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Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions for students of or interested in the Gordon Ford College of Business.

General Questions

Admissions Questions

Advising Questions

Registration Questions

The Gordon Ford College of Business

Financial Aid Questions

Study Abroad Questions

Answers

Answers to questions for students of or interested in the Gordon Ford College of Business.

If I am graduating in May/December, can I finish one class over the summer/winter?

If your graduation date is in May but you have one class left to finish, you can still “graduate” and walk the line in May as long as you finish the course in May term. If you finish your course work over the summer term—by August 31—your official graduation date will be in August.

If your graduation date is in December but you still have one class left to complete, you can still walk the line in December. You will be required to finish your course over the winter term, and your official graduation date will be in May.

When do I apply for graduation?

All students must apply for graduation with the Office of the Registrar after taking 90 credit hours. An online application can be found at the Registrar's Office website.

For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar at Potter Hall 239, or call 270-745-5447.

Where do I go to meet with a counselor?

If you feel that you need to talk to someone, please visit the WKU Counseling and Testing Center at Potter Hall 409, or call 270-745-3159.

The people at The Counseling and Testing Center believe that the university experience should be challenging, not overwhelming, and universities have a duty to support students as they are being challenged. To this end, the WKU Counseling and Testing Center is committed to providing a variety of psychological services to students that will augment recruitment, retention, and graduation by strengthening students’ capacity to tolerate distress, form healthy relationships, and seek healthy expressions of their ideals and values. All sessions are free and completely confidential.

Where do I go for tutoring?

The Learning Center (TLC) in DUC A330 offers CRLA Certified, one-on-one tutoring in over 100 general education subjects for all currently enrolled WKU students. It also hosts a branch of the English Department’s Writing Center. TLC is a quiet study area, with side rooms designated for peer tutoring, and offers a thirty-two machine computer lab. TLC has two satellite locations, one in Douglas Keen Hall and one in Pearce Ford Tower. Students may make an appointment for tutoring, or may walk-in for assistance.

For more information, or to schedule a tutoring appointment, please call 270- 745 - 6254 or login to the TLC website.

TLC at DUC is open Monday-Thursday, 8:00a.m. to 9:00p.m.; Friday, 8:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.; Sunday, 4:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. TLC at Keen/PFT is open Sunday-Thursday 6:00pm to 11:00pm.

Many departments have individual tutoring centers that offer free assistance for all WKU students. Operating hours vary.

Center Name Location Phone #
TLC Writing Center DUC-A 330 270-745-6254
Academic Center for Excellence ACE 411 270-745-2338
Chemistry Tutoring Center TCNW 317 270-745-2248
Math Lab TCCW 125A 270-745-6178
Modern Language Media Center FAC 252 270-745-2401
Physics Lab TCCW 236 270-745-4357
The Writing Center CH 123 270-745-5719
Alice Rowe Learning Assistance SC 142A 270-780-2536 

How do I use ICAP?

To learn how to use ICAP (Interactive Curriculum & Academic Progress),  visit the Registrar's Office website

If I change my name, does my email account change?

If you change your name—whether for personal choice or because you married—the name on your WKU email account does not change.

For example:

-your name was Mary Smith and your WKU email was <mary.smith123@wku.edu>

-you change your name to Mary Jones

-your email account will still be <mary.smith123@wku.edu>

How do I change my personal information in TopNet?

To update WKU’s record of your personal information (your name, address, emergency contacts, etc.)

Login to TopNet.

Click Personal Information.

Choose the link appropriate for the information you want to update.

Ex: Click View/Update Address(es) and Phone(s) to update your address or phone numbers.

Update your personal information.

Click Submit.

How do I login to TopNet?

To login to TopNet:

Go to the WKU homepage http://www.wku.edu.

Click on the TopNet link located on the upper right navigation bar under the "Quick Links" section.

Enter your WKU Student ID (SID).

Your SID is located on your Big Red card (800-xx-xxxx).

Enter your Personal Identification Number (PIN).

If this is your first time using TopNet, your PIN will be the last six digits of your Social Security Number. If you are an international student, your PIN will be the last six digits of your SID.

You will be directed to change your PIN and create verification questions for your account after a successful login.

Click Login.

