MyCuesta Pathway FAQs

What is myCuesta Pathway?

myCuesta Pathway is a degree audit program and academic advisement tool designed to help you understand the requirements for your major, degree, or certificate which may consist of core courses, general education, and electives. This is a web‐based program that takes the courses from your transcript and reorganizes them to fulfill the requirements for your degree.

What are the benefits of myCuesta Pathway?

View degree requirements for your major, including general education requirements completed.

  • See which courses you have completed in your major
  • Identify remaining courses needed to complete your degree/major
  • See what courses you have taken that do not count towards your major
  • View the grades or waivers applied to your transcript
  • Confirm your grade‐point average (GPA)
  • Before you officially change your major, find out how courses completed will meet the new major requirements
  • Estimate how many semesters it will take you to graduate
  • Select the right courses for the next semester

How do I read my degree audit?

The audit lists the overall requirements to earn your degree, General Education requirements, and major. Electives and in‐progress courses are listed toward the bottom of the audit. Your Counselor can assist you with reading and understanding your myCuesta Pathway audit.

My major is incorrect, what should I do?

Change your major when you first register for Fall, Spring, and Summer classes or go to Admissions and Records and request to change your major. You can also change your major any time in your myCuesta Student Portal. This new link is located in the My Web Services channel under the Student Records folder. Click on "Change Major/Program and GE Pattern."

What should I do if I think the audit is incorrect?
Always consult with a Counselor if you have any questions about your particular degree requirements. They will explain any difference between the audit and the advice you are receiving.

If I use the "What If" feature, does this mean that I have changed my major? 

No. You can only change your major when you first register for Fall, Spring, and Summer classes or go to Admissions and Records and request to change your major.

I'm thinking about changing my major.  How will my current courses be applied toward my new major?

Use the What If feature by selecting your primary area of study, using the program drop down menu. The requirements for your selection appear and you can see how your coursework will be applied for the new major you are considering. 

My Counselor told me that a course I took would be substituted for a requirement.

Speak to your Counselor and be sure that the official Course Substitution Form has been properly completed, signed, approved and submitted to the Admissions and Records Office.

My Counselor told me that a course would be waived. Why doesn't this information appear in my audit?

Speak to your Counselor and be sure that the official Course Waiver Form has been properly completed, signed, approved and submitted to the Admissions and Records Office. 

How do I print a copy of my audit?

Just click the "Print" button located on the top menu bar of the audit. You can also save the audit as a PDF and then print.

Is my degree audit the same as myCuesta College transcript?

No. Your transcript is arranged by each semester and is the final and official documentation of your academic record at Cuesta College.

There was a change on my student record. When will it appear in my audit?

The audit database is updated each night so changes appear the next business day.

The term just ended. When will my degree audit be updated with my grades?

Your degree audit will be updated with your most recent grades once grades have been rolled into your academic history by Admissions and Records. Then your audit will be updated.

Does using myCuesta Pathway mean I do not need to see my Counselor?

No. myCuesta Pathway is a tool designed to help aid and facilitate academic advising. Your audit is NOT an official evaluation. All degree requirements need to be verified by your Counselor prior to graduation, and each student is responsible for complying with all academic policies published in the catalog.

Where do I go to request an exception to a degree requirement?

Please see your Counselor to request an exception. Your Counselor will need to submit the request through the designated person within the department. Once the petition has been approved it will be attached to your myCuesta Pathway major by Admissions and Records. 

How does myCuesta Pathway show D/F repeats?

If a student repeats a D/F course, the Excluded course will show up in the Substandard Grade/Withdrawn/Repeated Block and the included course will show up in its appropriate place in the audit.

Using Plans

What is the Plans feature?

The Plans feature is a tool for you to arrange course requirements into future semester blocks. You and your Counselor may find this helpful as you forecast your academic pathway. It is recommended that you create an active plan and keep it up-to-date, as this information may be used by Cuesta College administrators to determine the demand for various courses each term.

