Keys to Academic Success
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Maintain contact with your advisor to:
Arrange to meet your Dean, know the location of his/her office and key assistant or associate deans. If you encounter difficulties, the Dean’s office should be the first to which your questions can be directed.
You are responsible for reading and adhering to all academic and institutional policies including, but not limited to, all of those presented in the Howard University Bulletin (Catalog), H-Book, Student Reference Manual and Directory of Classes, (print and online version). These resources contain information about the history of Howard University; the various educational programs of study; the official University calendar; academic requirements; faculty, advisors, and administrative officers; campus resources; course scheduling and registration; and all other University policies, regulations and procedures.
Plan all of your activities, utilize the calendars in this book, a daytimer or other resource to help your keep track of important tasks, course assignments, examination dates, registration periods, and deadline dates as well as your campus activities.
One of the most exciting things about attending college is campus life. Take time to explore the diversity of learning and cultural opportunities that are available to you through campus actives: lectures, art exhibits, theatrical productions, musical performances, athletics events, and other cultural activities. We encourage participation in University events such as Opening Convocation and Charter Day Convocation as well as other special programs sponsored by the University. Contact the Office of Student Life as well as the student government offices in your college or school. Take advantage of the opportunities to meet and interact with individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
Take time to adjust to campus life. Remember your primary responsibility is to your academic pursuits. Plan your activities accordingly. Do not allow excessive outside activities and employment to compromise your ability to excel academically.
Keep your family informed about your progress; they want to know that you are doing well. Family support increases your chances for success as well as helps you to make the transition to campus life.