Registrar Office FAQs

 The Registrar's Office has provided answers to the most commonly asked advising questions. The Registrar's Office is located on the 2nd floor of the Administration Building or call 605.274.4121.

Augustana General Education Checklist

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the "wildcard"? How many 'wildcards' can I use? When do I declare it?
Q: How do I go about changing my major and/or my advisor?
Q: What's the difference between Pass/Fail grading and Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading?
Q: What are "the rules" for S/U grading at Augustana?
Q: May I take a class at USF?
Q: Can I take a course at the community college at home over the summer and transfer the credits back to Augie?
Q: If I take a course(s) at another school will the grade affect my GPA at Augie?

 

Q: What is the "wildcard"? How many 'wildcards' can I use? When do I declare it?

A: What is popularly known as the "wildcard" option is actually the General Education Exemption rule. This rule allows you to simply not meet one of the general education requirements. You can choose one general education course requirement to 'exempt yourself from" - except that it cannot be used for the lab science requirement in Area 3.2, for the capstone requirement in Area 4.3, or for the graduation requirement for 2 religion courses. Actually you never 'declare' your 'wildcard' choice. When the Registrar's Office staff conducts your final, official degree audit and discovers that you have met all general education requirements except one, then it assumed that you are 'wildcarding' that one requirement.
*Note: Not available to students who transfer in to Augustana with 65 credits or junior status.

Q: How do I go about changing my major and/or my advisor?

A: Go to the Registrar's Office Web site and click on online forms. The form to change your major/advisor is there. If you know who you want your advisor to be, obtain that professor's signature before returning the form to the Registrar's Office. If you don't have an advisor in mind, the Registrar staff will contact the department chair to select an advisor for you.

Q: What's the difference between Pass/Fail grading and Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading?

A: A grade of "D-" is a passing grade in a Pass/Fail system however a "D-" is not a satisfactory grade in a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory system. Augustana does NOT have a Pass/Fail system of grading available. We do have a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option available in which letter grades from "C-" to "A+" are considered satisfactory ("S") grades and grades from "D+" to "F" are considered unsatisfactory ("U") grades.

Q: What are "the rules" for S/U grading at Augustana?

A: Depending on your situation, there are many answers to this question:

  1. You may choose to have S/U grading applied to 2 courses that are usually letter graded. This is NOT 2 courses per term or 2 courses per year, but rather 2 courses on your entire Augustana transcript.
  2. You must request S/U grading while you are taking the course, by no later than the deadline published in each term's class schedule (the deadline is always approximately 1 week after mid-term). After that deadline, requests for S/U grading, OR to 'go back' to regular letter grading will NOT be approved.
  3. If the course contributes to your major or minor, you will need the signature from the appropriate Department Chair in order to have S/U grading applied to that course.
  4. You should NOT inform the instructor of the course that you are taking the course for a grade of S/U. The instructor will calculate your course grade in the same way all students' grades are calculated. The Registrar's Office will then record an "S" if the letter grade is "C-" or higher or record a "U" if the letter grade is "D+" or lower.
  5.  "S" and "U" grades have no impact on your GPA. However, remember that if you earn a "U" you will receive NO credit hours for having taken the course. If you need those credit hours to graduate, then you will need to repeat the course or take another course. If you had not declared S/U grading and earned a "D" in the course, then you would at least have earned the credit hours even though the grade would negatively impact your GPA.
  6. There are exceptions to the S/U rule, so please check with the Registrar’s office you have any questions.

Q: May I take a class at USF?

A: Yes, Augustana has an agreement with the University of Sioux Falls which allows you take a course on their campus when the course necessary for your graduation is unavailable at Augustana. To use this opportunity you will need to fill out the course permission form identifying the course(s) that you wish to take at USF and the reason why you cannot take the equivalent course(s) at Augustana.

Q: Can I take a course at the community college at home over the summer and transfer the credits back to Augie?

A: In most cases, yes you can do this. The smart thing to do will be to pick up a Course Permission form at the Registrar's Office or online and have it approved before you actually take the course. You will need to attach a copy of the course description (most are available on-line). Getting prior approval is particularly important if you want the course to fill a general education area. Also, if you want it fill a requirement for your major or minor, you'll want to have approval from the department chair before you take it. Remember that we will accept the transfer credit only if you earn a grade of "C-" or higher. After you complete the course, you must ask the Registrar at that school to send an official transcript to our Registrar's Office. We do not accept transcripts that you deliver to us personally.

Q: If I take a course(s) at another school will the grade affect my GPA at Augie?

A: If you take a course at another school after you've already taken courses at Augustana, then the grade you earn for that transfer credit IS included in your Augustana GPA. This is also true of courses you take on study abroad programs. Courses that you took before you started at Augustana are not included in your GPA calculation.