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Undergraduate Advising FAQs

How do I apply to graduate?

To apply to graduate from DePaul and the College of Communication, log into Campus Connect and go to Student Center>My Academics> Apply to Graduate and follow the prompts. Select the term you plan to complete your requirements and verify your mailing address in the system for diploma delivery. Once you submit the form, you will receive an email confirmation that you have successfully applied for graduate. The email confirmation does not serve as confirmation that you have met all your requirements at DePaul, so we recommend if you have any questions about remaining requirements that you reach out to your academic advisor.

The deadlines to apply for graduation are as follows:

  • Autumn Quarter: October 1
  • Winter Quarter: January 15
  • Spring Quarter: February 1
  • Summer Sessions: July 15

How can I update my major or minor?

​​​To update your academic plan, please log into Campus Connect, click on your Student Center tab, and under Academics you will see a drop down box that states “Other Academics.” Click on this drop down box and the first option shows C​​hange College, Major or Minor. Simply click on the arrow and follow the prompts to submit your changes. You will receive a confirmation email once you have processed the changes.​

What do I need to do if I want to change colleges within DePaul?

​​​To complete an inter-college transfer, log into Campus Connect, click on your Student Center tab, and under Academics you will see a drop down box that states “Other Academics.” Click on this drop down box and the first option shows Change College, Major or Minor. Simply click on the arrow and follow the prompts to submit your changes. You will receive a confirmation email once you have processed the changes.​​​

When is the last day to add or drop?

[View a video tutorial on using the Academic Calendar]

Students can always find important deadlines on the Academic Calendar in your D2L or by using the main DePaul website by clicking on the “DePaul Shortcuts’ in the top right corner, and selecting the Academic Calendar. Select full year to view all important dates.

How can I order my official transcript?

To order an official transcript, log into Campus Connect​, click on your Student Center tab, and under Academics you will see a drop down box that states “Other Academics.” Click on this drop down box and one of the options will show request official transcript. Simply click on the arrow and follow the prompts to request your DePaul transcript. DePaul Central processes these requests within 48 hours.​​​

Where can I find a faculty/instructor’s contact information?

[View a video tutorial on using the DePaul Directory]

To find contact information for a DePaul employee, simply visit DePaul’s main website, click on “DePaul Shortcuts” in the top right corner, and choose “Directory.” On the left hand side the first option shows “Faculty/Staff Search” then simply enter the name to find the contact information.

What is a learning domain?

[View a video tutorial on learning domains]

A learning domain is any course that fulfills one of the liberal studies requirements. These domains include Art & Literature, Philosophical Inquiry, Religious Dimensions, Scientific Inquiry, Self, Society & the Modern World, and Understanding the Past. To search for courses to fulfill these domains, simply use the “Liberal Studies Requirement Designation” drop down box in class search, and then click on the search button to narrow your course options.

Where can I study abroad?

​​​​​Due the flexibility of the College of Communication curriculum, generally our students can study abroad through any program. To begin the process, simply visit www.studyabroad.depaul.edu, click on the left hand side study abroad programs, and then click on search to view an alphabetized list of all the study abroad options. Each program lists specific information and details. For more information on a specific program, feel free to visit the Study Abroad walk in advising hours.​

How do I apply for degree conferral?

[View a video tutorial on degree conferral]

To apply for degree conferral, log into Campus Connect, click on the left hand side >For Students>Graduation>Apply for degree conferral and simply click on the link and follow the prompts. Select the term you plan to complete your requirements and verify your mailing address in the system. Once you submit the form, there will be a confirmation page that you can print for your reference. This is the only confirmation you will receive from the college office.

How can I calculate my major GPA?

[View a video tutorial on using a major GPA calculator]

Students can use this link to calculate their major GPA. Please enter the grade exactly as it appears on your transcript (A-/B+) as the + and – do factor into your GPA. After you enter the credit hours and grade, click on the compute button to view your GPA.

What is a domain elective?

​​​Students who transfer into DePaul with at least 30 credit hours, are not required to complete LSP 112 (Focal Point) and LSP 110/111 (Explore or Discover). Instead, you are allowed to select electives that are coded as learning domain courses. (See “what is a learning domain” for help searching for these requirements)​​​​

How can I challenge a grade?

​​​To view the process for grade challenges, please visit the Student Handbook ​page on the grade challenge process.​​​​​

I repeated a course, why is my original grade still on my transcript?

​​​When students repeat a course, the original grade will always remain on the transcript. The new grade will replace the original grade in the GPA.​​​

What do I need to do if I want to take a course at a community college?

Before completing a class at a community college, students must complete the Transfer Credit Approval Form, and submit it via email, fax or can drop it off in Rachel Brown's mailbox on the 18th floor of the Daley Building in the loop campus. After you complete the course and have a grade posted to your transcript, students need to request the transcript be sent to our Admission Office at 1 E. Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL 60604.​

How can I take a class pass/fail?

Only open elective courses can be taken as pass/fail. To choose a course as pass/fail, please complete the form and make sure to submit the form to your academic advisor by the deadline. The pass/fail deadline dates can be found on the Academic Calendar.

When I try to open my unofficial transcript in Campus Connect​, nothing happens.

​​The unofficial transcripts open as a PDF in a new window. To view the transcript, temporarily remove your pop-up blocker on your computer to access your transcript.​​

When do I register for December session?

​​​​​Students can register for the December Session courses at the same time as Winter Quarter. Please visit your enrollment appointment in Campus Connect​ for your exact date and time.​​

When do I register for summer?

​​​Summer registration is at the same time as spring registration (usually in early February). Please visit your enrollment appointment in Campus Connect​ for your exact date and time.​​​​

How much does it cost to take a summer course?

