Academic Status and Load

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Course Load (Full Time Status)

Course Load (Part Time Status)

Classification of Students

Course Numbering System

  

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Gonzaga University operates on a sixteen week semester system during the academic year (fall and spring). We also offer two six week  summer sessions. Semester  sessions for certain graduate and doctoral programs may differ from this.

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Course Load (Full Time Status)

The normal course load of a regular full-time undergraduate student is sixteen semester credits. For academic purposes, the minimum full-time course load is twelve credits. The maximum load for students in good standing is eighteen semester credits in one semester; for students on probation, the maximum is fifteen credits or five courses.

In general, students must be registered for a minimum of six credits per semester to be considered full-time at the graduate/doctoral level .

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Course Load (Part Time Status)

Undergraduate students are considered to be at part-time status if enrolled in eleven (11) credits or less in a semester at Gonzaga and graduate or doctoral students in five (5) credits or less.

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Classification of Students

As 128 semester credits are required to graduate from Gonzaga, sixteen (16) semester credits per semester on average need to be completed to meet undergraduate degree completion in four years.

stars   An undergraduate student is classified as a First Year, Second Year, Third Year, Fourth Year based upon the cumulative number of semester credits he/she has earned:

First Year Student

A student with 25 or less cumulative credits earned toward a degree.

Second Year Student

A student who has earned between 26 and 59 semester credits toward a degree.

Third Year Student

A student who has earned between 60 and 95 semester credits toward a degree.

Fourth Year Student

A student who has earned 96 or more semester credits toward a degree.

   

Post Baccalaureate Student

A post-baccalaureate student has a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and is not admitted to a graduate program. He or she may be pursuing a second bachelor's degree or attending for personal enrichment.

   

Non-Matriculated Student

A student who is not a candidate for a degree, including someone who is only auditing courses.

   

Graduate Student

A student admitted with graduate standing and accepted into a graduate degree program of the University.

   

Graduate Non-Matriculated Student

A student who has obtained a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution who may or may not be pursuing a graduate level degree who has not formally been admitted and accepted into a graduate level degree program. No more than twelve semester credits taken as a graduate non-matriculated student will apply toward a graduate degree.

   

Doctoral Student

A student with a bachelor and master's degree from accredited institutions who has formally been admitted with doctoral standing and accepted into a doctoral degree program.

   

Doctoral Non-Matriculated Student

A student who has obtained a bachelor's and master's degree from an accredited institution who may or may not be pursuing a doctoral level degree who has not formally been admitted and accepted into a doctoral level degree program.

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Course Numbering System

The University course numbering system gives an indication of the expectations for the level at which the course is taught.

Lower Division Courses:

Below 100- Remedial in nature; University credit is granted for no more than two courses numbered below 100 and the courses do not fulfill any core or major requirements.

100 - 199 - Primarily first and second year courses for which there are normally no prerequisites.

200 - 299 - Courses with usually one prerequisite; primarily for first and second year undergraduates.

Upper Division Courses:

300 - 399 - Courses usually with prerequisites; primarily for third and fourth year undergraduates.

400 - 499 - Courses with prerequisites; primarily fourth year undergraduates.

500 - 599 - Graduate level courses (may be taken by third and fourth year undergraduates with Dean's permission; these courses do not count toward a baccalaureate degree).

600 - 699 - Graduate level courses for graduate students only.

700 - 799- Graduate level courses for doctoral students only.

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