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Students receive individual advising during summer registration programs. Soon after they arrive on campus, students are assigned an advisor who will remain with them for their first three semesters at USD. Once students reach 45 credit hours they will be assigned to a new academic advisor, who will be a faculty member in the department or program of their first major. The academic advisor is just one of many advising resources available to students.

Mission Statement

Academic and career advising provides an educational experience to help students explore and navigate a path to degree completion and a plan for the future.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students can describe the requirements for graduation in their course of study before they are transferred to their faculty advisor at the 45 credit hour threshold.
  • Students will describe the broader context of their graduation requirements through the lens of a liberal education.
  • Students will analyze critically their choice of major during their first three semesters.
  • Students will analyze critically their career expectations throughout their time at USD.
  • Students will be able to describe the help resources available to them on campus.
  • Students will connect the benefits of an internship or other experience to their pursuit of a meaningful career.

Parent Responsibility

Parents can be important partners in their child's success. However, it is important for parents to support our philosophy of encouraging students to be self-advocating, active learners. At times, this means fighting the urge to resolve the problem for the student. Rather, parents should view themselves as "coaches" as they guide their students in making good choices.

Important Timetables

Parents should be aware of the following processes that occur during the year. For more information view the academic calendar.

Early Alert Warning

The early alert warning is a simple alert sent to students who are at risk of not meeting the minimum academic grade requirements for one or more classes. This warning typically occurs around four weeks after the beginning of the semester.

Midterm Grade Reporting

In late October of the fall semester and early March of the spring semester, students will be able to access their midterm grade report via the myUSD Portal and Self Service. If a faculty member believes that a student is not progressing well in the class, he/she will give a mid-term grade of DEF (deficiency) in Self Service. Self Service allows students to view their grades, transcripts, course schedules, standardized test scores, term bill, and financial aid award letter. All students receive a login and password for myUSD Portal/Self Service.

End of Term Grading

Within days of the end of final exams, students are able to access their semester grades via myUSD Portal and Self Service. Minimum progression (good standing/probation/suspension) information is available to students within ten business days after the end of the term. If a student's cumulative grade point average falls below a 2.0, they will be placed on academic probation. Academic probation does not appear on a student's transcript; it is strictly an internal mechanism for monitoring student progress.

Academic Progression and End of Year Academic Review

In late December to early January following the fall semester, and in May following the spring semester, USD reviews the academic records of all students.

  1. A student with a cumulative grade point average of 1.8 (Freshman or Sophomore) or 2.0 (Junior or Senior) or higher is considered to be in good academic standing.
  2. If a student’s cumulative grade point average falls below the required minimum in any academic term (i.e. fall, spring, summer), the student is placed on academic probation the following term.
  3. While on academic probation, the student must earn a system term grade point average 1.8 (Freshman or Sophomore) or 2.0 (for Junior or Senior) or higher.
  4. When a student on academic probation achieves a cumulative grade point average of 1.8 (Freshman or Sophomore) or 2.0 (for Junior or Senior) or higher, the student is returned to good academic standing.
  5. A student on academic probation who fails to maintain a system term grade point average of 1.8 (Freshman or Sophomore) or 2.0 (for Junior or Senior) or higher is placed on academic suspension for a minimum period of two academic terms.
  6. Students on academic suspension will not be allowed to enroll for any coursework at any Regental university except when an appeal has been approved by the Regental university from which the student is pursuing a degree. An approved appeal granted by one Regental university will be honored by all Regental universities. Also refer to SDBOR policy 2:3 (C-9.7) Probation/Suspension of Students.
  7. Academic Suspension will be entered on the student’s transcript. Academic probation will be noted in the internal academic record only.