Advising Success Center

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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What are common exams?
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How can I study effectively for common exams?
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Can I withdraw from a class? Is it convenient to do it?
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How do I know what classes I still have to take for my major?
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If I want to change my major, how would I do that?
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When would be a good time to establish a double major, or even a minor?
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What are the requirements to apply for a second major or a minor?
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Resource Center Locations?
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Where can I find CAPE?
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What does CAPE offer?
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Are there any other places that I may go to for tutoring?
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Where is the library?
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Is there a place that can help me make a resume and provide practice interviews?
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How many credits do you need to be considered a full time student?
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Where can I check the amount of credits I have?
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How do I transfer credits from a community college?
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As a transfer student, how long would I need to wait before I can join club/organizations on campus? Would I need to fulfill a GPA requirement?
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I am currently a NJIT student, how can I join the Albert Dorman Honors College?
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Why do I have a "Dean of First Year Students" hold on my account?
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What are the requirements for the BS/MS, BS/PhD Programs?

What are Commons?

Common Exams are a series of comprehensive exams that students are required to take to complete certain courses at NJIT. They are referred to as "Common Exams" because all the students in the following classes are required to take them:
  • Chemistry 121, 122, 125, 126, 126H
  • CS 100, 113
  • Math 108, 111, 112, 132, 133, 139, 213, 222
  • Math 107, 211, 333, 337
  • Mech 234, 235, 236
  • Physics 111, 121, 234

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How can I study effectively for common exams?

In an effort to effectively study for common exams, students should review material prior, to and after each class session for a period of about 15-30 minutes. This method along with other designated study times has previously resulted in a dramatic increase of Common Exam scores, unlike the cramming an obscene amount of information the night before method.

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Can I withdraw from a class? Is it convenient to do it?

Withdrawing from a class may be appropriate for certain situations but it is not recommended as a viable solution to not doing well in a course. Students typically think about withdrawing for the following reasons:
  • Lack of time to study
  • Poor Performance
  • Personal/Family reasons which make concentrating difficult
Each semester, students who wish to withdraw must adhere to the specified deadline. If a student has withdrawn from a course a "W" will appear on his/her academic transcript near the course and there will be no grade counted toward their GPA. Withdrawing can affect scholarships and any financial aid you receive so please speak to an advisor prior to withdrawing.

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How do I know what classes I still have to take for my major?

Students can view the classes they need by logging into Highlander Pipeline and clicking on the "Student" tab. Once you’ve clicked the student tab, proceed by clicking on the Banner Student Self-Service tab and then Degree Works. You can also ask your academic advisor for your major curriculum sheet.

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If I want to change my major, how would I do that?

To change one’s major; consult your academic advisor for approval. After the consultation and with signatures from your current and new academic advisor, please visit the Office of the Registrar. They will process your change which can be seen in your MyNJIT account.
***Remember to always make copies of any document you are submitting with your signature.

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When would be a good time to establish a double major, or even a minor?

You can declare a minor at anytime. However, a good time to establish a double major or a minor would be during your Sophomore year.

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What are the requirements to apply for a second major or minor?

The requirements differ with each department, therefore you should visit both your current academic advisor and visit the academic advisor of the department you want to get your second major or minor with.

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Resource Center Locations?

  • Math Tutoring
    • The Math Tutoring Center is located in Cullimore Hall, Room 214
  • Writing Center
    • The Writing Center is located in Cullimore Hall, Room 115.

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Where can I find CAPE?

The Center for Academic and Personal Enrichment is located in Kupfrian Hall room 200.

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What does CAPE offer?

Cape offers tutoring in Physics, Math, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Humanities (Writing), Matlab, Management/Business/Accounting.

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Are there any other places that I may go to for tutoring?

For Math Tutoring you can go to the Math Tutoring Center in Cullimore 215. For writing assistance you can go to the Writing Center in Cullimore 115. For Math/Computer Science/IT you can go to the ACM office in GITC 4402.

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Where is the library?

The Robert W Van Houten Library is located in the Central Avenue Building right across the street from the Campus Center.

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Is there a place that can help me make a resume and provide practice interviews?

The Career Development Service Office, located on the 3rd and 4th floors of Campbell Hall, can assist with drafting resumes, mock interviews, and exploring internship opportunities.

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How many credits do you need to be considered a full time student?

Students need to take 12 to 19 credits per semester to be considered a full time student.

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Where can I check the amount of credits I have?

You can view the amount of credits you currently have on your Highlander Pipeline account, by clicking on the Student services tab, and then by clicking on Banner Student Self-Service and then "Degree Works."

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How do I transfer credits from a community college?

You will need to complete the "Approval for Undergraduate Courses at Other Colleges" form, found on the Registrar's webpage under "Forms" and have the department the class falls under approve and sign the form then bring the completed form to the office of the Registrar.

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As a transfer student, how long would I need to wait before I can join clubs/organizations on campus? Would I need to fulfill a GPA requirement?

Some club/organizations you will be able to join right away and others will require you to complete a semester at NJIT and also meet the GPA requirement/

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I am currently a NJIT student, how can I join the Albert Dorman Honors College?

For students currently attending NJIT, you will need to be a full-time student, have a GPA of at least a 3.5 and must have at least 4 semesters remaining to complete the degree. For more details about requirements and the application process visit their webpage honors.njit.edu.

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Why do I have a "Dean of First Year Students" hold on my account?

All the first year students have a "Dean of First Year Students" hold and must go to the Center for First Year Students to remove that hold. This is done after you have met with your Academic Advisor and he/she has removed your Advisor hold.

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What are the requirements for the BS/MS, BS/PhD Programs?

BS-MS & BS-PhD Criteria:
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for the BS-MS program option
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better for the BS-PhD program option
  • Junior standing or at least full time semesters (24 credits) left before graduation
  • Completed at least five (5) major courses

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