Orientation

Frequently Asked Questions

Orientation for the Fall 2021 be on August 14th. Move-in will take place on August 13th

Classes start August 24th. If students want to arrive on campus late, they’re required to request Late Arrival Letter from ISSS.

SU21 New Student Orientation On Campus

  • Pre-Arrival (questions about arrival i.e. orientation location, times, etc.): Jewel
  • Airport Pick-up: Jewel
  • Placement Tests: Rachel Quill

These recent updates were published on the Before You Arrive website

AC Live team members, who are also supported by & in frequent communication with the Utah Global team.

Students receive login credentials for the ALEKS Math placement test as soon as possible & can complete the test before arrival or during orientation.

If students have transfer credit or SAT/ACT scores in Utah’s system, the Math test may not be required.

Any questions or issues should be directed to utgacademics@utah.edu.

As soon as possible, but we aim for 2 weeks prior to the semester start date.

We will notify ES members when housing confirmation emails have been sent & provide a copy of the email.

In the future, we will work to create a dropbox for ES to access, along with an excel/list with what each student’s assignment.

As soon as possible, but we aim for 2 weeks prior to the semester start date.

We will share a copy with ES once this has been sent to students.

We will share copies of the emails sent to students with information about academic advising that takes place during Orientation.

New students with previous Post-Secondary credit: must make an appointment with Utah Global Academic Advisors as soon as possible after sending all of the syllabi for transfer work to utgacademics@utah.edu.

Students transitioning from ACL UMB to ACL UTA & new ACL UTA students: it is not possible to include ES on individual emails because these emails are not generated. The University of Utah Registrar’s Office creates schedules which students view in CIS–these are viewable during Orientation about one week prior to the semester start date.

Questions about study plans, please have the student email utgacademics@utah.edu for quickest response.

Students identified as being at risk of progressing into the next semester of the program are contacted on a weekly basis wherein they receive a link to schedule an appointment.

Depending on the extent of the issue/s, students may meet weekly or at key points in the semester.

After midterms, students who will need program extensions receive meeting requests from the Academic Director for weekly meetings to discuss the current & following semesters.

Yes: Utah Global updates A.Y. at the beginning & end of every semester, as well as mid-semester when significant academic or behavioral issues arise.

Official transfer credit reports are not available until after provide the University of Utah’s International Admissions Office with copies of their official transcripts.

After transcripts are received & reviewed, depending on the previous institution, it may take 1 week – two months for students’ credits to be reviewed.

After students provide official transcripts following the steps on the Before You Arrive website (# are admitted & have a partner-specific uID, they can complete a degree audit to view).

Please direct students to the same contacts for the areas included in the answer to question #2 above.

Academics

Semester Length Classes

Event Date
Classes begin May 17, 2021
Last day to add without a permission code May 21, 2021
Last day to wait list May 21, 2021
Last day to add,drop(delete),elect CR/NC, or audit classes May 26, 2021
Last day to withdraw from classes June 25, 2021
Last day to reverse CR/NC option July 30, 2021
Classes end August 4, 2021
Reading day N/A
Final exam period August 5, 2021 – August 6, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. On-campus & virtual students at the University of Utah can see current grades in Canvas by selecting “Grades” on the left-hand menu within each course.
  2. AC Live-UTA students with courses in UCommons can also see current grades in UCommons by selecting “Grades” on the left-hand menu within each course.
  3. After final grades are posted, students can view Semester & Cumulative GPA by following these steps:
    1. Log into the CIS Menu at cis.utah.edu, click on the “Academic Records” title.
    2. Then click “View Grades”.
    3. Please click on the recently completed term and then click on the “Cumulative GPA” row. You will need to take note of the “Total Units Taken” and the “GPA”.

Image found by clicking “Learn How to Find Your Academic Summary” here: https://advising.utah.edu/academic-standards/gpa-calculator-new.php

Transfer GPA is not included in GPA calculations at the University of Utah; however, previous transfer course grades are included on the official transcripts.