You will then be directed to “TopNet Bulletin Board.” If you do not need any of the information listed here, click Continue Login.

How do I transfer credits from another university?

To transfer credits from another university, send WKU an official transcript from your previous institution.

 Mail official transcripts to: 

Office of the Registrar
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11017
Bowling Green, KY 42101

 A General Education Transfer Report will be made available on TopNet within ten business days of WKU receiving the transcript. This report will ensure that all transcripts are received and evaluated properly. 

For more information, go to the Admissions website, or call 270-745-2511

How do I apply to WKU?

For information on how to be admitted to WKU:

-Go to the Admission's Website

-Visit Potter Hall 117

-Call 270-745-2551

Departmental Examinations

Students enrolled at WKU may also receive credit on the basis of departmental examinations. Scores earned on departmental exams may only be used for credit at WKU.

A student may take a departmental examination in any course listed as satisfying a requirement in any of the categories of general education. Departments may offer departmental exams in other courses at their discretion.

To be eligible to take a departmental proficiency examination, a student must be fully matriculated, in good standing, and regularly enrolled at WKU. Credits earned in this manner will be recorded on the student’s official transcript but will not be considered as a part of the normal semester load in the term in which the examination is taken. A student may not register for a departmental examination for a course while he or she is enrolled in that course. A student may not take a departmental proficiency examination in a course which has been previously taken at WKU or at another accredited institution.

A student desiring to take a departmental examination must complete an appropriate request form in the Office of the Registrar. A fee of $25 per credit hour must be paid at the time the form is submitted. The form must be submitted to the Registrar prior to the end of the third week of classes in either the fall or spring semesters. The Registrar will notify the appropriate department of the student’s request. The department will administer the proficiency examination during the seventh week of classes. The student must obtain the specific time and place for testing from the department head.

After testing has been completed, the department head will notify the Registrar in writing as to whether or not the student demonstrated acceptable proficiency. If the department recommends that credit be granted, the semester hours earned will be recorded on the official transcript. However, the credit will not be used in computing the grade point average since letter grades will not be assigned. 

The CLEP Program

The CLEP examinations may be taken each month at any national testing center, including the testing center at WKU. Scores earned on CLEP exams may be used for credit at any college in the United States.

Information about CLEP exams can be obtained by visiting the Counseling and Testing Center in Potter Hall 409 or calling 270-745-3159. Students may also access online information at the CollegeBoard or by contacting:

CLEP
CN 6600
Princeton, NJ 08541-6600

Students applying to WKU should have their scores sent to the Office of Admissions. Students currently enrolled at WKU should request that their scores be sent to the Office of the Registrar. To have your scores sent to WKU, use the code number CLEP-1901. WKU will notify students who qualify for academic credit through the CLEP exams. 

ACT or SAT Credit 

Students with an English ACT score of 29 or higher or an Verbal SAT score of 650 or higher will receive three credit hours for English 100 at WKU. Official ACT or SAT scores should be sent by the testing company to the Office of Admissions as part of the WKU admissions process. To have your ACT scores sent to WKU, use the code number ACT-1562. To have your SAT scores sent to WKU, use the code number SAT-1901.

Official ACT scores may be obtained online at Act.org or by contacting:

ACT Precords
PO Box 451
Iowa City, IA 52243
319-337-1313

Official SAT score information can be obtained online at Collegeboard.com or by calling 1-800-SAT-SCORE.

The AP Program

Students may earn college credit through the AP program by obtaining the minimum score on the AP exam while in high school. Students will be notified of their eligibility for WKU credit by the Office of Admissions after WKU has received and application for admission and the official AP score report. To have your AP scores sent to WKU, use the code number AP-1901.

 Official scores may be obtained online at Collegeboard.com. or by contacting:

AP Exams
PO Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
888-225-5427

Can I test out of a course?

Students can earn college credit for courses through the Advanced Placement Program (AP), the American College Testing Program (ACT), the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and departmental examinations developed by WKU departmental faculty committees.

The credit hours earned through these examinations will count toward graduation, but will not be factored into GPA calculations since a letter grade will not be assigned.

Do I have to transfer all of my credits from a previous university?

Yes, all credits you have received from previous institutions must be transferred to WKU.

