Student best practices
By using the tools available, you can ensure a smooth journey on your path to your SPU degree.
Use Degree Check in Banner to chart your progress to graduation.
- Anything designated incomplete needs to be fulfilled before you can graduate.
- If you believe there is an error in your degree check, contact your academic counselor.
- Your academic counselor can help clarify your degree requirements and/or make updates where necessary.
Meet with your faculty advisor
- You are required to meet with your faculty advisor if you have fewer than 45 earned credits at SPU, have not declared a major, have not been admitted to a major, or are not in good academic standing.
- If meeting with your faculty advisor is not required, you still may meeting with your advisor for academic and professional mentoring and course planning.
Check your SPU email regularly
- Your faculty advisor, academic counselor, and other offices on campus use SPU email as the main mode of communication.
- By checking your SPU email account regularly, you can ensure receiving important communications.
- Keep your email account from getting too full.
- You can easily load your SPU email account on most mobile devices, making checking in even easier.
Ask when you have questions!
Not sure where to ask? SAS can field your questions and refer you to the right resource, when needed. Visit our office in Demaray Hall 151 or email your academic counselor.
Portal to degree check
Degree Check is a tool developed to help you track your progress toward graduation. To access this tool, log into Banner and go to the
Student Menu > Academic Records Menu > UGDegree Check.
View degree requirements there, with general education requirements and transfer credits (if applicable) displayed on the first page. You can also view majors/minors by selecting this highlighted option (below) on the top of your Degree Check page:
Choosing a major and/or minor
If you haven’t identified a program of study that aligns well with your personal and professional goals, or if you want to change your mind about what you’ve earlier chosen, the below resources can help:
The Center for Career and Calling can help you identify your skills and interests and talk through how those might map to specific majors and minors.
Your faculty advisor is a great resource about areas of study, especially combined with your academic abilities and interests.
The SPU Undergraduate Catalog provides information on entering and completing each major and minor.
Once you’ve identified a major and/or minor, update that information in your Degree Check to gain access to faculty advisors and (possibly) restricted classes.
The process for identifying your intended major/minor and applying for formal admission is located in Banner, within your Degree Check.
Suggested course sequences
Suggested course sequences are available for many majors. These tools can help you develop an academic plan (a quarterly list of the classes you want to take). If your major isn’t listed, contact the department for more information.
Templates for planning
You can create an academic plan (a list of courses you intend to take in each quarter) using Suggested Course Sequences.
Plan major courses, then fill in minor courses (if applicable), and then add courses to fulfill general requirements.
There are offerings for each general requirement every quarter, so scheduling those in after major and minor courses is wise.
Be mindful of course offerings and prerequisites, which can dictate the timing of your courses.
Once you’ve “scheduled” your courses in your plan, meet with your faculty advisor for a review to help assess whether or not you’ll fulfill all degree requirements with your academic plan. If you have questions after meeting with your faculty advisor, connect with your academic counselor.
Keep in mind that a plan is just a plan; you may need to make adjustments along the way due to course availability.
Calculating your GPA
Review instructions for calculating your quarterly and cumulative GPA. There are also some tips for determining how much you need to raise it if you have a target GPA in mind.