How do I create a Plan?

By a split screen, the Plans tab allows you to drag and drop courses from your audit into future semester blocks. You can also type courses directly into the plans boxes. You must enter the course as it is labeled in the catalog (e.g., ENGL 201A, not English 201A).

Will putting courses in my planner change the way my audit looks?

No. Nothing entered on the Plans will affect your actual audit. You can, however, see how the courses you have entered in your plan will apply in in the Plans tab under the audit view. In the audit on the left-hand side of the screen, you will see how the planned courses apply to your major/concentration requirements.

Can I create multiple plans?

Yes. However, only one plan at a time may be kept as an active plan. You should mark the plan that you expect to follow as your active plan. Your Counselor will need to approve and lock your plan after discussing it with you. Once your plan is locked, you will need to return to your Counselor to make any additional changes. This information may be used by Cuesta College administrators to determine the demand for various courses each term.

Will my plans be saved?

Yes. myCuesta Pathway will allow you to save all plans you create; however, only one plan may be marked as active.

Will my Counselor be able to see my plan(s)?

  • Yes. Your Counselor can see your plan(s) and participate with you in the planning process. There is a Notes feature, as well, for you and your Counselor to keep additional information.
  • Your Counselor will need to approve and lock your plan after discussing it with you. Once your plan is locked, you will need to return to your Counselor to make any additional changes.

If I put a course in my planner, am I automatically registered for that course in that future semester?

No. Your plan is for planning purposes only. You will register through your myCuesta student portal during your assigned registration time slot.

Is the course I planned guaranteed for that future semester?

No. Your plan is for planning purposes only. Final course schedules are available to students online shortly before registration. If you discover that a course you had planned is not being offered, you should identify an alternative course and move the original course, if still needed, to a future term.

Can I print my plan?

Yes. There is a print button on the bottom right corner of the plan.

How should I show that I intend to take a class at another institution?

Please make an appointment with a Counselor, they will be able to assist you in entering what you intend to take at another institution.

Blocks within myCuesta Pathway

Why is my Major listed incorrectly in my Student Information Block?

If your major is listed incorrectly in this block, you can change your major when you first register for Fall, Spring, and Summer classes or go to Admissions and Records and request to change your major.

What is the Degree Block?

The Degree block is a summary and list of each group of requirements you will need to satisfy in order to complete your degree.

Why is my Degree coming up incorrectly?

If your audit is not correctly displaying your degree, please see Admissions and Records to have your degree updated.

Everything in my Degree Block is checked off, why isn’t my Degree Block satisfied?

If everything within your Degree block is checked off, but your Degree block is not satisfied, there is either a minimum GPA requirement that has not been met or the overall number of units required for your degree has not been met.

I have taken courses that meet major requirements, but they are not showing up in my Major Block.

If you have taken courses that meet major requirements, but they are not showing up in your Major Block, please see your Counselor to confirm that the courses taken meet major requirements. If the courses taken satisfy major requirements, your Counselor will need to contact the Evaluation’s Office to update the requirements for your major.

Everything in my Major Block is checked off, why isn’t my Major Block satisfied?

If everything within your Major Block is checked off, but your Major Block is not satisfied, there is either a minimum GPA requirement, did not receive a C or better in a major course, or an overall number of units requirement that may not been met. Please see your Counselor.

What is the Elective Block?

The Elective Block is a block for courses that are not being used to satisfy any other requirements in your audit.

Do courses in the Elective Block count towards my overall credits and GPA?

Yes. These hours count towards the total number of degree credits and overall GPA.

Why is a course that fulfills a major requirement in the Elective Block?

If you have taken courses that meet Major requirements, but they are not showing up in your Major Block, please see your Counselor to confirm that the courses taken meet Major requirements. If the courses taken satisfy major requirements, your Counselor will need to email mycuestapathway@cuesta.edu

Why is there a class I have dropped in the In-Progress Block?