For more information, contact the Admissions office at Potter Hall 117, or call 270-745-2551 

Will a grade of a D transfer?

No, WKU does not accept transfer grades of a D or lower.

For more information, contact the Admissions office at Potter Hall 117, or call 270-745-2551. 

How will my classes transfer?

To find out how your classes will transfer to WKU

  1. Go to the Admission's webiste
  2. Click Transfer in the left-hand navigation bar
  3. Click Transfer Credit Equivalency in the right-hand navigation bar
  4. Choose a transfer school from the drop-box and click Submit (Ex.: Abilene Christian University—Abilene, TX)
  5. Choose a course/subject from the drop-box and click Submit
  6. Scroll down until you locate the course you are trying to transfer and its equivalency

If the transfer school or class is not listed, contact the GFCB Student Services office for more information by calling 270-745-3290.

What is the difference between academic probation, warning, and dismissal?

For information about academic probation, warning, and dismissal, please visit (http://www.wku.edu/advising/academicstanding.php). 

How many hours should I take each semester?

All WKU students must earn a minimum 120 credit hours (100- to 400-level) to earn a bachelors degree. How many hours students should take each semester depends on several things:

Do you work? If so, how many hours per week?

Do you have home/family obligations that prevent you from spending the recommended study time?

The rule-of-thumb standard for study time relates to credit hours. For each one hour of credit students can earn for a class, they should study for two hours. That means if a class is worth three credit hours, students should spend six hours each week studying. WOW! If you have 18 credit hours, you should study 54 hours for the best understanding and grades!!!

Do you plan to finish in exactly four years? Based on 120 hours required, if you have no retakes, and had no developmental courses, you could finish in four years by:

  1. taking 18 hours for two semesters
  2. taking 14-16 for the other six semesters

The Undergraduate Catalog provides semester by semester sample course schedules for majors within the Gordon Ford College of Business.

How do I change my advisor?

To change your advisor:

  1. Login to TopNet
  2. Click Student Services
  3. Click Student Records
  4. Click Change Major, Minor, Concentration, Advisor
  5. In the “Advisor” drop-box, choose “Yes, I wish to change my advisor” and click Submit
  6. Review your change and click Submit Changes
  7. Click Print Official Form and bring the form to Grise Hall 453 for submission

How do I add/drop a major/minor?

To add/drop a major/minor:

  1. Login to TopNet
  2. Click Student Services
  3. Click Student Records
  4. Click Change Major, Minor, Concentration, Advisor
  5. Choose the major/minor you wish to add/drop from the drop box and click Submit (some majors will require you to declare a concentration or a minor as well as a major)
  6. Review your change and click Submit Changes
  7. Click Print Official Form and bring the form to Grise Hall 453 for submission

Can I be advised on an extended campus?

If you are taking classes through an extended campus (Elizabethtown, Glasgow, or Owensboro), you can either be advised by one of the advisors on the main campus or by an advisor at the extended campus location.

To make an advising appointment on an extended campus, call:

  • Elizabethtown 270-769-1614 or 270-745-5895
  • Glasgow 270-659-6900 or 270-745-5096
  • Owensboro 270-684-9797 or 270-745-5095

To make an appointment to be advised by phone or email with one of the main campus advisors, call 270-745-3290 

Do I have to meet with my advisor to register for summer or winter classes?

No, you can register for summer or winter classes without meeting with your advisor. Register on TopNet like you would for any other class.

If you have questions about which classes you should take, please schedule an appointment with your advisor, or send an email that includes your questions and SID. Keep in mind that it may take several days to receive an response to an email.

How do I schedule an appointment with my advisor?

To make an appointment with your advisor:

-stop by the Undergraduate Student Services and Advising office in Grise Hall 453

-call 270-745-3290, or

-use the GFCB online scheduling system TracWeb

To use the GFCB online scheduling system:

-Go to TracWeb.

*You may see a security alert when you access the website. This is a trusted website, so you can safely proceed.

1.Login using your WKU username and password.

*If this is your first time using this website, you will have to confirm your name and contact information.

2.Click Go to and then Make Appointment.

3.Under “Select a Center” choose Gordon Ford College of Business.

4.Choose a range of dates that spans two weeks.

Ex: 3/31/09—4/11/09

5.Click Search.

