Frequently Asked Questions
- What does Core Curriculum mean?
- Which courses fulfill the Humanities, Behavioral Sciences and Social Sciences requirements?
- Are Mathematics and Science courses required?
- Is there a Foreign Language requirement?
- I am fluent in another language. Can I test out of the of that language and use the test results for Humanities credit?
- Do you give credit for “Life Experience”?
- What are the entry requirements for college level English and Mathematics courses?
- I am required to take college preparatory courses; do they count toward graduation?
- How do I know which non-credit or credit courses I am required to take?
- I have taken Basic Skills courses at another college. My scores on the Westchester Community College Placement tests were below the “Cut off.” Do I still have to take the preparatory courses?
- May I transfer my courses from my other college?
- I am a transfer student from another college. When will my transfer credits be evaluated?
- I went to see an advisor and my transfer credits were not listed on my transcript by name. What should I do?
- If I change majors, is it necessary to reevaluate my transfer transcript?
- After Graduation from Westchester Community College I intend to transfer to a four-year school. At what point do I start this process?
- How many credits may I take in one semester?
- How do I get special permission for a course overload?
- How much time after classes begin do I have to change a class?
- Why can’t I switch my class to a different professor once the Add/Drop time limit has elapsed?
- What are the standards for Academic Dismissal?
- I need to be reinstated. What is the procedure?
- What happens if I fail a course?
- I need tutoring. Is help available on campus?
- I received an Incomplete. What do I do?
- How do I know who my advisor is?
- I have some special needs. Where do I go for help?
- How do I change my major?
- If I want to stop attending a class, must I withdraw officially?
- The withdrawal date has passed and I have to leave the college. What should I do?
- How do I file for graduation?
- I have additional questions. Where can I find more information?
- Fresh Start Program
A: Westchester Community College mandates “common curriculum experiences stressing those areas of knowledge and skill which form a base for establishing lifelong learning patterns.” The College has established two core curricula, one for the A.A. and A.S. degrees and the other for the A.A.S. degree. Consult your catalog or Academic Advisor for further information.
Q: Which courses fulfill the Humanities, Behavioral Sciences and Social Sciences requirements?
A: Humanities are those courses listed under Arts, Dance, Drama, Film, Music, Philosophy, Foreign Language and, in the Humanities curriculum, Literature. Behavioral Sciences are those courses listed under Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology and Social Sciences are those courses listed under Economics, Geography, History and Political Sciences.
Q: Are Mathematics and Science courses required?
A: Yes. For the A.A. and A.S. degree, two mathematics and two science courses are required. For the A.A.S. degree, one mathematics and two science courses or two mathematics and one science course are required.
Placement Examination in English and Mathematics
Q: What are the entry requirements for college level English and Mathematics courses?
A: All students are required to take a placement test and write an essay prior to enrolling. The scores from these tests will indicate whether or not you have the required skills to enter college level credit classes and which courses you will be permitted to take. Testing covers reading, writing, numerical skills and algebra, as well as an essay on a topic determined by examiners.
Q: I am required to take college preparatory courses; do they count toward graduation?
A: Only ESL Introduction to Academic Writing 2 and Advanced Reading count toward graduation as free electives. However, they many not transfer to four-year institutions. Other preparatory courses DO NOT COUNT toward graduation but will appear on your transcript together with the grade for the course. They are also used to determine enrollment status and financial aid eligibility.
Q: How do I know which non-credit or credit courses I am required to take?
A: It depends on your test scores. You will be given your essay and placement results shortly after completing the tests. It is required that you enroll in skills courses first, if needed, before taking college level courses. See your Counselor for more information.
Q: I have taken Basic Skills courses at another college. My scores on the Westchester Community College Placement tests were below the “Cut off.” Do I still have to take the preparatory courses?
A: All students who score below the “cut off” on various tests of the placement exam must take the required course even though they have already taken a similar course at another college. You may not proceed to a college level course until a satisfactory grade in the preparatory course is achieved.
Q: I am a transfer student from another college. When will my transfer credits be evaluated?
A: Your official transcript will be evaluated after you have formally enrolled. However, a counselor can give you an informal evaluation. If you are currently a student, ask the registrar to send a copy of your other college’s transcript to the evaluator in the Admissions office.
Q: I went to see an advisor and my transfer credits were not listed on my transcript by name. What should I do?
A: The names of your transferred courses will not appear on your Westchester Community College transcript. Specific classes that have transferred into Westchester Community College are available and you may request a copy of the evaluation at your Counselor’s Office.
Q: After Graduation from Westchester Community College I intend to transfer to a four-year school. At what point do I start this process?
A: It is recommended that you start looking into the process and exploring your plans as early as possible. The Transfer Office, your Counselor and Curriculum Chairperson can assist you with your decision.
Grades and Credits
Q: How many credits may I take in one semester?
