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General Advising Questions

Am I able to take a class at another institution over the summer?

Yes, please visit the University transfer requirements page to learn more about courses taken elsewhere that have approval to count for WVU courses. You will need to have approval from WVU before bringing in transient credits. Work with your advisor before you enroll in courses elsewhere.


How do I know if my AP/IB/CLEP/Transfer credits and Dual Credits have been counted at WVU?

To learn about how your AP/IB/CLEP/Transfer credits may be admitted to WVU and applied to your progress as a WVU student, please review the Frequently Asked Questions and other information here:

Students will need to work with their advisor to apply AP/IB/CLEP credits as is most beneficial for the student and their goals.

Dual Credits earned in high school will be applied in total when records are received by the WVU Office of Admissions and processed by the Office of the University Registrar.

If anticipated courses or credits do not appear or do not appear as expected, contact the Office of the University Registrar .


How many credit hours should I take each semester?

The overall degree requires earning 120 credits. Students generally take 15-18 credits a semester. Students may also take courses over the summer to increase their progress toward earning their degree. If students take 15 credits a semester, along with the required courses, they should be able to complete their degree in 4 years. Your advisor will work with you to help you complete your major in a timely manner.


If I earned a D or F in a class, will I need to repeat it?

Some classes will require a C- or better. Within the Psychology major, students must earn at least a C- in PSYC 101, PSYC 203 and PSYC 204 to complete the major. Some math and/or science courses needed for the BA or BS also need a grade of C- or better if they are used as a prerequisite for more advanced math or science courses.

Students are directed to review the current D/F Repeat policy in the Academic Catalog and to work with their advisor concerning if and when to repeat a course for which the student earned a grade of D or F. 

Is there a minimum and maximum number of credit hours that I can take each semester?

Yes, full-time status is 12 credits or more a semester. However, students are not permitted to enroll for more than 20 credit hours without permission of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies. Some funding sources and scholarships require students take a minimum number of credits per semester or per year. Visit the  Mountaineer Hub  for more information.


My DegreeWorks shows that I’m on academic probation. What does that mean and what do I need to do?

Students should review the current Probation and Suspension policies on the Eberly College website

If a student if placed on Academic Probation, their major will be changed to General Arts and Sciences and they will be advised by Advisors in the Office of Academic Affairs in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences until they improve their GPA to at least a 2.0. At that point, the student may be moved back into the Psychology major.

Eberly College students on academic probation will need to contact the Office of Academic Affairs in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at 304-293-7476 to make an appointment with an academic advisor. An Eberly advisor will work with students to develop a contract to improve their GPA. While on probation, only an Eberly advisor will remove the advising hold. It is necessary for students on probation to meet with an advisor in the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

If a student is suspended based on GPA, they will have the opportunity to either improve their GPA through taking courses at WVU, or serve their suspension. Options for appealing their suspension will be communicated to the students through emails from the Office of Academic Affairs in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.


What do I need to do if I’m transferring from another institution?

To be eligible to enroll as a transfer student at WVU, students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average in all college work attempted. In addition, transfer students who have fewer than 24 transferable credit hours must also meet freshman admission standards. 

Students must complete a minimum of 90 total credit hours in residence or 30 of the final 36 credit hours in residence to earn a WVU degree. Individual colleges, schools, or departments may have additional residence requirements as part of their degree or major requirements. For example, to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, students need to earn at least 10 credits at the upper level from WVU in Psychology.

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

What happens if I withdraw from a few classes?

Students should be aware that failure to make timely progress toward graduation may interfere with maintaining funding, such as scholarships and/or financial aid. In addition, students who are behind on their Benchmarks in Psychology may be removed from the major.


Will my parents know how I am doing in classes?

No. As per the Federal Education Records Privacy Act (FERPA), parents, family members, and friends are not permitted access to personal academic records without permission. For detailed information about this policy, please visit

If you would like to give someone access to your personal academic records, please complete the proper permissions forms. Parents and guests can find more information on the WVU Parent and Guest Portal. Parents contacting the university to discuss their student’s progress must have approval noted in the parent/guest portal and give the personalized password listed in the parent/guest portal.