UPAS Frequently Asked Questions
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Why was I admitted to BGSU through UPAS?
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Why was I admitted to BGSU through UPAS? Generally, if your academic performance was inconsistent in high school and you earned a cumulative GPA less than 2.6 and/or an ACT of 19 or below, you are admitted under “conditional” status to BGSU through UPAS. Admission to the program is selective, but not as competitive as regular fall and spring admission. Questions about your admission status should be directed to the Office of Admissions. [back to top]
Are there “special” courses I need to take because I am in UPAS? Technically no, but this will depend on your placement results in English and Mathematics. Lower placement will require enrollment in “developmental” courses that may not count towards graduation requirements. Also, if you have an articulation deficiency (college prep requirements not completed in high school, such as foreign language) this may need to be addressed by taking additional coursework. [back to top]
What are my “Bridge Experience” choices? Your choice of “bridge experiences” varies. Most students choose Learning Behavior Assessments (UNIV 1200) or BGSU 1000 classes, or the First Year Success Series. Not all options are available during all terms. Participation in the Chapman Community at Kohl is also considered a UPAS bridge experience. Please contact one of the UPAS academic advisors with further questions. [back to top]
Do I have to live in a special Residence Hall? No. All new UPAS students may choose from any residence hall using the same process as any BGSU student. Student who choose to live in the Chapman Community at Kohl may count this as their UPAS "bridge experience." [back to top]
In my first semester can I take courses towards my major? This depends on the major and available courses offered in the fall and spring terms. The same applies to all BGSU first-year students. [back to top]
How often do I need to meet with my advisor? Monthly. This will result in 4 advising appointments during the semester. The first time you’ll discuss your schedule, possible major interests and set up future meetings. All other meetings will be spent on discussing class progress, course scheduling for the next term, final progress, etc. [back to top]
Do I need to use my BGSU webmail account? Yes. Your BGNet email is your primary email address and the only email address you can use to access the BGSU web portal “My BGSU”. [back to top]
What is “My BGSU”? The BGSU web portal is an online interactive site that allows you to access and monitor BGSU information and coursework. It will allow you to view your registration, room and meal information along with accessibility to see Bursar fees. Other options will enable access to online academic content, discussion boards and chat rooms to enhance your connection to the BGSU community. [back to top]
What are mid-term progress reports? BGSU instructors are asked each semester to provide early alert reports and mid-term grade reports for all students. These reports are available for students to view on MyBGSU. [back to top]
Do parents (or guardians) get copies of mid-term reports? No. However, parents and/or guardians are permitted to ask questions of the UPAS academic advisors about their student’s progress. Typical communication is done through a phone call or email. However, we strongly encourage parents/guardians to communicate with their student prior to being in contact with UPAS advisors. [back to top]
Are my parents and/or guardians sent email updates? In the Fall term only, weekly email updates are sent to all those parent/guardians who have provided our staff with active email addresses. The messages are general statements related to important dates and pertinent academic announcements that all UPAS students receive. These weekly email updates do not provide specific information about individual students. Parents/guardians requiring additional information may email or call their student’s UPAS advisor. [back to top]
After my first year, can I take summer classes at BGSU or elsewhere? Depending on your academic standing, you may be able to enroll in summer courses at BGSU. If you plan to take courses elsewhere, you must consult with your UPAS academic advisor and talk with a representative in our Transfer Evaluation (Registration and Records) office to identify which courses are equivalent for BGSU course credit. Transfer credit is not applied to your BGSU transcript until you achieve a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA. [back to top]
What is next after earning Good Standing status? You need to transfer out of UPAS into a particular College to pursue a major or transfer to Pre-Major Advising if you are still deciding on a major. Your advisor will go over the details regarding transferring into an appropriate major. Keep in mind that, although UPAS requires you to have a 2.0 to transfer out, many majors at BGSU have competitive entrance requirements and require higher grade point averages to be considered. These include business, nursing, teaching professions, sport management, and others. More information is available in the BGSU undergraduate catalog. [back to top]
Who is my UPAS Advisor?
To find your advisor's name and contact information, go to MyBGSU. Under "Student Services" select the "My Advisor" link. If there is no academic advisor listed or you have difficulty accessing the site, contact the Office of Pre-Major Advising at 419-372-8943, or email email@example.com. The Advising offices are located at 101 University Hall. To schedule an appointment with your UPAS advisor, call 419-372-8943.
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