Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have to take ACC 200 before ACC 210?
A: ACC 200 is a recommended prerequisite for ACC 210 because 210 builds off of the material that is taught in 200. It is permissible to take 210 first but recognize that you may be at a disadvantage by doing so.
Q: I want to be a CPA. How do I get my 150 hours?
A: We encourage you to consider a Master of Accounting (MAC) program. N.C. State’s MAC program - a fifth-year, stand-alone master’s degree - is the normal route for those planning to sit for the CPA, CMA, and CIA exams and to interview with corporate employers. For more information visit http://poole.ncsu.edu/mac/about-us// Admission to the program requires the completion of an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, appropriate GMAT scores, and leadership experience. Exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis. You are also encouraged to investigate other MAC programs nationwide.
Q: How do I drop a course?
A: If it is before the official last day to drop a course, you can do so in MyPack, provided you are not dropping below full-time status. If dropping your class will put you below full-time status or if it is after the last official day to drop, contact your advisor.
Q: When do I have to declare my concentration?
A: You can declare your concentration by stopping by Nelson 2150 and completing the “Concentration Declaration Form.” You will need to submit a printed copy of your degree audit with the form. It is recommended that you complete (or are in the process of completing) all of your core classes before choosing a concentration - MIE 330, BUS 320, BUS 340, BUS 360, BUS 370 (and MIE 310 if considering a concentration in entrepreneurship) to best determine if that concentration fits your goals and interests.
Q: Can I complete two concentrations?
A: Officially, the college only recognizes one concentration through the declaration process, but this should not deter you from completing the extra coursework so that you can be better prepared for your future career. You can indicate that you have completed two concentrations on your resume. Please use “What If” feature in your Degree Audit to track the second concentration requirements.
Credit and Transfer Information
Q: Will courses taken at another institution transfer to NC State? When will I receive credit for these classes?
A: Once you are admitted to the university, your transcripts will be evaluated for credit that is transferable to NC State. The College at NC State within which you will be pursuing a degree will determine the exact amount of credit that will apply towards your degree. Only courses in which you made a 'C-' or better will considered for transfer. A Transfer Summary will be mailed to you within two weeks of your admission to NC State.
If you are a current Poole student and want to take courses at another institution, we encourage you to research courses at local institutions or community colleges and use the Course Equivalency tool to see what will transfer. If you find a course that is transferrable, complete the Course Transfer Request form here and turn it into your advisor. Your advisor will evaluate the course(s) and let you know if it is approved. If approved, you will receive an email and a copy of the approval form will be placed in your file. You then must ensure the transcript is sent to Undergraduate Admissions after you complete the course.
Q: Can I take major classes at another university?
A: You will need to ensure that you meet university residency requirements. To be eligible for a bachelor's degree from the Poole College of Management at NC State, a student must be enrolled in a degree program and must earn at least 30 of the last 45 hours of credit through NC State courses. Additionally, students must follow all departmental residency requirements .If you plan to take classes at another institution, be sure to complete a Transfer Credit Approval form, located in Nelson 2150 or online.
Q: Will I receive credit for AP, IB, or dual enrollment classes?
A: Each year incoming freshmen receive credit for such courses. For AP courses, an exam score of 3 or better is generally required. For IB, a score of 5 on the higher level exams is generally required. See the Undergraduate Admissions website for more AP and IB for more details. For dual enrollment (also known as Fast Track), a grade of 'C-' or better must be achieved in each class in order to receive credit and an official transcript must be sent from the college/university attended to Admissions.
Q: Can I audit a course?
A: The Poole College of Management does not suggest that students complete any courses for audit. If you are considering auditing a course, you should meet with your academic advisor to discuss this option. The university also restricts course auditing. For more information, visit http://policies.ncsu.edu/regulation/reg-02-15-04.
Q: I am an NC STATE student and I want to transfer to the Poole College of Management; what do I need to do?
Q: Can I “test out” of a required course?
A: Although very rare, at NC State CLEP tests can be used to grant credit for corresponding college courses. Visit Undergraduate Admissions for more information
Q: Can I make substitutions for courses listed on my degree audit?
A: Potential course substitutions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. You should first speak with your academic advisor to see if your request is appropriate. After this conversation you will need to complete a Course Substitution Form available in Nelson 2150. Your case will be reviewed by the Dean, and you will be notified via email of the substitution decision.
