Hot Topic: Redefinition of Full-time Enrollment for UNCG Graduate Students — First Thursday: Sept. 4, 2014

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Student Perspective by Matt Barrett
Graduate Assistant for Communications

On September 4th, The Graduate School will host its first First Thursday in Room 574 of the Jackson Library. During the meeting, Dean Wiener will lead a discussion regarding the “redefinition of full time enrollment from 6 to 9 credit hours and its implications.”

For those of you who attended last year, you may remember these events as “First Friday” held in the Graduate School, Forest Building. While the place and times have changed, the reason for getting together has not. I went to a few First Fridays last year, and I strongly recommend it to anyone who enjoys interacting with graduate students and doesn’t mind free pizza. Does that sound like you? Good. So here are the logistics:

When? 12 to 1pm on Thursday September 4th

Where? Jackson Library, Bates Collaboratory Room 574
(For more information on the Bates Collaboratory, check out another UNCG blog:

Food? Pizza!

Currently, a graduate student at UNCG is required to take 6 credit hours in order to be considered a full-time student. Beginning next year, however, full-time enrollment will increase from 6 to 9 hours and half-time from 3 to 4.5. How will that affect your program? While some departments will be unaffected (due to the number of credit hours they require per semester) certain programs will have to consider adding courses for its students to be deemed full-time. Additionally, Federal financial aid often varies depending on a student’s enrollment status. As Dean Wiener informed me, all of the following points will be discussed in detail:

1.  How this change will affect graduate assistants

2.  How this change will impact student financial loans

3.  What changes might result in course scheduling due to this change

4.  How to plan for the upcoming changes

If you would like to participate in this discussion and hear other implications, First Thursday offers the best opportunity for you to do so.

One of the best aspects about an event like this is the chance to meet students from other departments around the Graduate School. If you read my blog post on First Fridays last year I’ll start to sound like a broken record, but it’s often difficult to meet students from other departments. That’s why events like this are so important. You’ll have a chance to share your experiences with people who come from entirely different backgrounds and who are pursuing careers you may not have even heard of. Essentially, you’ll have an opportunity to learn about the graduate school in a way that doesn’t involve the pressure of applying for admission. When I first came here, most of the information I knew about UNCG was from my application process, when I anxiously sent in writing samples. Thankfully, First Thursdays offer a chance to learn about the Graduate School on a personal level, and without the added anxiety. So stop by, even if it’s for a short time, and make sure to bring your questions and your appetites!