How do I find out who my advisor is?
At Lewis, your Success Coach and Faculty Mentor serve as your advisor. Login into your Degree Works audit to see who both of their names and contact information. If no advisor is listed, call (815) 836-5593 or email email@example.com. For incoming students, Degree Works is typically updated within three weeks of the start of the first term.
How do I get into a major or change my major?
It is always a good idea to discuss your major and career aspirations with your Success Coach and/or Faculty Mentor. If you are ready to declare or change your major, you will complete a Change of Program form with your Success Coach. Changing your major requires approval of the chair of the department sponsoring the major to which you wish to change. For more information about majors and minors, see the Academic Policies section of the Lewis University Undergraduate Catalog.
What if I don’t know what I want to major in yet?
Well first, don’t worry! In time you will be ready and your Success Coach will be with you to sort it out. You can talk with them about your interests and ways of exploring majors and careers that you may find satisfying. You can also talk to your instructors who teach in areas in which you have an interest about careers and options in their fields.
How do I find out what courses are going to be offered?
The University publishes a University Course Schedule twice a year that is available online. The spring semester schedule is available in October. The schedule for the summer and fall terms is available in April. In addition, students can access the schedule via myLewis.
Can I get advice during the summer?
Yes, your Success Coach works all year around. Your Faculty Mentor may have limited availability in the summer, but you are also welcome to reach out to them.
What do I do if I’m having a problem with a class?
It’s best to begin by asking your professor for a meeting to discuss your problem with course material or other concerns. However, you may also consult with your Success Coach for guidance. On occasion, students contact the Chair of the Department or the Dean’s Office.
How many courses should I take?
To be considered a full-time student, you must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours; however, the standard undergraduate course load is 15-16 credit hours. Some financial aid restrictions may apply. Your Success Coach will guide you in making academic progress on your path to the 128 or more hours needed to graduate.
I want to take a class at another university or college. What should I do?
Talk with your Success Coach! If you and she/he agree that the non-Lewis class would benefit you for academic reasons, then they will help you complete the Request for Coursework Away from Lewis University form and process. The University requires at least 32 credit hours to be completed at Lewis. Please note that in your graduating semester, the University requires all coursework to be completed at Lewis.
How do I decide which courses I should take every semester?
Your Success Coach and Faculty Mentor will guide you. And, check www.lewisu.edu/readytoregister for more information.
What is the procedure for dropping or adding a course?
It is always a good idea to consult your Success Coach before dropping or adding a class! Keep in mind, you have only one week to add and two weeks to drop a class once the semester has begun. You must drop a course during the first week of class in order to receive a 100% refund. You may drop or add online. Log into the myLewis portal, then click on the Records & Registration tab. Choose Add or Drop Classes. Once on this page, select the drop-down menu next to the course you wish to drop and choose “Drop Via the Web,” then Submit Changes. If you are adding a course, enter the CRN for the course, then Submit Changes. When you drop a class, it disappears from your course schedule. Keep in mind that in some cases dropping a course may affect your scholarship/financial aid award.
What is the procedure for withdrawing from a class?
Again, consult your Success Coach before withdrawing from any classes! The concept “Withdrawal” refers to removing a course from your schedule after the second week of class. Check the calendar in the University Course Schedule for withdrawal deadline. When you withdraw from a class, a “W” appears on the transcript.