6.Scroll down to scan available appointments.

7.Choose an appointment that fits your schedule by clicking on the available time slot for your advisor.

8.If your advisor does not have a time slot open that will fit your schedule, you may schedule an appointment with a   different advisor that does meet your needs.

9.Under “Request Help In” choose the reason that best suits your needs.

Ex: “Advisement” or “File Degree Program”

 10.Click Save.

11.Exit the screen.

*If you need assistance with this process, please call 270-745-3290.

When do I need to see my advisor?

You may contact your advisor with questions at any time.

 

All WKU students must be advised each semester until they earn 90 credit hours and have filed an application for graduation. All students must meet with their advisor prior to registration in order to have their registration hold lifted.

 

Specifically, students pursuing a major in the Gordon Ford College of Business must be advised until they:

 -gain admission to the college (see What are the admission requirements for the college? on p. 19)

-earn 90 hours

-have filed an application for graduation with the Registrar’s office

 

Who is my advisor?

To find out who your advisor is

    Login to TopNet.

    Click on Student Services.

    Click on Registration.

    Click on View Student Information.

*If you do not have an advisor listed, contact the Undergraduate Student Services and Advising office by stopping by Grise Hall 453, or by calling 270-745-3290

 

What does it mean if one of my grades is an X?

 A grade of X (incomplete) is given only when a relatively small amount of work is not completed because of illness or other reason satisfactory to the instructor. A grade of X received by an undergraduate student will automatically become an F unless removed within twelve weeks of the next full term (summer term excluded.) An incomplete must be removed within this twelve-week period regardless of whether the student is registered for additional work in the next term.

 

How do I find my final grades?

To find your final grades for the semester

 -Login to TopNet.

-Click Student Services.

-Click Student Records.

-Click Final Grades.

-Choose the correct term from the drop box and click Display Grades.

 

How do I retake a class?

If you do poorly in a class, you have the option of retaking the course in a later semester. The retake will not make the bad grade disappear from your transcript, but the new grade will replace the old grade in your GPA calculations.

At WKU:

 -You can take up to six classes with grade replacement.

-You may only retake a course three times.

-The grade will only be replaced once.

-The third attempt grade is averaged with the previous two attempts.

 

How do I get permission to exceed the maximum number of credits?

 To receive permission to exceed the maximum number of credit hours, contact the Office of the Registrar at Potter Hall 216 for a course overload form and information.

 

WKU cancelled my class. What do I do?

 If the university cancels a class you have registered for, you will receive a letter from the Office of the Registrar. The letter will contain the CRN, course number, and reason for the course cancellation.

 You do not need to drop the course on TopNet. Once the Office of the Registrar receives notice that the course is officially cancelled, it will drop the course from your schedule.

 

How do I view my schedule for the term?

To view your schedule for the upcoming term

 -Login to TopNet.

-Click Student Services.

-Click Registration.

-Click View Student Summary Schedule

-Select the term you wish to view.

Ex.: Fall 2009

 

What math class can I take?

The level of math class you are allowed to take is determined by your Math ACT score and by your WKU math placement exam (MPE) score.

 *To learn your ACT or MPE score

-Login to TopNet.

-Click Student Services.

-Click Registration.

-Click View Test Scores and Eligibility.

 

To see which math class you are eligible for, based upon your ACT and MPE score, go to the Math Dept. Website and compare your scores to the chart provided.

 If you have any questions regarding your test scores or the course you are eligible for, contact your advisor at 270-745-3290, or contact the Math Department at 270-745-3652.

 

Do I need to take a developmental course?

 WKU offers developmental courses in Reading, English, and Math in order to prep students for the main sections of the class. Eligibility for developmental courses is based upon ACT and Math Placement Exam (MPE) scores.

 Reading

If you scored a 17 or lower in your Reading ACT, you must to take DRDG 080C.

If you scored 18, 19, or 20 on your Reading ACT, you must take LTCY 199.

English

If you scored a 15 or below on your English ACT, you must take ENG 055C before you are eligible to enroll in ENG 100.

If you scored a 16/17 on your English ACT, you must take ENG 100E.

ENG 100E is an enhanced section of ENG 100. It will meet once extra time a week.

