CLASSIFICATION OF STUDENTS
Undergraduate Program Classifications
Undergraduates completing degrees (associate degrees, bachelor degrees)
FRESHMAN: has completed 0 - 29 semester hours.
SOPHOMORE: has completed 30 - 59 semester hours.
JUNIOR: has completed 60 - 89 semester hours.
SENIOR: has completed 90 or more semester hours.
Undergraduates not completing degrees who are considered Non-Degree for reporting
POST-BACCALAUREATE: Students pursuing a specific course of study beyond a bachelor’s degree subsequent to graduation such as elementary teacher certification. Based upon the program these students may be considered degree seeking for financial aid purposes.
SPECIAL NON-DEGREE SEEKING: Student taking a course for personal interest, or a transient student based at another college taking courses intended to transfer to that institution, who would not be expected to continue beyond that semester. Non-degree students wishing to continue for more than two semesters, or beyond 12 semester hours, must receive regular approval from the registrar to continue.
VISITING: Full time students visiting, with proper permission from their home institution, for study at Asbury University’s Wilmore campus, or Study Abroad programs.
AUDITOR: Students taking non-activity classes for no academic credit. [See ‘Auditing Courses’ below.]
DUAL ENROLLMENT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS – Current high school students taking classes through the ASBURY ACADEMY in the Traditional Undergraduate semester prior to high school graduation.
First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen [TUG, APS]
Undergraduate students who enroll full-time at Asbury University, and who have not attempted academic credit at another college or university since graduation from high school, are designated as first-time, full-time freshmen for reporting and financial aid. This is true regardless of years since high school graduation, or credits earned during high school, or completion of non-college or military training since high school graduation. ‘First time Freshmen’ are required to provide a high school transcript or GED. First time freshmen may simultaneously hold a higher grade level classification (sophomore, etc.) based on credits awarded from dual enrollment or advanced placement.
Graduate Program Classifications
Graduates completing degrees (masters, specialist)
GRADUATE: Post bachelor's degree student who is earning credits to complete a first or additional master’s level degree.
Graduates not completing degrees who are considered Non-Degree for reporting
GRADUATE CERTIFICATION ONLY: Students pursuing a specific course of study beyond a master’s degree subsequent to graduation such as further teacher certification. These students may be considered degree seeking for financial aid purposes.
GRADUATE SPECIAL NON-DEGREE: Students taking a course that will not apply to an Asbury University degree. Not all graduate programs allow non-degree students. Student must meet the non-degree status admission requirements of the specific graduate program, and may not be enrolled in courses in more than one graduate program simultaneously.
AUDITOR: Approved to attend non-activity classes for no academic credit. [See ‘Auditing Courses’ below.] Not all graduate programs allow auditors.
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.
- Under 6 hours a semester is less than half-time.
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.
- Under 5 hours a semester is less than half-time.
MAJOR AND MINOR FIELDS
All students receiving a degree must declare a major [TUG, APS] or program of study [GRAD].
The requirements for graduation for any chosen major or minor, or program of study are listed in this Bulletin and on the major/minor sheets which are available online: http://www.asbury.edu/offices/registrar.
It is the student’s responsibility to fulfill all degree requirements.
a. Only one major is required for the BA or BS degree. Students are not required to have a minor.
b. Majors and minors must be officially declared to be listed on the student’s record and official transcript. To declare, change, drop or add a major or minor, students must contact the Registrar’s Office or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
c. Undergraduate Students are expected to declare a major by the beginning of the junior year (60 hours completed).
d. Associate degree must be declared before the beginning of the junior year (60 hours completed).
e. Students in undergraduate programs may choose to complete up to two (2) majors. Each added major should require 24 unique, additional credits not part of the student’s other major. Freshmen are expected to complete their first semester before adding a second major.
f. Students in the undergraduate programs may choose to complete up to two (2) minors. Each added minor should require 12 unique, additional credits not part of the student’s majors or other minors.
g. Fifty percent of the course requirements for each undergraduate major or minor must be completed at Asbury University.
a. Graduate students apply and are enrolled in only one program of study at a time. Students who complete their degree must reapply to take additional courses or to start a second degree.
b. Graduate programs are expected to complete approximately 65% or more of all program of study course requirements at Asbury University for a degree. Stricter limits may be set by the specific program on accepted outside credit counted towards a graduate degree.
c. No more than 9.0 graduate credits may be shared and count towards a second master’s degree.
d. 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.
Majors, Minors listed on Transcripts and in Commencement
To be listed with an associate’s degree or with a bachelor’s degree major or minor in commencement all must be officially declared in the registrar’s office by October 15 prior to December graduation or by February 1of the student’s commencement year for May or August graduation. After the deadline and/or 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.
2015-16 BULLETIN 08/17/2015