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Summer 2019

Dates to Remember

A great place to keep track of what is going on at UCM is through our university calendar found at www.ucmo.edu/calendar/. A few of the many important dates for the spring semester include the following: 

  • July 1   Summer Sesions begin for some 6-week clases
  • August 19  Fall Semester begins


HELP YOUR STUDENT TO BE INFORMED!

Do you have trouble remembering all of those campus dates and deadlines?  Add "UCM MoInfo" to the Facebook pages that you "like" and you will receive updates from the Office of the Registrar.  These announcements will include information regarding course enrollment, graduation, refund dates and other important deadlines.  The Registrar's Office also tweets.  Check out their Twitter account at "UCMRegistrar".  If your student receives campus announcements via text, encourage them to join the 'UCM Registrar' message group.
 

WHAT PARENTS CAN DO:

  • Keep the lines of communication open. As your student begins to prepare for summer plans and the upcoming fall term, he or she may seek your guidance and advice, or he or she may make decisions without your help. Recognize that either way, these decisions are part of growing up.
  • Encourage your student to see an academic advisor before registering for or withdrawing from classes.
  • Refer your student to Career Services for information about summer jobs and internships.
  • Encourage your student to visit instructors regarding current grades and progress.
  • Help your student understand important deadline dates.

UCM NEWS

 To track the latest news and events at UCM link to www.ucmo.edu/news/index.php.

 

COURSE SCHEDULE PLANNING MADE EASY!

Schedule Planner is available to students in MyCentral under the Student Services/Student Home tab. The application will provide all possible combinations of schedules based on the specific courses and break times (work, athletic practice, etc.) chosen. Use of Schedule Planner is optional. Learn more about Schedule Planner at www.ucmo.edu/current-students/ office-of-the-registrar-and- student-records/enrollment/ using-schedule-planner-to- search-for-classes/index.php and spread the word to your students about this great planning tool!

 

UCM OFFERS SEVERAL RESOURCES TO ASSIST STUDENTS WITH IMPROVING THEIR GRADES:

  • Schedule a meeting with the instructor(s): This is a great way to ask for additional explanation or help with the course materials.
  • Schedule a meeting with their Success Advisor and/or Success Coach: he/she can help create a specific plan to get your student back on track. To do so, please have them stop by the Success Advising Center in Union 128 or call us at 660-543-4721 to schedule an appointment.
  • Visit the Learning Commons to access free tutoring, study skills tutoring and test prep.

HAS YOUR STUDENT CONSIDERED TAKING UCM SUMMER COURSES?

Taking courses during the summer is a great way to stay on track and reduce time to graduation.

Central Missouri offers over 1,000 summer courses in varying lengths to meet the demands of students' busy schedules and to keep students on track for timely degree completion. Many courses are offered completely online, permitting students to spend the summer at home, while making additional progress towards their degree. Our online instructors are the same professors teaching on campus, so they bring the same high quality instruction to you on your computer as they bring to the students in their classrooms. Students can also complete traditional face-to-face courses in as little as six weeks. Approximately 4,500 students attend summer sessions to raise their GPA, graduate early or on time, retake a course previously withdrawn from or lessen a Fall or Spring course load. Summer sessions began Monday, May 20. For more information, please visit www.ucmo.edu/offices/extended- studies/summer-session/index. php.

Students who are considering taking courses at OTHER institutions this summer to have this credit applied to their UCM degree should consider these items first:

  • Students should run a Central Degree audit (available in MyCentral) to make sure that the course is a required part of their degree program.
  • Students need to make sure that the course will transfer back to UCM as an equivalent course. Transfer course equivalencies can be found at www.ucmo.edu/corequiv/. After completion of the course students will need to have the transfer institution send an official transcript to the UCM Admissions Office in Ward Edwards 1400.
  • Courses taken a two year colleges will not transfer to UCM for upper-level (3000/4000) credit.
  • The last 12 hours toward a degree need to be taken at UCM.

 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS 

If you have questions or need additional clarification about any aspect of applying for financial aid for the 2019-20 year, contact the UCM Office of Student Financial Services by telephone (660-543-8266) or in person (1100 Ward Edwards Bldg.).  

In addition, complete details about the financial aid application process may be reviewed at www.ucmo.edu/sfs/

IT IS TIME TO SIGN UP FOR ON-CAMPUS HOUSING!

As part of the Contract for Completion, this is a quick reminder that the UCM Board of Governor's has a two year on-campus residency policy. Students under the age of 21 or who have less than 60 UCM accepted credit hours are required to reside on campus for two years. Students are able to complete their online residence hall agreement or their apartment application via their MyCentral account. There are limited single rooms available for students in the residence halls and there are limited apartments available for sophomores. Those who complete the residence hall agreement will be afforded access to our online room assignment system and they will be able to pick their own bed space for next year. Those who submit an apartment application will be contacted should an apartment be offered to them.

PARENTS OF OPEN OPTION STUDENTS

It is important to encourage your student to keep moving forward in the process of deciding on an academic program that fits them.
A hold has been placed on all Open Option students' account. Action must be taken to remove the hold before enrolling in classes for next semester. The following options are available to assist your student in moving forward with making their major decision and removing the hold on their account:

  • Declare their major. To do so, please have them stop by the Success Advising Center in Union 128 or call us at 660-543-4721 to schedule an appointment with an Academic Success Advisor.
  • Engage the major exploration and decision-making process.  To do so, they will want to schedule an appointment with a Success Advisor/Career Counselor who is trained to facilitate this process. To schedule an appointment, stop by the Success Advising Center in Union 128 or call us at 660-543-4721. 

Call our office at 660-543-4721 with any questions.  The Success Advising Center staff looks forward to helping your student.

STRESS AND ANXIETY

Anxiety is a normal response to stressful situations. A certain amount of anxiety is essential for performing at our best. It is only when we have too much anxiety that it interferes with functioning.  The anxiety expresses itself through emotions, physical symptoms, thoughts, and behaviors. If your student is experiencing levels of anxiety that is causing significant distress or is interfering with functioning, encourage your student to seek help from the Counseling Center. Our services are free to UCM students.  Call 660-543-4060 or visit our website at www.ucmo.edu/cc for more information.

LOOKING AHEAD TO FALL

With summer close at hand, it's time to think about the Fall 2019 semester by enrolling for classes. Fall registration is currently open for students who have not yet registered.  We encouraged students to register for classes prior to departing for the summer in order to ensure an appropriate mix and amount of classes.

Fall move-in day for returning students is Sunday, August 18 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, in time for classes to begin Monday, August 19.  New students who have signed up for the Freshman Kickoff will move in on Thursday, August 15 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. 

For more information, visit the Academic Calendar on our web site.

 

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