Save the Date: FAFSA February

Learn to navigate the financial aid system

Weber State University is helping make financing college easier by offering free help in completing FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in February.

Come and get your questions answered:

  • How do I qualify for financial aid?
  • What are my financial aid options?
  • Do I make to much to be eligible for financial aid?
  • what does financial aid pay for?
  • How do I look into student loans?

For your convenience, FAFSA application help is being offered at both the Ogden and Davis campus of WSU.  This help is offered without appointment on a first-come-first-served basis.

Visit the financial aid site for more information

Family Fun: FREE Bowling & Magic Show at WSU

The Nontraditional Student Center is offering free bowling from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m at the Wildcat Lanes in Shepherd Union this Friday, September 23. Later that night there will be two free magic shows in the Lair (room next to the Wildcat Lanes) at 7:00 p.m. and at 7:50 p.m. Cupcakes and lemonade will also be provided (for free!). So if you’re a skilled bowler, or if it’s a feat just keeping the ball out of the gutter, come bowl and enjoy this free event with the whole family.
Friday, September, 23 2011

5pm-10pm

Wildcat Lanes, Ogden Campus

Call 801 626-7794 for more information.

How to: Using the Credit Transfer Guide

Welcome wayward soul…

So let’s say that before you attended Weber State University you attended another college. Maybe you’re thinking about transferring from a Utah college, or you’re coming from an out of state college, or maybe you’re on the run from the police. Wherever you are coming from, you can help you find out how your credits will transfer.

So of course you’re wondering, “Will they accept PE 1538  Yurt Camping from Utah State University, Zombies in Popular Media from Columbia College Chicago, or PHIL 180 Philosophy and Star Trek from Georgetown University. Rest at ease because we’ll walk you through the process to figure out how your credits will transfer.

Using the Transfer Guide

To make things easier for you Weber State has made the user friendly Transfer Guide (for both students and non students) so you can find out how your courses will transfer to WSU. To use the guide, search for your school (Utah colleges are listed first and then everything else is in alphabetical order). Then after you find your institution, click submit and search by transfer subject. Scroll down to find the class number and the WSU equivalent will be listed to the right of the course. If you see a number followed by three Xs (i.e. 1XXX) for the WSU equivalent. This means we do not teach an equivalent course at WSU. You will receive credit for the course but it will be counted as elective credit. Other courses that do transfer will give you the course title and number. For example, BIOL 101 from UVU will transfer to WSU as ZOOL 1010 LS Animal Biology.

What if my course isn’t on the Transfer Guide?

If you cannot find your course in the Transfer Guide, the course probably has not been reviewed by the department. To have your course reviewed just submit an Equivalency Review Request and the rest will be taken care of.

Still confused?

Call the Admissions Office at 801-626-6743, email them at admissions@weber.edu, or stop by the Student Service Center, 2nd floor room 201. The admissions office will help you, they do this all the time so don’t hesitate to contact them.

 

 

TAKE IT FROM A RECENT GRAD: BEST GEN–EDS

As everyone knows, picking general education courses is somewhat akin to powering through a proverbial box of chocolates—you never really know what you’re going to get. What you expect to be the funnest class ever can sometimes turn out to be about as exciting as Math 1050, or vice versa. As a recent graduate, I feel it is my duty to impart to you some of my favorite* (valuable/interesting) general education classes, along with their credit type, pros/cons, and difficulty level.

Clint Eastwood, eat your heart out

American Civilization

Course: History 1700
Credit Type: History / American Institutions

I’ve always been somewhat interested in history in general, but American history always seemed to lack the excitement and energy that European history has. However, American Civilization turned out to be a great class. I credit a lot of my positive experience to my professor, Dr. Gene A. Sessions, who always managed to present the history and tell stories in an exciting and unique way. He’s also hilarious, and makes each class wildly exciting and informative. I walked away from the class with a wealth of knowledge and a healthy respect for the history of this country.

Pros: Interesting and relevant subject matter taught by an amazing professor.
Cons: One of the few Breadth requirements, this class is always large and always full (currently, Dr. Sessions’ two History 1700 classes have a capacity of 150 students each)
Difficulty Level:

2.5 out of 5 rating

That totally looks like a Sagitarius…right?

Elementary Astronomy

Course: Physics 1040
Credit Type: Physical Science / Scientific Inquiry

Who doesn’t love staring up at the stars? Well, welcome to Elementary Astronomy! The classroom itself is a state–of–the–art planetarium and has the most comfortable chairs on campus. I really loved this class because it was different in every way from the average classroom setting. It was also a blast to have my mind blown every class learning about stars, galaxies, black holes, relativity, the laws of physics, and anything else to do with outer space. My professor, John Armstrong, was an amazing teacher and a hilarious person. His passion for physics really made the class fun and exciting. Don’t get me wrong though, it is a fairly difficult class. There aren’t any prerequisites listed, but you would definitely be ahead if you have a handle on math and physics.

