Dec 04, 2022  

Academic Information and Student Success Center

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Andrews University degree programs are offered through the following academic units:

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Aviation
  • School of Architecture, Art & Design
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Distance Education
  • School of Education
  • School of Health Professions
  • Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Additionally, the School of Graduate Studies & Research operates as the unit responsible for quality assurance of graduate degrees offered by the University in its various academic units.

Course Load
The course load is expressed in semester credits. One semester credit represents one fifty-minute (50-minute) class per week or its equivalent for one semester. For a complete and detailed Credit Hour Definition at Andrews University, please see the Andrews University Bulletin at

For undergraduate students the normal class load is 12 to 16 credits per semester. The normal course load for graduate students is 8 to 12 credits per semester. International undergraduate students must take a minimum of 12 credits per semester to maintain their visa. International graduate students must take a minimum of 8 credits per semester, and international MDiv students must take a minimum of 9 credits per semester to maintain their visa. Undergraduate students must maintain a minimum of 6 credits to be eligible for federal financial aid. Graduate students must maintain a minimum of 4 credits, and MDiv students must maintain a minimum of 4.5 credits for federal financial aid.

Class Status Full-time (Credit Hours) Financial Aid Status (Credit Hours) Maintain Visa Status (Credit Hours)
Undergraduate (Non-International) 12–16 6 n/a
Undergraduate (International) 12–16 n/a 12
Graduate (Non-International) 8–12 4 n/a
Graduate (International) 8–12 n/a 8
MDiv (Non-International) 9–16 4.5 n/a
MDiv (International) 9–16 n/a 9

Class Standing
At the beginning of the fall semester each year, undergraduate students are classified according to the number of semester credits earned.

Freshman 0–24 credits
Sophomore 25–56 credits
Junior 57–86 credits
Senior 87 or more credits
Graduate Completion of baccalaureate degree

Exit Procedure
For a complete withdrawal from all current classes, students must follow a specified course of action. Andrews University Student Exit Procedure forms may be obtained from the Student Life office located in the Campus Center, the Office of Academic Records in the Administration Building or the office of the appropriate academic dean.

Various checkpoints have been designated in an effort to provide the student with an opportunity for counsel. To complete the exit process, the student must obtain several signatures in order to ensure that the necessary information has been given both to the student and to the departments listed on the form.

In order to qualify to receive a “W” for classes rather than the grades earned, the withdrawal form must be completed by the date established in the University calendar as the last day to withdraw from a class with a W. (To review the tuition refund policy see the Andrews University Bulletin at

In addition, students occupying University housing, apartments and residence halls must check out of those facilities according to established procedures.

Academic Probation (Undergraduate)
A student is classified on Academic Probation/At-Risk status when he/she has a cumulative Andrews University GPA lower than 2.00 and/or a semester GPA of 1.75 or below, or a combination, in a semester, of three or more of Withdrawals (W), Incompletes (I) or grades lower than a C.

Students on academic probation are removed from probation when they successfully complete the requirements of their academic probation plan as prescribed by their dean.

Students on academic probation:

  1. Are restricted to taking no more than 12 credits per semester
  2. Are expected to limit extracurricular activities and part-time employment
  3. May be required to take special courses
  4. May be required to attend sessions for academic support or personal counseling

This program ensures students will have ample time to concentrate on their courses and develop personal habits for greater success in future terms. Students on academic probation for two consecutive, or three total, semesters may be at risk for academic dismissal.

Academic Policies and Procedures
(See the Andrews University Bulletin at

Student Success Center
Nethery Hall, Room 100

Phone: 269-471-6096
Hours: Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Student Success adds to classroom instruction by providing academic guidance, support and developmental instruction. The Student Success Center serves as a learning center for all students in all schools of the University.

Individual peer tutoring services are available for undergraduate students through the class GNST091—Academic Tutorial Support. Resources on aspects of student success such as note taking, time management, memory techniques and test preparation are also available by appointment. These general academic support services are complemented by the Mathematics and Writing Centers.

Student Success also offers:

  • Advisor assignment for new students (for undergraduate students)
  • Advisor/Major/Minor changes (for undergraduate students)
  • Disabilities accommodation (for all AU students)

Questions/concerns: email

Mathematics Center
Haughey Hall (Science Complex), Room 112

Hours: Sunday, 2–6 p.m.; Monday–Thursday, 3:30-7:30 p.m. (or as posted); closed during the summer and holidays

The Mathematics Center provides free assistance with no need for an appointment for students enrolled in University mathematics courses, and faculty and staff are also invited to visit the Center for help. The Center is equipped with eight computers that can be used for ALEKS and other Web-based math assignments. For more information and the current schedule, call 269-471-3423.

University Center for Reading, Learning & Assessment
Bell Hall, Suite 200

Phone: 269-471-3480

Reading skills that are enhanced in the Center include speed-reading, study reading, vocabulary, word recognition or decoding skills, spelling and handwriting. Average to excellent readers, as well as those having difficulty with reading, are served. The Center also offers a class that covers memory, learning styles, time management, temperament, mind style and emotional condition(s). It also serves students and the surrounding communities through psychoeducational and academic assessments as well as Orton-Gillingham based multisensory intervention for those who have dyslexia.

Writing Center
Nethery Hall, Room 134

Phone: 269-471-3358

The Writing Center provides students with individualized instruction on basic writing skills and strategies. Services include computer-assisted tutorial sessions, drop-in help and a library of rhetoric and usage texts. The Writing Center also offers occasional review sessions on general writing problems.