Q: My courses are in the wrong place on my degree audit-how do I fix it?
A: In order to have your degree audit amended, please contact your advisor for assistance. You may need to complete the course substitution process.
Q: How many more credits do I have left before I graduate?
A: You can determine how long it will take you to graduate by reviewing your degree audit. Once on your degree audit, click on the Total Units link at the top. You will see the Total Units Remaining in the top box, right column. This is the amount of units (credit hours) you have left to complete and includes your currently enrolled courses and courses you have registered for in the future. If you are Management-Undeclared or Business/Accounting Undeclared, use the “What If” tool to help plan your remaining courses. Remember to check prerequisites. You can click on the course number in your degree audit to view prerequisite courses.
Q: I was not enrolled at NC State last semester? How do I sign up for classes again?
A: If you are a previously enrolled undergraduate degree student but did not attend classes last semester (fall/spring), you must complete a readmission application and have received an official notice of readmission before attempting to enroll (register). You will also need to meet with your academic advisor and complete registration advising.
Q: What are the basics of the foreign language requirement?
A: Proficiency through FL_201 is required for all BUS, ACC and EC (B.A.) majors. The NC State Placement Test determines your beginning foreign language level for Spanish, French, German and Latin. Placement tests are offered M-F from 8-5 in the Foreign Language Technology Center (Old Laundry Building, near Poe Hall, at the corner of Current and Stinson). The test takes approximately 25-30 minutes and you will receive your placement immediately.
If English is your second language, you may have your Native Fluency certified by contacting Dr. Dudley Marchi in the Foreign Language department (email@example.com). If you earn Native Fluency you will have met your foreign language requirement but will not receive credit hours for FL_201. You must plan for 3 additional Free Elective credits in place of the FL_201 course requirement.
Q: I placed into FL_202; does this mean I don’t have to take any more foreign language classes?
A: Students placing beyond FL_201 who choose not to take a foreign language course have fulfilled the foreign language requirement but will not receive credit hours for FL_201. You will need to plan for 3 additional Free Elective credits.
Q: Will my 100 level foreign language courses count towards my degree?
A: FL 101 will not count towards the 120-hr graduation requirement, if you studied that same language in high school. If you take a foreign language other than the one you studied in high school, FL_ 101 and 102 may be used as Free Electives.
Q: What counts as a Free Elective?
A: Almost any course can be used a free elective; however there are a few exceptions. See your Degree Audit for this updated list of exceptions. Unlike other courses, Free Electives on the degree audit are not in the “requirement details.” Instead, you should think about courses that you are interested in and use this opportunity to take those classes. If you are struggling to find classes outside of Management that you are interested in, we encourage you to add a minor, add an additional concentration and/or speak with your advisor about options.
Q: What classes can I take Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U)?
A: BUS students are allowed to take HES courses and 12 hours of Free Electives S/U. ACC students are allowed to take HES courses and all Restricted Electives S/U. EC (BA) students are allowed to take HES courses and all Free Electives S/U. EC (BS) students are allowed to take HES courses and 12 hours of Free Electives S/U.
Grades and GPA
Q: What is a C-Wall class? Do I have to make a C or better in all of my major classes?
A: A "C-wall" course is a class in which you must pass it with a “C-“ or better in order to take the next level of the course and/or have this course meet graduation requirements for a specific curriculum. To see the courses in your major that have the C-wall requirement, look on your degree audit. Each will be indicated by “C-“ or better required." The following are C-Wall classes by major and must be completed with a “C-“ or better. ACC: ENG 101, ACC 200, ACC 210, ACC 310, ACC 311, ACC 330, ACC 340; BUS: ENG 101, EC 201, MA 121/131/141, BUS 350, ACC 200, ACC 210; ECON: ENG 101.
Remember, your cumulative GPA and major GPA must be at least a 2.0 in order to qualify to graduate.
Q: Is there a grade exclusion policy at NC State?
A: Yes, there is an Undergraduate Grade Exclusion policy. Undergraduate students may select up to two NC State courses with posted letter grades of C- or below to be excluded from calculation in their cumulative grade point average. More details regarding the requirements and parameters of this policy can be found at http://policies.ncsu.edu/regulation/reg-02-20-16
Q: I think my professor gave me the wrong grade; what do I do?
