Frequently Asked Questions


GRADUATION


How do I apply for graduation?

Once you have earned 80 credits, a pop-up window will appear in PAWS prompting you to apply for graduation. You should apply a year in advance. Please contact the Registrar’s Office as soon as possible if:

  • You are planning to graduate during the current semester and have not yet applied.
  • You wish to change your graduation date after you have already applied.

Is there a report I can view to determine if I am on track for graduation?
Yes. You may view your Academic Requirement Report on your PAWS account.

Select Self Service > Student Center
Under the Academics tab, choose Academic Requirements from the drop down box
Select Go

Is demonstration of technology fluency required before I graduate?
Yes. Demonstration of technology fluency must be mastered by either passing the Test of Basic Information Technology Skills (BITS) or successfully completing COSC 100/110, ART 207, CHEM 304, COSC 101, MUSC 103, NURS 404, or GEOG 275 with a grade of “C” or better. EDUC 346, 447, and 448 can be used if you complete all three one credit courses, each with a grade of “C” or better. You can also take a departmental exam for COSC 100, 101, or GEOG 275.

How do I find out when the BITS test will be offered?
The Computer Science Department schedules the BITS test. Contact the departmental Administrative Assistant at 301-687-4364 for further information.

Can I include the credits earned from DVMT 095 or DVMT 100 towards my graduation hours?
No. Although DVMT counts towards a student’s semester workload, it does not fulfill the math core requirement for graduation. And, the credits earned cannot be used to fulfill the 120 hour minimum requirement for graduation.

Is it permissible to come back and complete a minor if I graduate?
No. If you wish to complete a minor, you must complete the minor at the same time you graduate.

What must I do if I want to walk in commencement prior to completing all requirements?
You must have at least a 2.0 cumulative and major GPA and have no more than nine hours or two courses to complete. All coursework must be completed during the following term. The Associate Registrar must be in receipt of a letter from you requesting to walk, a copy of your registration, and a copy of your paid receipt no later than three weeks prior to graduation.

What requirements must I meet in order to be recognized for honors at graduation?
You must complete a minimum of 50 credits at Frostburg State University with the following cumulative grade point averages:

Cum Laude (3.400-3.649)
Magna Cum Laude (3.650-3.899)
Summa Cum Laude (3.900-4.000)

Honors recognition at graduation is based on total stats as of the beginning of your last semester, since final grading is incomplete at the time of the commencement ceremony.

AUTHORIZATION FOR ATTENDANCE AT ANOTHER INSTITUTION

As a continuing student, if I want to take a course off campus, what procedures should I follow?
An Authorization for Attendance at Another Institution form must be completed prior to enrollment for each course taken off campus. A member of the Registrar’s Office will complete the form provided you have the exact department code, department number, the title of the course, and the credit hours of the course. Keep in mind you can transfer no more than 70 credits from a two year institution or 90 overall credits. Upon completion of your course work, submit an official copy of your transcript to the Registrar’s Office to receive credit on your University transcript.

Why are my transfer credits not appearing on my transcript?
If you took courses prior to attending Frostburg, you should contact the Admissions Office.

If you took courses while attending Frostburg, you must contact the Registrar’s Office. In order to have your transfer credits entered into the system you must complete an Authorization for Attendance at Another Institution form. Upon completion, you should submit a copy of your official transcripts to the Registrar’s Office.

GENERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

Can I get a “D” in a General Education Program course?
A grade of “C” or better is required to satisfy each Core Skills requirement. A “D” grade is acceptable for the Modes of Inquiry component of the GEP.

I took my General Education Program requirement math and received a “D” in this course. Can I take this course at another university to meet my requirement at FSU?
Yes. Core Skills requirements in which grades of CS, D, F, FX, or WF are awarded do not have to be repeated at Frostburg State University.

MISCELLANEOUS

Am I eligible to register for courses?
In order to determine if you are eligible to register for classes, you should meet with your advisor and make sure you are activated for the upcoming term. Please keep in mind that certain holds may prevent you from registering. You can check your holds in PAWS by clicking on the details button under “Holds” on your Student Center.

How is residency determined?
Residency status is determined for first time entering students by the Office of Admissions. Students seeking a review of their residency status are required to complete a Residency Questionnaire. Once a student has enrolled, the residency status is determined by the Registrar’s Office. Students who wish to have a review of their residency status must complete the Residency Petition which can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office.

How do I release my information to a third party?
In order to release information to a third party, you must fill out the release of information in your student center on your PAWS account.

Select Self Service > Student Center
Under Academics tab, choose FERPA-Release of Info
Select Go

 

How do I restrict directory information released to another party?
You may choose to restrict the release of directory information by selecting the restrict option from your Student Center on your PAWS account.

Select Self Service > Student Center
Under Academics tab, choose FERPA-Restrict Directory Info
Select Go
Click on the Edit FERPA/Directory Restrictions button