Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020

Academic Standing

Credit Load

Fall and Spring Semesters
Students may attend full-time or part-time as either matriculated or non-degree students.  They may attend day, evening, or weekend sessions in any combination.
A full-time student is one registered for 12 or more equated credits in a semester; six must be degree credits (three in the case of first-time freshmen). Equated credits are generally the same as degree credits except for courses below the 100 level. In courses below the 100 level, equated credits are equivalent to the contact hours of the course. 

Students on academic warning or probation may not register for more than 14 credits per semester.
Students with a GPA of 2.0 - 3.0 are permitted to register for 18 credits.
Students with a GPA of 3.1 - 3.49 are permitted to register for 20 credits.
Students with a GPA of 3.5 - 4.0 are permitted to register for 22 credits.
Students with less than a 3.0 (B) average and/or fewer than 30 credits who wish to take more than 18 credits must request permission.  If students wish to request exemptions to the policy (e.g. requesting more credits than GPA would permit), the Registrar’s office will direct the student to her/his major department chair, program coordinator, or embedded advisor for consideration.  Students majoring in Business will be directed to the Dean’s Office of the School of Business.  The Honors’ program coordinators will make decisions about overloads for their students.  Students who have not declared a major will be sent to CAAS.
Summer and Winter Sessions
For summer session, students may register for a total of eight credits (two courses).  Students with a 3.0 GPA, or above, may register for more than two courses, in total, and may register for two in the same session.
For winter session, students may register for only one course.  For winter session, students with a 3.0 GPA, or above, may register for two courses.
If students wish to request exemptions to the policy, the Registrar’s office will direct the student to her/his major department chair, program coordinator, or embedded advisor for consideration.  Students majoring in Business will be directed to the Dean’s Office of the School of Business.  The Honors’ program coordinators will make decisions about overloads for their students.  Students who have not declared a major will be sent to CAAS.
Visiting students will have no limit on the number of summer and winter courses.




Class or Standing

Class, or standing, as freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior is determined by the number of credits completed:

Lower Freshman 0-14.9 credits completed
Upper Freshman 15-29.9 credits completed
Lower Sophomore 30-44.9 credits completed
Upper Sophomore 45-59.9 credits completed
Lower Junior 60-74.9 credits completed
Upper Junior 75-89.9 credits completed
Lower Senior 90-104.9 credits completed
Upper Senior 105-120+ credits completed

Standing is sometimes listed as a course prerequisite.

Dean’s List

A matriculated undergraduate student, full-time merits inclusion on the annual dean’s list by: Attaining a GPA of 3.5 or above during the preceding academic year, provided at least 12 credits were earned in the fall semester and 12 credits were earned in the spring semester. Only credits earned at the College of Staten Island will enter the computation. Students who have received a grade of INC, F, P, WN, or WU during the period under consideration are not eligible.

Committee on Course and Standing

The Committee on Course and Standing is chaired by the Vice President for Academic Affairs or a designee; and its membership consists of the Registrar and one member of the faculty from each instructional department. In addition to reviewing student records, the Committee considers student appeals related to readmission, and graduation.

Students can petition the Committee through an appeals counselor in the Division of Student and Enrollment Services. The appeals counselors, whose names are available through the Registrar’s Office, will advise the students in the preparation of their petition, which will then be referred to the Committee.

Minimum GPA

Students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 (C) throughout their academic careers at the College. Whenever a student’s GPA falls below 2.0, the student’s record will be reviewed by the Committee on Course and Standing. Students must achieve a GPA of 2.0 in the courses in the core or major requirements; some majors require a higher minimum GPA.