Academic & Career Advising
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When does my student need to do to declare his/her major and how do they do it?
To officially declare a major, a student must file a Declaration of Major form signed by a faculty member. It is in the student’s best interest to declare a major by the time they have earned 60 credits. The forms are available in Academic & Career Advising.
How do new students get an advisor?
Upon admission to Keene State College, if a student has indicated a program of interest, he or she is directed to that department for advising. If a student is undecided about a program, he or she is directed to the Academic and Career Advising Center in Elliot Center. Academic and career advisors assist the undecided students, aided by college staff members and peer advisors.
New students will receive the name of their advisor at Orientation. If the student is joining KSC mid-year, the chair of the department associated with the student’s educational goal will generally make the first contact.
How does my student know what classes to take?
Requirements for each major are spelled out in the catalog (available online at www.keene.edu/catalog. Students check their progress on paper using Program Planning sheets or online in their MyKSC account using Program Evaluation. For students who have not declared a major, taking classes in any area that interests them is a great way to explore. Have them ask their advisor.
How many credits does my student need to take per semester to be considered a full time student?
At least 12 credits are required for full-time status. Full time status affects eligibility for financial aid, athletics, on campus housing and so on. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires 120 credits and a Bachelor of Science degree requires 124 credits. In order to complete either degree in four years, you will need approximately 16 credits per semester, unless you supplement with summer classes.
What career support is available?
Through individual appointments, workshops, special events, programs and online resources, Career Services offer students a comprehensive career planning process which includes setting educational and career goals, exploring opportunities for experiential learning, developing professional resumes and cover letters, practicing interview skills, identifying job search strategies and making career choices that result in enhancing the sense of meaning and purpose in their lives.