ENG 100E is a restricted course. To receive a pass to register for it, call The English Department at 270-745-3046.

Math

If you scored a 21 or lower on your Math ACT AND scored a 13 or lower on your MPE, you must take MATH 096C before you areeligible to enroll for MATH 116.

If you scored a 18 or lower on your MATH ACT AND scored a 14 or higher on your MPE OR scored a 22-25 on your Math ACT ANDscored a 13 or lower on your MPE, you must take MATH 116E/106.

MATH 116E/106 is an enhanced section of MATH 116. It will meet five days a week.

 If the developmental course has a C next to the course number (Ex. ENG 055C), the class is offered at the Community College on South Campus. To register for these classes, choose the Developmental instead of University department under “Subject” when looking up classes on TopNet.

 Students must make a C or higher in developmental courses in order to be eligible to move up to the main sections of the course.

 

How do I audit a class?

Auditing a class means that you will be required to show up to class, participate, and complete all assignments, but you will not receive credit for the class.

 If you wish to change a class from credit to audit, all changes must be submitted before the withdrawal date.

 If you wish to change a class from audit to credit, all changes must be submitted before the add/drop date.

*The current dates for withdrawal and add/drop can be found on the current term calendar.

 To change a class from credit to audit, or vice versa,

 -Log in to TopNet.

-Click Student Services.

-Click Registration.

-Click Register/Add/Drop Classes.

-Select the current term from the drop box.

-Select Audit from the drop box next to the class you wish to audit.

-Click Submit Changes.

 If you change from credit to audit after the start of the term, you must obtain permission from your professor to audit a class. Request your professor fill out a “change of grade” form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar in Potter Hall 216.

 

If it is past the withdrawal date and I need to withdraw from a class, what do I need to do?

 Students are expected to adhere to the withdrawal deadlines. If you believe your situation would justify an exception to the withdrawal policy, obtain a schedule exception appeal form from the Office of the Registrar (Potter Hall 216) or the department offering the course and complete this form according to the directions on the form.

 

What is the difference between dropping a class and withdrawing?

If you drop a class before classes start, or before the add/drop date (contact your advisor or the Office of the Registrar to find the add/drop date for the current term) the class:

-disappears from your schedule

-is not placed on your transcript

-your seat in the class opens up for another student

 However, if you do not drop the class before the add/drop date, you can still withdraw from the class. You must withdraw before the withdrawal date, which can be found on the WKU Term Calendar.

 To withdraw from a class:

-Login to TopNet.

-Click Student Services.

-Click Registration.

-Click Register/Add/Drop Classes.

-Choose “Withdraw” from the drop box beside your class.

-Click Submit Changes.

 If you withdraw from a class, a W will appear on your transcript for the course, but it will not be factored into your GPA. You will also be charged a $50 withdrawal fee, which you must pay at the Billings and Receivables Office in Potter Hall 200.

 

How do I drop a class?

-Login to TopNet.

-Click Student Services.

-Click Registration.

-Click Register/Add/Drop Classes.

-In the drop box beside your class, choose “Dropped (Web).”

-Click Submit Changes.


Why did I receive an error message when I tried to register?

Registration errors occur for several different reasons.

 

 

  Registration Add Errors

 

Status

CRN 

Subj

Crse

Sec

Level

Cred

Grade Mode

Title

PREQ and TEST SCORE-ERROR

11881

FIN

350

500

Undergraduate

3.000

Standard Letter

RISK MGT/INSURANCE

 

PREQ and Test Score Error means you lack a pre-required course. To find out which course it is that you lack, check the course description on TopNet:

  1. Login to TopNet.
  2. Click Student Services.
  3. Click Registration.
  4. Click Schedule of Classes and “Look Up Classes to Add.”
  5. Locate the class you are trying to register for.
  6. Click the name of the class (the blue hyperlink) to receive a course description.
  7. Review the description carefully for pre-requisites listed.

 

 

Registration Add Errors

 

Status

CRN 

Subj

Crse

Sec

Level

Cred

Grade Mode

Title

LEVEL RESTRICTION

35566

BA

540

001

Graduate

3.000

Standard Letter

STATISTICAL/RESEARCH MET

 

Level Restriction means you are trying to register for a class higher than your current student level (i.e. an undergraduate student attempting to register for a graduate class).

