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About the Advising Survey

Help us enroll you in the courses you really want to take!

Complete the mandatory academic advising survey by June 1. Based on your choices, you will be registered in two of your top-ranked classes. During August term, you will work with your advisor to select two additional courses to finalize your fall term schedule. One of the two classes will be First-Year Seminar (FYS). 

Before completing the survey, we recommend that you review the following information about Transylvania's course requirements. The better you understand the academic expectations, the more successful you will be planning your college career.


*The basic curricular measure at Transylvania is the course unit. One unit is considered to be equivalent to four semester hours.


Questions?
Contact the Transylvania registrar at (859) 233- 8116 or registrar@transy.edu.

Graduation requirements

  • 36 units*, including 18 in residence at Transylvania

    Each class you take falls into one of the following categories:

    • General education (GE) course
    • Primary course in the major
      Must have minimum grade of C-
    • Allied course in the major
      May be used to satisfy GE requirements; minimum grade of D-; not required of all majors
    • Elective
      Often second major/minor courses fall here
  • 2.000 minimum cumulative grade-point average
  • Completion of general education requirements
  • Completion of at least one major


General education requirements

Note: Each course description in the university catalog is followed by a GE code aligning the course with one or more academic areas listed below (I, II, III, IV, V).

Area IArea IIArea IIIArea IVArea V
Intro to Critical SkillsApproaches to LearningCultural TraditionsUpper-level Liberal ArtsWriting Intensive Courses
3.75 – 6.75 units 4 units 2 units 4 units: 2 + 2 pattern 2 units
Lifetime Fitness
(.75 unit)

FYS Seminars 
(FYS 1004 and FYS 1104 = 2 units)

Mathematics
(1 unit)

Foreign Language
(2-3 units)
See foreign language section below for details
Humanities
(1 unit)

Fine Arts
(1 unit)

Natural Sciences
(1 unit)

Social Sciences
(1 unit)
List A
(1 unit)

List B  
(1 unit)
Set = 2 courses with same prefix (BIO, CHEM, etc.)

Area IV: Set 1
(2 units)
Outside primary major

Area IV: Set 2  
(2 units)
Outside division of primary major
Courses may also satisfy requirements in Area III or IV and electives outside the primary major pattern

Course load

  • The typical course load is 4–4.75 units in fall/winter terms and 1–1.5 units in May term.

  • The academic load for first-year students is normally 1 unit for August term and 4 units for the fall and winter terms. (This is usually four courses, exclusive of physical education and applied music courses.) May term is optional, but recommended for first-year students. 

  • After the first year, the academic load should be 4 units in fall and winter term and 1 unit in May term. A candidate for an undergraduate degree must earn a total of 36 units, which averages out to 9 units each year.

  • Students are expected to complete three May terms. We encourage you to schedule an internship or a study abroad opportunity during your one "off-term." 

Language and mathematics proficiency

We strongly recommend taking a mathematics and/or foreign language class your first fall term. Skills in mathematics and language study may deteriorate if you do not continue work in them immediately.

Foreign language placement

First-year students are typically placed in the following language classes based on high school experience:

1 unit in high school = enrolled in 1014
2–3 units in high school = enrolled in 1024
4 units in high school = enrolled in 1034

  • Students who completed 2 or more years in high school the language they choose at Transylvania must complete through 1034.

  • Students with fewer than 2 years of high school study of the language choose must complete through 1024.

  • Students studying a new language must complete through 1024.

  • Placement testing in foreign languages will take place during August term to determine what level of work the student should pursue. Placement test results are listed on TNet under Test Summary.

Advanced Placement (AP) credit

  • Scores of 4 or 5 are required. Click here for more information.

  • Official score reports should be sent during the summer prior to enrollment in order for registration prerequisites and credits to be awarded. Students are responsible for contacting the College Board to request official score reports. Official score reports must be sent directly to the Transylvania University registrar. It is critical that official scores be processed by the registrar's office prior to fall registration to avoid problems related to missing prerequisites. Scores reported on high school transcripts or on student score reports are not acceptable.

  • Once we have received the official score reports, AP credit earned is posted on TNet under Test Summary.

  • Transylvania's four-digit college code number is 1808.

International Baccalaureate (IB) credit

  • Scores of 5, 6, or 7 are required on higher-level examinations. Click here for more information.

  • Official IB reports should be sent during the summer prior to enrollment in order for registration prerequisites and credits to be awarded. Students are responsible for contacting the IB testing authority to request official score reports. Official score reports must be sent directly to the Transylvania University registrar. It is critical that official scores be processed by the registrar's office prior to fall registration to avoid problems related to missing prerequisites. Scores reported on high school transcripts or on student score reports are not acceptable.

  • Once we have received the official score reports, IB credit earned is posted on TNet under Test Summary.

Dual enrollment/transfer credit

  • Courses taken elsewhere though dual enrollment programs in high school or at a regionally accredited college or university will be considered for transfer. 

  • The credit must be consistent with the academic objectives of Transylvania. A grade of C- (1.67) or higher is required. 

  • Students must have an official transcript sent from the college or university directly to the Transylvania University registrar. 

  • Courses taken by correspondence as well as GE Area IV and Area V courses are ordinarily not transferable. 

  • The use of transfer courses to satisfy major/minor requirements is determined by the program director of that area. Transfer grades will not affect the calculation of the cumulative grade point average.

Limits on external credits (transfer, AP, etc.)

  • No more than 18 of the 36 units required for the Transylvania degree may be earned elsewhere or by any other means than through courses offered at Transylvania.

  • Eight of the last nine units must be taken in residence at Transylvania.


Are you ready to rank your class choices for your first fall term?

Don't forget to submit the Academic Advising Survey by June 1!

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