USD New Student Orientation. Welcome to the College Meeting for the University Studies Division!. We’re glad you’re here!. During this presentation, please follow along in your USD Orientation Handbook. Please stop me at any time during this presentation if you have any questions!.
Welcome to the College Meeting
for the University Studies Division!
We’re glad you’re here!
During this presentation, please follow along in your USD Orientation Handbook
I am one of several full-time advisors in the University Studies Division/Academic Advising Center. We see students on a walk-in basis in room 320-Student Service Center (713-743-8982) No appointment is necessary.
In getting to know the university, its policies & procedures, advisors, the campus, and services offered, you’ll be much more prepared to begin your college career
“I wish they’d all come to Orientation!”
You’ll often hear us referred to as “USD”.
Students are USD majors if their major is undecided
Although we’re not a degree-granting “college”, we are the primary resource and support for:
Freshman 0-29 semester hours
Sophomore 30-59 semester hours
Junior 60-89 semester hours
Senior 90 or more semester hours
Freshman 16 semester hours
Senior, or Postbaccalaureate 18 semester hours
Student on Academic Notice
or Probation 12 semester hours
Unlike high school, the vast majority of work done in your college courses will be done outside of class.
This requires a significant time commitment on your part--you’ll need to plan to spend 2 to 3 hours studying outside class for every hour in class. That means if you’re taking 13 semester hours, you’re going to be in class about 13 hours a week. Add 26 to that [13 x 2] and your time commitment ends up being about 39 hours a week, or about the same number of hours per week as needed for a full-time job.
Our very strong recommendation for a maximum full-time course load for any first-time-in-college freshman is13 semester hours.See the guidelines for maximum course load on p. 6 of your Orientation Guide (item #2).
Balance work and school hours
Get to know your advisors
Get to know your instructors
Get off to a good start from the 1st class day
Use the facilities on campus for academic help
Read the catalog and class schedule
Check course prerequisites
If you want to be dropped from a course, it is your responsibility to do so
Keep everything you get from the university!
Do not depend on satisfying degree requirements in the summerWays to help maintain academic success
making the adjustment from high school to college, etc..
By the time you have 60 semester hours, you must declare a major. Begin thinking seriously about what discipline you plan to major in by your third semester (beginning of sophomore year, or when you have earned approximately 30 hours).
To declare a major, you need to go to the department in which your proposed major lies. That department will then become your “home base” for advising, although you are always welcome to come to the Academic Advising Center for general advising questions. The advisor in the department of your major will also do your official degree plan for graduation.
You may already have a particular major in mind, or you may be working toward pre-business or pre-health. But if you’re REALLY undecided about your major, don’t panic! You have at least 2 semesters in which to explore different majors, visit the various colleges on campus, talk to advisors in colleges and departments about their programs, to visit Career Planning and Placement and, of course, the University Studies Division/Academic Advising Center, to help narrow your choices. Come talk to an advisor in USD at least once per semester.
Be sure to attend the Allied Health and Pre-Health Professions Seminar which will be held on Friday morning from 8-9 a.m. Check your Orientation Itinerary for the exact room location in the University Center. You will be given specific information about which courses to take relative your particular pre-health professions area.
Students of all classifications must maintain a cumulative(overall) GPA of at least2.00 to remain in good academic standing.
Freshmen students who earn less than a 2.00 GPA in their 1st semester at UH are placed on Academic Notice.
Grading: See p. 4 of your Orientation Guide for an explanation of grades and how to calculate the cumulative GPA
The Core Curriculumis required of students of all majors and consists of 3 levels, plus State-mandated and University requirements.
Total Core Curriculum hours: 56-64 semester hours
Your Summer/Fall Class Schedule has a complete list of approved courses for the Core Curriculum, starting on p. 13
Please follow along on your Core Path Sheet and p. 13 of Class Schedule.
POLS 1336 or 1337 (Government) --3 hours
TOTAL: 13 semester hours
NOTE: if you have received advanced placement, dual
credit, etc., your schedule will vary from the above. Talk to an advisor about your individual situation.
USD advisors teach this two-hour graded course that will help you:
Next time you’re surfing the ‘Net, visit the University Studies Division’s Home Page at
The site contains lots of useful information; check it out.
All USD [undeclared] majors will meet for advising tomorrow morning as a group in the Fort Worth Room (2nd floor, University Center) beginning at 10:00 a.m. We will begin with a brief group overview, then see students for individual advising. No appoint-ment is necessary.
From 11-12 tomorrow, Mr. Robert Winter from Career Services will be presenting the True Colors Workshop in the Bayou City Room in the University Center. We strongly encourage you to attend this very useful workshop immediately after you’ve been advised tomorrow morning. It’s the first step in helping you choose a major!
Go to the Honors College office (room 16-Library) at 5:00 p.m. today to sign up for an advising appointment.
Advising for honors college students will take place in room 16-L tomorrow.
Go to the Scholars Community office at 5 p.m. this afternoon to set up an advising appointment for tomorrow morning. The Scholars Community is located in room 130-Law Hall; phone--743-0720.
OK . . . Do YOU have a question? PLEASE feel free to ask it now!
We’re glad you came to Orientation. Come visit us in room 320 of the Student Service Center building (320-SSC) if you ever have any questions or concerns about academic issues. Our phone number is 713-743-8982.
(Prerequisite: TSWE score of 40+, ACTE score of 19+, or TASP writing score of 240+)
(Choose courses from ENGL 2301-2311; see p. 15 of your Class Schedule for more information)
(Note: Some degrees require additional and
specific Math courses; see your major advisor)
Take the math placement exam if you want to take a math course higher than MATH 1310 (College Algebra) but lack the prerequisite course(s).
Minimum Prerequisite: MATH 1310 Concurrent. SEE THE CLASS SCHEDULE FOR ADDITIONAL PREREQUISITES.
(Note: Some degrees require additional and specific Science courses; see your major advisor.)
(Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MATH 1310)
(Prerequisites: ENGL 1304/MATH 1310)
You must have successfully completed or be enrolled in
to enroll in any Level 2 course of the Core Curriculum.
(See the class schedule for additional prerequisites.)
State Mandated: 12 hours
Core Level 3: Knowledge Integration
6 sh selected from Level 3 courses or Approved Minor (Note: See your major advisor.)
You must have completed
to enroll in any 3000-4000 (I.e., junior -senior) level course at the university.
(See the class schedule and the catalog for additional prerequisites.)
Enroll in this courses if you do not have placement scores or to build your skills.
Hours earned in these courses are counted in determining classification but not in determining grade point average.
Course Numbering: ENGL 1303
At the end of the fall semester, review your work--your study habits, note-taking skills, test-taking skills, time management, etc. Did you accomplish your academic goals for the semester? Were your goals realistic? What areas need improving? If the results of your semester were below your expectations, seriously consider utilizing the academic support facilities on campus: