Take classes at another college?
Slippery Rock University provides a number of options for students to take courses at other institutions for transfer back to SRU in completing degree requirements. In all cases, coursework must be approved by the appropriate individuals prior to taking classes elsewhere. In addition, you must request that an official transcript of coursework taken elsewhere be sent to the Office of Academic Records & Registration upon completion of the pre-approved courses. Please refer to the forms link provided for each of the following options for additional information:
Transient Student Status: You can take courses at another domestic college, university or community college for transfer back to SRU by becoming a "Transient Student". When completing courses as a transient student, the courses as well as the credit will transfer back to SRU if you earn a grade of C- or better. Although the grade you earned in the course is posted to your academic record, it is not calculated into your GPA.
You must first complete a Transient Clearance Form outlining the institution at which you wish to earn credit and those courses for which you are seeking transfer approval. You must obtain the signature of your advisor, department chairperson and in some circumstances; the dean of your college, prior to enrolling for courses elsewhere. For additional policies and procedures as well as a copy of the Transient Clearance Form, check out Academic Forms.
Study Abroad Student Status: If you plan on taking advantage of the many opportunities SRU provides through our study abroad program, you will need to complete a Transient Clearance Form just as if you were taking courses at another domestic college, university or community college. (See Transient Student Status and the link to that form)
Please keep in mind that this form must be completed and approved as part of the process of applying to one of our study abroad programs and prior to your departure. Please allow ample time for this process and refer to the Office of Global Engagement for additional information on the application process.
Visiting Student Status: You may take courses at other PA State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities for transfer back to SRU through the Visiting Student Program. When completing coursework through the Visiting Student Program, the course, credit and grade transfer back to SRU, thus affecting your GPA at SRU.
Through this program, you may only take courses at another PASSHE Institution and must receive approval to take courses from both your home institution (SRU) and the other PASSHE institution prior to enrolling for coursework. For additional policies and procedures regarding Visiting Student Status as well as a copy of the Visiting Student Form, please check out Academic Forms.
Have my grades sent to my parents?
Students may have their mid-term and final grades sent to their parents or any other third party by accessing MySRU and authorizing their parents to be a proxy manager in the Parent Portal. Here is a step-by-step training guide to proxy management for the Parent Portal.
Change my address?
Log into MySRU and complete the following steps:
- Click on the Student Self-Service tab
- Click on Banner Self-Service
- Click on the Personal Information file
- Click on the Update Addresses and Phone Numbers
- Click on the address type you want to update
- After information is entered click submit
Please make sure at all times you have an active permanent home address as it is required by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
MySRU, Adding/Dropping Classes, RPINs, Change My Major or Add Major/Minor
Drop/Withdraw from a class? Check the Official Policy.
Review a My Rock Audit? Audits are available for all undergraduate and graduate students. Students may run a My Rock Audit on MySRU. If you need assistance reading or interpreting your My Rock Audit, help can be found at the MyRockAudit Guide.
Get my Registration Personal Identification Number (RPIN)? Undergraduate, degree-seeking students must meet with their academic advisor to review their plan of study, receive their Registration PIN (RPIN) and complete a registration form/worksheet before accessing MySRU to register. RPINs are not needed in the summer. Post-Baccalaureate and graduate students do not need RPINs to register during any semester/term.
Change my major? Forms for changing majors may be obtained in the offices of the deans, Academic Records and Registration, or departments. Student are reminded that they must meet the major requirements that are in effect at the time they declare a new major. A department chairperson signature is required for the major change to be made. Check out Academic Forms for more information.
Add a minor or second major? Students desiring to earn a double major or to add an academic minor field of study should first seek advisement from the specific academic departments that would be involved. This takes place normally after the freshman year.
While only one degree will be granted to graduating student, both academic majors and/or minors will appear on the transcript. Double majors normally require more than the 120 semester hours minimum.
A minor is a set of courses that meets specific guidelines and is designed to allow a sub-major concentration in an academic discipline or in a specific area within a discipline. Unlike a specialization or a concentration, the minor is recorded on the student's transcript.
Students cannot major and minor in the same discipline/academic area. For example, they cannot major and minor in geography, but they can major in geography and minor in cartography.
Students wishing to declare a second major or minor, must complete the appropriate form which is available in the Office of Academic Records and Registration or on the forms page. Once a student has graduated, he/she may not add another major, minor or specialization to his/her undergraduate record. A department chairperson signature is required for each of the forms to be processed.
How do I withdraw from or return to the university?
Withdrawal: Once the decision has been made to withdraw from the University, the student must secure a withdrawal form. These forms are located throughout campus as well as in the office of Academic Records and Registration. The student is to fill out section one of the form. Section two will indicate with whom the student needs to meet to conclude the process. Once the student has been interviewed, the process of withdrawal is complete. The withdrawal date is considered the date of the exit interview, not necessarily the last date of class attendance. Contact the office of academic records at 724.738.2010 for additional information.
Unless suitable proof is submitted, students not living on campus will be withdrawn on the day their withdrawal form is completed and returned, not the day they claim they last attended classes. Students residing on campus will be withdrawn from the university either on the day they move out of the residence hall, stop attending classes or last use their meal plan, whichever date is latest.
Students who have left the university for whatever reason and for whatever length of time and are readmitted are responsible for meeting all graduation (liberal studies and major) requirements that are in effect the term they are readmitted, not the term they originally entered the university.
*Medical withdraw - if you are withdrawing because of medical situation, or returning from a medical withdrawal, please contact the director of student support at 724.738.2121.
Return: Students who have interrupted their attendance at SRU for any reason, may resume studies at Slippery Rock University by applying for readmission to the director of Academic Services. This must be done at least one month prior to the beginning of the semester/term in which they wish to enter. Students who have been on academic suspension and are readmitted will be advised of the specific conditions of readmission by the director of academic services. Credit earned at another college or university by a student may not be eligible for transfer to Slippery Rock University. Students must obtain approval from their dean before taking the courses to ensure the transferability of credits to Slippery Rock University. Grades earned as a transient student will not be computed into a student's SRU QPA. Readmitted students are responsible for meeting all academic requirements in effect at the time they are readmitted, not at the time they were originally admitted to the university.
*Medical readmission - please contact the director of student support at 724.738.2121 to process a medical readmission.