Frequently Asked Questions
What does Core Curriculum mean?
Which courses fulfill the Humanities, Behavioral Sciences and Social Sciences requirements?
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.
Are Mathematics and Science courses required?
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.
Is there a Foreign Language requirement?
Some curricula either require or recommend Foreign Language courses. Consult the online catalog, Academic Counselor or Faculty Advisor.
I am fluent in another language. Can I test out of the of that language and use the test results for Humanities credit?
Yes. Please contact the Transfer Evaluator in the Admissions Office.
Do you give credit for "Life Experience"?
Westchester Community College does not give credit for "Life Experience"; however, credit may be available at the four-year College when you transfer.
Who needs to complete the placement process?
All new matriculated students, except those that meet the waiver guidelines, must take the Placement surveys. All transfer students are required to take the Placement surveys unless proof is provided of completion of college-level math, reading, and writing courses with a grade of “C” or better from a regionally accredited college or university (or if other waiver guidelines are met). For more information about how to waive the placement surveys, please see http://www.sunywcc.edu/testingcenter. For information about placement testing requirements for other groups of students, including students applying into the Early Admit Program, 24-credit GED program, and others, please see www.sunywcc.edu/testingcenter
How can I find out information about the placement surveys?
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?
It depends on your placement results. Your responses to the Directed Self-Placement Questionnaires will determine your academic placements for English, reading, and mathematics. It is required that you enroll in skills courses first, if needed, before taking college level courses.
I have taken Basic Skills courses at another college. My placements on the Westchester Community College Placement Questionnaires placed me into a basic skills course. Do I still have to take the preparatory courses?
All students who are placed into basic skills courses are required to take that 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. Please note, Challenge exams are offered for all placement areas. For more information on challenge exams please visit, Additional Placement Services. You may only take a challenge exam prior to the start of the course. Please speak with a counselor for more information.
May I transfer my courses from my other college?
You may transfer a maximum of 32 credits as long as they are a C grade or better and are the grade point equivalent of 2.0.
I am a transfer student from another college. When will my transfer credits be evaluated?
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.
I went to see an advisor and my transfer credits were not listed on my transcript by name. What should I do?
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.
If I change majors, is it necessary to reevaluate my transfer transcript?
Yes. Request at the Registrar's Office to have the Transfer Evaluator, reevaluate the credits.
After Graduation from Westchester Community College I intend to transfer to a four-year school. At what point do I start this process?
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
How many credits may I take in one semester?
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.
How do I get special permission for a course overload?
How much time after classes begin do I have to change a class?
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.
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?
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
I need to be reinstated. What is the procedure?
|Attempted Academic Credits||Cumulative GPA||Last Semester of Attendance GPA||Academic Status|
|0-31||Less than 2.00||Any||Academic Probation|
|32-47||Less than 2.00||2.00 and greater||Academic Probation|
|32-47||Less than 2.00||Less than 2.00||Academic Restriction|
|48+||Less than 2.00||2.00 and greater||Academic Probation|
|48+||Less than 2.00||Less than 2.00 (first time in this category)||Academic Restriction|
|48+||Less than 2.00||Less than 2.00 (second time in this category)||Academic Dismissal|
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.
What happens if I fail a course?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
I have additional questions. Where can I find more information?
Fresh Start Program
- To be Eligible: Student must not have enrolled for undergraduate courses at Westchester Community College for, at least, 2 consecutive years prior to returning.
- Criteria required to apply a student must:
- complete 12 undergraduate academic credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
- be matriculated in a degree or certificate program.
- Application process: After completing 12 or more undergraduate academic credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, a student must see the counselor(s) responsible for the Fresh Start Program in the Office of Academic Counseling & Student Success to complete an application.
- Forgiveness after meeting Eligibility and Application process:
- Once approved for a Fresh Start, all of a student’s grades of “D” and “F” earned prior to his/her return are excluded from their cumulative GPA and given asterisks (*) on the transcript. The excluded course grades cannot be re-included later t complete academic requirements. From the forgiveness point the transcript will be marked with the term “Fresh Start”
- Fresh Start can be used by each student only once.
- An Academic Fresh Start will NOT automatically make a student eligible for financial aid. Please contact the Financial Aid office for further information.
- Fresh Start does not apply to any completed degree or certificate.