Grade Checking Chart

Once grades are posted each semester, we recommend that you closely check your grades (see the previous post as to how).  Are they are sufficient to:

  1. Move onto the next class of a sequence (for ex. MA 224 or CHM 116)?
  2. Count toward CODO requirements?

Usually D’s and F’s signal the most cause for concern, but some course sequences and CODO’s require C’s (or C-‘s).  To check course pre-requisites, go to MyPurdue > Academic Tab > Look Up Classes.  Select your term and then your course number.  If there is an “R” in a grey circle, click that to view pre-requisites, co-requisites, or restrictions concerning that course’s section. 

You can also click on any CRN, then on the title of the course.  Any course restrictions will be listed at the bottom of the page. 

We also want to share with you our quick End_of_Semester_Grade_Checking_2013-2014 Chart.  It’s a quick way to confirm grade-based CODO, major, and course requirements.  This chart cannot list every eventuality, so please still check MyPurdue for the full story!

If you have questions about what to keep and what to change, please contact your advisor!  Also, keep an eye out for e-mails from your advisor over the next few weeks, as CODO, academic probation, and honors processing begin today. MyPurdue remains open to everyone for course changes through January 20th.

Grades, Registration PIN, and Staff Vacations!

We hope that your finals went well and that your travels home and abroad were uneventful!  For those who still have Friday and Saturday finals, our sympathies and best wishes for success.

Final grades will be available on MyPurdue at around 9 am on Wednesday, Dec. 18th.

  • To view them, go to Academic Tab > Transcripts category heading > Unofficial Transcript. This will show you both your final grades and your “standing” at Purdue (Dean’s List, Honors, Probation, etc.).  Grades alone can also be viewed on this same tab under Final Grades.
  • Please check your Purdue e-mail around this time.  We may have some critical information or questions for you concerning your academic status or coursework.
  • If you spot a grade that doesn’t seem right, immediately e-mail your professor.  They may be on vacation, so have patience.
  • We’ll post a chart here on The Right Track to help you decide whether you need to retake a course.  Otherwise, if you have questions, please contact your academic advisor.  If you have CODO’d for Spring 2014, you will need to contact your new advisor.

If you have registered for Spring 2014 classes, your Registration PIN is available to you on MyPurdue > Academic Tab > Registration Tools category heading > Registration PIN.  MyPurdue is open between Nov. 25 and Jan. 20 to any student for course changes, additions, and deletions.

The University will officially be closed for the winter holidays on Dec. 25, 26, 27, and Jan. 1.  Otherwise, there will be at least one advisor available in our office to answer questions.

  • Many advisors are taking vacation between Dec. 20 and Jan. 3.  E-mail your advisor during this period or call the Exploratory Studies office number: (765) 494-0843.
  • If you send an e-mail, look for a “automatic out-of-office message”.  It should indicate the advisor’s availablility and who to contact if they are not in the office.  We advisors have a “back-up” person we’ve tagged to help our students should we be out.

It’s just an “Hour of Code”!

We know you can do it! Computer coding is the new “basic” skill expected by more and more employers, even those in “non-tech” fields. Don’t be afraid – even yours truly has coded and lived to tell the tale!  Check out the Hour of Code initiative at!  We’d love to know how many lines of code YOU created . . . :)

Planning your degree with MyPurdue Plan

Perhaps you’ve heard of MyPurdue Plan lately, either from a Registrar mass e-mail or from your advisor.  It is a new system that Purdue will be requiring students to use to plan out and track their coursework through to graduation.  One of benefits of students’ participation in MyPurdue Plan will be the ability to better anticipate space needs in key courses (like math, science, communications, and English).  Students in Exploratory Studies will find MyPurdue Plan useful because they can “try on” majors by viewing which courses they’ve taken fit best into which major.

We are asking all Exploratory Studies students to create at least a THREE semester plan within MyPurdue Plan before Fall/Summer Registration (i.e. early March 2014).  If you are not sure which major you want yet (or you haven’t yet been CODO’d into your favorite major), that’s OK.  Plan for courses you think you’d like to take.  You are not committed to any courses or majors you add to the MyPurdue Plan system; it’s a plan, not a contract!

So, are you ready to create your very own MyPurdue Plan?  To do this, you will need:

Depending on which type of browser you use (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, etc.), the buttons may be in different places on the screen.  Once you complete your three semester planning, create a “What If?” report (see pg. 8 in the attachment) to view your overall plan against your majors’ plans.

If you have questions, please contact your academic advisor!

Classes 411: Resources

Hey everyone! Welcome back from break – I hope it was fantastic!

Seeing that the first round of class sign ups is over for everyone and the scary fact that it is Dead Week, this time I’d like to talk about class resources you can utilize to help you study! This will be short and sweet so as not to distract you too much.

First and foremost, your professors’ and TAs’ office hours are the best resources out there! They have them for a reason AND seeing that they are the ones with the foremost knowledge of test material, they are truly the best to ask. Here’s a tip: go in with questions prepared. Do not go in expecting them to reveal the whole test to you just because you graced them with your presence.

There are help rooms located all over campus for various subjects – all you have to do is find them. The math help room is a good example. It is located in the Math building (shocker) and is set up like a group study more or less. You sit at a table with a group of students just like you and when you come across a question you do not know you, one of the many TAs will come over to help you!

Perhaps you have a final paper due in a class in addition to OR instead of a final? Well, the Purdue Online Writing Lab is a indispensable resource that you should utilize to make the paper outstanding. The website itself ( is full of helpful tips and resources such as APA and MLA formatting and tutor resources. If you would like someone to proof read your paper, you simple have to make an appointment and experts in writing will help you!

I sincerely hope this helps you guys!

May the odds be ever in your favor J