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Degree Evaluation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does a Degree Evaluation affect my transcript or graduation?

No, it does not directly affect your transcript which is still your official academic record from SLU. However, your transcript and graduation eligibility should be influenced by what you and your advisor see in a Degree Evaluation. Use a Degree Evaluation to help plan which courses to take and to spot any errors in your academic records. A Degree Evaluation will help you know when you are ready for graduation, but your department and dean's office approve all candidates for graduation. Talk with your advisor or dean's office if you have any questions.

What if I think a course I've taken should fill a requirement and it does not within Degree Evaluation?

If the course you think should complete a requirement is not the one normally used, your individual record may need to be modified - substituting your course for the one normally used. Notations may have been made in your paper record but not yet transferred to your electronic record. See your Dean's Office if the course is in the core and your department/advisor if it is in your major. If your course is the normal one taken for the requirement, there may be an error within a Degree Evaluation. Letting the Office of the University Registrar know about the problem will save other students confusion.

Why doesn't the course that I transferred meet the requirement I was told it would meet?

Transfer courses can be confusing to a Degree Evaluation, but problems are usually easily solved when brought to the attention of the right person: Dean's Office for a core course, advisor/department for your major.

Why do the requirements in a Degree Evaluation look different from the sheet my advisor shows me?

The information in a Degree Evaluation is based on the check-sheets used by advisors. Sometimes, the format is different due to the limitations of the program. Your requirements are based on your catalog year of record (usually determined by the date you entered Saint Louis University). If that catalog year is incorrect, you may see requirements meant for a different catalog. This problem is easily corrected in your Dean's Office.

Why aren't all of my academic programs appearing in a Degree Evaluation?

The web version of a Degree Evaluation can only show one degree at a time with up to two majors and two minors. See your Dean's Office if you think you have a major or minor which should appear but does not.

Why is the grade point average in a Degree Evaluation different from the one on my transcript?

You may have college credit through SLU's 1818 program and your high school. On your transcript, these courses will appear as credits earned, but they will not count in your grade point average. However, a Degree Evaluation cannot make that distinction. It counts both the credits and the grades from 1818 courses. The gpa on your transcript is correct and official. If you do not have credits from 1818 and your gpa is different in a Degree Evaluation, contact the Office of the University Registrar.

How does a Degree Evaluation handle repeated courses? What about Special Topics course?

Degree Evaluations count the most recent of any repeated course. Special Topics courses are differentiated by their section numbers. Since a Degree Evaluation does not read section numbers, it may not read a Special Topics course correctly. If this happens, see your department for a major course or your Dean's Office for a core course.

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