Registration FAQs

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I am a new student at MGA. I wanted to register online but found I could not. Why?
New students are prevented from registering online for their first semester until they see an academic advisor. Unless you are a Learning Support Student or have a registration hold that prevents registration (i.e. Business Office, Admissions) you will be able to register on-line next semester.

I am on Probation and have an Advisor Hold on my record. Why?
This is the Academic Affairs registration hold on all students who are on probation. The hold is intended for the advisor to discuss your situation and to develop a plan to help you succeed academically so that you do not move to an academic dismissal.

I had the grades to be on either the President's or Dean's List last term. What does it take to receive those recognitions?
The criteria for Academic Recognitions may be found in the college catalog (p. 66 in the 2013-2014 catalog) but in summary the requirements are:

  • President's List: (1) Academic load of at least 12 semester hours with no outstanding I or Incomplete grades for the term; (2) Term GPA for those 12 or more hours of at least 3.80; and (3) Cumulative Institutional GPA of at least 3.0. Students must have satisfied all Learning Support requirements to be eligible for the President's List.
  • Dean's List: (1) Academic load of at least 12 semester hours with no outstanding I or incomplete grades for the term; (2) Term GPA for those 12 or more hours of at least 3.5 or better; and (3) Cumulative Institutional GPA of at least 2.5. Students must have satisfied all Learning Support requirements to be eligible for the President's List.

What can I do to improve my GPA? (How your GPA is calculated)
There are two policies that will help students improve their institutional GPAs at the College -- academic renewal or repeating a course.

  • Academic Renewal: This policy allows degree-seeking students who have experienced academic difficulty (probation, dismissal) previously at the College to have one opportunity to make a fresh start after an absence of five calendar years from any post-secondary institution. Students should apply before returning to the college but may apply after they have returned provided they do so within two academic semesters of re-enrollment, or within one calendar year, whichever comes first.
  • Academic renewal does not remove grades previously earned from the student's transcript, nor does it change academic standing. Instead, it excludes all grades previously received from the student's institutional GPA. The result is a 0.0 GPA. The new GPA can change dramatically after the first semester of enrollment if the student does well. For example, a student who is granted Academic Renewal takes two courses during the first semester after re-enrollment for which he or she receives two B grades would now have a 3.0 GPA and would be in Good Standing. There are other provisions applicable to Academic Renewal as applies to graduation, honors etc. which students who apply for academic renewal should be aware of. These are published in the online catalog.
  • Repeated Course Policy: If a student repeats a course previously taken at the College, the new or most recent grade is included in the GPA and the previous grade is excluded. For example, if a student took ENGL 1101 and received an F grade, retook the course and received a new grade of A, the A grade would be included in the GPA and the F grade excluded. A student can determine the effect of this policy by reviewing their transcript. Grades included and excluded are identified by “I” or “E” by the grade. This policy can apply to courses taken from fall 1999 and forward.

How do STEM Courses affect GPA for HOPE Scholarships?
When calculating GPA for HOPE Scholarships STEM Courses are treated differently. An explanation can be found on the STEM Courses and HOPE GPA page.

What is MGA's Grading Policy?
An explanation of the Grades used by the College may be found on the GPA Calculator page. The College does not have a PASS/FAIL grading system.

Where can I find information on taking the COMPASS test for admission purposes?
Review the Academic Testing Center site for COMPASS and other available tests.

What is Transfer Articulation?
If you have not received an evaluation of your transfer credits, you may use the transfer articulation catalog to determine how your transfer coursework will transfer to the college. Locate your college by state and a list will populate of some of the courses from each school. Please note that the list may not be complete for all colleges/universities and many courses may be counted toward your degree by petition to each school once you are enrolled.