Academic Advising Academic Advising FAQ

Check out frequently asked Academic Advising questions below
Advisement Hotline on the Great Bend Campus 800-748-7594 ext. 225 and on the Fort Riley Campus (877) 620-6606

How do I know who my advisor is? 
If you are a degree or certificate seeking student you can access your advisor assignment within your Barton Portal.  

What if I am not degree or certificate seeking or I don’t have an assigned advisor?
For general advisement questions please or call or email the Advisement Email/ Hotline (contact info above) 

What if I am an online student seeking a degree or certificate?
Academic advisors are assigned to all degree or certificate seeking students whether they are online or on-campus.

What if I am taking a class at Barton while attending another school?
If you are not seeking a degree from Barton you can contact the Advisement Email/ Hotline (contact info above)  for assistance with course information

What is a normal load for a full-time student? 
Barton encourages students to enroll in at least 16 hours per semester to meet graduation requirements within two years. Full-time status for financial assistance is 12 hours per semester. A student may receive partial financial assistance for part-time status.

Can I change my advisor without changing my major? 
This may be possible but must be determined by the Advisement Coordinator (contact info above)                 

Can I change my major? 
To submit a request to change your major, please see the information located here.

Can I add or drop a class during the semester? 
 Please visit with your advisor and the instructor of the course. Be attentive of deadlines listed on the Student Services page . Adding and dropping classes during the semester may affect your financial aid.

How do I determine my GPA? 
Grades and GPA may be viewed within your PAWS account.

What do I do if I have a serious or extended illness or family emergency, which keeps me away from class? 
Contact the Office of Student Services, 620-792-9282, and they will notify instructors when students are ill, hospitalized, or have a family emergency.

Can I lose my financial aid? 
Many circumstances can effect financial aid eligibility. Refer to the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy in the college catalog and student handbook.

Where do I find my graduation requirements? 
General information about requirements may be found here. It is important to continuously review your degree plan with your advisor.  

Are there some courses that will not count towards graduation? 
There are some circumstances in which a course may not count towards graduation. Consult with your advisor.

What are General Education courses?
Information on General Education courses may be found here.

Where can I find employment while I am a student? 
To see the most current list of on campus positions by campus visit our Employment Opportunities page here and make sure to filter Location by "Student Employment." To see off campus opportunities visit here