Advising FAQs

Who is my Pre-Major Advisor?

You can find the name of your advisor listed on your degree audit found in the Academics section of your MyRU portal.  

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What should I bring to my advising appointment?

  • Prior to your appointment, make sure you complete any D2L modules or other activities that your advisor has sent you.
  • Review your degree audit. If you have any dual enrollment, advanced placement, or international baccalaureate credit, it will show up here if it has been received and processed. Let your advisor know if you believe credit is missing.  
  • Come prepared with a written list of questions or concerns you may have.

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I am having trouble in one of my courses, what should I do?

  • Make an appointment with your instructor immediately to discuss the situation.  Your instructor is a partner in your academic success and will offer important advice and referrals.
  • Make an appointment with your advisor to discuss referrals and options.
  • Make an appointment with the Learning Assistance Resource Center (LARC) for tutoring in your area of difficulty.

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Can I take a course at another college and transfer it back to Radford University?

Absolutely. However, you should first discuss and obtain permission from your advisor to make sure the course(s) will be acceptable and to learn about the process of transferring credit(s).

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What is the difference between a course drop and a course withdrawal?

You can add and drop an unlimited number of courses during the first week of classes each semester.  When a class is dropped, it does not appear on your official academic transcript.

Beginning with the second week of classes, and until the 8th week of the semester, you can use a course withdrawal. You are allowed 5 withdrawals while pursuing your degree at RU. Withdrawals do appear on your transcript.  Please refer to the registrar’s withdrawal policy for more information.

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When do I need to declare my major?

There are no deadlines for declaring a major. However, we encourage you to declare your major as soon as you are ready. Ideally, you will feel comfortable declaring your new major by spring break of your freshman year.  

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What do I need to do in order to declare my major?

Declaring your major is a very easy process.  Your advisor can give you the location to take a Declaration of Major/Minor form to obtain the proper signature.

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What is the probation and suspension policy at Radford University?

The suspension and probation policy is an important policy to read and understand. Please refer to the registrar’s suspension and probation policy information page and contact your advisor if you have any questions about how this policy could affect you.

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What a is a full-time course load?

A full-time course load for undergraduate students is 12 credit hours.

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How do I register for classes?

In the MyRU portal, after clicking on the Academics icon, you will see a Course Registration portlet. There you will find your registration times. You can click on "Registration Resources" or "Register Now" to go to the Registration menu where you can add/drop classes, look up classes, view your registration history, and more. Additional registration information can be found on the Undergraduate Academic Advising site.  

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Registration questions?

For additional registration questions, contact the Registrar's Office.

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