A: Make an appointment to speak with your instructor as soon as possible. Visit http://policies.ncsu.edu/regulation/reg-02-50-03 for more information.
Q: What is the GPA required to make the Dean's List?
A: In order to be on the Dean's List in any given semester, a full-time student must have a 3.5 or better grade point average on 12-14 hours of GRADED course work OR a 3.25 or better grade point average on 15 or more GRADED credit hours. Courses taken for credit only (S/U) do not have grades to contribute to the GPA calculation; therefore, they are not included in the number of graded hours for Dean's List.
Q: What are the GPA requirements for graduation?
A: In order to graduate, you must have at least a 2.0 Cumulative GPA on all hours attempted at NC State and at least a 2.0 GPA in your major. Check your Academic Totals in MyPack to determine your Cumulative GPA. Major GPAs are based on: BUS and MIE courses for Business Administration students; ACC courses for Accounting students, and EC and ECG courses for Economics students.
Q: How can I graduate with Honors?
A: To graduate with honors you must have completed at least two semesters and at least 30 credit at N.C. State and meet these standards:
- Cum Laude: 3.250 - 3.499
- Magna Cum Laude: 3.500 - 3.749
- Summa Cum Laude: 3.750 and above
Q: Do I have to attend my graduation ceremony?
A: Commencement is meant to be a celebratory event. Attending the graduation ceremony is not a necessary requirement to "graduate.” As long as you meet all of the academic requirements for your degree by the end of the semester, you will be cleared for graduation. You must apply to graduate and complete the graduation packet (before the semester deadline) to be eligible. The university will mail your diploma to the address you have listed as permanent in the MyPack system.
Q: Can I get credit for my summer internship?
A: For Business Administration majors, you can receive one hour of credit for an internship by completing the requirements for BUS 495S Management Internship Experience. This credit will fall in additional or Non-degree. The hour cannot fulfill your major requirements or electives and will not count towards your hours for graduation. The course is primarily designed for students who wish to participate in an internship with an employer who is requiring that students be enrolled in an academic class through their university. You must schedule an appointment through ePACK to meet with Dr. Janet Rakes to receive permission to enroll in the class. Accounting majors may earn internship credit through the AIR program (Accounting Internship Recruitment ) or ACC 499.
M100 and Software Skills Test (M110)
Q: I took an orientation class before transferring into Poole College of Management. Do I have to take M100?
A: Yes, our course is designed for new Poole students and is significantly different than other college courses. The only exception is for the First Year College course (USC 101) which is also on the university’s U.S. Diversity list.
Q: How do I fulfill the SST requirement?
A: Information on preparing and registering for the SST is located at go.ncsu.edu/poole.sst. You must purchase an enrollment code from the bookstore and then follow the directions on the website.
Q: How do I change my major?
A: To change your major within the college, complete the form and schedule an appointment with your academic advisor. To switch to a major outside the Poole College, you must be granted acceptance to the other college. Each college has different requirements. You can see them by visiting http://www.ncsu.edu/coda.
Q: How do I declare a double major?
A: To declare a double major within the college, complete the form available at or in Nelson 2150 and schedule an appointment with your academic advisor. To add a major outside the Poole College, you must be granted acceptance to the other college on campus. Each college has different requirements. You can see them by visiting http://www.ncsu.edu/coda
Q: How do I declare my Poole College major?
A: Major Declaration forms for students in Management Undeclared are available in Nelson 2150. Most students declare their major in their 4th semester.
Q: How do I get a minor in the Poole College of Management?
A: For accounting or economics minors, submit a minor declaration form available online and turn in to Nelson 2150 prior to starting your minor. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Paperwork for certification can be found in 2150 Nelson Hall and should be completed during the registration period of the student’s final semester at NC State.
Admission to the business administration minor is competitive. Business Administration Minor Application Deadlines are September 15, February 15 and June 1. The application is available here. Students will be notifiedone month after the application deadlineregarding the status of their application.
Q: I am thinking about a minor in another college; where do I start?
A: You can view all the minors offered at NC State on the University Minors webpage oucc.ncsu.edu/minors. Each minor page will list the requirements for the minor, as well as how to declare, apply, and certify; as well as the contact person for each minor.