  1. Current course grades seen in Canvas & UCommons are translated to letter grades according to the course grading scale included in the syllabus.
  2. This is a common course grading scale but is not used for all courses:
    Grading Scale
    A 94-100% B-80-82% D+67-69%
    A-90-92% C-77-79% D 63-66%
    B+87-89% C-73-76% D-60-62%
    B-83-86% C-70-72% E 59% or below
  3. Letter grades included on the transcript equate to grade points &here is the University of Utah’s Grade Point Average (GPA) Grading System
    Grade Grade Points Equivalent Credits Quality Point
    A 4.00 3 12.00
    A- 3.70 3 11.10
    B+ 3.30 3 9.90
    B 3.00 2 6.00
    B- 2.70 3 8.10
    C+ 2.30 3 6.90
    C 2.00 1 2.00
    C- 1.70 2 3.40
    D+ 1.30 3 3.90
    D 1.00 4 4.00
    D- 0.70 3 2.10
    F Or IF .00 3 .00
    Total *33 *69.40

A semester’s grade point total is divided by the number of credits to determine GPA. Cumulative GPA is the grand total of grade points divided by grand total of credits for all semesters.

  1. Visit the University of Utah GPA Calculator for help forecasting semester & cumulative GPA
  2. This University of Utah resource also explains how to manually calculate GPA
  • The Credit/Non-Credit grading option allows students to finish a course without the final grade impacting GPA. It must be elected in CIS for each course before the semester deadline.
  • Students get credit for passing—but CR which does not impact GPA is on the transcript instead of a letter grade.
  • Students get no credit for failing—but NC which does not impact GPA is on the transcript instead of E (Fail).
  • Keep in mind: although CR/NC does not impact academic standing, CR may not meet course prerequisites & might prevent students from taking another course.
  • Always meet with Utah Global Academic Advisors or email utgacademics@utah.edu for advice before making the change.
  1. Always start by talking to your instructor about how you are doing in the class – you might be doing better than you think.
  2. Consider the effects of CR/NC for your longer-term academic goals. The Utah Global Academic Advisors & your major advisor are good resources.
  3. Weigh the financial effects of the CR/NC option. If you have a scholarship or receive services on campus, check to see if there are particular requirements for letter grades.
  4. Once these important considerations have been taken into account, make a decision regarding your options on or before the semester deadline.
  • After the Week 1 Drop deadline, students may Withdraw (W) from a class/classes before the deadline (close to midpoint of course).
  • Withdrawing is different from dropping a course because a “W” grade is recorded on the transcript & tuition/fees do not change.
  • The W” grade does not impact GPA; however, too many W grades on the transcript are not good.
  • For international students on an F-1 visa, withdrawals do not count towards full-time student status; that is, the credits for the course in which you withdraw do not count towards the minimum 12 credits necessary for the full-time status required by F-1 visas.
  • ID studentscan withdraw online by:
    1. Logging into Campus Information Services (CIS)
    2. Clicking on Student Homepage
    3. Then select Registration the “Drop Class” link
  • EAP & AAP students must email utgacademics@utah.edu & schedule an appointment with Utah Global Academic Advisors before withdrawing.
  • F-1 visa students must comply with immigration regulations; failure to comply results in “out of status” SEVIS record & invalid F-1 visas.
  • While students are “out of status,” they are not eligible for employment (on/off campus), practical training, I-20 recertification for re-entry to the U.S., and other benefits of F-1 student status.

A common reason students fall “out of status” is failure to take full-time (at least 12) credit hours each semester, which is caused by:

  • W or EU grades that cause students to go below full-time status in the previous semester
  • Taking too many online classes
  • Not registering for enough credits
  • See the International Student Scholar Services (ISSS) website for more information on maintaining status: https://isss.utah.edu/forms-publications/F1-student.php
  1. Determine whether 12 credits will still be enrolled after withdrawing (remember: GLOBL 910 counts as 10 credit hours & GLOBL 920 counts as 6 credit hours)
  2. Understand if the course will need to be repeated (for example: WRTG & GLOBL courses are required to finish the Utah Global program)
  3. Make an appointment with Utah Global Academic Advisors to determine the impact of withdrawing on the degree
  4. If necessary, schedule a phone or Zoom appointment to speak with with an ISSS Advisor by sending an email to appointment@utah.edu

If you know you are going to fail a class, the best option is to check with Utah Global Academic Advisors due to changing F-1 visa requirements.

