Advising for Transfer Undergraduate Students

Welcome to Stritch! Our office is staffed with professionally trained academic advisors that will help you navigate your academic plan at Cardinal Stritch University. Your academic advisor is your guide to course selection, general education requirements, graduation requirements and University policies and procedures. Our office can also assist you in selecting a major or minor. Once you have arrived on campus and have declared a major, you will also receive a faculty advisor in the department in which you declared. 


Transfer Student Advising Experience

  • Receive your graduation plan.  
    Our transfer students typically have a graduation plan completed at the time of their first semester registration. This allows each student to understand their personal roadmap to graduation.​

  • Attend a mandatory first semester meeting with your academic advisor. 
    You will discuss your coursework, graduation plan, talk about how your first semester is going, discuss major and career goals and get connected to University resources.


Academic Resources

Navigating college can be tricky, and your academic advisor is here to help you. You can also help yourself by understanding your academic resources. 

  • The Academic Calendar lists all important dates for the University. 
  • The Course Catalog is a publication lists all courses and programs in the undergraduate curriculum, graduation requirements, and academic and financial policies in effect as of the beginning of the fall term each year. You should always refer to the course catalog for the academic year you begin your studies at Stritch. 
  • Academic Support offers free tutoring for all Stritch students and provides professional, individualized assistance in a variety of areas. This includes tutoring on the main campus, online and our OWL (Online Writing Lab). 
  • Many resources are available, including tools to help students understand how to navigate their curriculum. Students have access to their individualized course needs/advising worksheet through MyStritch. Core curriculum guides are available to help students best navigate which courses to choose for their core. 

Academic Advising Syllabus

The majority of colleges and universities use a course syllabus as a regular part of every student's classroom education. Because academic advising is an essential part of a student's education, just like classes, an academic advising syllabus is also available through the Academic & Career Advising Office and is an essential tool which outlines the advising relationship and experience a student will have at Cardinal Stritch University. Students should review the academic advising syllabus.

Transfer Credit Evaluation

All transcripts are evaluated by the Office of the Registrar to determine transferability to the institution. Courses vary from school to school and do not always transfer; however, we do our best to make the most of your previous credits. Courses taken at a prior institution must have a minimum of a “C-“ grade in order to transfer. Some courses/programs require higher grades for transfer courses. Transfer students work directly with their admission counselor to receive an unofficial and official transcript evaluation. The credit evaluation shows which credits transfer to Stritch and how they apply to your program.

In order to assure that your credit evaluation is accurate, it’s important that you make sure that all final transcripts from all colleges are sent to Stritch. If you have any questions about receiving credit for a particular class, or if you feel that you need a class similar to a course you previously took, please contact your academic advisor with questions and for clarification. 

Credit for Prior Learning

Stritch recognizes that college-level learning can occur in non-traditional environments and through diverse experiences. By awarding credit for non-traditional learning experiences, Stritch lowers barriers and increases access for adult students in pursuit of life-long learning objectives, career advancement, or retraining opportunities.

The PLA Office coordinates the assessment of extra-institutional learning from these sources:

  • National testing programs (CLEP examinations, DANTES subject standardized tests, and Excelsior College Examinations)
  • Military/Armed Services educational training
  • Professional training portfolios
  • Experiential learning essays

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