 

 

Registration Add Errors

 

Status

CRN 

Subj

Crse

Sec

Level

Cred

Grade Mode

Title

CLASS RESTRICTION

00003

ACCT

200

001

Undergraduate

3.000

Standard Letter

ACCOUNTING-FINANCIAL

 

CLASS Restriction means that you are trying to register for a class restricted by the number of hours earned.

*CLASS stands for classification and refers to your student standing (i.e. freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior).

 

I have special permission to register for my class. Am I enrolled?

If the course is not listed on your schedule for the current term, you are not enrolled in the class.

Each department handles course overrides differently; some will register you for the course, while others will just place the override in TopNet and you must register yourself. Contact the department from which you received an exception to check their policies.

To find contact information for the department, check the WKU Campus Directory located on the WKU homepage.

 

How do I register for a restricted class?

 Any class on TopNet marked with an R has been restricted by the department offering the class. Contact the department for the reason the class is restricted and to check their policy on enrolling in restricted courses.

To find contact information for the department, check the WKU Campus Directory located on the WKU homepage.

 

How do I register for a closed class?

Any class on TopNet marked with a C has already reached its maximum number of students. Each department has different policies regarding closed classes—some don’t allow anyone in and other use a waiting list to see if anyone drops the class. Contact the department of the class for their policy.

To find contact information for the department, check the WKU Campus Directory located on the WKU homepage.


How do I register for classes?

To register for classes

  1. Login to TopNet.
  2. Click Student Services.
  3. Click Registration.
  4. Click Schedule of Classes and “Look Up Classes to Add.”
  5. Select the term for the classes you are searching for (i.e. Fall 2009) and click Submit.
  6. Under “Subject” choose the department of the class you are searching for (i.e. English, Management, Sociology, etc.). If there is more than one choice for a subject, be sure to choose the University option, not Community College.
  • You can search for classes by course number, location, professor, and hour, or you can leave these fields empty and search for all classes in a subject.
  1. Click Class Search.
  2. Scroll through the classes offered for the term and choose a class that will fit into your schedule.
  3. Select the class by checking the far left box.

10.  Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click Register

*Important Registration Notes

  • If there is a C instead of a check box on the far left, it means that the class is closed and there are no more available seats.
  • If there is an R instead of a check box on the far left, it means that the class is restricted to certain students and you must have permission from the department to register for this class.
  • You are only allowed to register for a maximum of 19 hours per semester without special permission and additional fees.

What is my class standing?

Your class standing—freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior—is determined by the number of credit hours you have completed.

 -Freshman 0-29 hours

-Sophomore 30-59 hours

-Junior 60-89 hours

-Senior 90 hours and above

 

When can I register for classes?

-Registration is based upon class standing (i.e. freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior). The dates for registration change each semester. To find a registration schedule for the upcoming term

-Go to the Registrar's website.

-Click on the link for the upcoming term.

Ex.: Fall 2009

Scroll to Pg. 4 of the “Registration Guide” to find a schedule.

 

Does the GFCB have student organizations?

The GFCB has a number of student organizations:

 

Alpha Kappa Psi                                   (Business Leadership)

American Marketing Association       (Marketing)

Beta Alpha Psi                                       (Accounting)

Beta Gamma Sigma                            (Business Honorary)

Delta Sigma Pi                                      (Business Leadership)

Economics Club                                   (Economics)

Financial Management Association (Finance)

MBA Student Organization                   (MBA)

Phi Beta Lambda                                  (Future Business Leaders of America)

Society of HR Management                 (HR Management)

Students in Free Enterprise                 (Entrepreneurship)

 

*For more information, contact the department in which the organization is housed.

 

I earned an Associate Degree. Will I be required to take any lower-division course work at WKU?

Students who earn an associate of arts or associate of science degree from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) schools will receive credit for general education courses completed. But the KCTCS Associate of Applied Science degrees do not fulfill all general education requirements.

 Be sure to check with your advisor to see how some of the courses will transfer.

 

What are upper-level courses?

Upper-level courses are any 300 or 400-level courses.

 You may only take up to 12-hours of upper-level courses from the GFCB before you have gained admittance the college.

