Welcome to the beginning of your college career at Caldwell! Your first-year at Caldwell will be a time of exploration and discovery. Having decided on a major, you are encouraged to begin working with your First-Year Seminar instructor, who will also serve as your faculty advisor, to select courses that will further your understanding of the major, the Core Curriculum, and work towards your graduation requirements.
Generally, students take 12-18 credits each semester, with an average of 15 credits or five 3-credit courses. Students register themselves for courses that meet their academic and programmatic needs. This individualized approach reflects a review of each freshman’s high school records including course work, grades, SAT scores and placement test results, as well as the courses required for the intended major.
The Caldwell community is made up of students who follow a variety of paths to achieve their Caldwell Degree. In order to ensure that students make appropriate progress towards their degree, all Traditional Undergraduate Students and Transfer Students must meet with their Academic Advisor to discuss their academic plans. These students will have a registration hold on their account requiring that they meet with their Faculty Advisor prior to registration.
Traditional Undergraduate Students
Declared Students: You will be advised by a faculty member from your major for the first semester, who will also serve as your Freshman Seminar instructor. In your second semester, you will be reassigned to a new faculty advisor from your major.
Undeclared Students: During your first semester, you will be advised by a staff member who will assist you in declaring your major and who will also serve as your Freshman Seminar Instructor. If you remain undeclared into your sophomore year, you will be reassigned to a Senior Academic Advisor in the Advisement Office. Once you officially declare your major before the end of your sophomore year, you will be reassigned to a faculty member from your major. All students must declare at least one major by the end of their sophomore year.
Athletes: In addition to your Faculty Advisor, you will also be advised by an Athletic advisor to ensure that you make the academic process, meet the NCAA Eligibility Guidelines, and minimize the number of class/game conflicts during the season of competition.
All Adult-Undergraduate students are advised by an academic advisor housed in the Advisement office from matriculation to graduation. Professional advisors are available by e-mail and by appointment in-person or by phone. She is a resource to all areas of registration, academic progress, declaring/changing a major, understanding the the core curriculum, policies, and overall plans towards graduation.
Your advisor will e-mail you regular updates which will include upcoming academic deadlines and help students connect with opportunities and resources. Lots of information can also be found on our advisement website. Information regarding a (short term) Study Abroad experience is also available.
Reasons to meet with your Academic Advisor
- Learn About Graduation Requirements and Registration
- Select courses for the upcoming semester (you will be self-registering online on MyCaldwell Portal)
- Discuss any problems that are impacting your academic performance and help get connected to resources on campus
- Add or drop courses during registration and discuss withdrawal from a course
- Work through the process of declaring a major and design a plan to complete it
- Get clarification on academic policies and procedures
- Consider opportunities such as study abroad, internship, summer school, and post-Caldwell plans, such as graduate school and career options
Welcome to Caldwell! Of the many choices out there, we are excited that you have chosen the Caldwell community to finish your degree. Although transfer students come to Caldwell with a familiarity with college life, we feel it is important to orient them to the wide array of resources and services available to them at Caldwell.
Prior to the start of the semester, all transfer students must meet with an advisor in the Advisement office to register for classes. You will then attend “TRANSFERmation,” Caldwell’s Orientation for Transfer students, on the Friday morning before the official start date of the semester, where you will be given an overview of the Caldwell curriculum, including Majors, the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum, Academic Deadlines and Procedures, and other opportunities Caldwell has to offer. After the add and drop period, you will be reassigned to a faculty advisor within your major.
Some quick reminders about our Transfer Policy:
Students may transfer in a maximum of 90 credits
Credit will be given for any course in which a grade of C or greater has been received
Half the total number of credits required for a major must be completed at Caldwell
A student’s final 30 credits must be completed at Caldwell
If you are a transfer student transferring in with:
an Associates of Arts (AA) Degree from an NJ community college, you will have satisfied, as a block, the Core Curriculum with the exception of one Philosophy course, one Theology course, and one course towards the Catholic Dominican Tradition Enriched core
Here are some other things to think about as Transfer Student:
Remember that every college has different policies and rules. It is therefore important to review the information you learn at the “TRANSFERmation” Orientation, refer to the academic calendar for upcoming deadlines, and keep in touch with your Faculty Advisor, especially during your first semester of transition.
