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Frequently Asked Questions
Distance Learning Advising

REGISTRATION

COURSES TO TAKE

GPA and ACADEMIC STANDING

OTHER


 

REGISTRATION

When can I register for the next semester?

Login to your Student Center, then click on Enrollment Dates and select term and career you wish to view. The day you can begin registering for classes is indicated here.

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Why can't I register online?

Start by logging in to your Student Center to view your Enrollment Date (this is the first day you can register based on the number of credits completed). You can also click on Holds and To Do List. If there are any items listed there or forms that need to be filled out and submitted, these may be preventing you from registering. You may wish to print out financial aid forms available in your Student Center under the Financial Aid box.

Use the Course Description section of the online catalog or the printed catalog, to see if you have taken the appropriate prerequisite courses for the course you wish to enroll in. In addition, if your transfer course work has not yet been evaluated, the system will not be able to recognize that you have taken the appropriate prerequisite courses and you will get a requisite error message.

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I got dropped from all my classes and they are now full. What else can I take?

You can use your Educational Plan to see other courses you need to take for your degree, certificate or diploma and see if those options are still available. If you don't have an Educational Plan, you can use the online catalog or printed catalog to look up the requirements for the degree you are pursuing. Remember to use the catalog archives at https://www.seminolestate.edu/catalog/archives.htm for the appropriate catalog under the year in which you enrolled or were re-admitted.

Also, everyday you can check the online schedule of classes to see if your dropped classes open up and then you can reregister for those classes.

Additionally, you can compare your unofficial transcript, (available in your Student Center by clicking "unofficial transcripts" on the drop down menu located below the Residency information), to the requirements of your degree, to determine other courses you might register for.

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Can I change the online course I am currently registered in for an on campus course?

Students can change their class schedule during registration through the end of Add/Drop. After the Add/Drop deadline, students can withdraw from a class by filling out a Withdrawal Form by the midpoint of the semester or withdrawal deadline. The course will be considered an "attempt" and a grade of W (for withdrawal) will be assigned. Withdrawing from a course may have an impact on a student's financial aid. Contact Student Success Services prior to withdrawing from a course if you are receiving financial aid.

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I registered for a class but I don't see it when I log in. Where is the class link?

If you registered during Add/Drop, it may take up to 1 business day to see the class when you log in to the Seminole State online course management system (ANGEL or Sakai). Students must also have a MySeminoleState username in order to see their classes in ANGEL or Sakai. If you do not already have a MySeminoleState account, please go to https://my.seminolestate.edu to create one.

It is important to log in to ANGEL/Sakai as soon as the semester begins and complete any introductory or orientation activities for your class within the deadlines established by your instructor. Many faculty will withdraw students as no-shows if they do not log in by a certain date, attend a required orientation (if applicable), or complete an introductory assignment designed to verify online attendance. If you have been withdrawn as a no-show, only your instructor may reinstate you in the class, and they may only do so if it is prior to the official state reporting deadline for no-shows.

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COURSES TO TAKE

What courses do I need to take for the next semester?

If you have an Educational Plan, you can use the plan to determine the courses you still need to take for your degree, certificate or diploma. You can also check your College Catalog for a complete list of courses needed to meet your program under your specific catalog year. If you no longer have your College Catalog from when you originally enrolled or was re-admitted, the catalog archives are available online. Plan early to ask a counselor or advisor to assist you in choosing the right courses for you to take next semester.

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What is an Educational Plan and why do I need one?

The Educational Plan is an advising guide to assist students in completing their degree, certificate or diploma in a certain time period. The student will know what courses they need to take and the sequence that needs to be followed. This Educational Plan also indicates important exit and graduation requirements students must complete, i.e. CLAS for the A. A. degree seeking student, at least a 2.0 GPA, completion of at least 25% of a degree in residence at Seminole State. Counselors and advisors are available to develop this individualized term-by-term plan during non-registration periods.

To view a sample educational plan (2009-2010 Catalog Year), click the link below (link will open in a new window): 

https://www.seminolestate.edu/counseling/ed-plans 

If you have questions regarding your catalog year, please contact the online advisor. 

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What Math course do I need to take next?

Math placement is based on CPT, SAT or ACT scores less than two years old or previous math courses taken and passed with a "C" or higher.

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I am a transfer student. How many credits can be transferred in from my previous institution?

Once your official transcripts have been evaluated by Enrollment Services, the transferred courses will appear on your unofficial Seminole State transcript. . Depending on the transfer course description generic numbers may be assigned, i.e. 1990-1999. You are encouraged to speak with a counselor or advisor to discuss what these numbers mean. You can access this transcript via your Student Center in MySeminoleState by clicking "unofficial transcripts" on the drop down menu located below the Residency information.

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I have questions about my transfer credit courses. Who can I speak to about them? What options do I have?

You can contact a counselor or advisor to go over the transferred courses. If you dispute the way in which a course was transferred, you can complete a Course Re-evaluation Form and attach a course description from the catalog of the school in which the course was originally taken. The catalog used for the description must be the same year in which the course was taken. It is also recommended that a course syllabus be attached to the Course Re-evaluation Form. Submit the completed form with documentation to the Enrollment Services Office at Sanford/Lake Mary. Enrollment Services will contact you with their final decision.

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How do I find out what are the prerequisites to courses I want/need to take?

You can look up the prerequisites for the course you want to take in the Course Description section of the printed catalog or online at: https://www.seminolestate.edu/catalog/courses/

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How do I find out what prerequisites are required for my major/program?

