Academic Advising

What is Academic Advising? What is an OSC advisor?

Academic advising gives students correct and up-to-date directions on how to have a successful academic journey at GUST. Academic advising will help students to evolve into an independent critical thinker and a responsible mature adult.

An OSC advisor is a specialized trained professional assigned to guide you through your academic life at GUST.

What can Academic Advising provide me with?

  • Integrated perspective of General Education
  • Knowledge about policies and procedures
  • Accurate and timely information
  • Realistic options for decision making

Why do you need to see your advisor?

Your advisor will help you to choose classes that match your skill level and interests and at the same time put you on the right track for graduation. Your advisor will also help you plan your schedule, become aware of your major, refer you to helpful services, explain policies and procedures, and establish long term academic plan and goals.

You can meet with your advisor any time you feel you have questions about your academic situation.

What happens during the OSC advising session?

  1. You will have a private chat with your advisor about your interests and concerns and your last semester experience
  2. You and your advisor will go through your major sheet to point out the subjects that you must complete in order to progress normally in your general courses according to your major
  3. The elective courses will be chosen according to your interests and career objectives
  4. You will have a saved advising document on your GUST APPS
  5. Your advisor can help you enroll in classes that you were advised with

The dates and times for these advising periods will be announced to you by e-mail, text message, social media, and the OSC page on the GUST website.

Can I change my class schedule after I have done the advising session?

Yes - You are highly recommended to consult with your advisor again and see if the new selection is approved or not. Please keep in mind that it is your responsibility as a student to ensure that you have registered for courses that can be counted towards your degree requirements.

What do I do if all the classes I want are full in the time of my registration?

Visit your OSC advisor again to help you register or to find new alternatives that will be counted towards your degree requirements.

Can I choose my classes by myself using my major sheet without consulting my advisor?

You are highly recommended not to do so and to seek help from your advisors who have the correct and most useful advice for you.

What are the best courses to take in the first semester?

You are highly recommended to take your English and Math courses depending on the outcome of your placement test along with courses that match the study plan of your major.

Why are general Education courses important?

General Education requirements at GUST develop your basic English language and Math skills and allow you go into your major courses more prepared. General Education requirements at GUST develop your basic English language, Math skills and general knowledge.

What does pre-requisite and co-requisite mean?

Pre-requisite is a course that has to be taken in order to be able to register in the upper level course.

Co-requisite is a course that can be taken at the same time with an upper level course.

What are credits hours?

The total number of hours you have earned when successfully completing a course.

What does SIS stand for and what does it offer?

SIS - Student Information System.

Using SIS, you can add and drop classes, view your grades, holds, attendance, financial & academic standing as well as personal information.

What is a hold?

A hold is placed on your SIS account and will prevent you from enrolling in the classes due of:

  • Unpaid fees
  • Admission issues
  • Course evaluation surveys not completed
  • Probation hold

Where can I print my class schedule?

Log in into your SIS account and click on “Course Schedule”, then print.

What does GPA stand for?

Grade Point Average is an average of your grades when converted to numerical value, in which:

Letter GradeMark %Grade valueRemarks
Letter Grade:A
Mark %:95 - 100
Grade value:4.0
Letter Grade:A-
Mark %:90 - 94
Grade value:3.7
Letter Grade:B+
Mark %:87 - 89
Grade value:3.3
Letter Grade:B
Mark %:83 - 86
Grade value:3.0
Letter Grade:B-
Mark %:80 - 82
Grade value:2.7
Letter Grade:C+
Mark %:77 - 79
Grade value:2.3
Letter Grade:C
Mark %:73 - 76
Grade value:2.0
Letter Grade:C-
Mark %:70 - 72
Grade value:1.7
Letter Grade:D+
Mark %:65 - 69
Grade value:1.33
Letter Grade:D
Mark %:60 - 64
Grade value:1.0
Letter Grade:F
Mark %:0 - 59
Grade value:0
Letter Grade:I= Incomplete
Mark %:
Grade value:
Letter Grade:W = Withdrawal
Mark %:
Grade value:
Letter Grade:S/U= Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Mark %:
Grade value:
Letter Grade:P/NP = Pass/ Non-Pass
Mark %:
Grade value:

Will Foundation courses be counted in my GPA?

ENGL097, ENGL098, MATH094, MATH095, MATH096, MATH098 are not undergraduate courses, and therefore will not be part of your GPA.

What are the subjects that I am allowed to repeat?

Any subject that resulted in you earning a C- or below may be repeated.

Why should I repeat courses?

Courses may be repeated in order to allow you to raise your GPA, which in turn allows you to complete the requirements for graduation.

What is the attendance policy?

Undergraduate Courses:

  • S-Tu-Th: 9th absence FA
  • M-W: 6th absence FA
  • Lab: 3rd absence FA

English Foundation Courses:

  • First warning: 9 hours
  • Second warning: 18 hours
  • No Pass: 27 hours

Math Foundation Courses:

  • First warning: 5 hours
  • Second warning: 10 hours
  • No Pass: 15 hours