Get to know your Faculty Advisor! He/she is specially trained to guide you through the sometimes complex advisement and registration process. As a faculty member in the major you are declared in, he/she will also know what kind of classes to consider taking in the future based on your particular interests and can connect you with other faculty members that may have similar interests as you. Remember he/she will be your advisor through your entire Caldwell career.
Use your resources! Whether you need accommodation or are looking to make that grade of a B to an A, the college is here to support you in any way that we can. Visit the Academic Success Center, drop by the office hours of a faculty member, or join one of the many student clubs & organizations on campus, or consider Study Abroad!
More questions? Visit the FAQs For Transfers section to see what other topics may come up.
1. All F-1 students must be enrolled full time for every required semester (fall and spring) of their programs of study with the exception of the final semester of their programs (the semester before they graduate) when they are permitted to take a minimum of 6 credits if that is all that is needed for them to complete degree requirements. As defined in the F-1 regulations, full time enrollment for undergraduate students = 12 credits or more per semester.
2. For F-1 students “no more than the equivalent of one class or three credits per session, term, semester, trimester or quarter may be counted toward the full course of study requirement if the class is taken on-line or through distance education and does not require the student’s physical attendance for classes, examination or other purposes integral to completion of the class. An on-line or distance education course is a course that is offered principally through the use of television, audio or computer transmission including open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, or satellite, audio conferencing , or computer conferencing.
3. Part of an F-1 student maintaining his/her legal status in the U.S. is that he/she has to be actively pursuing a full course of study while enrolled full time. This means, among other things, that the student is attending classes regularly and is handing in assignments in a timely manner.
4. If faculty are concerned about an international student (ie. not attending classes regularly or is not handing in assignments) please contact the Center for Student Success in order that an advisor can intervene with the student to see that he/she understands the risks of this behavior beyond a poor grade in the class (that risk includes violation of F-1 status and a lengthy and costly process to apply for reinstatement to F-1 status).
5. International students are held to one online course as part of their full-time enrollment during the fall and spring. Only Adult Undergraduate students are permitted to take an online course during the academic year. Traditional undergraduate students who meet eligibility guidelines (30-59 credits and minimum 3.0 GPA or 60+ credits and 2.75 GPA) are permitted to take up to two distance learning courses over the summer. If the student has been enrolled for a full year (Fall and Spring), meaning they have completed their full-time enrollment requirement for the year, they may take unlimited online courses (or a maximum of 2 for traditional students) during the summer. If it is their first term in the degree program, they are limited to one summer class (and must enroll in a full 12 credits over the summer sessions).
6. Contact the director of international students for more information.
As a student-athlete, we recognize that you have additional pressures and expectations based on the NCAA eligibility guidelines. We therefore provide all student-athletes with an additional support network comprised of their Faculty Advisor, Athletic Advisor, and the Athletics Department
Registration Guidelines Student-Athletes:
- In-season athletes should first meet with their Faculty Advisor to discuss what classes they should take toward their major and overall Caldwell degree.
- These athletes should then meet with their Athletic Advisor to review the courses they’ve chosen with their Faculty Advisor and to ensure that there is minimal conflict with their game schedule. This meeting should happen during the week prior to registration.
- During this meeting with their Athletic Advisor, student-athletes will register for their classes.
- In-season student-athletes must obtain signatures from both their Faculty Advisor and their Athletic Advisor to add, drop, or withdraw from classes during the semester.
Non In-Season Student-Athletes:
- After meeting with their Faculty Advisor, non in-season student-athletes will register online and according to earned credits, in the same manner as the rest of the student body.
- After registration and up until the Add/Drop period, the Athletic Advisor and the Athletics Department will monitor student-athlete schedules for NCAA eligibility purposes.
- Non in-season student-athletes must obtain signatures from both their Faculty Advisor and their Athletic Advisor withdraw from classes during the semester
Student-athletes who are in season are each given a letter and attached game schedule to review with each of their instructors. Athletes must inform their instructors about the specific class meetings they anticipate missing due to their game schedule and discuss the options available to make up missed assignment/attendance.
Student-athletes MUST be enrolled in at least 12 credits in a semester to have athletic eligibility.
Assistance with organizational skills and time management issues unique to athletes is available through the Athletic Department and the Academic Success Center.