Undergraduate Advising FAQs

This FAQ page will address many common questions that our students have. If your question is not answered on this page, please speak with an advisor.

Information on the DegreeMAP tool can be found here.

Students are responsible for taking advantage of the resources available to them in order to maximize each semester of academic study. Our Student Responsibilities page outlines the resources available to students for mapping out their course registration plans.

Full-time tuition covers 12 -17 credits in the fall and spring semesters. Full-time students generally take five classes per semester (roughly 15-16 credits) in order to stay on track to graduate in four years.

Taking fewer than 12 credits makes you a part-time student, which carries various implications. Please discuss this with an advisor ahead of time.

Taking more than 17 credits means you will pay extra tuition*, and you would be shouldering a very heavy course load. Students should consider such a decision carefully. Students can take up to 18 credits without special permission; taking more than 18 credits requires special permission (requested by submitting a Policy Exception Request to the Advising Center).  Decisions are largely based on a student’s academic performance; those who do not have a high GPA will most likely not receive approval to take more than 18 credits.

*Special note: The semester you are enrolled in UW 1020, you can take up to 18 credits without additional fees.

Students are encouraged to declare a concentration or major and minor in the spring semester of sophomore year, so that they have a full understanding of their degree requirements. Students are welcome to declare these during their first-year at GW if they know what they want to study. As a reminder, the BS in Finance is by application only. 

Depending on how far you are into your curriculum, you may have the option of changing your plan after you declare it sophomore year.  If you have questions or concerns about your decision, speak to an advisor.

The GW Bulletin covers GW's undergraduate and graduate degree programs and courses for all the schools at GW, with the regulations that pertain to academic programs. It also contains institutional information as well as updated and expanded information on all GW schools, departments, and programs. 

You can find a complete list of courses offered at GW. A brief description of the course; the number of credit hours earned; and course prerequisites. Only the Schedule of Classes are offered in the upcoming semester, and some courses may not be offerred every year. 

  • Tutoring services are available in a variety of settings on campus. (Hourly fees may apply.)
  • Request a tutor through the GW Tutoring Initiative.
  • Use the free tutoring services available at Eckles Library on the Mount Vernon campus.
  • Visit the Language Center for foreign language tutoring.
  • The Writing Center provides support and guidance in facilitating the overall improvement of your writing skills.
  • Your professors may recommend specific tutors in their disciplines.
  • Graduate students in some departments sometimes offer supplemental tutoring services.
  • Consult the relevant department/s for more information.
  • GW Housing Programs may provide information about tutoring services in the dorms.
  • Your fraternity or sorority may sponsor in-house tutoring during the academic year.
  • An advisor can also help you connect with tutoring opportunities on campus.

The qualifications for Dean’s List are included in the University Bulletin in the School of Business section. Students who qualify will have a Dean’s List notation added to their official academic transcript.

Requirements for good standing are outlined in the University Bulletin in the School of Business section.

Information regarding students who do not stay in good academic standing are outlined in the University Bulletin in the School of Business section.

The George Washington University School of Business Faculty approved the below grade distribution guidelines for undergraduate and graduate courses taught in the School of Business. For undergraduate courses the average GPA for the course should fall between the recommended ranges listed. For graduate courses the total number of A and A-‘s for a course should not be over the recommended maximum percentage listed.

Undergraduate Courses

  • Average GPA Range
    • BADM Courses: 2.9-3.3
    • Non-BADM Courses: 3.0-3.4

Graduate Courses

  • Maximum Percentage of A and A- Combined
    • BADM Courses: 40%
    • Non-BADM Courses: 50%

Official transcripts are issued by the Registrar’s Office. Instructions for ordering transcripts are available on the Registrar’s website.

The status of “continuous enrollment” is defined in the University Bulletin. If you wish to register for continuous enrollment or have questions about this status, contact an academic advisor.

A “leave of absence” is defined in the University Bulletin. If you wish to register for a leave of absence or have questions about this status, contact the Advising Center.

Complete information regarding graduation (including application deadlines and how to complete the application) can be found on the Registrar’s website. Students are responsible for being aware of this information in order to avoid late fees, to receive information about Commencement, and to be reviewed for degree clearance.

The Course Substitution Form is used when a student is requesting permission to use a non-approved course to fulfill a curriculum requirement.  Submitting a request does NOT guarantee approval; until students receive a decision, they should make plans that are in accordance with University and GWSB policy.

After the form is submitted, initial review is conducted by an academic advisor; the request is then reviewed by senior staff in The Office of Undergraduate Programs for a final decision.

Substitution examples include the following:

  • Liberal Arts requirements (Pre-Fall 2014 degrees only. No exceptions can be made for Fall 2014 and forward degrees.)
  • Field course substitutions for concentrations/majors/minors (requires approval from the respective academic department before submission to the Advising Center)
  • Field-related elective/Int’l Field Course substitutions for BBA concentrations (requires approval from the respective academic department before submission to the Advising Center)
  • Elective substitutions

The Policy Exception Request is used when a student is asking for an exception to a GWSB or University policy.  Submitting a request does NOT guarantee approval; until students receive a decision, they should make plans that are in accordance with University and GWSB policy.

After the form is submitted, initial review is conducted by the student’s advisor; it is then reviewed by senior staff in The Office of Undergraduate Programs for a final decision.  Examples of exceptions include the following:

  • Taking more than 18 credits
  • Taking more than 13 credits when on academic probation

A student seeking a course substitution or an exception to a University or School of Business policy should use the appropriate form, which can be found on our Forms page.  Students should read all information provided on the form in order to ensure submission of a complete request for consideration.

    • Whenever possible, policy exception requests should be filed as the extenuating circumstances are occurring, or immediately after they have occurred.
    • You should never assume that your request will be approved; until you receive a decision, you should make plans that are in accordance with University and GWSB policy.
    • Submit your request form to the Advising Center in Duquès 456. Forms are reviewed on a regular basis throughout the academic year and students are notified of their outcome via email.

The University’s policy on AP/IB/A-Level credits is available on the Undergraduate Admissions page here.  Some key items to note:

  • The University reserves the right to change policy regarding AP/IB/A-Level credit without advance notice.
  • A maximum of 24 AP/IB/A-Level credits may be applied towards your degree.
  • Credit is granted only for higher level IB exams.
  • Credits may not be duplicated or double-counted towards more than one course requirement. In some cases, credits may not apply at all.
  • To see which scores qualify for credit, refer to the AP/IB/A-Level Conversion Chart on our Forms page.
  • Be sure to reference your DegreeMap and consult with an academic advisor on a regular basis.

For complete information on the University’s policies regarding transfer credit, refer to the information provided on the Registrar’s website, which addresses the following topics:

  • How many credits you can transfer after enrolling at GW
  • The approval process for courses taken at other universities
  • The minimum grade needed to transfer credit
  • Taking courses outside of the US (this information applies to both domestic & international students)

Please note that approval of transfer credit by GWSB is contingent upon the University regulations and all GWSB residency requirements as outlined in the University Bulletin. Approval is NOT guaranteed and should be obtained prior to enrolling in a course elsewhere.