Advising Handbook - General Academic Information

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Class Standing

  • 0-25 earned credits - First-year/Freshman
  • 26-57 earned credit hours - Sophomore/TSAS second-year
  • 58-89 earned credit hours - Junior
  • 90+ earned credit hours -Senior

Course Load

  • Registration for Credits in Excess of 20
    -Must petition College or School Dean

Add/Drop Policies


  • The Petition for Variance in Academic Policy form is used to request a variance in academic policy; (e.g., a suspension, an overload, an extension on an incomplete, etc.)
  • Discovery Program petitions go to the Discovery Program Committee;
  • Writing requirement petitions go to the Writing Committee.

Grading and Withdrawal Policies and Guidelines

      A       (4.00)  excellent
 A-(3.67)intermediate grade
 B+(3.33)intermediate grade
 B-(2.67)intermediate grade
 C+(2.33)intermediate grade
 C(2.00)satisfactory, competent
 C-(1.67)intermediate grade
 D+(1.33)intermediate grade
 D(1.00)marginal grade
 D-(0.67)intermediate grade (passing grade)
 F(0.00)failure: academic performance so deficient in quality as to be unacceptable for credit

Withdrawal/Leave of Absense