Academic Information for Parents – Christendom College

Academics

Academic Information for Parents

Communication

  • “Christendom College respects the maturity and independence of all students enrolled in the College, and therefore the administration and faculty support a student-first mentality. Students are the primary correspondents with the College for all financial, Student Life, and academic communication. However, Christendom College also believes the years of study in an undergraduate institution are a transitional period from youth to mature adulthood and admits access of records to parents who claim a student as their dependent. This is done to cultivate a three-fold relationship among the College administration, the student, and the student’s parents in order that students may develop themselves while attending Christendom College.” (Student Handbook, IX)
  • Christendom College will send Midterm Deficiency Reports to the parents of freshman students; however, after their freshman year, only the students will be notified of their deficiencies.
  • If you have any questions about Christendom College’s academic policies and/or curriculum, your student’s current academic performance, or the academic resources available on campus, please contact Dr. Mark Wunsch, the Academic Dean, at mwunsch@christendom.edu or (540) 636-2900 ext. 1320.

Attendance Policy

  • Being in class is essential for academic success! If a student must miss a class, he must contact the professor in advance and provide an explanation for his absence.
  • If a student misses 12 MWF classes, 8 TTH, or 4 weekly classes, then he will automatically FAIL the course.

GPA Standards

  • If a student fails to achieve a minimum 1.000 GPA in his first semester, he will be dismissed from the College without probation.
  • Academic Warning: A student with a semester GPA below 2.000 but above 1.699 is on Academic Warning for the following semester. Two consecutive warnings result in Academic Probation.
  • Academic Probation: A student with a semester GPA below 1.700 OR two or more consecutive semesters of warning-category GPAs is on Academic Probation for the following semester.
  • Two semesters of Academic Probation (or the equivalent four semesters of Academic Warning) results in dismissal from the College. Students may apply for readmission after showing evidence of improved ability to engage the academic program at Christendom College. Please contact the Academic Dean for more details.

Scholarships

  • If you are concerned about your student’s scholarship and its corresponding GPA standards, please contact Ms. Alisa Polk at apolk@christendom.edu or (540) 636-2900 ext. 1214.

Academic Resources

Committed to creating an individualized, personal plan for success with each student, Christendom College offers the academic resources to assist your student in his academic pursuits. Please encourage your student to take advantage of these resources:

  • Free Tutoring: Students needing help with Calculus, Statistics, Latin, or other languages can take advantage of peer-run tutoring, available every week in the St. John the Evangelist Library. There is no cost to students, and the program is overseen by Faculty members.
  • Personalized Mentor Program: This program, under the direction of Maribeth Kelly and Dr. Thomas Stanford, pairs a student with an upperclassman who has excelled in the particular class in which the student is struggling. The upperclassman meets with the student in need on a regular basis to ensure success in his or her studies.
  • Writing Center: All students can bring their class papers to the Writing Center Staff, open five nights a week in the St. John the Evangelist Library (Room 208), for review. The students working in the Writing Center are hand-picked by English professor Dr. Lisa Marciano, and they are the “best of the best” at writing papers. They will work with students on paper topics, structuring outlines, proofreading, and editing. Their offerings are invaluable!
  • Easy Access to Professors: Christendom professors are very approachable, and are more than willing to meet with their students to discuss any problems they are having in class or to give them deeper insights into the subject matter previously taught. Each professor has office hours, and students who are struggling are encouraged to meet with their professor to find out what needs to be done in order to be successful in the class.
  • Study Groups & Sessions: Before each quiz or test, normally students get together in small groups to study together and to learn from each other how the can achieve their best on the upcoming quiz or test. Sometimes, even the professors hold extra-curricular study sessions for the students, working with them to be successful in their academic pursuits.
  • Academic Success Coach: Maribeth Kelly, Salutatorian of the Class of 2014, is the Academic Success Coach. She works with students who are struggling academically and encourages them to take advantage of the many academic aids on campus. She meets individually with students on a weekly basis, and inspires, motivates, and challenges them to achieve their academic goals. If you have any questions about the academic resources available on campus, please contact Maribeth Kelly at (540) 636-2900 ext. 1316 or maribeth.kelly@christendom.edu.
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