After grading is complete for the term, you will receive a "W" for the class. Until then, the class you dropped is still considered In-Progress.

Why does my audit show two semesters In-Progress?

Once grades get processed for the current term, those In-Progress courses will show up with grades in your audit.

What is the In-Progress Block?

The In-Progress Block lists all of the courses a student is currently registered for, including the current and all future terms.

What is the Not Applicable Block?

The Not Applicable Block lists all of the courses that our non-degree applicable for your chosen major.

Functions within myCuesta Pathway

What is a Worksheet?

Worksheet is another term for your Degree Audit.

What is the “What If” function used for?

The “What If” function is currently used for two purposes.

1.      To hypothesize a change in major.

2.      If you want to see how far along in your academic goal you would be if you changed your major.

How does “What If” work?

  1. Select the “What If” function which is on the Audit tab.
  2. Use the program drop down menu to select the degree and major you’d like to change to.
  3. Then select the Process What If button.
  4. This will remove the requirement blocks for your current major and apply the requirement blocks for the major you are considering.
  5. This is not a permanent change. Once you go back to the Worksheets Function, the requirement blocks for your registered Major will show up in your audit.
  6. If you would like to change your major, please go to Admissions and Records.
  7. Why do I get an error message when I use the What If function?
  8. Since myCuesta Pathway pulls in requirement blocks based on the term a student entered the College, you must select a catalog year or you will get a message saying that no requirement blocks were found.

What are Notes?

Notes can appear at the bottom of your audit. They are a convenient way for your Counselor to keep track of academic advice, career goals or any other bits of information important to your academic goal.

Who can see Notes posted on my audit?

Any Counselor or Evaluator can see notes posted in myCuesta Pathway. This can be helpful if you change majors or your counselor changes.

What is the GPA Calculator Tab?

The GPA Calculator is a convenient way to track and plan for your GPA.

How do I use the Term Calculator?

myCuesta Pathway will list the courses marked In-Progress from your audit. If any of the courses listed are inaccurate, you can add or delete them by typing directly into the boxes. Select the grade you anticipate receiving for each course and then click Calculate. myCuesta Pathway will give you an estimated GPA for the semester.

How do I use the Advice Calculator?

Fill in the GPA you would like to have, and click Calculate. myCuesta Pathway will tell you how many credits with what grades you will need in order to achieve your desired GPA. 

Buttons

What is the View button?

The View button allows you to change the format of your audit. There are 3 available views:

    1. Student View shows all of your requirements both satisfied and unsatisfied.
    2. Graduation Check List shows a concise list of the requirements that have been satisfied.
    3. Registration Check List shows a concise list of the courses that need to be taken.

To change the View of your audit, use the drop down menu under "Format" just to the left of the View button. Select the View you would like to see, and then click on the View button.

Should I regularly Save and/or Print audits?

Since myCuesta Pathway uses data stored in Banner and is updated nightly, it should not be necessary to regularly Save and/or Print your audit. It will be available to you online from anywhere at any time.

Why can’t I type a student’s name into the Name field under Worksheets?

You may only view your own audit.

Symbols

What does the '' next to a course number mean?

The '' symbol next to a course number indicates that there is a prerequisite for that course. If available, when you click on the link for that course, the prerequisite is listed above the section schedule.

What does the '@' mean?

An '@' symbol acts as a wildcard. So when you see for example, MATH 2@, myCuesta Pathway is indicating that MATH 236, 265A, 232 or any other transferable math course can be used to satisfy the requirement.

What does the '' mean?

A double tilde (≈) indicates that there is an issue of some sort. There are a few instances in particular that get flagged by a double tilde: If all of the requirements in a block have been completed but a minimum GPA has not been met. If all of the requirements in a block have been completed but a minimum number of units has not been met. If you see a double tilde in your audit, please see your Counselor or email mycuestapathway@cuesta.edu.