Academic Advisement Frequently Asked Questions
Who is my advisor?
Every degree student at MMC has an assigned faculty advisor. If you have declared your major, your advisor will be a faculty member teaching in your major field of concentration. If you are undecided, you will be assigned to a faculty member who can give you broad guidance and help you fulfill your college requirements until you choose a major. To find out who your advisor is, check MMCConnect/Profile.
Academic advisors in the Office of Academic Advisement are also available to all students, regardless of major. Students may choose to see an academic advisor for a variety of reasons, including degree requirements, academic progress or to get more information about programs like CLEP, Hunter College Cooperative Program.
When am I supposed to see an advisor?
Students must see their advisor prior to registration each semester. Your faculty advisor will help you choose your classes for the following semester and can answer any questions you have about requirements and your progress. You may also make an appointment to see your advisor during the semester to discuss any other academic issues.
How do I declare or change a major? How do I add a minor?
If you wish to declare or change your major, you need to fill out a Declaration/Change of Major and Minor Form, available at the Office of Academic Advisement and also available online in our "Advisement Forms" section. You fill out what major you would like to declare, sign your name and submit the form to our office. We will change it in the system and you will be assigned a new advisor for the next course selection period.
You may add or change a minor using the same form. Please note that while a major is mandatory, students have the option of whether or not they will choose a minor.
What does GPA and Cum GPA mean? How does GPA affect my studies at MMC?
Your GPA is your Grade Point Average. It is the numeric indicator of how you have performed academically each semester. Each grade you receive in a course is awarded Quality Points (i.e. grade of A = 4.00 quality points), which are used to calculate an "average" of your grades in a given semester. The semester GPA only takes into account the grades for courses taken in that particular semester. The "Cum" or cumulative GPA (also called cumulative index) takes into account all your semesters at MMC and calculates your performance to date. Transfer credits or courses you've taken at other institutions are not computed in the GPA.
There are a number of good reasons to monitor your GPA and cumulative index. In order to maintain good academic standing at MMC, you must maintain a cumulative index of at least 2.0. If you go below 2.0, you will be placed on academic probation and may face dismissal if you do not raise your GPA within a prescribed period of time. Also, it's important to note that you need a minimum index of 2.0 to graduate. You also need to be aware of your cumulative index if you would like to do an Independent Study or Internship. (Please see: GPA Calculator)
What does it mean to be on Academic Probation? What do I have to do to be removed from probationary status?
All matriculated students at MMC must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in order to remain in good academic standing. If you fall below a 2.0 cumulative GPA, you will be placed on academic probation. To be removed from probationary status, you need to raise your cumulative GPA to 2.0 or higher within the next academic year. Failure to do so puts the student in danger of dismissal from the college.
If you have been placed on academic probation, it's important that you speak to your faculty advisor and also that you meet with an academic advisor in our office. We can help you identify your academic problems and assist you in finding the support you need to have a successful academic career at MMC