  • CR/NC for course failure: students receive no credit & GPA is not affected. The GPA calculates based on the other course letter grades.
  • CR/NC for passing course: students receive credit for the course& GPA is not affected. The GPA calculates based on the other course letter grades.
  • By withdrawing, students will not receive credit for the course & semester credit total decreases.
  • Cumulative & semester GPA are protected, but W appears on transcript.
  • If the course is WRTG 1009/2009 or GLOBL 910/920, students need to retake the class.
  • If the course is not required by the major, students would not have to retake the same class.
  • If the course is not required & passing is possible, CR/NC might be a good option.
  • If students are in the U.S. & worry about passing a class, withdrawing might be a good option but still need 12 credits after withdrawing.
  • Always seek advice from an academic advisor before making a decision to change the traditional grading option.
  • It is best to email the professor first to see what is possible
  • Then email the Utah Global Academic Team at utgacademics@utah.edu

High School Transcripts (mark sheets, school records, grades) for secondary school (grades 9-12) with official English translations if the original is not in English & the graduation certificate (diploma) and transcripts for post-secondary transfer credit must be submitted according to these steps:

  • Option 1 – schools can mail official printed transcripts to:
    The University of Utah International Admissions 201 South 1460 East, Room 250 Salt Lake City, UT 84112 USA
  • Option 2 – schools can send official electronic transcript to admisstranscripts@utah.edu through these providers:
    National Student Clearing House, Credentials Solutions, Parchment/Naviance, eScrip-Safe, Scoir
  • After official transcripts are received by the University of Utah’s International Admissions Office, reviewing transcripts can take ~2 weeks – several months depending on how busy the office is.
  • Students can determine if transcripts have been received & deemed official by logging into CIS–if students have an Admissions Credentials hold (go to Student Homepage < Tasks), transcripts have not been received/are not official. Transcript status can be identified by selecting the hold & following the links.
  • Students are also able to identify if transfer credits have been accepted after review by completing a “Degree Audit” in CIS following the steps detailed here: https://degreeaudit.utah.edu/audits.php
  • If some but not all credits are posted, the student may have requested official transcripts before all final grades were posted & will need to request official transcripts again.
  • If transfer courses fulfilling General Education requirements are not included on the transcript, the student will need to send the following to utgacademics@utah.edu:

    1. The course description from the catalog of the previous school(s)
    2. The syllabus from the class/classes in question

Grades are posted to transcript for all credit & non-credit courses, but academic performance impacts when students complete the Utah Global program & matriculate into the university.

GLOBL 910 is a non-credit class; however, students in the EAP program take a mix of credit & non-credit courses their first two semesters.

  • Students indicate a preferred major when they are admitted to the Utah Global program.
  • For ID students, Utah Global connects students with their major advisors in the first semester.
  • For EAP & APP students, Utah Global Academic Advisors focus efforts on helping students progress by completing required courses & achieving the 2.5 cumulative GPA requirements.
  • In EAP & AAP students’ final semester before matriculating, they will be required to meet with a major advisor to ensure pre-major courses are completed and to discuss the process of applying to the major.
  • For students currently in AC Live, no: Program Coordinators are the best contact for students. Additionally, students should not reach out to major advisors before meeting with Utah Global Academic Advisors.
  • For students currently on campus or virtual, yes: Utah Global Academic Advisors are the best source of information.

No: non-credit courses do not affect GPA; however, non-credit courses are included on students’ official transcripts. Additionally, EAP & AAP students must pass non-credit courses to progress into the next semester of study.

When students meet with Utah Global Academic Advisors to begin discussing the next semester’s schedule, they will factor in things like current grades & whether or not it is the student’s best interest to retake a class.

  • Utah Global students’ majors are intended majors which haven’t been declared.
  • Students do not update intended major because all students–international & domestic–must apply to their major.
  • This cannot be done until students complete all of the pre-major requirements which normally happens in the second year after completing Utah Global.
  • Current EAP & AAP students do not discuss scheduling pre-major courses for the preferred major until their final semester of the Utah Global program.
  • Current ID student enroll in both General Education & pre-major requirements for the major they are interested in.
  • Students should not meet with major advisors until after meeting with Utah Global Academic Advisors to avoid confusion & future problems applying to the major.

When students meet with Utah Global Academic Advisors to begin discussing the next semester’s schedule, they will factor in things like current grades & whether or not it is the student’s best interest to retake a class.

