FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Academic Program Requirements
Advisor Assignments
Change/Declaration of Major
Leave of Absence
Withdrawal from the University
Withdrawal Without Notice
Readmission into the University
Visiting Students

Academic Program Requirements

Students can pickup curriculum control sheets, which are "maps" of the requirements for each major at the Advisement Center. Degree Audits, which list both the courses you have taken and the courses still needed for degree completion, copies of students schedules, course availability and grades confirmation can all be obtained through your WP Connect account. Students can assess this information either through their own personal computers or by using any computer located in one of our student computer labs.

Advisor Assignments

Upon admission to the University, freshman and transfer students (with less than 24 transfer credits) are assigned to an advisor in the Career Development and Advisement Center. Students accepted into the following majors/programs are not advised through the Center but are assigned an advisor within that major/program. This includes Art, Music, Nursing, EOF, and Honors. All undeclared students and students between majors are also advised by the Career Development and Advisement Center.Top

Change/Declaration of Major

Students in good academic standing (2.0 or better GPA) may apply to declare or change one or more majors after completing at least one semester at William Paterson University if they meet that department's application standards. Students must apply for admission to a major program upon completion of 60 credits. Declaration/change of major applications may be completed online through your WP Connect account. These are then forwarded to the appropriate department chairperson for a decision. Students are notified, in writing, of the chairperson's decision and are assigned an advisor in the new major upon acceptance. Students may also apply to declare minors in-person at the Advisement Center.

Leave of Absence

An undergraduate student in good standing (2.0 cumulative GPA or above) who wishes to take a temporary leave from the university while maintaining their enrollment with the university, may take a Leave of Absence. A Leave of Absence can be granted for one academic year (two consecutive semesters). The student should complete the required paperwork online through WPConnect - Self-Service - Leave of Absence. An enrolled student can apply for a Leave of Absence up until one (1) month before the end of a semester.

If a student completes transferable college work elsewhere during their Leave of Absence, official transcripts indicating completed course work must be submitted to the Registrar's Office. All course work undertaken while away from WPUNJ should be pre-approved by the appropriate department chairperson if it is to be credited towards a WPUNJ graduation requirement.

Graduate students requesting a Leave of Absence must contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Research at (973) 720-2237.

Students should contact the WPUNJ Financial Aid Office to explore financial aid ramifications of a Leave of Absence.

If a student is not in good standing, a leave of absence cannot be granted, and the student electing to leave school must withdraw from the University (see below).

Withdrawal from the University

A matriculated undergraduate student wishing to terminate his/her enrollment in the University should contact the Registrar's Office online to complete the withdrawal process.  A Withdrawal from the University will not be refused to any matriculated student. The student must process the request prior to that semester's final exam period.

A Withdrawal is for an indefinite length of time and is in force until the student chooses to apply for readmission. A Withdrawal should not be confused with dropping a course, nor should a Withdrawal be confused with a Leave of Absence. Nonattendance in classes does not constitute a Withdrawal from the University.

Nonmatriculated students who wish to withdraw from the University during the school year are required to complete the appropriate procedure at the Registrar's Office.

Graduate students requesting a Withdrawal from the University must contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Research at (973) 720-2237.

Withdrawal Without Notice

A student who leaves the University without filing the required online forms for a Leave of Absence or Withdrawal is considered to have terminated their enrollment in the University at the end of the last semester in which he/she was enrolled, and will be Withdrawn Without Notice.

A student who has been granted a Leave of Absence and who does not register for classes within the two consecutive semesters for which their Leave of Absence was granted, will automatically be Withdrawn Without Notice from the University.

A student who has been withdrawn and wishes to be considered for readmission must apply to the Admission Office (see below).

Readmission into the University

Students who withdraw from the University (from all their courses) must apply for readmission through the Admission Office according to the admissions calendar. Readmission is not automatic; university or department enrollment restrictions and other considerations may not permit return during a particular semester. Students who are not in good standing upon withdrawal and subsequently seek readmission must simultaneously seek readmission to a major, if one has previously been declared.

Visiting Students

a). William Paterson students going elsewhere

William Paterson University students who wish to attend another college or university as visiting students must be in good academic standing and must secure an approved visiting student application form from the dean of the college of their major. The application must be completed by the student and approved by the dean.

. Students from elsewhere wishing to visit William Paterson

Students from other colleges or universities who wish to attend William Paterson as visiting students must provide a letter of permission from the appropriate official (registrar, dean, etc.) at their "home" institution.

The letter must state the semester(s) of attendance requested and that the student is in good academic standing as well as the courses(s) or statement about the course(s) to be taken. This letter must be returned with the nondegree application to the admissions office for you to receive registration information. Visiting students are required to comply with William Paterson University policies.