Center for Success Coaching

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My semester is not ending as planned. Help! 

If an illness, accident, or other unexpected event is impacting finals week: 

  • Contact your success coach. We can examine resources, strategies, and options to help.  
  • Approach your instructors about an "incomplete" as needed. In some circumstances, an instructor might be willing to let you wrap up any remaining classwork in a more suitable timeline. It's an instructor's discretion if they will issue an incomplete grade. Contact your success coach for help navigating ideas and options.  
  • A medical withdraw option exists in special circumstances. A medical withdrawal is for extreme circumstances only. There are unique factors to a medical withdrawal, so contact your success coach if you run into a significant life challenge and need to talk through this option. The deadline for a medical withdrawal is Friday, Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. There are no exceptions to this deadline 

If you’re navigating a disagreement with your instructor:  

  • Learn about the academic grievance policy and process. UToledo has an academic grievance process for undergraduate students.  
  • It's important to attempt to remedy the concern directly with the instructor. From there, progress to the department chair.  Your success coach is happy to help you navigate or refer you for further assistance. 
 

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My grades might be rough. What now? 

If you have a UToledo Scholarship:  

  • Most renewable scholarships are reviewed after spring semester grades post (unless you have been placed on a term-by-term review).   
  • Scholarships are subject to reduction or termination if you do not meet the scholarship’s terms and conditions. Evaluate if you’re on target to meet the renewal criteria. 
  •  Consult with your academic advisor and Rocket Solution Central if you should adjust your spring course load/goals given your fall academic progress. 
  • Have questions? It's OK to start with your success coach! 

If you utilize Financial Aid:  

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) are academic standards that ensure you are successfully completing your coursework and qualify to continue receiving financial aid. 
  • SAP is evaluated after spring grades post (unless you have been placed on a term-by-term review). 
  • For SAP status and appeal options, monitor your email for communications from UToledo. 

GPA and credit hours impact your Academic Standing 

  • Academic good standing requires an undergraduate student to maintain a cumulative UT grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.  
  • The university will complete fall semester academic processes after fall grades are posted.  
  • The Registrar’s Office and your academic college will notify you via Rockets email about your academic probation/suspension status (if applicable) and next steps. Note that campus is closed Dec. 23 through Jan. 2. Monitor for communications in early January.  

Explore if you should Adjust Your Spring Schedule 

  • Reflect if you need a different balance of classes, if you did not meet a pre-requisite to take a course, or if you are considering a change of major.  
  • Always consult with your academic advisor before making changes to your spring schedule to ensure you are meeting your degree requirements and approved plan of study. 

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I'm ending strong! What’s next? 

  Honors list recognitions 

Congrats! Each semester, full-time students with a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher are named to the Dean's List, and full-time students with a 4.0 semester GPA are honored on the President's List. The Dean’s Recognition List is used to recognize part-time students for academic excellence. This recognition will occur in the summer for the previous academic year’s performance.  You can also note GPA achievements on your resume if desired as well.  

Honors society solicitations 

Additionally, you might notice some email solicitations from assorted honors societies. Be cautious of groups requiring a fee to recognize your academic achievements. Your success coach is happy to examine these opportunities and what might be most prudent.  

Consider UToledo scholarships  

Apply for continuing student scholarships using the Scholarship Search Tool. Keep in mind that deadlines vary, with most being due early February to mid-March.  Be sure to file your 2023-2024 FAFSA before applying for scholarships. (TIP: Winter Break is a great time to crank out these scholarship applications!)   

Reflect on your next steps 

Given your excellent progress, maybe it’s time to think about your goals next semester! Is it an ideal time to expand your involvement or service hours? Should you consider a future leadership role in a student organization? Will it be helpful to explore undergrad research opportunities or other experiences? Remember to use your success coach as a sounding board for next steps! 

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How can I better manage finances as a college student? 

Build your financial aid game plan 

  • View the My Finances Game Plan Checklist to think through your college financial steps.  
  • The spring e-statement/bill can be viewed in MyUT > Student Tab > My Accounts > View/Pay Bill and is due by Jan. 5.  
  • You will be notified via Rockets email if you are selected for verification or have important steps to take.  
  • Remember, keep in touch if you're experiencing financial hardships. I'm happy to help you explore financial resources and options. 
  • Plan for the 2023-24 financial year! Submit your 2023-24 FAFSA by early February.  

Flex your financial habits with these tools 

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What’s my timeline for a spring or summer job/internship?  

Planning on a spring semester job? Handshake might already contain the listings! Polish your resume with the experts in Career Services and then start your job search soon.   

Hoping for a spring or summer internship? Believe it or not, the time window has already started to prepare and apply! Generate your game plan with Career Services  

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Last Updated: 12/7/22