Being Successful at PNC

Information for Parents of Current College Students

Freshman Year

  • Attend Convocation
  • Go to Club Call-Out during Pride Week
  • First Year Experience Class
    An introduction to PNC and the resources and opportunities available to help students succeed; also a first course in college-level general education, and an introduction to the requirements and expectations of college study, through an interdisciplinary curriculum. FYE works in tandem with New Student Orientation to help students acclimate to the expectations of college life and to introduce them to the array of resources available on campus.
  • Attend Fall Career Fair

Pre-Nursing students may be eligible to apply to the Nursing program going into the second semester, if all pre-requisites are being met. Second semester Pre-Education students can register for the CASA exam and apply to the Elementary Education program, if they have all pre-requisites met.

Sophomore Year

  • Research Externship Opportunities with The Career Center
  • Pre-Pharmacy students who have met all pre-requisite course requirements should apply to Pharmacy school by the end of their first semester of sophomore year.
  • Attend Career Fair

Junior Year

  • Work on your resume so that you can apply for Internships
  • Attend Career Fair
  • Research Internship Opportunities with The Career Center

Senior Year

  • Attend Career Fair
  • Research Internship Opportunities with The Career Center
  • Refine your resume
  • Schedule a mock interview with The Career Center
  • Attend Commencement in May


Beacon (Early Alert)

Through PNC’s Early Alert Program, PNC faculty refer students to the Student Success Center who may benefit from tutorial services, study skills workshops, and other academic and personal programs geared towards helping them succeed. A Beacon alert highlights for students the area where they are slipping in their courses. Additional emails generated by Beacon go to the student’s Academic Advisor/Faculty Mentor and to the Student Success Center. PNC staff can then intervene through various communication methods to link the student with the appropriate services on campus.


Available to all PNC students, including Concurrent Enrollment and Dual Credit PNC students, as a free, walk-in service. Subject areas include: Math, Statistics,Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biology, MicroBiology; Immunology, Anatomy and Physiology, Great Issues/History; and Accounting/Management.

Third-Party Proxy Access

Provides the capability within Self-Service Banner (PNC’s student information system) for a student to authorize a third-party (parent, spouse, employer) to access one or more of their Banner web pages e.g. schedule, grades, financial aid, bill.

Students may also provide a passphrase to a proxy for them to use when speaking with a PNC representative (Enrollment Services staff or Academic Advisors) about their data contained within the student information system. This added security ensures the confidentiality of a student’s information under FERPA regulations. A PNC staff member will only be able to discuss information about the student, in person or over the phone, after the proxy has provided the passphrase for that student to the PNC representative.

Steps to Assigning Proxy Access

  1. Sign on to Self-Service Banner(SSB) from the Student Banner page in the MyPNC Portal
  2. Click on FERPA/PNC Proxy Access
  3. Click on PNC Proxy Access Management

Students may revoke proxy access authorizations at any time via Self-Service Banner (SSB) by removing permission from a proxy user.

For information about authorizing other individuals (such as parents or guardians) to view a bursar bill, and to pay all or part of the balance due, see Bursar Bill and Payment Authorization. For more information about access to Bursar Account information, including e-bills, students must create an Authorized Payer access from the Manage My Account link from the Student Banner page within the MyPNC Portal. This is separate from the Proxy Access process.

Year-Long Scheduling

Enables the student to register for courses for both current and future semesters (terms). Allows for students to pre-plan their course schedule for an entire academic year assisting them in staying on time and on track to their degree.

Library’s Interlibrary Loan (ILL) software

Enables current PNC students, faculty, and staff to place, track, and keep a history of interlibrary loan requests from a personal online account. All transactions, including renewals, are done online.

Financial Literacy Workshops

Free workshops offered by PNC to students and families throughout the academic year to assist them with understanding costs associated with attending college, financial resources available to them in meeting college costs, and how to make sound financial decisions.

Roll Call

A retention initiative that creates student-specific interventions to assist students who face academic challenges during the first few weeks of the semester. Beginning the first week of the semester, faculty may indicate on their Roster, accessible through Self-Service Banner, whether a student is attending class or not. Once a faculty member indicates a student has stopped attending or has never attended their course, a Beacon Alert is generated creating a follow-up workflow from Academic Advising, the Student Success Center and other support areas on campus.

Academic Information

Scholastic Probation

A student shall be placed on probation if the student’s semester or graduation index at the end of any regular semester is less than that required for a student with a classification as shown in Table A below. A student on probation shall be removed from that status at the end of the first subsequent semester in which the student achieves semester and graduate indexes equal to or greater than those required for a student with a classification as shown in Table A below. Any grade change due to reporting error will result in a recalculation of the index and determination of probation status.

Dropping of Students for Scholastic Deficiency

A student on scholastic probation shall be dropped from the University if at the close of any semester in which the student’s graduation index is less than that required in Table B or if the student receives six credit hours or more of failing F, WF) grades for the semester. This rule shall not apply for the semester in which the student completes all requirements for a degree. A student dropped by this rule and later duly readmitted as a regular student shall be readmitted on probation.

Applications for readmission to the University from students who have been dropped for academic reasons must be accompanied by a check or money order, not cash, for $100 made payable to Purdue University. Processing of the application will not begin until the fee is paid. Applications may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office.

Financial Information

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Both Federal statutes and U.S. Department of Education regulations require institutions of higher education to establish minimum standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for students receiving federal aid. In addition, all state program regulations (Frank O’Bannon Grant, Twenty-First Century Scholars, etc.) require students to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress criteria established for federal student aid. Satisfactory Academic Progress means a student is proceeding in a positive manner toward fulfilling degree or certification requirements. Satisfactory Academic Progress consists of two components of measurement, quantitative and qualitative, which measure:

  • Pace – Minimum Overall Completion Rate (67%)
    • Overall Earned Credit Hours >= .67 x Overall Attempted Credit Hours
  • Timeframe – Maximum Total Attempted Credit Hours (150%)
    • Undergraduate: 192 overall attempted credit hour maximum (128 credit hours x 150%)
    • Undergraduate: 180 overall attempted credit hour maximum (120 credit hours x 150%) for students with program of study associated with 2013-14 catalog year
    • Graduate: 90 overall attempted credit hour maximum (60 credit hours x 150%)
  • GPA – Minimum cumulative GPA (range 1.5 to 2.0)
    • Based on grade classification

A student’s Satisfactory Academic Progress status is reviewed at the end of each semester, including the summer term