Student Status

CLASSIFICATION OF STUDENTS

Students are classified by the Registrar's Office based on their program, degree sought, and cumulative credit hours.

Undergraduate Program Classifications

Undergraduates Completing Degrees:  (Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science)

FRESHMAN: having less than 30 semester hours.

SOPHOMORE: 30-59 semester hours.

JUNIOR: 60-89 semester hours.

SENIOR: 90 or more semester hours.

Undergraduates Not Completing a Degree (Non-degree)

POST-BACCALAUREATE:  Students pursuing a specific course of study, but not earning a degree such as completing the requirements for another major or minor subsequent to graduation, or completing courses for state education certification.

SPECIAL NON-DEGREE: Students taking courses not intended to apply to any degree or program that have been admitted to take one or more classes for a specific academic year, and not expected to continue the next year.  To continue in Special status for more than two semesters, or earn more than 12 semester hours, requires approval from the registrar each year.

VISITOR: Transient students taking courses intended to transfer to another institution’s degree program.

AUDITOR:  Approved to attend non-activity classes for no academic credit.   See Academic Policies: Course Registration, Auditing Courses section.

 

Dual enrollment high school students – Traditional Undergraduate Only

ASBURY ACADEMY:  Students taking classes prior to high school graduation. 

 

Graduate Program Classifications

GRADUATE:  Student who has a bachelor's degree and is earning credits to complete their initial master’s level degree.

SPECIAL STATUS: Students taking courses not intended to apply to any degree or program. 

CERTIFICATION ONLY: Students in this category hold a master’s degree, and intend to complete the requirements for additional certification in a graduate program.

ADDITIONAL GRADUATE DEGREE: Students in this category hold a master’s degree, and intend to complete the requirements for an additional degree in a graduate program.

VISITOR: Transient students taking a graduate course to transfer to another institution.

AUDITOR:  Approved to attend non-activity classes for no academic credit.   See Academic Policies: Course Registration, Auditing Courses section.

 

FIRST-TIME, FULL-TIME FRESHMEN [TUG]

Traditional Undergraduate students who enroll full-time at Asbury University, and have not yet completed a full-time semester at another accredited institution since their high school graduation, will be designated as first-time, full-time freshmen, regardless of high school graduation date or college credits earned before high school graduation.

 

STUDENT ACADEMIC FULL-TIME LOAD DEFINITION 

UNDERGRADUATE [TUG, ACAD, APS] ENROLLMENT STATUSES

  • 12 or more hours a semester is considered full-time for all undergraduates. The normal, expected academic load is 15-17 semester hours for a fall or spring semester.
  • 9-11 hours a semester is considered three-quarter time.
  • 6-8 hours a semester is considered half-time.
  • Less than half-time is under 6 hours a semester.

GRADUATE [GRAD] ENROLLMENT STATUSES

  • 9 or more hours a semester is considered full-time for all graduate programs.  The normal academic load varies by specific graduate program.
  • 5-8 hours a semester is considered half-time.

 

MAJOR AND MINOR FIELDS

All students receiving a degree must have a major or program. Students are not required to have a minor. 

1. The requirements for graduation for any chosen major (or minor) are listed in this Bulletin and on the major/minor sheets for each program which are available online. It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements are met.

2. Majors and minors must be officially declared to be listed on the student’s record and official graduation record.

3. To declare, change, drop or add a major or minor students must contact the Registrar’s Office or email: registrar@asbury.edu  

4a. Undergraduate Students are expected to declare a major by the beginning of the junior year (60 hours completed). 

4b. Associate degree, which is the Liberal Arts major, must be declared before the end of the sophomore year or before 60 hours are completed.

5. Students in the traditional undergraduate program may choose to complete up to three (3) majors. Each added major should require 24 unique, additional credits not part of the student’s other majors.

6. Students in the traditional undergraduate program may choose to complete up to three (3) minors. Each added minor should require 12 unique, additional credits not part of the student’s majors or other minors.

7. Fifty percent of all undergraduate major or minor requirements must be completed at Asbury University.

8a. Graduate programs are expected to complete approximately two thirds or more of a program at Asbury University for a degree. Limits on outside credit counted towards a graduate degree are determined by the specific program. 

8b. No more than 9.0 credits may be shared and count towards a second master’s degree.

9. To be listed with a major or minor in commencement all such must be officially declared in the registrar’s office by February 1of the student’s commencement year.  After the deadline and after commencement, second majors and minors may be dropped in order to graduate, but no new majors or minors may be added causing an extension of the student’s academic time.  One major is the minimum required for the BA or BS degree.

10. To be listed with the major of an associate’s degree in commencement all such must be officially declared in the registrar’s office by February 1of that commencement year.  

 

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT FOR A DEGREE
(Minimum Semesters Enrolled At Asbury)

Associate’s degree candidates

1.  Must complete their final two full-time semesters at Asbury University.

2.  Must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours at Asbury University for the degree.   Transfer credit limited to 30 semester hours.

3.  If finishing an emphasis 50% must be completed at Asbury University.

4.  Must complete their last full-time semester through Asbury University.  Permission may be granted to take a maximum of 9 credits elsewhere to finish requirements after leaving Asbury enrollment.

Bachelor’s degree candidates

1.  Must be registered at Asbury at least three sequential semesters (excluding summer) as a full-time student, including two semesters as a senior.   [Exceptions: students completing a Pre-Nursing major or Engineering Math (UK) major. These students must meet the residency requirement in the three semesters prior to transferring off campus.]

2. Must complete at least 50% of each of their majors’ and minors’ requirements with courses at Asbury.

3. Must complete their last full-time semester through Asbury University.  Permission may be granted to take a maximum of 9 credits elsewhere to finish requirements after leaving Asbury enrollment.

4. Must complete a minimum of 49 hours in courses at Asbury University (may not count institutional credit).  See Academic Policies: “Transfer Credit Requirements & Limitations”

 

Master’s Degree Time Limitation [GRAD]

A master’s degree should be completed within five years from the time of start in the specific graduate program.  Students taking longer must apply through their program director to extend their academic time.

 

2014-15 BULLETIN  08/11/2014