Frequently Asked Questions
Meeting with an Advisor
1. What is the difference between the NSS Advisement
Center and Major Department Advisors?
The NSS Advisement
Center serves the entire College of Natural and Social Sciences.
Students in any department or program within NSS can use the NSS Advisement
Center to obtain information as well. The NSS Advisement Center is
particularly helpful in answering questions related to General Education
requirements. The Department Advisors specialize in
answering questions about the major program or about careers. However,
both the College and Department advisors can answer a great variety of
2. How do I make
an appointment at the NSS Advisement Center?
You can call
the NSS Advisement Center at 323-343-4689 or stop by when you are on campus
to schedule an appointment.
3. How do I make an
appointment with my major advisor?
Contact your major
department to find out their procedures for making appointments. keep
in mind that it may take several weeks to get an appointment and so you
should plan ahead if you need to meet a particular deadline.
Applying to the University
Where, when and how can I get an application? What is the application
Students can apply online
through the CSUMentor system.
More information about applying to the
university can be found on the following university websites:
1. I am a
transfer student, how will I know which of my courses will transfer to CSULA?
Academic advisors can of course provide assistance in determining which
transfer courses may satisfy university requirements. Students can
also investigate this on their own using the Transfer Student Services website. Entering this website allows you to look up which courses
from your previous college directly articulate to courses here at CSULA.
Students may also use the Assist website
to determine whether their work is transferable.
1. What is Academic Probation?
A student is
placed on academic probation when either their CSULA grade point average or
their cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0. A student will
remain on probation until their grade point average rises above 2.0 or they
What is Academic Disqualification?
A student on probation
can be disqualified if their grade point average falls below the levels
||GPA resulting in Disqualification
|Freshmen (0-44 units completed)
|Sophomore (45-89 units completed)
|Junior (90-134 units completed)
|Senior (135+ units completed)
Students should review their grade records on GET regularly to
insure their academic progress. Disqualified students need to be reinstated to the
university in order to continue pursuing their degrees. If a student
becomes disqualified, they must file a petition for immediate reinstatement
through their major department advisor. Dates for immediate reinstatement are
listed in the Schedule of Classes each quarter.
Students who are not immediately
reinstated may need to apply for readmission if two quarters have passed
since their disqualification. To be readmitted, students must meet
with their major advisors to complete the Readmission petition and follow
university application procedures.
3. What is
Disqualified students who have been
reinstated or readmitted to the university are placed on Special Probation.
Students on Special Probation need to earn a GPA better than 2.0 in order to
bring their CSULA or cumulative GPA above the disqualification level.
Departmental advisors will indicate the conditions of Special Probation on
the Reinstatement/Readmission form.
1. What are the university requirements for graduation?
Along with completing the requirements for your particular major, it is
important to complete the university requirements for graduation.
These requirements include an Introduction to Higher Education course, the
lower-division GE Blocks, English 102, two diversity courses, and an
upper-division GE theme. More information on each of these
requirements can be found in the university catalog.
expect to graduate in two more quarters, what do I need to do?
Students must apply for graduation two quarters before they anticipate
completing all their graduation requirements. Click here for more information about procedures and eligibility requirements to submit
a graduation application.
information on various university services can be found through the
More information on financial aid can be
found through the following links: