Frequently Asked Questions
Academic advising sessions are beneficial for students' success. Stated are frequently asked questions by students regarding academic advising appointments.
Academic Advising Appointment
Advising sessions are often most beneficial for both the advisor and the student if students arrive at the appointment prepared for the advising session. In order to prepare for an advisement appointment, we recommend students do the following:
- Review the university’s Essential Studies requirements. Which courses have you completed that satisfy requirements for Essential Studies? Are there courses or requirements about which you have questions?
- Review the requirements of our intended major in the academic catalog or on the Registrar’s Office website. If you’re planning to major in business, but aren’t sure which major you wish to pursue, review the pre-business requirements and review information on the majors you are considering.
- Based on the Essential Studies and major requirements, think of some courses you may wish to take during the following semester. Your advisor will help guide you in choosing courses that will keep you on track in your academic program, but it’s important to develop a schedule that is going to work for you in terms of personal interests (especially with Essential Studies courses) and outside commitments.
- Check your unofficial transcript on Campus Connection. Are all of your current and past courses listed correctly? Is any transfer or test credit you were expected missing? If you think there may be errors or omissions on your transcript, it is good to bring this up with your advisor as early as possible so any issues that might delay admission to your major or graduation can be resolved.
- Think of any questions you might have related to Essential Studies or major requirements. Also think of any questions you might have regarding academic policies of the university or the CoBPA. It can be a good idea to write these down and bring them with you to make sure you get them answered.
- Come to your advising appointment prepared to ask any questions you might have or to discuss any concerns you may have with your academic progress or major. Advisors can help to answer those questions or refer students to resources based on their interests or areas of concern.
Changing your Major to CoBPA
In order to change your major into CoBPA, a student stops by the Office of Academic Advisement, Gamble Hall room 127 and requests their file be changed into BPA. The secretary will request your file from the previous college and set up a meeting with a business advisor. At the meeting, the advisor will give you a copy of your status sheet and go over the requirements. The process takes at least two days.
CoBPA Graduation Requirements
All candidates for B.B.A. or B.Acc. degrees must be admitted to a business major offered by the College; earn a minimum 2.50 GPA in all courses that apply toward the degree (transfer students must also earn a 2.50 GPA in all course work completed at UND); and earn a minimum 2.50 GPA in business administration courses and UND business administration courses that apply toward the degree and major.Candidates for the B.S.P.A. degree must be admitted to the public administration program; earn a minimum 2.50 GPA in all courses taken (transfer students must also earn a 2.50 GPA in all course work completed at UND); earn a minimum 2.50 GPA in public administration courses required for the major, and earn a minimum 2.50 GPA in UND public administration courses required for the major.
All candidates for the B.S.I.T. and B.S.G.D.T. degrees must earn a minimum 2.50 overall UND GPA and 2.50 GPA in courses that apply toward the degree and major.
Cooperative Education & Internships
While the two terms are often used interchangeably, most departments distinguish Cooperative Education as paid work experience while internships are often unpaid work experiences. Other departments may instead classify those work experiences that employers coordinate through UND Career Services as Cooperative Education and those that are coordinated through the academic department only as internships. Cooperative Education is a joint experience with UND Career Services, the employer, the student's academic department, and the student. Students find out about these by attending career and job fairs, employer information sessions, meeting with the internship/co-op coordinator in their academic department, networking on their own, online, or even making initial contact with an employer they are interested in working for. Additional assistance can be found at the Pancratz Career Development Center.
S/U Grading Courses
The College of Business and Public Administration does not allow any business courses to be taken S/U grading. Courses from outside the CoBPA that are not required for your major may be taken S/U grading provided all other UND policies regarding S/U grading are followed. Switching a course to or from S/U grading requires the signature of your academic advisor no later than the last day to drop the course.
Students can take a class at other institutions but you should contact your academic advisor to make sure it is equivalent to the UND course you wish to substitute. An official transcript will need to be sent to the UND Registrar's Office in order for the course to be recorded on your transcript.
Holds on Campus Connection
You go to Campus Connection, Campus Personal Information, holds, and then it will let you know if you have a hold of any kind.
CoBPA Program Fee
The fee supports technology, student programming and continuous improvements in curriculum and facilities throughout the college.