Shepard Freshman Resource Center: Frequently Asked Questions
You can find your advisor by logging into PilotUP’s "Self-Serve" portal. From Self-Serve, click on "Student Records," then "View Student Information" at the bottom and find your advisor on that page.
The Math Resource Center offers free tutoring for all students in mathematics courses. Tutors are available in Franz Hall 120 on Sundays through Thursdays. The center offers tutors for the following courses:
- MTH 111: Precalculus I
- MTH 112: Precalculus II
- MTH 121: Calculus for Business and Social Science
- MTH 141: Finite Mathematics
- MTH 161: Elementary Statistics
- MTH 201: Calculus I
- MTH 202: Calculus II
MTH 301: Vector Calculus
Tutors can also assist with various upper-division courses. No appointment is necessary - students can drop in whenever they have a question. A schedule of tutors (time and subjects in which they can tutor) will be distributed to every student in a math class. The center is also a good place to meet with fellow students to work on homework assignments and projects. The Math Resource Center also offers a calculus preparation website that can assist you with your studies. For more information, please call the Department of Mathematics at (503) 943-7166.
To drop a class without receiving a "W" on your transcript, you must complete the necessary paperwork and turn it in to the Registrar by the end of the first week of classes each semester. This is known as the "Add/Drop" period. After this time, classes can still be dropped but you will receive a "W" on your transcript because you officially withdrew from the course. The Registrar's Office sets deadlines each semester for the withdrawal period and after this period ends, you may not withdraw from a course.
In either scenario, you will need to pick up an Add/Drop form from the Registrar's Office or your College or School. Take the form to your advisor to discuss dropping the course and have him/her sign it. If you want to withdraw from the course (after the first week of classes) you will need to have the instructor sign the form as well. You can then take it to the Registrar's Office for processing.
To add a class during the first week of each semester, you can visit the Registrar's Office. You will need to fill out the Add/Drop form, available in the Registrar's Office or your College or School. If the course is closed, you will need to see the department chair of the course you wish to add. If they will allow you into the course, they will give you a green "Closed Course Form" to accompany your Add/Drop form. Please note that only department chairs can distribute closed course forms for their respective departments.
Below is a list of the University's department chairs in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the Academic Program Counselors to contact for getting into closed courses in the professional schools:
- Biology: Dr. Van Hoomissen, SWI 204
- Chemistry: Dr. Mayer, SWI 104
- Communication Studies: Dr. Kerssen-Griep, BC 263
- English: Dr. Hiro, BC 235A
- Environmental Studies: Dr. Kolmes, SHI 223
- History: Dr. Moentmann, BC 439
- International Languages and Cultures: Dr. Looney, BC 367
- Mathematics: Dr. Hill, BC 262B
- Performing and Fine Arts: Dr. Larsen, BC 235B
- Philosophy: Dr. Eshleman, BC 137
- Physics: Dr. Bonfim, BC 266
- Political Science: Dr. Malecha, BC 436
- Social and Behavioral Sciences: Dr. Rogers, BC 140
- Social Justice: Fr. Lies, BC 214
- Theology: Dr. Deming, BC 438
- Business Academic Program Counselors: Montana Hisel Cochran or Christine Naylor, Franz 425
- Education Academic Program Counselor: Maribeth McGowan, Franz 434
- Engineering Academic Program Counselors: Lindsay Chelton-SHI 227 & Kimberly Felipe-SHI 228
- Nursing Academic Program Counselor: Elisa Majors, BC 343
Every professor puts all of his or her important contact information on the course syllabus, including office location, office hours, phone number, and email address. If you are trying to find a professor that you do not have class with, all of the office numbers are available in both the print and on-line version of the Campus Directory at www.up.edu/dir.
Professors give academic warnings for any number of reasons, including, but not limited to:
- Excessive absences
- Poor test or quiz performance
- Inadequate preparation/study habits
- Poor class participation
- Incomplete or late assignments
- Course comprehension
- Any other reason that the professor feels is vital to success that is not being met
These warnings do not mean that you are going to fail the class, but they do mean that you are in danger of failing if you continue to perform in the same academic manner. In any case, make sure you go to visit your professor if you have gotten an academic warning. If you are having problems with the course material or test taking, you should consider seeking out a departmental tutor or other resources. For more information on where to go to get help, contact the Shepard Freshman Resource Center at (503) 943-7895 or stop by BC 113.
To get a copy of your schedule, log into PilotsUP. In the Self-Serve portal, select "Registration." There, you can select "Student Detail Schedule" and find a weekly schedule showing all of your classes and their time and location.
First, you must have an official transcript from the academic institution, AP, or IB sent to the University. Once this is on file, check with your specific school or college to see how the credits transferred in to the University of Portland.
If you are a Bachelor of Arts major in the College of Arts and Sciences, or a Global Business major in the School of Business, a language is required. However, if you took four years of the same language in high school and passed all of your language classes, the College of Arts and Sciences waives this requirement. You need to make sure that UP has an official copy of your final high school transcript to have this waived.