 

Can I take a pre-requisite for a course at the same time as the course?

If the class is listed as a pre-requisite, it must be taken before you can enroll in the course.

Ex.: MGT 312 is a pre-requisite for MGT 463. Therefore, it must be taken at least one semester prior to enrollment in MGT 463.

 If the class is listed as a co-requisite (or concurrently), it can be taken in the same semester.

Ex.: CIS 243 is a co-req for ACCT 312. Both of these classes can be taken in the same semester.

 

Do I have to declare a minor?

If you are receiving a B.S degree from the GFCB, you do not have to declare a minor. But if you choose to pursue a B.A. degree in Economics, a second major or a minor is required.

 

What majors are offered by the GFCB?

The GFCB offers six undergraduate majors:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Business Informatics

To learn more about each major and the requirements for graduation, contact the individual department or the Undergraduate Student Services (GH 453, 270-745-3290):

 

What are the admission requirements for the college?

To be admitted into the GFCB, you must complete 60 credit hours with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5. In addition, you must complete the courses listed below with a separate GPA of 2.5:

  • ACCT 200
  • ACCT 201
  • ECON 202
  • ECON 203
  • ECON 206
  • CIS 141
  • COMM 145/161
  • MATH 116 or higher

 

Is there additional aid for nontraditional students?

You can contact the Financial Aid Office at 270-745-2755.

 

What campus jobs are available?

To learn which on-campus jobs are currently vacant:

  1.  Go to the WKU homepage.
  2. Click Financial Aid in the left-hand navigation bar.
  3. Click Student Employment.
  4. This page will also have information on eligibility requirements, tax forms, and the application process.
  5. Click Current Job Vacancies.

 

Do I have to complete a FASFA?

  • If you wish to receive any type of federal financial aid (student loans, grants, work study, etc.) you must fill out a FASFA form.
  • To fill out a FASFA form, go to fafsa.ed.gov. Deadlines for submission can also be found on this site.
  • For further assistance, contact the Financial Aid Office in Potter Hall 317, or call 270-745-2755.

Does the GFCB offer scholarships?

Yes, the GFCB offers scholarships. Applications can be found under the “Scholarships” section of the Financial Aid website.

 To find which scholarships are available to you

  1. Go to the WKU homepage
  2. Click Financial Aid on the upper, left-hand navigation bar.
  3. Click Scholarships.
  4. Click Departmental Scholarships.
  5. Click Gordon Ford College of Business.
  6. Scroll down to see which scholarships apply to you.

 

Where do I apply for scholarships?

To apply for scholarships

  1. Go to the WKU homepage.
  2. Click Financial Aid on the upper, left-hand navigation bar.
  3. Click Scholarships.
  4. Navigate to the links that best apply to your situations and follow the steps as directed.

Ex.: Click Beginning Freshman and follow directions

 

Where do I apply for financial aid?

To apply for financial aid

  • Go to the WKU homepage.
  • Click Financial Aid on the upper, left-hand navigation bar.
  • Click Apply For Financial Aid.
  • Follow the steps that are laid out.

 For more information, contact the Financial Aid department at Potter Hall 317, or call 270-745-2755.

 

Does the GFCB sponsor any study abroad programs?

Yes, the GFCB sponsors several study abroad programs.

 If you wish to study abroad for a semester or more with the GFCB, the traditional option will be an exchange program. The GFCB has partnerships will several universities in eight countries. As an exchange student you will be treated like any other student at your host institution and will be responsible for all living expenses. Classes are available in English and foreign languages.

 If you wish to study abroad for a few weeks during the summer of winter term, the GFCB sponsor several programs that vary from year to year. Some examples of past programs include:

  • Economics/Management program in Madrid and Seville, Spain
  • European Challenges During and After the Collapse of Communism

 For more information, go to the GFCB Study Abroad Page, or visit the Undergraduate Student Services and Advising Office in Grise Hall 453, or call 270-745-3290.

 

What study abroad opportunities are available at WKU?

WKU has several study abroad opportunities. With programs going to over 36 countries, you can choose to study for a few weeks, a semester, or an entire year.

 For more information on programs, classes available, and payment options  visit the Study Abroad and Global Learning office in Grise Hall 128, or call 270-745-5334.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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