Frequently Asked Questions

Scheduling Appointments

Are appointments required to see a COSSAC advisor?

Appointments are strongly encouraged. You can schedule an appointment by:

Regular Semester Walk-in Hours

Wednesdays only, from 9:00am-11:00am and 1:30pm-4:00pm.

Summer Walk-in Hours

Wednesdays only, from 8:00am-11:00am and 1:00pm-3:0pm.

How can I make an appointment with a faculty advisor?

Contact your major department directly to schedule an appointment with a faculty advisor. You can search your major department through the Fresno State Directory.

If you have an assigned advisor, you will see their contact information on your Student Center along the right hand side. Contact your major department for more information.  

General Education

Do students need to earn a "C" or better in all of their G.E. courses in order to receive credit?

No, in the 1999-present G.E. pattern students are only required to earn a "C" or better in the FOUNDATION courses:

  • Area A1-Oral Communication

  • Area A2-Written Communication (English 1)

  • Area A3-Critical Thinking

  • Area B4-Quantitative Reasoning

Can students take any course required for G.E. as credit/non-credit grading?

Yes, students can take any G.E. course “CR/NC” grading as long as the student does not need a letter grade in the course to satisfy major or other degree requirements. Students are allowed a maximum of 6 units “CR/NC” grading per semester and a maximum of 24 semester units for “CR/NC” grading at Fresno State.

May I take a general education course at my local California community college during the summer?

YES! A helpful resource can be found at Assist.orgTo find this information in ASSIST, look at the CSU GE-Breadth Certification Course List for your community college, or come to the University Advising Center to determine if the course you plan to take is articulated with Fresno State.

Do students have to complete all lower division G.E. courses before taking upper division G.E. courses?

Upper division G.E. courses must be taken no sooner than the term in which 60 units of college coursework are completed.

Major Requirements

Who should I meet with to make sure that I am on track with my major requirements?

You can meet with an advisor in the College of Social Sciences Advising Center, McKee Fisk Rm 203A, 278-3422. A COSSAC advisor will review your records and make sure that you are taking the proper classes towards completing a major and will also determine when it is necessary to meet with a faculty advisor. 

Where do I go to declare/change my major?

If you are declaring/changing your major to a major offered within the College of Social Sciences, you can meet with a COSSAC advisor to go over the major and to obtain a signature on the "Change of Major" form. 

Minors/Certificates

Probation/Disqualification

Who can I meet with to discuss my probation or disqualification status?

FRESHMAN students will be assigned to SupportNet, located on the lower level of the Henry Madden Library. You can contact them at 559.278.8370 or supportnet@csufresno.edu to set up an appointment with a SupportNet advisor.  

SOPHMORE, JUNIOR, and SENIOR students can meet with an advisor in the College of Social Sciences Advising Center.  

What does academic probation mean?

Student are placed on academic probation, a type of academic warning, if their campus or cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 but is above the academic disqualification GPA. Students remain on academic probation until both overall and campus GPAs are 2.0 or above.

What does academic disqualification mean?

Students are disqualified if either their campus or cumulative GPA falls below 1.50 for freshmen (1-39 units), 1.70 for sophomores  (30-59 units), 1.85 for juniors (60-89 units), and 1.95 for seniors (90+ units).Student on academic disqualification are placed on contract and may continue to attend Fresno State by meeting the following:

  • enroll in no more than 13 units

  • obtain a minimum 2.0 term GPA

  • receive no F or WU grades

  • meet with an advisor

  • students are strongly encouraged to complete a Maximizing Academic Potential (MAP) workshop online through Blackboard Hot Spots.  

What if I'm on academic disqualification but want to enroll in more than 13 units?

Requests by disqualified students to increase unit load beyond 13 units (Excess Unit Form) must be submitted with the University Advising Center, located in Joyal 224. Call to schedule an appointment 559.278.1787.

Graduation

Where should I go to make sure I am on track to graduate?

You should meet with an advisor in the College of Social Sciences Advising Center at least once a semester to ensure you are on track to complete all degree requirements before applying to graduate.

When I complete my degree requirements, do I automatically earn a diploma?

No, You must apply for graduation.

When and how do I apply for graduation? 

Students who anticipate meeting bachelor's degree requirements by the end of a term should file a completed application for a degree within the first two weeks of that term. During the filing period, you will file your degree application and pay the application fees by using the online Undergraduate Degree Checkout Process through your Student Center>Apply for Undergraduate Degree. You must return to the main page to “Submit” the application after you pay the application fee.

After you apply for graduation and your application has been reviewed, the Degree Advising Office will send you an email to your Fresno State email account with your graduation status.

What happens if I miss the deadline to apply for graduation?

For specific details, contact the Degree Advising Office (Joyal Administration Building Room 115, 559.278.4076) as soon as possible.