students may appeal their first dismissal only if it is possible to reach a 2.0 at the end of a single additional regular semester. Students may not submit a second appeal if they are not able to bring their University grade point average to at least a 2.0 at the end of the additional regular semester.
The Dismissal Review Committee is a faculty committee which meets as needed throughout the fall and spring semesters. The committee does not meet during the summer session and may not render decisions on dismissal appeals and/or requests for release from dismissal submitted during the summer until one business day prior to the first day of class for the next regular semester. Students are very strongly encouraged to submit appeals and requests for release as soon as possible.
The student's appeal/release form including the academic plan developed with the student's academic advisor, all current and prior term academic advising forms stored on the student's record, the UNR transcript and degree audit report, the required essay, and any other relevant documents submitted by the student are included in the packets. Also, Admissions and Records staff verifies the academic plan as submitted using a grade point average calculator and includes print-outs from the calculator in the review packet. The completed packets are posted on a secure website for committee review.
|Transcript Notation||Probation Code in Self-Service|
|First Semester Probation||P1|
|Second Semester Probation||P2|
|Third Semester Probation||P3|
|Subject to Dismissal||P3D|
|Dismissed: Dismissed - No Appeal||DNA|
|Return from Dismissal||RD1|
Are students who have been dismissed automatically eligible to return to the university after one year away?
No, each dismissed student must submit a Release from Dismissal form along with the required documentation for committee review. Based on the materials submitted, the Dismissal Review Committee will decide whether or not the student can be successful at the University.
The committee may attach conditions to the return of dismissed students and will review each such student's progress at the end of each regular semester. Students on Return from Dismissal must: follow the academic plan they submitted with their request for release, make progress toward the completion of their degree requirements, earn a semester grade point average of at least 2.0, and improve their University grade point average each term to retain the right to enroll for subsequent terms.
Students who have been dismissed may submit a Release from Dismissal form along with the required documentation after two regular semesters of non-enrollment. The form is due no later than twenty business days prior to the start of the next regular semester, but students are strongly encouraged to submit requests for release in a timeframe that will allow them to participate in advanced registration with all other students. In addition to the completed form, students must submit an academic plan to reach at least 2.0 and to graduate and an essay describing the circumstances that led to dismissal and the changes the student has made to ensure a better performance in the future. If the student has taken coursework elsewhere while they were dismissed, transcripts of that work should accompany the request for release. Advisors may submit letters of support and/or complete the Supplemental Probationary Student Advisor Form.
How many semesters may a student returning from dismissal have to reach at least a 2.0 UNR grade point average?
Returning students who follow the academic plan they submitted with their request for release, make progress toward the completion of their degree requirements, earn a semester grade point average of at least 2.0, and improve their University grade point average each term will have two regular semesters to raise their University grade point average to at least a 2.0 after returning from dismissal.
On a case by case basis, the committee may allow more than two semesters of enrollment if it is mathematically impossible for the student to achieve a 2.0 at the end of just two semesters.
Staff in the Office of Admissions and Records monitors the academic progress of probationary students and reports to the Dismissal Review Committee.