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Early Start Information for On-Campus Students NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY
What type of classes do Early Start students take? Typical courses include: English 101 (based on ACT scores) Math 101 (based on ACT scores) Art 110 or Music 105 (Art/Music Appreciation) Government 101 (American National/Civics) History (Western Civilization, World History) Psychology 101 Sociology 151 Speech 101 Biology Chemistry Physics French Spanish Geography Geology
General Education There a core group of classes required of Louisiana college graduates. This core group represents the courses in which most Early Start students enroll. These courses are established by the Board of Regents to ensure graduates have a well rounded education regardless of the major the student chooses to pursue.
General Education This is one of the major educational differences between universities and technical schools. The good news for you, is that these general education courses are usually, transferable to other Louisiana universities.
Other ways to earn college credit in high school: ACT – SAT – Compass Exams Scoring well in Math and/or English can earn you Nicholls credit. Advanced Placement Testing An invitation is extended to high school students for the opportunity to take an advanced placement exam to attempt to test out of courses at Nicholls. Must have an ACT composite of 24 or higher. Tests are free. Courses are non-transferrable. CLEP testing National exam that we offer on campus to give you an opportunity to try to test out of courses. There is a fee to take each exam. Courses are transferable. Military Credit
ACT Scores for NSU Placement English Composition 18 -27 ACT = English 101 28 -31 ACT = English 102 32 -36 ACT = English literature Mathematics 19 -20 ACT = Math 100 21 -22 ACT = Math 101 23 -26 ACT = Math 102, 106, or 108 27 -36 ACT = Math 165
Colonel Card Student ID Allows you to use computer labs on campus and check out books in the library Students can apply money to their Colonel Card to be used on campus Visit the Colonel Card office in the Union to obtain your card You must obtain your Colonel Card before obtaining your parking decal.
Parking Decal $50 fee Valid for one year Fee will be applied to your fee bill and you may pay using Banner Self-Service or at Fee Collections in Elkins Parking decals can be obtained in Calecas Hall
Tips for Success Also: #1 GO TO CLASS Read ahead and be prepared for class. Learn how to study. Seek help, ask questions, talk to your professors. Ask someone. Come to the Advising Center with any type of problem you may have or need help with.
What You Can Expect Most professors and other students will not know that you are still in high school. It’s not a secret that you are a high school student. You are free to tell them if you would like. Expect for faculty, staff, and other students to interact with you as an adult. Know that you may hear and see things in class or on campus that may be controversial, this is part of the college experience. If you do not feel comfortable, at any time, please notify Mrs. Lori Richard.
Course Expectations Please. . . Have fun and enjoy this experience. Not all students have this opportunity. Enjoy it! Attend class and communicate reasons for an absence or tardy to your professor. Complete all assignments on time and with quality work. Study hard. This class will be on your permanent college record, it will follow you to all universities you may attend in the future. Follow all campus and classroom rules listed in the Code of Student Conduct. http: //www. nicholls. edu/documents/student_life/code_of_conduct. pdf No cheating, no plagiarizing.
Early Start Grades and Advising Early Start students must earn an A, B, or C to be eligible for Early Start enrollment in the future. Students who withdraw (W) or resign will not be allowed to participate in the Early Start program in future semesters. Early Start students must see the Early Start advisor, Lori Richard, to drop a course or resign from the university. All grades are final and permanently placed on the student’s official transcript.
Before the first day of class Drop or Add Classes– must be done with Mrs. Lori Richard Pick up your Colonel Card Get your parking decal (if you need one) Buy your textbooks
First Day of Class Bring: q q q Books Notebook or binder and loose leaf paper Pencil/pen Book bag Daily planner Syllabus. This is something your professor will give you in class. This is the backbone of your course. Your instructor’s expectations for you will be located in this document. Read it. Understand it. Ask questions. Anticipate parking issues. You will likely have to drive around for a while before finding a parking space. Make sure you ONLY park in a commuter student spot. Otherwise, you may find a pretty $50 parking ticket taped to your vehicle.
