It's college. There's a lot going on and not all of it is happening in the classroom. But let's not lose sight of the most important reason you're here: academics. Here are a few things that'll help you get the grade.
You can't go to classes if you forgot to sign up for them. And you'd do well to keep track of the drop date, too (always protect the GPA). Is that a mirage you see? Nope, it's the last day of class, the best day of all. Here are the most important dates you need to know:
Register for Classes Early
Classes fill up fast. Be sure to register as soon as possible for the classes you want to take.
If you're creative, anything is a study space. Still, some are better than others. When you're ready for something a bit more comfortable (and sanitary) than the floor of the hallway outside your class, here are some of the nicer places to hit the books:
- The libraries: The Green Library (MMC) and Hubert Library (BBC) are the go-to spots for studying. At either library, you'll find abundant seating, quiet-zones, computer labs, and even group study rooms. Learn more about study spaces at the libraries.
- FIU@75: In addition to computer labs, FIU@75 offers reserved study spaces. Learn more about reserving a study space at FIU@75.
- The Sky Lounge: Started in 2010, Deuxieme Maison's Sky Lounge converted a neglected courtyard into a beautiful, alfresco study space.
- ARC: Residential students have access to the Academic Resource Center, which features study spaces, academic success workshops, tutors, and undergraduate academic advising.
If you have to miss class, professors are far more sympathetic if you communicate with them early. Our faculty phonebook makes it easy to get in touch.
There's a lot more to a library than just books. As an FIU student, the libraries offer a variety of resources, including online databases, device checkouts, study areas and more.
Drop Week Tips
Communicate with your professor and you may not need to drop a class. If circumstances require you to miss class for an extended period, for example, a professor might - at their discretion - allow an incomplete grade (IN), which will allow you to finish the class at a later date.
Know the dates. There are two very important dates to remember: the last day to drop and the last day to drop without financial responsibility. Wait too long and you may have to pay for a class you won't receive credit for. Wait longer and you won't be able to drop at all. Late drops also result in a "DR" grade on your transcript. If it becomes necessary to drop a class, do so as soon as possible to ensure you receive your refund and avoid a blemish on your transcript.
Missed the drop/add deadling? There is a forgiveness policy at FIU, but be aware that limits apply to this option. You may retake a class to attempt to earn a higher grade with this option.
Excess Credits Surcharge
Did you enjoy that wine tasting class? Are you taking extra classes because FIU offers some great courses? Make sure to finish in 4 years!
Keep in mind that if you take too many extra classes there may be a surcharge for having too many credits when you graduate. Learn more about the excess credits surcharge at OneStop Enrollment Services.
Talk to Your Advisor
Not sure about a class? Do you want to change your major? Book time with an advisor to have all your questions answered.
Student Academic Success Center
The new Student Academic Success Center (SASC) is now open! It's that beautiful new building in front of Barnes & Noble by the Gold parking garage. Skip the lines by using the "myVisit" app on your phone.
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Offices In SASC
- Career and Talent Development
- Exploratory Advising Center
- First-Year Programs
- International Student and Scholarship Services
- National Student Exchange
- OneStop Enrollment Services
- Student Access and Success
- Student Financial Services
- Transfer and Transition Services