For all financial aid questions and concerns, students can contact a financial aid counselor at (312) 362-8610.​​​​

Where can I find scholarship opportunities within the College of Communication?

​​​Students should meet with a financial aid counselor or call (312) 362-8091.  For specific Communication scholarship information, please monitor our website and your email for opportunities.​​​

How can I get involved with extracurricular activities that connect to my major?

The College of Communication offers a number of student organizations run through our college.​

What do I need to do to attend the commencement ceremony?

​​​​To ensure you receive a diploma, students must apply to graduate in Campus Connect (see question above How do I apply to graduate?)  DePaul holds one commencement ceremony a year in mid-June. Students who are graduating in the current academic year (the academic years run Autumn to Summer) can walk the June ceremony of their academic year.  If you plan to attend the optional June commencement ceremony, you must order a cap and gown.  Cap and gown information, as well other pertinent ceremony information can be found here. ​

What is the University Residency Requirement?

​​​​The University Residency Requirement states that your last 60 credit hours must be completed at DePaul, therefore students are not allowed to transfer in courses from another university once they have earned 132 credit hours.​​

How do I know if I am graduating with honors?

​​​For graduation honors requirements, please visit the undergraduate student handbook​. Please note that the College of Communication does not provide honor cords for the graduation ceremony.​​​​

Are internships required to graduate?

No, internships are not required to graduate, although they are strongly encouraged. Internships are just one way to fulfill the junior year experiential learning requirement.​

Where can I find an internship?

​​​To search and apply for internships, students can use the DePaul Experience website through the Career Center. For internship opportunities specific to your Communication major, please visit our Internships website. Also “Like” the DePaul University College of Communication Internship Program on Facebook​ to hear about the most recent internship postings.​​​​​

Why can’t I register for CMN 394?

​​​​Students must have an approved internship before being administratively added to CMN 394. Please contact Graciela Kenig​ if you have an internship offer.​​​

I was offered an internship, how do I earn credit?

If you do not have junior standing (at least 96 credits), you will need to apply for credit through the University Internship Program. Go to the UIP website and scroll down to Getting Started with UIP for instructions on how to apply for internship credit through that program. If you are at least at junior standing and have a 2.5 cumulative GPA and want to apply for credit through the College of Communication’s internship program, please see our website for instructions.

How do I fulfill my junior year experiential learning?

​There are three ways to fulfill your junior year experiential learning requirement.

  1. Students can obtain an internship and get it approved through DePaul for academic credit. Students must attend an internship workshop before earning credit, and be enrolled in an internship class while they are completing the internship in order to earn credit. DePaul does not award credit retroactively for internships.
  2. Students have the opportunity to pursue a study abroad program.
  3. Students can choose to enroll in a course that is coded as junior year experiential learning and requires community service. Students can search for these courses in Campus Connect by using the Liberal Studies Requirement Designation drop down box. You can also contact your academic advisor for a list of some possible options.

Where can I get help with my resume?

​​​​​The Career Center offers services in both the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses. For resume help and other career advice, please visit the Career Center's website​.​​​​

Where can I get career advising?

​​​Students can visit the Career Center​ or contact our College of Communication Career Specialist Michael Elias​, to set up an appointment.​​​

Can I get into a College of Communication course that is closed?

College of Communication Closed Course Policy
  1. The student must first place himself or herself on the waitlist for the course and ensure that there are no registration holds that will prevent enrollment.
  2. The instructor of the course must email CMNadvising@depaul.edu indicating that the student has permission to be added to the closed class. Also included will be the five digit course number of the course, the student’s ID number, and verification that the student has attended all class meetings.
  3. If the course is waitlisted, the instructor must allow any students who are on the waitlist ahead of the student in question to also be added to the course.
  4. The College of Communication Special Exceptions Committee will review the request and process the add if all the above conditions are met. The student will be notified via email. This exception can only be granted once in a student’s career.

How does the waitlist work for College of Communication courses?

Waitlist Policy 
Enrollment from a waitlist automatically occurs if enough students drop the course so that the waitlisted student can be added, or if the student is waitlisted for a Communication course in their final quarter and has no other open course options to complete the requirement. Students should not assume that placing themselves on waitlist is an indication that they will be enrolled in the course. Students should not attend a course for which they are waitlisted or email Professors to be added to a waitlisted course. If a student finds that a course that they need to graduate is waitlisted, they must first add themselves to the waitlist and then email their Academic Advisor and request addition to the waitlisted course before the deadline to add for that quarter. The advisor will verify that the course is required for graduation in that term and that there are no other sections of that course open. If those conditions are met, the student will be added to a section of the course within the deadline to add classes for the quarter. Students must be sure to set up the waitlisted course as a SWAP if the waitlisted course is another section of a course they already have on their schedule, they will be over the 20 credit hour enrollment limit, or there is a time conflict with another course on their schedule. If any of these conditions exist and the course is not set up as a SWAP, the waitlist will bypass and move on to the next student on the waitlist. Please see here for more information about the waitlist and SWAP feature.​​​

How do I get added to a College of Communication course after the add deadline has passed?

College of Communication Late Add Policy

  1. The student must first ensure that there are no registration holds that will prevent enrollment.
  2. The instructor of the course must email CMNadvising@depaul.edu indicating that the student has permission to be added to the class after the deadline. Also included will be the five digit course number, the student’s ID number, and verification that the student has been attending all class meetings.
  3. The student must also email CMNadvising@depaul.edu with a statement regarding why the course could not be added by the deadline.
  4. The College of Communication Special Exceptions Committee will review the request and process the add if the above conditions are met. The student will be notified via email. This exception can only be granted once in a student’s career.

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