Other Tips Keep small umbrella or poncho in your book bag for when that rain cloud sneaks up on you. Class will go on, even on rainy days. Consider bringing a small sweater or jacket to class. Sometimes our classrooms are cold. Keep a copy of your schedule handy. Bring a mini stapler, mini hole punch, or other supplies you may need. Professors will expect your assignments to be submitted stapled. Keep money on your Colonel Card or cash for vending machine snacks, copy machines, purchasing food, or items at the bookstore. Check out the i. Phone app in the app store for your Colonel Card.
Get Familiar with Campus Walk through your schedule to get familiar with where your class will be. Use the Nicholls i. Phone app to help you navigate campus and other campus tools. The app can be found in the i. Phone app store.
Decoding Your Schedule CRN: unique course number for that particular class only Course: course abbreviation, number, and section Title: Title of course Campus: location of course Credits: number of credit hours for the course Level: UG=undergraduate Days: Days of the week the course meets TR= Tuesday and Thursday MWF= Monday, Wednesday, and Friday M= Monday only; T= Tuesday only; W=Wednesday only; R= Thursday only; F= Friday only MW= Monday and Wednesday Time: Time the course meets on given days of week Location: Building and room number Instructor: Last name of your instructor ** press visit bookstore to find the books required for your class!!
Banner, Moodle, and E-mail Student Email: University assigned gmail account. Use this account when emailing faculty/staff on campus (i. e. professors, Early Start advisor). Moodle: Online course management system that will be heavily utilized in your classes. It is imperative that you use this valuable tool. Moodle has replaced our old Blackboard system. You may still hear students and faculty refer to Blackboard. Spring 2012 is the first semester that all courses will use Moodle only. Banner Self-Service: Where you handle business. Banner keeps the official record that the university has on each student. In Banner Self-Service you will find your: Fee Bill: how much you owe the university Unofficial Transcript: an unofficial copy of all course work attempted or in progress Semester schedule Official transcript request form Faculty/staff contact information Your personal contact information that you can update as it changes And lots of other things…
Log-in Links On the Nicholls home page, under CURRENT STUDENT, you will find log-in links for: student email, Moodle, and Banner Self-Service. Links
Banner Self-Service Log-in Information Banner Self-Service: User ID: Social Security number or Student ID number (N number) Password: Six digit birthdate. You will be asked to change your password after your first log-in (mm/dd/yy) Once in Banner, your third party ID will be located in the top right corner of the screen. This is the first part of your email account. Write this down. You will need it to log-in to email. Your Nicholls ID (N number) is located next to your third party ID. It will look something like this: N 00012345 Always use a capital “N” and include all zeros in this number.
Student Email and Moodle Log-in Information Student Email: Use email links provided on Nicholls homepage to access email. Username: Third party ID (obtained from Banner) Password: N number (be sure to use capital ‘N’) Moodle: Use Moodle link provided on Nicholls homepage to access Moodle. Log-in is in the top right hand corner of Moodle home page Username: Third party ID (obtained from Banner) Password: N number (be sure to use capital ‘N’)
Handy Information Early Start Advisor: Lori Richard 234 Elkins 448. 4825 Lori. Richard@nicholls. edu Academic Advising Center: 234 Elkins Hall 448. 4117 Parking Permits: Calecas Hall 448. 4942 Colonel Card Office Bollinger Memorial Student Union 448 -4498 https: //services. jsatech. com/index. php? cid=202 Meal Plans Vernon Galliano Dining Hall, Sudexo Office 448. 4513 http: //www. nicholls. edu/dining/mealplans/commuter-meal-plans/ Admissions Otto Candies Hall 448. 4507 Records and Registration Otto Candies Hall 448. 4153 Tutorial and Academic Enhancement Center 143 Peltier Hall 448. 4100 http: //www. nicholls. edu/academic_enhancement/