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Advising FAQ

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Where is the Academic Advising Office for business students?
Who is my advisor?
How do I set up a meeting with an advisor?
How do I drop a class?
How do I add a class?
What if I want to take a class at another college or university?
How do I change my major?
What is a non-business elective?
What is a general elective?
I have a specialty major in business. Can I take a General Business (GB) course to count for one of my 300+ business electives?
I am a General Business major. My degree plan says I have to take GB courses, but I don't do well with online courses. Can I take the regular principle courses instead?
When and how do I apply for graduation?
How many hours should I take?
How do I withdraw from ALL of my courses?
How does "forgiveness" work?
How do I know what courses have pre-requisites?
How do I get Study Abroad courses approved?


Answers:



Where is the Academic Advising Office for business students?

It is located in 220 Holman Hall. Our office hours are Monday-Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM.[TOP]


Who is my advisor?

In the School of Business, students are assigned all of our academic counselors. We have 'centralized advising' so students have access to four advisors: Mrs. Melanie Hall, Ms. Kim Phillips, Mr. John Forester, and Mrs. Kaleshia Taylor.[TOP]


How do I set up a meeting with an advisor?

During peak advising times, students are able to meet with an advisor once they have completed their Online Advising System (OAS) submission. OAS is located on our website. After the OAS has been submitted, an email is sent to the student's Ole Miss email account with a link to schedule an appointment with an advisor.
During non-peak advising times, students are able to meet with an advisor on a walk-in basis Monday-Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM. [TOP]


How do I drop a class?

You may drop any course online without permission until 5:00 PM on the assigned course withdrawal deadline (see Registrar's website for exact date). PLEASE NOTE: Dropping enrollment below 12-15 credit hours may affect eligibility for financial aid, scholarships, housing, and insurance. Only in extreme medical or emergency situations, and only with permission from the Dean, may a student selectively withdraw after the course withdrawal deadline. A student may drop to zero hours at any time prior to the final day of the term. [TOP]


How do I add a class?

The last day to add a class (provided it is open) via myolemiss is the 5th day of classes in a regular semester. Between the 5th and 10th day of classes, a student must submit an Add Slip, signed by the instructor, to Mrs. Susie Potts in Holman 252. After the 10th day of classes, courses may be added only under extraordinary circumstances and with permission from the Assistant to the Dean. [TOP]


How do I take a class at another college or university?

Students must complete a Permission To Transfer Credit form prior to taking a course at another school in order for the course to apply to their degree. See our transfer credit page for more details. Transfer Credit [TOP]


How do I change my major?

The university requires that a student have a resident GPA of 2.0 or higher to change majors. The School of Business has additional requirements based on specialty majors. You will need to complete a Change of Major/Minor form. The form can be downloaded at this link or stop by Holman Hall room 220 to pick up a hard copy. It will take 2-3 days for processing, and once it has been approved or denied, the student will be notified by email as to what steps can be taken next.
If a student is looking to switch out of the business school, the student would need to go the advising office of the degree program they are seeking. [TOP]


What is a non-business elective?

A non-business elective is any 100 level or above, graded, 3-hour course that does not begin with the prefixes ACCY, BUS, ECON, ENT, FIN, GB, MGMT, MIS, or MKTG. PLEASE NOTE: a student will need to satisfy any and all pre-requisite(s) for any non-business elective before taking the course. [TOP]


What is a general elective?

A general elective is any 3-hour, graded business or non-business course (course level may vary). [TOP]


I have a specialty major in business. Can I take a General Business (GB) course to count for one of my 300+ business electives?

No. General Business (GB) courses are only for General Business majors and students outside the School of Business that are seeking a business-related minor. [TOP]


I am a General Business major. My degree plan says I have to take GB courses, but I don't do well with online courses. Can I take the regular principle courses instead?

The General Business courses are designed specifically for the General Business major. If you would like to take one of the principle courses instead (Mktg 351, Fin 331, Mgmt 371, MIS 309, or Mktg 372), you will need to have completed all of the pre-requisites and complete the Petition To Take Principle Coursesform. [TOP]


When and how do I apply for graduation?

Once a student has completed 90 degree applicable hours, they will need to complete an Intent To Graduate form. It is located at this link. [TOP]


How many hours should I take?

Most students take 15 hours per semester (approximately 5 courses) in order to graduate in four years. [TOP]


How do I withdraw from ALL my courses?

A student may drop all of his/her courses (withdraw from the university) by dropping to zero hours under their myolemiss portal until the last day of the term. If the final 'drop date' has passed, the instructor will have the option of granting the student grades of "W" or "F" at their discretion. [TOP]


How does "forgiveness" work?

The Registrar's Office Grade Forgiveness policy allows a student to retake a maximum of four courses in which the student has received a grade of "C-", "D", or "F". The repeated courses must be the same courses and must be taken at the University of Mississippi. Once the student has taken the course for the second time and has received a final grade, it is the student's responsibility to submit a Grade Forgiveness form to the Registrar's office for processing. The form can be found on the Registrar's office website or a hard copy can be picked up from the Registrar's Office in Martindale. [TOP]


How do I know what courses have pre-requisites?

A student can find the pre-requisite(s) for a course in three ways: look up the course on the Course Schedule located under the myolemiss portal, look at your Degree Plan for your major, or look at the course description in the undergraduate catalog found at catalog.olemiss.edu. [TOP]


How do I get Study Abroad courses approved?

Once a student has decided on what courses they would like to take on their Study Abroad trip, the student must get a course syllabus for each course and present it to the department chair of that course. Once the department chair has decided what the course(s) will count for, the form is then turned in to the Assistant to the Dean to see how the course(s) will be applicable to degree progression. [TOP]

Management Dr. Paul Johnson pjohnson@bus.olemiss.edu Holman Hall 368
Finance Dr. Bonnie Van Ness bvanness@bus.olemiss.edu Holman Hall 359
Marketing (interim) Dr. Robert K. Robinson brobinson@bus.olemiss.edu Holman Hall 372
MIS Dr. Milam Aiken maiken@bus.olemiss.edu Holman Hall 334
Risk Management (RMI) Dr. Andre Liebenberg aliebenberg@bus.olemiss.edu Holman Hall 335