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myPurduePlan Student FAQs

Picture of a red question mark with a simulated person standing in front of it What is myPurduePlan powered by Degree Works?
myPurduePlan is a web-based tool used to monitor academic progress toward degree completion.  It combines Purdue University’s degree requirements and the coursework that have been completed with easy-to-read worksheets.  These worksheets will show how courses that have been completed count toward degree requirements and show what courses and requirements still need to be completed.

What is a worksheet?
A myPurduePlan worksheet is a review of past, current and “planned” coursework that provides information on completed and outstanding requirements necessary to fulfill a degree/major/minor/concentration.

Who can use myPurduePlan?
All currently enrolled undergraduate and professional students who first attended Purdue University beginning Fall 2011 or later can use myPurduePlan.  Additionally, any student with a Catalog Term beginning Fall 2011 or later will be able to run a worksheet.

Why can’t students who entered Purdue prior to Fall 2011 run a worksheet?
The University chose to start the myPurduePlan project starting Fall 2011.  Student who matriculated prior to Fall 2011 should continue working with their academic advisor to check their degree requirements using the existing method in place.  They may however utilize the “what if” worksheet to see how their coursework applies to degree requirements based upon the plan of study from Fall 2011.  

What is the Planner feature?
The Planner is a tool for students to arrange course requirements into future semester blocks.  Advisors and students will find this helpful to forecast the students' academic career.  It is recommended that students load a plan, then meet with their advisor.  The advisor will review the plan, make any necessary adjustments, and lock the plan.  This information may be used by university administrators to determine the demand for various courses each term.

Will advisors be able to see students' plan?
Yes.  Advisors can see students' plans and participate in the planning process.  There is a Notes section within the planner as well for students and advisors to keep additional information. 

If I have trouble logging into myPurduePlan and receive an error indicating "Access Denied," what should I do?
Check to see if your career account password has the following symbols: + % $ @ &     If yes, please change your password, and you should be able to access myPurduePlan.

If a student puts a course in his/her planner, is he/she automatically registered for that course in that future semester?
No.  The planner is for planning purposes only.  Students will register through the myPurdue portal during their assigned registration time ticket.

Are the courses students plan for guaranteed in that future semester?
No.  The planner is for planning purposes only.  Final course schedules are available to students online shortly before registration.  If a student discovers that a course option planned is not being offered, we recommend finding a substitute course to take and move the original course, if still needed, to a future term.

What is the "What If" feature?
The "What If" function allows students to hypothetically change major or minor.  The new "What If" audit will show the coursework that is required for this major or minor, what courses have been taken that satisfy requirements, and what courses are still left to take.

What does the Term Calculator show?
The Term Calculator will show students' estimated cumulative GPA after filling in hypothetical grade information.  By entering their current earned credits and GPA and placing the in-progress courses in the table (this all will default) along with the grades anticipated for current courses, students will see a revised cumulative GPA based on the estimates provided.

What does the Graduation Calculator show?
Students enter the GPA they would like to have at graduation.  The Graduation Calculator will show what GPA is needed to average over their remaining semesters to obtain the desired GPA at graduation.

What does the Advice Calculator show?
The advice calculator will show students how many credits must be earned at a certain GPA to achieve desired their GPA.

What if I think my worksheet is incorrect?
Please consult with your advisor.  While we have worked closely with all departments across campus, every unique situation is impossible to anticipate.

My major is wrong and/or my minor/concentration does not appear on my worksheet.  What do I do?
You need to contact your advisor to get your major, minor, and concentrations updated as appropriate.

My advisor approved a course substitution and it isn’t showing.  What do I do?
Contact your advisor.

How often should I review the myPurduePlan worksheet?
At least four times a term.  You should review your worksheet at the following times:
  1. Before you meet with your advisor to ensure your planner has three future terms populated.
  2. After you register to ensure the courses apply to your requirements as you expected.
  3. After your grades are posted.
  4. Any time you make changes to your schedule.
How is the myPurduePlan worksheet different from my transcript?
The worksheet in myPurduePlan is a tool to assist you with planning and tracking your progress towards your degree.  Your transcript is your official university record.

myPurduePlan placed one of my courses in two different places. Is that okay?
In most cases, yes. It is programmed to recognize that some courses may be used to fulfill more than one requirement.  If you have questions, you should consult with your advisor.

My progress bar for degree requirements shows me at 90% but I’m only a sophomore. What’s wrong?
The progress bar for degree requirements reflects the total number of check boxes on your worksheet and calculates a percentage based on the number of boxes that are checked.

My worksheet shows my progress bar for degree requirements at 97% but everything is checked. What’s wrong?
The progress bar will not show 100% until you finish all your in-progress courses and earn the required grades in them.

I’m working on two degrees (a B.A. and a B.S.). Only one appears. How can I review the progress on the other degree?
Look at the degree information next to your name at the top of the screen.  You’ll notice that the degree box has a drop-down arrow.  Use this to select your second degree.

I’ve seen the @ symbol. What does this mean?
This is a wildcard. If the @ sign appears with a course number after it, you can take any 10000-40000 level course from any subject.  If it appears after the subject (PSY@) then you can take any psychology course.

Can I make more than one plan?
Yes, but mark only one as active.  Purdue will collect information in the planners to assist departments in planning future offerings to help meet your goal towards graduation.