The following frequently asked questions are available for new students to review. If you can't find the information you need, please don't hesitate to contact us by calling: (251) 405-7087.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT COURSES TO TAKE FOR MY MAJOR?
You will be assigned an advisor upon enrollment and must meet with him or her to register for classes, provide your COMPASS test results, and plan your schedule of courses. The advisor will work with you each semester in planning out which courses to take to keep you on track for graduation. Ask your advisor for a degree plan for your curriculum.
CAN I REGISTER ONLINE?
If you are attending Bishop State for the first time, you must register in person on campus. If you are already a Bishop State student, you will be contacted through your campus email address as to when they can begin registering online.
HOW MUCH WILL I BE CHARGED FOR TUITION AND FEES?
Tuition charges are set by the Alabama State Board of Education. You are charged by the credit hour. Check the Class Schedule or Bishop State website for current charges.
CAN I GET A REFUND ON THE TUITION AND FEES I PAID?
Refund policies are set by the Alabama State Board of Education. There is no refund due if you partially withdraw from classes after the Official Drop/Add period. If you officially withdraw from ALL classes for which you have registered before the first day of classes, you will be refunded the total tuition costs and other refundable fees. Details of the refund policy are printed in the Class Schedule Booklet and the College Handbook/ Student Handbook.
WHAT IS THE COLLEGE’S ATTENDANCE POLICY?
Class attendance is strongly encouraged. You are expected to regularly attend all classes and be on time. Excessive absences may affect your final grade. Exceptions are for fulfilled military duty, jury duty, or court witness obligations. See the College Catalog/Student Handbook for details.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I CAN NO LONGER ATTEND A CLASS?
You should formally drop a class by completing a Drop/Add Form obtained in the Office of Admissions. Failure to complete the form could result in a failing grade in the class you are no longer attending.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I MUST COMPLETELY WITHDRAW FROM COLLEGE?
You must officially withdraw from the College by completing a Voluntary Withdrawal Form in the Office of Admissions on your campus. Failure to properly withdraw will affect your continued enrollment as well as your financial aid award.
HOW DO I CONTACT MY INSTRUCTOR?
Your instructors normally list their office hours in their course syllabus and give you additional contact information such as campus email, office phone or cell phone. If you are having difficulty contacting your instructor outside of class, contact the Dean of Instruction at 405-7012.
WHAT IS A GPA?
Your GPA is your Grade Point Average and is calculated each semester on the basis of hours you have completed and grades you have earned. It is also accumulated from semester to semester and affects your academic standing, honors recognition or probation. The College Catalog/Student Handbook outlines the grading system and scholastic standings of the College. If you have questions concerning your GPA, please visit the Office of Admissions.
CAN I BE PLACED ON ACADEMIC PROBATION OR SUSPENSION?
Yes. The hours you have attempted and your actual grade point average determine the probation, which is noted on your permanent college transcript. If you are placed on probation or suspension for a specific semester, it will be indicated on your grade report for that time period. Details on academic probation and suspension can be found in the College Catalog/Student Handbook. One important thing to remember: probation and suspension may affect your financial aid.
WILL I BE RECOGNIZED FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS?
Yes. The College has three scholastic recognitions: President’s List, Dean’s List, and the Honor Roll. These are awarded on a semester basis and determined by the hours you have earned and your grade point average. The award is noted on your permanent college transcript, and in local newspapers. Details on scholastic honors can be found in the College Catalog/ Student Handbook.
HOW CAN I CHANGE MY MAJOR?
To switch from one major to another, you must complete the “Change of Major Form.” Once your major has been changed, you will be assigned a new advisor to help you with course selections and other program of study issues. The needed form is located on all four campuses in the Office of Admissions.
HOW CAN I REVISE MY PERSONAL INFORMATION IN THE COLLEGE DIRECTORY?
If you want to change any of your personal data in the college directory, you will be required to complete a “Change of Student Information Form.” This form is located on all four campuses in the Office of Admissions.
WHERE CAN I PURCHASE MY BOOKS?
