Welcome Trailblazer Parents and Families

The faculty and staff at Dixie State University witness firsthand the challenges that students face during their transition to college. The change can be intimidating and confusing for both students and parents. Navigating this unfamiliar territory presents many new challenges, but you can ease this transition both for you and your student by learning about the university policies and academic expectations of your student. You can be an asset to your student’s education as they enter this new phase of their life.

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FAQs

Housing Questions

DOES MY STUDENT HAVE TO LIVE ON CAMPUS THEIR FIRST YEAR?

No, although there are definite advantages, including easy access to campus and food services. Check out the housing website for additional reasons and more information.

WHERE SHOULD MY STUDENT LIVE?

If on campus housing is not possible, there are off-campus housing opportunities to fit a wide variety of needs and budgets.

WHEN IS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR ON-CAMPUS HOUSING?

There is no deadline. The housing office accepts applications until they are full. Click here to apply for housing.

HOW MUCH IS THE HOUSING DEPOSIT?

The deposit is $150.00 plus a $75.00 non refundable application fee.

WHEN CAN MY STUDENT MOVE IN?

Check-in is usually the Monday before the first day of classes. Click here to see the academic calendar.

HOW LONG IS THE HOUSING CONTRACT?

The contract is a fall/spring contract.

WHAT IF MY STUDENT DOES NOT GET ALONG WITH HIS/HER ROOMMATES?

Depending on availability, the housing office can relocate your student. The housing office would need to meet with your student to determine if this is the best course of action.

WILL MY STUDENT NEED TO PURCHASE A PARKING PASS?

Students who bring their cars to campus need to purchase a parking permit, including students in on-campus housing. There are different types of parking permits. When purchasing a parking permit, students in on-campus housing should select the “Student/Housing” permit, which will allow them to park in both student housing and other campus parking lots. Permits can be purchased on the Parking Management website.

Financial Aid/Scholarship Questions

HOW DO YOU DETERMINE THE ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP AWARD?

The academic freshmen scholarships are currently based on a student’s unweighted high school GPA as well as their class rank. We no longer consider the ACT/SAT in the award process. Students are automatically considered upon full acceptance to Dixie, provided students meet the deadline.

HOW DOES MY STUDENT QUALIFY FOR INSTATE RESIDENCY?

You can find the current residency policy and regulations online here.

IF MY STUDENT REGISTERS FOR CLASSES AND THEN DOES NOT ATTEND< DO THEY HAVE TO PAY TUITION & FEES?

If your student registers for classes and chooses not to attend, it is their responsibility to drop their classes. If the semester has not started, they can log in online to their MyDixie account and drop all of their classes. If the semester has started, they will need to fill out the Complete Withdrawal Form online here. Depending on when they do so, there may or may not be refund of the tuition charged. See the appropriate semester calendar for the last day to drop classes and still receive a full refund, or reach out to the Registrar’s Office at records@dixie.edu.

WHEN WILL MY STUDENT FIND OUT IF THEY HAVE RECEIVED FINANCIAL AID?

The time will vary depending on when they apply. Typically, a student can find out if they will receive financial aid within two weeks of application. For additional information, please refer to the Financial Aid website.

HOW CAN I PAY TUITION?

You can pay online through your student’s MyDixie Account, or you can sign up for the payment plan online here. You can also pay in person at the Cashier’s Office (cash or check only) on the 1st floor of the Holland Centennial Commons Building.

Registering for Class Questions

CAN MY STUDENT TEST OUT OF CLASSES?

There are a few ways that students can test out of classes. Here they are listed with the most often used option first.

  1. AP exams with high enough scores (see item below about posting).
  2. CLEP exams: Please note that a student wanting to take a CLEP exam must never have been enrolled in a college level class equivalent in content to the test. CLEP exams available can be found here.
  3. The university does have a “test out” policy for students. With instructor approval (this is difficult to obtain), a student may test out of a class, stays registered in the class, and then will receive a final grade when the instructor grades his/her class.

MY STUDENT HAS AP CREDITS. HOW DO THEY KNOW WHAT CREDIT THEY RECEIVED FOR THEM?

The approved advanced placement tests are found in the catalog, along with the college credit that the student will receive for taking the test(s). When the credit is posted to the Dixie transcript, only the test will appear along with the score. Posting the scores is a two step process. First the records office must receive a verification of the test and score. Next the student must pay a posting fee.  No more than 15 extra-institutional credits can be applied towards an associate’s degree and no more than 30 credits towards a bachelor’s degree. Additional questions can be answered by the transfer credit evaluator 435–652–7705.

WHY WON’T MY COMPUTER LET MY STUDENT ENROLL IN A COURSE?

Many courses have restrictions in place to prevent a student from registering for a class for which they are not prepared. The most common reasons are:

  • Prerequisites have not been met for the class. Some classes require a minimum test score, a previously completed class, preparatory course work, program admission or instructor permission.
  • You can review prerequisites by class here.
  • Co-requisite class or lab was not added (e.g. BIOL 1010 and BIOL 1015 must be added together).
  • A registration hold has been placed on your account. You might have a hold due to an outstanding balance, academic standing, missing directory information, etc.