Q: How do I schedule an appointment with my advisor?
A: You can make appointments with your academic advisor to discuss your academic plan, or if you are having trouble adjusting to college either academically or socially. The advising staff also offers drop-in advising for a few hours each day. Students who have quick questions can see the on-duty advisor on a first-come, first-served basis. To schedule an appointment or find out about drop-in advising hours, call the Office of Undergraduate Programs at 919.515.5565 – or visit the office in Nelson Hall, Suite 2150.
The hours for drop-in advising differ at times throughout the semester, for instance more hours are offered during the first two weeks of each semester. Visit http://poole.ncsu.edu/undergraduate/academics/advising/the-advising-process/ for more information. Drop-in hours are also posted on the doors of the Office of Undergraduate Programs suite (Nelson 2150).
Q: I want to study abroad; where do I start?
A: Follow the guidelines in our Study Abroad section of the site.
Q: How do I get involved on campus?
A: Visit http://poole.ncsu.edu/undergraduate/students/student-organizations/and http://ncsu.orgsync.com/for information regarding student organizations.
Q: I am having personal difficulty and need to leave school; what do I do?
A: The withdrawal process is handled through the University Counseling Center. You can find more information here. You can always contact your advisor if you are in need of assistance.
Q: How do I apply for scholarships?
A: All scholarships are coordinated through the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid. Information for current students is located on their website.
Q: How do I give my parents access to my college records?
A: You can grant your parents access to your academic record through MyPack. More information can be found at http://www.ncsu.edu/registrar/faq/parental.html
Q: I am an alumnus, can I come back and complete a second major in the Poole College of Management?
A: In order to come back, you would need to fill out the Readmission Application Form via Registration and Records to return for a second degree at NC State. Visit http://www.ncsu.edu/registrar/forms/index.htmland scroll down to readmission information. In order to be admitted to the second program, you must be academically eligible. If you have questions, contact the OUP at (919) 515-5565.
Q: How do I go about getting a tutor?
A: The Undergraduate Tutorial Center is one of the great resources for NC State students. Check out the Undergraduate Tutorial Center website to find a complete listing of the services they provide (individual tutors, walk-in tutors, supplemental instruction, etc.), as well as those offered by individual departments on campus.
The tutoring provided by the Undergraduate Tutorial Center is primarily focused on 100 and 200 level courses and is FREE to all NC State undergraduate students. If you have more questions about the tutoring services available once you have viewed their website, you can call (919) 515-3163, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need tutorial assistance in addition to what the Undergraduate Tutorial Center can offer, they will be able to help you find other resources that exist on campus or in the community.
Q: How do I register for classes?
A: To register students use the MyPack Portal system. MyPack is a self-service system through which students may access and change personal or academic information as well as semester schedules from any computer with internet access.
Q: When can I register for classes?
A: You can register for classes once all holds have been released and your enrollment window has opened. To view your enrollment appointment, look on the Student Center page on your My Pack.
Q: I’m trying to register, but there is an advising hold on my account. What do I do?
A: An advising hold cannot be released until after you have attended an advising session or met with your academic advisor to discuss your registration plans. If you have attended a session and the hold is still active, contact your advisor to resolve the situation. Remember there are various types of holds that may be placed on your account. You should check in the MyPack system to see what type of hold you have on your account. Your advisor can only release advising holds. Visit go.ncsu.edu/pooleregistrationadvising for more information
Q: Why can’t I register for a class; it shows that seats are open?
A: Most likely the course is restricted. If you click on the red "restrictions" link in the course schedule on MyPack, you’ll see a list of criteria that you must meet in order to take the class. You will also be able to see if any seats are being held for students meeting certain criteria. If you still cannot get in, you will have the opportunity to petition for Poole Courses only. Visit go.ncsu.edu/poolepetition for more information. If the course is outside of Poole, you will need to contact that department and instructor directly.
Q: How do I register for more than 18 hours?
A: The first step is to make an appointment to discuss your plans with an academic advisor. Students will need to complete the form.
Q: I want to take an honors “H” course in the Poole College of Management; how do I get in the class?
A: As long as you meet the requirements listed in the restrictions on MyPack, you are welcome to register for the course. There is no special process required.