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Registration

If I get on the wait list for a class, what's the next step?

Prior to the start of school, if a space becomes available and you are at the top of the wait list, an email will be sent to you giving you permission to add the class. At this time, you can access your WebAdvisor account and add yourself to the class. From the date of the notice you have a three day window to add yourself to the class or you lose your space on the wait list.  If for any reason you have a block on your account, the block would have to be cleared before you can add yourself to the class.

Students who are on the wait list as of the first day of class must go to class on the first day, receive an Add Card from the instructor, if space is available, and submit the Add Card to the Admissions & Records Office to register for the class. The wait list process is no longer active, after midnight, the day before the first day of the semester. For additional information go to the Wait Listing a Class section.

I have been dropped from my class.  What can I do? 

If it is an Instructional Drop or an online mishap, students will need to get an Add Card from the instructor and submit directly to the office of Admissions and Records for reinstatement (if this takes place during the Late Add Period). If, however, it is after the last day to add a class, obtain an add card from the instructor and submit the add card with a completed Petition for Late Add, Drop, or Refund and submit them to the Admissions & Records Office. Upon approval of the petition, students will be reinstated back into the class.

Why am I on probation?

There are two different kinds of probation, Academic and Progress probation.

Academic Probation: The first semester in which a student shows a cumulative grade point average (GPA) below 2.0 for all units completed at Napa Valley College shall be placed on Academic Probation-First Semester status.  The second semester a student who maintains less than a 2.0 cumulative GPA shall be placed on Academic Probation-Continuing status.

Progress Probation: The first semester a student shows grades of W, I, and NC in 50% or more of his/her cumulative units of enrollment, shall be placed on Progress Probation-First Semester. The second semester a student earns grades of W, I, and NC in 50% or more of cumulative units of enrollment shall be placed on Progress Probation-Continuing status.

Please contact a counselor for additional information regarding your status and guidance.
Email counseling@napavalley.edu or call (707) 256-7220.

If my transcripts from another college do not arrive on time, can I still enroll in the class?

Yes, you may register for classes as long as you are not registering for a class that requires you to verify that you have met the prerequisite requirement.  If you want to register for a class that requires proof of having met a prerequisite, you must have your transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify that you have taken the prerequisite class at another college. Submit your transcript along with the Prerequisite Equivalency Petition to Admissions & Records. You will be able to register for the class pending the decision of the petition.

How do I drop a class? 

Students must drop classes through WebAdvisor or in the Admissions & Records Office.  Students are responsible (not the instructor) for withdrawing from class(es) in which they are officially enrolled. If you fail to attend a class in which you are officially enrolled and do not drop the class, you may receive a failing grade. Be sure to check the "Important Dates" in the class schedule and the Admissions & Records Calendar.  Deadlines vary for dropping summer six and eight week session classes.

What should I do when the class I want to take is closed? 

Option #1: If the class is closed and there is space on the waiting list, you can choose to be on the waiting list. (See additional information on Wait Listing below.) Be sure to attend the first class meeting to find out if you have been officially added or will be added to the class.

Option #2: If the class is closed and the waiting list is also closed, you may attend the class on the first day. If the instructor drops some students, seats will become available and it is possible that the instructor will give you an Add Card. You have to bring the Add Card to the Admissions & Records Office for you to be officially registered. Add cards can only be distributed by the instructor of the class you are attending for the class you are attending.

What is the maximum number of units I can take? 

The college policy for the maximum number of units per semester is 18. The maximum number of units per summer session is 7.  Students wishing to take more than 18 units during a semester or more than 7 units during a summer session must see a counselor to review, sign, and submit a Petition for Excess Unit Limit.

How many units must I take to be considered a full-time student? 

If you are enrolled in 12 or more units in Fall or Spring semester, you are considered a full-time student. During the summer session, you are considered a full-time student if you are enrolled in 7 or more units.

What are Pass/No Pass Courses? 

There are two kinds of P/NP courses.  The first category consists of classes that are only offered on a P/NP basis.  These courses are listed in the college catalog and noted in the class schedule.

The second category consists of courses that you may choose to take on a P/NP basis.  To do so, you must either register for Pass/No Pass through WebAdvisor at the time of registration, or fill out the P/NP Form and submit it to Admissions & Records by the fourth week of instruction for a semester-length class.  If you choose to take classes on a P/NP basis, you must participate in the class as a regular student. If the grade awarded by the instructor is a C or higher, the grade is recorded as a P.  If the instructor assigns a grade of D or F, the grade is recorded as NP.

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Graduation FAQs

How long does it take to evaluate my transcript? 

Transcripts are evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis unless an exigent circumstance exists (exigency will be determined by a counselor or the Associate Dean of Admissions & Records).  Usually transcripts can be evaluated within 6 - 8 weeks of receipt.