A: If you are a full time student, you may take up to 19 credits. On rare occasions, permission to take more may be obtained from the Associate Dean and the Curriculum Chairperson. Part-time students may take up to 11 credits. Students in good academic standing, may register for up to 6 credits in each summer session without special permission from the appropriate Associate Dean and the Curriculum Chairperson.
Q: How do I get special permission for a course overload?
A: Westchester Community College does not endorse overloading of classes. If you have a concern see your Counselor or the appropriate Associate Dean.
Q: How much time after classes begin do I have to change a class?
A: Schedule changes for on-campus classes must be completed during the first week of the semester. We call this the Add/Drop time. If you are dropping a class, no refunds will be given after the third week of class.
Q: Why can’t I switch my class to a different professor once the Add/Drop time limit has elapsed?
A: It is official College policy that at the closing of the Add/Drop time, no further changes may be made or processed.
Q: What are the standards for Academic Dismissal?
A: A student whose academic record does not meet College Standards shall be academically dismissed and may only register for a maximum of 2 courses or eight (8) charged credits per semester. A matriculated student’s status will be changed to non-matriculated.
Academic Standards for Dismissal
|Cumulative Credits Attempted||Cumulative GPA Per Credit Hour|
|48 or more||below 1.75|
To petition for reinstatement from academic dismissal, the application process is as follows:
- Complete a Re-entry Application for Academically Dismissed Students available in the Registrar’s Office, the Counseling Office, and online by clicking on the above link. The application must be filed at least 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the regular fall or spring semester.
- Submit any transcripts from other colleges attended in the interim.
- Make an appointment with the Curriculum Chair assigned to the program of study you seek to enter or re-enter.
- Make an appointment with the Academic Dean (or Dean’s designee) of the Division that houses the program of study. The application and information will be evaluated by the Academic Dean or Dean’s designee. If the application for re-entry is approved, the student will be reinstated as a non-matriculated student on academic restriction.
To be reinstated as a matriculated student, a student must have a semester GPA of 2.0 and have a minimum status of academic probation. Reinstatement to matriculated status does not automatically mean financial aid reinstatement, since financial aid eligibility is governed by separate standards.
Reinstatement to matriculated status does not automatically mean reinstatement into a student’s former curriculum, since reinstatement or entry into certain curricula requires the permission of the Curriculum Chair. Curricula that require special permission from the Curriculum Chair include, but are not limited to, Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Radiologic Technology, Food Service Administration, Veterinary Technology and Human Services.
Q: What happens if I fail a course?
A: You must repeat the course if it is required for graduation. You may repeat any course in which you received an F. Your failing grade will always remain on your transcript, but your new grade will be the grade used in computing your GPA. However, a four-year college may recompute the average including the F grade. Courses repeated after graduation will not change the graduation average.
Q: I need tutoring. Is help available on campus?
A: Yes. Help is available through the Academic Support Center. Subject tutorials are also available. Speak with your instructor about your needs. Look for the brochure “Don’t Drop Out, Drop In” which is available throughout the campus or see your Counselor.
A: Contact the Counseling Office for assistance in making an appointment to see a Counselor for academic advisement or to find out who your Faculty Chairperson is.
Q: I have some special needs. Where do I go for help?
A: The following services are available: Career and Transfer Counseling, Academic and Personal Counseling, Disability Services, Financial Aid, International Student Services, Honors Program, Student Activates, Women’s Forum and more. See your Counselor for additional assistance.
Q: If I want to stop attending a class, must I withdraw officially?
A: Absolutely. You may withdraw from a course without penalty during the first nine weeks of the semester by completing a withdrawal form and bringing it to the Registrar’s Office.
Q: The withdrawal date has passed and I have to leave the college. What should I do?
A: See your Counselor for information about withdrawing and/or a complete College withdrawal. To leave the College without academic penalty you must withdraw from all courses before the last day of classes.
Q: How do I file for graduation?
A: You must file for graduation in the Registrar’s Office usually by the end of February for the May Commencement Exercises. Students who complete their graduation requirements in the summer must also file for graduation in the Registrar’s Office and are invited to participate in the Commencement ceremony the following May. It is important to see your Curriculum Chairperson to make sure that you have fulfilled the requirements to graduate.
Q: I have additional questions. Where can I find more information?
A: See the Westchester Community College catalog and the Course Schedule and/or go to the Counseling Office, Room 217A in the Student Center, for additional assistance.
Q: Fresh Start Program
A: For students returning to Westchester Community College after a prior unsuccessful start and a lengthy absence of at least 6 consecutive semesters, our institution offers the Fresh Start Program. Criteria required to receive the fresh start include:
- Students must take a minimum of 12 academic credits provisionally at Westchester Community College
- Students may be required to complete College Success with a grade of C+ or better
- Students must obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.50 during the semester’s) necessary to complete the credits
- After meeting the criteria above, ALL the student’s prior courses are discounted from the overall GPA and given asterisks(*) on the transcript. From the forgiveness point, the transcript will be marked with the term “Fresh Start
Please note: These policies are subject to change. Students are responsible for all information published in the Westchester Community College catalog and the Course Schedule book.