If a student feels that they have met the course requirements, they should contact the registrar’s office 435–652–7708.

WHEN DOES MY STUDENT DECLARE A MAJOR AND MEET WITH AN ADVISOR?

Students can indicate their preferred major when they apply for admission, and can also fill out a “change of major” form at any time to choose a different major. They should initially meet with a general advisor in the advisement center, who will forward them to the appropriate program or faculty advisor depending on where they are in completing the requisite coursework.

WHO IS MY STUDENT’S ADVISOR?

Students can find their advisor and the advisor contact information here. Their assigned advisor can also be found in their my.dixie.edu account under student, student profile(new) in the middle to right hand side in the center of the page. Students are also welcome to call the advisement center at 435-652-7690 to find out who their assigned advisor is.

HOW DOES MY STUDENT KNOW WHICH CLASSES TO SIGN UP FOR TO COMPLETE HIS/HER DEGREE?

Students should contact their academic advisor (see question above), look at the graduation plan in the current catalog and explore their degreeworks.dixie.edu page.

Also note that the associate degree at Dixie will transfer to all of the other Utah schools and will waive their GE requirements.

HOW MANY CLASSES SHOULD MY STUDENT TAKE?

It all depends on work schedules, other university commitments and how rigorous the course is. A full class schedule is 12 credits, and most students take 12-15 credits per semester. If a student wants to graduate with their Bachelor’s degree (120 credits) in 4 years (8 semesters) they need to take 15 credits per semester to graduate on time. Talk with your student about their plans for their academic career, and make sure they speak with their academic advisor as soon as possible to work out a graduation plan that fits their needs.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR CLASSES?

Students can register for classes through their myDixie account.

Resource Questions

WHAT MEDICAL CARE IS AVAILABLE TO MY STUDENT?

On campus students can set up free appointments for medical or mental health services at the Booth Wellness center.  They offer various medical health services, including sick visits, minor wound care, medical testing, lab work, and exams. *Additional services (labs, assessments, testing, etc.) may have fees based upon services utilized. For more information visit their website.

Although the university does not endorse any particular insurance provider, this website may be helpful. Also, there is a great selection of healthcare providers in St. George.

DOES MY STUDENT HAVE TO PURCHASE A MEAL PLAN?

Only students living in Nisson Towers are required to have a Meal Plan, because they do not have kitchens. However any student can purchase a Meal Plan through Dining Services. For more information on the different Plan options click here.

WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO HELP MY STUDENT PASS HIS/HER CLASSES?

If your student is struggling in a class, the tutoring center is available. It is located on the 4th floor of the Holland building (library). Also located on the 4th floor is the Writing Center which can assist students in writing papers for any class. For both of these resources they can stop by or set up an appointment online.For assistance in their math classes they can visit the eLab located in the Snow building.

WHO SHOULD MY STUDENT CONTACT IF HE/SHE HAS A DISABILITY?

Students who need additional support due to a physical or mental impairment should contact the Disability Resource Center. It is located next to the testing center.

Miscellaneous Questions

CAN I SEE MY STUDENT’S GRADES?

You can see your student’s grades if they give you permission or they are still your dependent. This is obtained by having them fill out the FERPA form.

WHAT IS THE POLICY ON ATTENDANCE?

Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes. If a student misses the first day of a class without instructor permission to be absent, they may be administratively dropped from that course. Attendance at all class sessions is a significant predictor of college success, and attendance is required in many courses. If a student must be absent from a class due to illness or another personal issue, they should work with the instructor to stay current.

No one other than officially enrolled students may attend class unless the instructor gives express permission.

WHERE CAN I FIND YOUR DATES AND DEADLINES?

The campus deadlines and other dates are available here.

DOES MY STUDENT NEED A PERSONAL COMPUTER?

Although the university does not require that your student bring a laptop to school, there is no question that it would be a useful tool in completing homework, especially as many housing facilities have wireless internet. Having said that, there are several computer labs on campus which are also available for students’ use.

DOES MY STUDENT NEED TO BUY THEIR TEXTBOOKS AT THE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS STORE?

Students are not required to purchase their textbooks from one particular source. The value of choosing the university Campus Store is the personalized attention students receive in selecting the correct books, along with the immediacy of the purchase. Textbooks can also be purchased at several reputable online sources.

SHOULD MY STUDENT WORK WHILE GOING TO SCHOOL?

Many students find that they can work a part-time job (15 hours per week or less) and go to school full-time (at least 12 credit hours). Working while going to school can give your student an extra sense of responsibility and independence as they transition to adult life. However, depending on other school commitments (clubs, student government, athletics, etc.) some students might find working while going to school to be overwhelming. Talk with your student about expectations and priorities for their college experience before deciding to work part time while going to school.

You can direct your student to available on or near campus jobs here.

DO YOU HAVE A REGULAR BUS SYSTEM THAT CAN PICK UP STUDENTS FROM OFF CAMPUS?

Dixie State University students may ride the SunTran for FREE. The SunTran is the City of St. George’s public transit system. Students simply need to show their student card in order to utilize this service. Click here for more information and transportation for students.

Contact

Parent & Family Programs

Email: familyprograms@dixie.edu

Phone: 465-879-4691

Office: Holland 181