How can I find out the result of my evaluation? 

After the eight week timeframe has ended, contact the Counseling Office 707-256-7220 for an appointment.  A counselor will discuss the evaluation and help you develop an educational plan.

What is the difference between an AA and AS degree? 

The Associate of Arts degree parallels the first two years of liberal arts coursework in a Bachelor of Arts degree (or in alternate degrees like Fine Arts or Liberal Arts), leading to a range of possible majors in the arts, humanities, and social or behavioral sciences, to be completed in the third and fourth years of work towards a bachelor's degree.

The Associate of Science degree parallels the first two years of liberal arts coursework in a Bachelor of Science degree (or in alternate degrees like Engineering, Business, or Agriculture), leading to a range of possible majors in mathematics and natural/physical sciences, to be completed in the third and fourth years of work towards a bachelor's degree.
 
Will I receive confirmation regarding my graduation petition status? 

Please refer to the following PDF for information: Congratulations on Petitioning for Graduation!

When will I receive my diploma? 

Diplomas for spring graduates will be mailed out in September, December for summer graduates, and April for fall graduates.

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 Health Occupations FAQs

Where can I get an application for the ADN program? 

You need to attend one of the mandatory information sessions to obtain an application.

Do I need to sign up to attend an informational session? 

No.

Where do I get an application for the Vocational Nursing Program? 

You can get the application for the Vocational Nursing Program at www.napavalley.edu/lvn

Do I need to take an English and Math assessment test for the nursing programs? 

Yes, for the LVN and Psychiatric Technician programs.
No, for the ADN program.

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 Grading FAQs

When are grades going to be posted? 

Grade rosters are due after three working days of the last day of classes. After receiving at least 90% of the rosters, Admissions & Records will process the grades and post them to students' transcripts.  This process will take up to four weeks.  Students can view their grades on WebAdvisor.

How can I appeal my grade? 

The first step is to contact the instructor and request a grade change. If the instructor agrees, he/she can file a Grade Change Form to have the grade updated. This process can take from 2 to 4 weeks.  If the instructor does not agree, please contact Division Chair and/or Office of Instruction.

How do I calculate my Grade Point Average? 

The Grade Point Average (GPA) is computed by dividing the total grade points earned by the total grade points attempted.

Grade Point Average Scale
Grade or SymbolMeaningGrade Points per Semester Unit
AExcellent4
BGood3
CSatisfactory2
DPassing (Less than Satisfactory)1
FFailing0
PPass0
NPNo Pass0
IIncomplete (units not counted in GPA)0
WWithdrawal (units not counted in GPA) 0
MWMilitary Withdrawal (units not counted in GP)0
IPIn progress (units not counted in GPA)0
RDReport Delayed (units not counted in GPA)0

Sample

Sample Grade Point Average
CourseUnitsGradeGrade Points
English 1013B9
Math 1414A16
History 1103B9
    
Total Units Attempted10Total Grade Points34

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 Wait list FAQs

Information on Wait listing a Class

Don't wait until the first day of the term to get into a class that's full! Put yourself on the waitlist and be first in line to fill a vacated spot! Wait listing in WebAdvisor allows students to electronically "wait in line" for the next available space.

During the registration period, students may place themselves on the waitlist for a specific class which is filled. Students on the waitlist will be notified if a vacancy occurs and will receive an email.  Make sure we have your correct email address.  You will have three days to register for the class once you receive the email.  Go to "Manage my Waitlist" in your WebAdvisor account.

WebAdvisor checks for schedule conflicts for wait listed courses, so don't waitlist for a class that meets at the same time or overlaps with a class for which you're already registered. WebAdvisor also checks for completed prerequisites, so don't wait list for a class until you are ready to take the class.

You also can't be added into a class from the wait list if you're already registered in another section of the same class, or if adding you into the wait listed class will give you a unit overload.

After the last day to add without the instructor's signature, the faculty control who is registered from the wait list.

What if the section I want is full? 

Get on the waitlist by using WebAdvisor (look for the "Wait list" action when registering).  If the wait list is full, keep checking back to try to get on it.  If space becomes available and you are the next person on the wait list, you will receive an email letting you know that you are eligible to register in that section. 

Note that we said "eligible to register".  We don't automatically register you when space opens up.  Instead we notify you via email that you have three days from the time space becomes available to register.  If you fail to register during this window, we will drop you from the waitlist.

Who may waitlist for a class?

Anyone who has a valid email address on file may waitlist.  This is important since this is how we notify students who are on the waitlist if space becomes available.  You must also meet the prerequisites and not be wait listed for another section of the same class. 

Can I sign up for multiple waitlist sections for the same course?

No

If I have a hold on my record, will I be able to register for the class in which I am wait listed?

No.  No registration activity is possible with a hold on your account.

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