Pros: High–tech planetarium star shows and very interesting lectures.
Cons: Not a very easy class, especially if you struggle with math.
Difficulty Level:

3.5 out of 5

 

 

For more information on the Physics department, read my other blog article.

Omega–3′s anyone?

Foundations in Nutrition

Course: Nutrition 1020
Credit Type: Life Science

Everyone knows that eating right is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but it’s not always easy to know exactly what to eat, or why. Foundations in Nutrition is a great way to get educated in the complex world of healthy eating. This is one of those classes that I really was not excited about taking, but over the course of the semester I learned to really like it and appreciate everything I was learning. Taking a class like this, you can’t help but apply what you learned to your own life, which is important if you aren’t totally satisfied with your own health. Be aware that the class does involve some minor mathematical calculations (regarding numbers and percentages on a nutrition label) and a good amount of traditional homework and studying.

Pros: Lots of valuable, life–changing information to be learned
Cons: Unless you’re a health nut, it probably won’t be the most exciting class you’ve ever taken.
Difficulty Level:

2.5 out of 5 rating

 

 

*Remember that this is all my own opinion and comes directly from my own experiences. You may not feel the same way about these classes and if you’re hesitant, contact an adviser to help you out. Good luck!

 

Tips from an Insider: Navigating the WSU Bookstore

So you just registered for classes and you need to buy textbooks, but you don’t know how. As a former bookstore employee, let me guide you through the process.

Print out your detailed schedule

The first thing you need to do is print your schedule. Log into your Weber Portal, click on the student services tab, then click view my detailed schedule under the Registration heading. Print off what’s called the detailed schedule. This has all the info for your course, so hold onto it.

Going to the Bookstore

Now you have some options, you can either go to the WSU Bookstore in Ogden (see directions below), the WSU Davis Campus Bookstore (2nd floor) in Layton, or you can shop online. My advice is to go as soon as you have your schedule. I’ll say it one more time for effect, GO AS SOON AS YOU HAVE YOUR SCHEDULE. This way you can avoid the crowds and you’re more likely to get used copies of the books you’ll need. If you wait for school to start, be prepared for a jungle of students all ­massed together foraging for books.

IF YOU SHOP ONLINE:   The online searching method is really simple, you can search by department, course number, and section number. When you checkout, you can either choose the “Pick Up” shipping method (you pick the books up at the Ogden, Davis or West Center) or you can just have them mailed to your house.  The online shop at the bookstore is a good way to see what your book looks like, so it will make it easier to find if you go in person.

Translating your schedule and locating textbooks

Ok so your schedule will look something like this. I’ve highlighted  the department and course number in yellow. The number in green is your CRN (course reference number), which is completely unique to your class. So for this example we’re looking for ENGL 3500, CRN#21701.  First go a few aisles in and look for signs above the book isles that say ENGL, then look for the course number 3500. You’re getting warmer, but wait, there’s more. Check the CRN. Sometimes professors teaching the same course will use different textbooks.  So check the CRN to make sure you have the right book for your exact class. Keep in mind there may be more than one book listed on the tag for your class.

Tips from a bookstore insider

  •  Use the new WSU online price comparison website to get good pricing on textbooks. On their website you can see the WSU bookstore’s prices right alongside those of Amazon, Half.com and other textbook retailers. Keep in mind shipping costs and added time as you plan for the first day of school. So it may be worth the peace of mind to just get your books at the WSU bookstore.
  • Make sure to keep your receipts. If the professor makes any changes for textbook requirements (which they do!) or if you drop a class, you can still get your money back as long as you return your books unopened and with your receipt before 4:30pm on the first Friday of the semester.
  • Remember you can always resell your books to WSU. However, for the best prices bring your books in during the scheduled Finals Buyback (the Wednesday of “Dead Week” through Finals week).

Note: There are 2 floors to the WSU bookstore. The fun stuff; WSU apparel and foam wildcat paws are on the 2nd floor and the essentials; textbooks, computers, & school supplies are on the lower level. So look for the staircase in the back to get to the textbook department.

The textbooks are organized alphabetically by the departments starting with Art textbooks (who knew you needed textbooks for art!?) and ending with Zoology textbooks. So if you know your alphabet you’ll be golden.

The employees don’t wear name tags and aprons for nothing, so don’t hesitate to ask them a question.

And just a side note, your class schedule and the shelf tag at the bookstore will not actually be highlighted. So don’t be shocked when you don’t see a cute colored schedule and shelf tag

If you can’t find your book on the shelf tag, come to the information desk and an employee can look up the status of your textbooks.