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The Nicholson Academic Student Services Center (NASSC) provides academic resources and support services to undergraduate and graduate students within the Nicholson School of Communication. Additionally, we provide comprehensive academic advising, including limited access program admission counseling, degree audit interpretation, course override assistance, course substitution assistance, registration assistance, and communication of school and university academic policies and procedures in an effort to help students meet their academic and career goals.

Undergraduate Advising

NSC 143
(407) 823-2681
nassc@ucf.edu

Undergraduate advising is on a walk-in basis only. Walk-in hours vary each week. Please call 407-823-2681 ahead to make sure an advisor is available.

Graduate Program Advising

BY APPOINTMENT
Please contact Ms. Kirsten Seitz at Kirsten.Seitz@ucf.edu.

Admissions

Application Deadlines

Fall Term June 1
Summer Term February 1
Spring Term October 1

Undergraduate Admission to the Nicholson School

There are three majors (advertising-public relations, journalism, radio-television) in the Nicholson School of Communication that require a separate application and course prerequisites in order to be accepted into the major. The human communication major does not require an application to be accepted into the program, but a change of major request is necessary. Students seeking admission into one of these majors are encouraged to meet with an adviser in the Nicholson Academic Student Services Center (NASSC-NSC 143) at least once per semester to ensure proper academic progress. It is important that these students remain on track in meeting major requirements to make certain they are qualified to apply to these majors.

Advertising-Public Relations

  • 45 credit hours must be earned prior to applying.
  • Grammar proficiency: Grammar proficiency can be met by earning a “B” or higher in both English Composition I and English Composition II, or by earning credit through AP, IB or CLEP, or by successfully passing the grammar proficiency exam through the UCF Testing Center.
  • Student must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses: PUR 4000 (Public Relations) and ADV 3008 (Principles of Advertising)

Admission to the advertising-public relations program is based on a competitive cumulative GPA.
**Please note: Admission is contingent upon successful completion of these courses with a “C” or better in both courses.**

Journalism

  • 30 credit hours must be earned prior to applying.
  • Grammar proficiency: Grammar proficiency can be met by earning an “A-“ or higher in both English Composition I and English Composition II, or by earning credit through AP, IB or CLEP, or by successfully passing the grammar proficiency exam through the UCF Testing Center.

Admission to the journalism program is based on a competitive cumulative GPA.

Radio-Television

  • 30 credit hours must be earned prior to applying.
  • Grammar proficiency: Grammar proficiency can be met by earning an “B“ or higher in both English Composition I and English Composition II, or by earning credit through AP, IB or CLEP, or by successfully passing the grammar proficiency exam through the UCF Testing Center.

Admission to the radio-television program is based on a competitive cumulative GPA.

Human Communication

This program is open access and therefore does not require a separate application for admission. To select this major, please complete the Change of Major Request in your myUCF Student Center portal.

Communication and Conflict

This program is open access and therefore does not require a separate application for admission. To select this major, please complete the Change of Major Request in your myUCF Student Center portal.

Registration

Planning For Undergraduate Registration

Registration is the process by which students enroll in class(es). During each session, students may register by using the Student Self Service tab at https://my.ucf.edu or by assisted registration through NASSC for exceptions. A degree audit can help determine what classes are needed to finish your degree. For navigation instructions and further information on how the DARS degree audit will work for you, please refer to the UCF Student Help Guide for DARS Degree Audits. You can also visit an adviser in NASSC for assistance with registration and for help reading your degree audit. Students are encouraged to print a DARS degree audit from myUCF at https://my.ucf.edu prior to meeting with their adviser. To obtain your degree audit, log into myUCF and click “Student Self Service” within the “myUCF Menu” pagelet. On the resulting menu page, click “Student Center.” Find the drop down menu labeled “other academic…” and pull down on arrow. Choose “Degree Audit” and then click on the “>>” arrows. Follow the directions on the next page to get your degree audit. Your adviser can help choose those courses that will meet degree requirements.

First-year students may obtain a DARS degree audit from myUCF, from one of the advising offices or special programs offices listed here:

  • Academic Services for Student-Athletes, WDSC 110
  • First Year Advising and Exploration, PH 116
  • Multicultural Academic and Support Services, PH 102
  • Student Academic Resource Center, PH 113
  • Sophomore & Second Year Center, PH 215

Orientation

Newly admitted degree-seeking freshmen and transfer students are required to attend an orientation session. Advising and registration activities are included in the session. Orientation information is mailed to all new students upon acceptance to the university. Contact the orientation office at 407-823-5105 for details.

Continuing students will obtain their registration appointment day and time for each term on their myUCF page.

If you are a student interested in majoring in the Nicholson School of Communication, please see the PowerPoint presentations below which are used in the school’s orientation sessions.

Registration, Drop/Swap, and Add

Students may adjust their schedules (i.e., add or drop/swap classes) throughout registration and the drop/swap and add deadlines. Check the appropriate academic calendar for drop/swap and add deadlines (http://www.registrar.sdes.ucf.edu/calendar/academic/).

Override Procedures

Overrides may be granted after a NASSC adviser determines the override is necessary and/or after approval from the course instructor/faculty has been received. It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of course prerequisites. Overrides will not be given for time conflicts.

If a student is seeking an override for excessive hours they must have a minimum 3.0 UCF GPA and a minimum 3.0 term GPA in the preceding semester.

Overrides will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Overrides are not guaranteed and students should plan their schedule accordingly.

Graduation

Intent to Gradudate

In order to graduate from UCF you must file an ‘Intent to Graduate’ form with the College of Sciences. You can access the ‘Intent to Graduate’ form by going to your myUCF portal, selecting “Student Self Service” link, and then selecting the “other academic…” drop down box, and clicking on the “Intent to Graduate: Apply.”

Please be sure to complete the entire intent to graduate process.

Be sure to allow 20-30 minutes to fill out the intent to graduate form and the UCF graduating senior surveys.
After you have filed your intent to graduate through your myUCF portal you must file the COSAS grad form. You can find the grad form at gradform.cos.ucf. Please be sure to have a current copy of your degree audit to reference.

A Few Reminders to Help You Graduate on Time

*** You MUST be enrolled in your graduating term. If you do not need to earn additional credit to meet requirements for your degree, you may request to be enrolled in IDS4999 at your graduation review appointment.

*** You MAY NOT be transient (take courses at another institution) or CLEP during your final, graduating term. Please plan accordingly.

*** You MUST report all credit you have attempted or earned prior to completing your baccalaureate degree. If you have attempted or earned credit from another institution that does not yet appear in your UCF record, be sure you have requested all transcripts be sent to the UCF Registrar’s Office as soon as possible.

If you have questions, we encourage you to see an adviser in NASSC or in the College of Sciences Academic Services (COSAS) office. For further details on graduation, you can visit the COSAS website or the UCF graduation website: http://commencement.ucf.edu/

After each fall, summer and spring commencement, the College of Sciences hosts its traditional Graduation Reception for all students graduating from COS. NSC students are encouraged to attend this event, which includes music, refreshments, a photo op with Knightro and the chance to turn in commencement regalia. This event provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with friends and family and to connect with the faculty. For more information on the Graduation Reception, click here.