You can use the online catalog to look up the degree you are pursuing. The degree requirements include prerequisites for programs offered at Seminole State and prerequisites for majors at the university level. You may also contact a counselor or advisor to assist you in identifying prerequisites required for your program or major. You can also request an Educational Plan for your selected program or major and/or you can go to www.facts.org to determine university prerequisites for your major.

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I am doing very well in my prep math course. I don't want to take the next math course that is required. What do I need to do?

You can take the CPT test in math to try and test out of the next level of math. If you have taken the CPT test already, you will now be charged $10 to take the CPT Refresh and retest. You will need to purchase the CPT Refresh booklet in math from the bookstore ($5). The test can be taken in the Assessment and Testing Center on any Seminole State College campus (SLM, ALT, HEA, OVF). For hours of operation and list of services go to: https://www.seminolestate.edu/testing/hours.htm

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I have taken the CPT. What do my scores mean?

You are encouraged to speak with a counselor or advisor to go over your CPT scores and placement.

CPT 2009-2010 English Placement Scores:

To be valid, test scores must be less than two years old.

Note: Preparatory English and reading must be completed prior to entering English I and/or any Gordon Rule course.

CPT 2009-2010 Mathematics Placement Scores

To be valid, test scores must be less than two years old.

* These courses are rigorous. All students registering for them are encouraged to e-mail Math Department Chair Lane Vosbury (vosburyl@seminolestate.edu) or call 407.708.2252 to set up a meeting prior to the start of class.

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GPA and ACADEMIC STANDING

How do I calculate my GPA?

Go to the Seminole State College home page - click on "Current Students", then click on "Counseling & Advising". You will see a menu on the left hand side - click on "GPA Calculator". Enter your information and the computer will automatically calculate your term GPA and overall GPA. You may also go directly to the following website: https://www.seminolestate.edu/counseling/gpa-calculator.htm

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What is academic probation, suspension, or dismissal?

The Seminole State College online catalog defines each of these categories. Also, you can look on pages 66 and 67 of the 2009-2010 Catalog. If you have been placed on probation, suspension, or dismissal, you will not be able to register online and must speak with a counselor or advisor in person.

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I have not taken an online course before. Is the online learning environment more difficult than the classroom environment?

Distance learning courses are not easier or more difficult than classes on campus, but they do require a special kind of dedication, as well as a level of familiarity and comfort using a computer and navigating the Internet.

Traditionally, online courses require self-motivation, self-responsibility, and a keen understanding of utilizing computer technology. There is a general expectation that students will actively participate and log into their online courses more often than when the traditional classroom course would meet.

It is advised and suggested that your first online course be something that you are relatively familiar with rather than in a subject that is already challenging. Communication with your online professor and participating in the online environment is key to your success in these courses.
Visit Seminole State's
Distance Learning Self Assessment web page for tools to help you evaluate your learning preferences.

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OTHER

What do I do if I am having a problem with one of my instructors?

Your first step is to contact the instructor. If you are not satisfied with that discussion or are unable to meet with the instructor, you may wish to speak with a counselor or advisor to decide the best way to proceed. Afterwards, you may make an appointment to speak with the department chair.

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How do I use MyID to unlock my college network students account?

If you need to come on campus to take a proctored test or use one of the computer labs, you will need to use MyID to unlock your student account on the network. Students may run the MyID program in any Seminole State computer lab/classroom or from the internet at http://myid.seminolestate.edu/

Instructions for Unlocking MyID Student Network Accounts can be found at http://mymail.seminolestate.edu/aboutmyid/

Once the login name is "unlocked", the student can go to any Seminole State computer lab/classroom and login.

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What is a Degree Audit/Degree Progress Report and when should I get one?

A Degree Progress Report or Audit is a document indicating what you have completed towards graduation requirements. A Degree Audit may be generated by Seminole State's computer system or manually by a counselor or adviser. One is required to be submitted with a Diploma Application. Students are encouraged to follow an Education Plan (see question on Educational Plan) and to request a Degree Audit from Counseling and Advising as needed, at a minimum upon completion of 30 units/credits and again at 45 units/credits, to ensure they are on track to graduate.

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I am taking my last semester courses. What do I do now?

Complete a Degree Audit Request Form. A Degree Audit is an automated check of the courses you have completed and any deficiencies you may have. The Degree Audit report will be ready in 24-72 hours. You can contact the online advisor (onlineadvisor@seminolestate.edu) using your MyMail student e-mail account to go over your completed degree audit before making an application for graduation by the established deadline. Graduation deadlines are listed in the Calendar section of the College Catalog or at https://www.seminolestate.edu/catalog/calendar/college/

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I am looking at starting or changing a career. What would be my first step?

It is recommended that you schedule an appointment to speak with a counselor about Career Counseling. They will help you determine which of the following would suit you best: (a) sign up for a Life Career Planning course (b) use the resources available in the Career Development Center or online Career Development Center resources.

As a Seminole State College student you can access career assessments through MyPlan. Contact the Career Development Center 407.708.2033 for required license code.

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I am a Seminole State College of Florida student and I am going through some personal issues. Where can I go for help?

We have trained counselors with expertise in many areas that can assist Seminole State College students. Up to three (3) counseling sessions are available to students free of charge. A referral to an appropriate center in the community is available upon request. Call for an appointment: SLM 407.708.2337, ALT 407.404.6000, OVF 407.971.5021

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FAQ Last updated 07/01/2010