  • Utah Global students’ majors are intended majors which haven’t been declared.
  • Students do not update intended major because all students–international & domestic–must apply to their major.
  • This cannot be done until students complete all of the pre-major requirements which normally happens in the second year after completing Utah Global.
  • Current EAP & AAP students do not discuss scheduling pre-major courses for the preferred major until their final semester of the Utah Global program.
  • Current ID student enroll in both General Education & pre-major requirements for the major they are interested in.
  • Students should not meet with major advisors until after meeting with Utah Global Academic Advisors to avoid confusion & future problems applying to the major.

Student Health & COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions

The university has explained 75% of courses will be offered in person on campus but Hybrid, Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC) & asynchronous online courses will also continue.

Yes, vaccines are available and free of charge.

No, as of May 24th the university has dropped the mask mandate on campus. However, students are encouraged to wear a mask in certain occasions.

Immigration

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official printed transcripts can be dropped off in a closed envelope sealed with adhesive at the International Admissions service window in the Student Services Building (SSB) or mailed to:The University of Utah
    International Admissions
    201 South 1460 East, Room 250s
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112 USA*Please do not send official international transcripts via email or fax as they will not be accepted as official.
  • If your international school uses the following electronic transcript services they will be considered official: Credentials Solutions, Parchment/Naviance, National Student Clearing House, eScrip-Safe, Scoir
    *When requesting your transcripts using any of these services please use this email admisstranscripts@utah.edu
  • If official transcripts are sent to the university directly, physical copy is NOT necessary.
  • Students should bring official transcripts in sealed envelope if not sent to the university prior to arrival
  • This has already been provided for AC Live students at UTA & UMB. Please follow the internal process provided by the AC Live teams in Salesforce for the I-20’s to be generated.
  • For current virtual students, please contact Jewel with any additional questions.
  • AC Live students who will not complete the Utah Global program – Program Coordinators will update the Smartsheet with student intention for Patrick to Task Application Owner in Salesforce. The Application Owner will collect the I-20 request form, Certificate of Finances & deposit certificate to submit to campus.
  • AC Live students who will complete the Utah Global program this Spring must request a new I-20 by themselves through the university by logging into CIS & the International Student Scholar Services system UAtlas. They can find the “Continuing Student Initial I-20” form by checking “F1 Student Service” after logging in. ISSS should complete their request in 10 business days.
  • ACL UMB students’ Program Coordinators will update the Smartsheet for Patrick to Task Application Owner in Salesforce.
  • The Application Owner will collect the I-20 request form, Certificate of Finances & deposit certificate to submit to campus.

Immunization

Frequently Asked Questions

      • During Orientation, Utah Global walks students through uploading immunization documents, as well as scheduling an appointment for any missing immunizations.
      • All immunizations are covered by insurance; however, a small co-pay is required at the time the immunization is delivered ($15-20).
      • Students must file a “claim” with the insurance for any additional costs incurred by immunizations.

Payment & Finance

Frequently Asked Questions

      • EAP & AAP students who will not complete Utah Global during Spring semester cannot take a break – this is not permitted for any non-matriculated student by university policy.
      • Update: EAP & AAP students who complete Utah Global during Spring semester can take a break.
      • All students – including ID – should complete the Utah Global program without any break to maintain their English comprehension & academic habits.

Yes: all current ACL UMB students (except Track 4 PSE) should enroll on campus or through ACL UTA for the Summer 2021 semester.

      • Yes: all AC Live students who complete progression requirements will matriculate at the University of Utah & may enroll or take a break for the Summer 2021 semester.
      • All AC Live students must enroll in the subsequent Fall or Spring semester.

ACL UTA course offerings are more beneficial for EAP 3 students, so these students should enroll in ACL UTA for the Summer 2021 semester in order to matriculate.

      • Students can choose to come to campus or in ACL-Utah (Utah Live)
      • Students with too many PS credits who cannot benefit from ACL-Utah course offering will work with Academic Director to determine if student qualifies for virtual start

This is not guaranteed & will be determined by the University of Utah Office of Admissions who will holistically review the student’s previous application & performance at UMB.

Utah Live is available to all new students who are not able to arrive on campus, as well as those transitioning from ACL UMB.