College bookstores are located on the Main and Baker-Gaines Central Campuses. Students from the Southwest and Carver Campuses should purchase their books at the Main Campus bookstore. Baker-Gaines Central Campus has its own bookstore. The two bookstores offer several options for obtaining textbooks – purchase or rental. The bookstore also offers a book buy-back towards the end of the semester. Please contact 405-7036 for further details.
Student Development Services
WHAT TYPES OF COUNSELING SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE?
You will find a variety of counseling services available in the Division of Student Development Services. Counselors have offices on all four campuses. These services include:
If you’ve been placed on academic probation, please meet with an academic counselor to discuss ways to improve your academic performance and get back on track. You’ll find a variety of other help services available to you if you need assistance outside the classroom.
If you’re unsure of your career plans and need some direction, you can find help through various career inventories or counseling sessions. Information on appropriate academic majors for specific is also available to you. Contact representatives in the Office of Career Services at 662-5371.
If you’re having personal problems and need someone to talk to, please make an appointment with a counselor on your respective campus who’ll be glad to listen and provide you with other resources available to you.
WHO SHOULD I CONTACT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS SERVICES?
Please contact the ADA Coordinator at 405-7028 or visit the ADA/DSS Office to discuss the type of special services you need to increase your success as a Bishop State student. The ADA/DSS Office is located on the Main Campus in the Caldwell Building. Once you provide documentation of your disability to the ADA/DSS Office, we can help you in a variety of ways by allowing you to receive priority course registration, tape record the audio portion of any lecture or lab, obtain assistance with class notes, have tests read orally or receive extra time to take tests, and more.
Your conversations with the staff and faculty are confidential and will not be shared with others outside of the ADA/DSS office. We are here to help you achieve academic success through services provided under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and 2008.
WHAT TYPES OF FINANCIAL AID ARE AVAILABLE?
As a student at Bishop State, you will find financial assistance (if you qualify) to help you with the costs of college. There are academic and athletic scholarships, Pell grants, work-study options, and other forms of assistance. Senior citizens ages 60 and above enjoy free tuition and pay only the nominal fees associated with the courses.
WHAT ABOUT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES?
College life does not end in the classroom and you’ll find a variety of interesting activities available for you to meet friends and get involved while at Bishop State.
There are athletic programs in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s baseball, and women’s fast pitch softball, to name a few. You can develop leadership skills through the Student Government Association or the Wildcat Ambassadors. There is also a wide range of student organizations including the college band, choir, and several scholastic and honorary organizations.
WHERE CAN I GO TO FOR TUTORIAL ASSISTANCE?
If you need assistance or additional help in Reading, English and Mathematics, please come by the “Learning Assistance Center.” Services are also available to help with study skills, career selection, and how to improve your writing. For details call 405-7100.
AS A FORMER MILITARY VETERAN, WHAT TYPE OF VETERANS SERVICES IS AVAILABLE?
For help with starting the VA benefit process, you can call the VA Office on the Bishop State Main Campus at 405.7015 to speak with a VA Counselor. Once you are admitted as a Bishop State student, please notify the VA Office as soon as possible to make sure you’ve completed all the necessary forms to obtain your VA Benefits. For more information, visit www.bishop.edu/veteransaffairs.
You can also apply directly to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs by applying online at: http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/How_to_Apply.htm.
HOW SAFE IS THE COLLEGE ENVIRONMENT?
Police officers are on duty 24 hours. In case of emergency, simply ask a faculty or staff member for assistance or contact Campus Police at 405-7060. If no one answers and you feel it is an emergency, please dial 911.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR GRADUATION?
The College awards associate degrees, certificates and diplomas. You will work closely with your advisor who will help monitor your progress towards graduation and make sure you’re taking the right classes for the program you’ve selected. When you complete your course of study, you will be able to apply for graduation. Please pick up graduation applications from the Office of Admissions in plenty of time to make sure you’re on track for the big day!
HOW CAN I LEARN HOW TO TRANSFER TO A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY?
There are two great resources for you to learn how to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete your degree:
STARS (the Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reporting System), a web-accessible data system which provides guidance and direction for prospective transfer students in the State of Alabama. Visit http://starstroy.edu to learn the number of credit hours you’ll be granted from the courses you have taken at Bishop State, download a transfer/guide agreement to find out what future courses you should take upon transferring, and much, much more.
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