Last updated on August 23rd, 2021

A full-time undergraduate student is one who is registered for a minimum of 12 credits in the current semester.

Students who were registered for the previous two semesters as full-time students, but have not successfully completed 24 credits in the previous 12 months are not eligible to:

  1. Participate in recognized student activities, including University-sponsored athletics.
  2. Hold office in recognized student organizations.
  3. Work in student employment.

The Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences may waive any or all of these conditions if a student’s failure to complete the 24 credits in the previous 12 months was due to extenuating circumstances such as medical conditions, family emergencies, or other circumstances beyond the student’s control. The Dean’s waiver is to be accompanied by a written agreement between the student and the Dean outlining the course of action to be taken by the student to remedy the deficiency.

The Dean shall review the student’s progress with his/her department chair and may also consult with other appropriate persons. The Dean shall communicate the resulting decision to the student in writing.


All students accepted to baccalaureate programs are expected to maintain the qualitative and quantitative standards of the School of Arts and Sciences. Students who do not meet the minimum standards may be placed on academic probation. While on academic probation, students’ academic performance must improve or they risk dismissal.


The quantitative standard refers to students’ progression toward their degree to be within an appropriate time frame and the percentage of satisfactorily completed coursework. These standards do not excuse students from meeting more restrictive course requirements of a department when they are published with the degree audit.

  • Full-time undergraduate students are expected to complete their degree program requirements in four years; however, degree requirements may be completed within a maximum of six years.
  • Part-time undergraduate students are expected to complete their degree requirements within 12 years.

A particular program or major may require that specific coursework be completed during the final years of matriculation to ensure current knowledge of the subject.

The expected schedule for full-time students is:

  • First Year (Freshman):  Students who have completed fewer than 30 credits
  • Second Year (Sophomore):  Students who have completed at least 30 but fewer than 60 credits
  • Third Year (Junior):  Students who have completed at least 60 but fewer than 90 credits
  • Fourth Year (Senior): Students who have completed 90 or more credits

Students are eligible for graduation if they have satisfactorily completed the General Education course requirements, the core course requirements for their major, double major, and minor, when applicable, and adequate electives to equal a total of 121 credits of satisfactorily passed coursework.


The qualitative standard refers to the percentage of satisfactorily completed coursework, the satisfactory completion of specific course requirements for students’ major, General

Education, and elective coursework, as well as students’ overall grade point average (GPA).

  1. Students are in good academic standing if their cumulative GPA is 2.00 or greater at the end of each semester.
  2. Students must pass with a grade of “C” or better in ALL courses, including Department Cores, General Education and Electives. Students who receive a “D” or “F” in any course will be required to repeat the course at its next offering.
  3. Students are prohibited from repeating a course that they have completed with a “C” grade or better.
  4. Students are prohibited from repeating a course more than two times. To be eligible to repeat a course a second time, in addition to demonstrating appropriate use of DES resources (review groups, learning strategies groups, etc.), a student must petition the Department Chair in writing for permission.