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The average semester load for full-time students is 15 to 17 semester (or credit) hours. Students must carry at least 12 semester hours to be classified as full time.
Academic overloads during fall and spring semesters (18 or more semester hours for students in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science and Technology; 19 or more semester hours in all other schools and colleges) need special approval of the dean of the school or college in which a student is matriculated. Tuition for full time students covers 12 to 17 hours. Credits over 17 carry additional tuition charges.
See Tuition and Fees in the Financial Information section of the Bulletin.
Summer sessions: Undergraduates must get overload approval for 9 credits or more.
A semester hour is a unit of academic credit. For courses that meet on a regularly-scheduled semester basis, a semester hour corresponds to one hour a week of lecture or recitation (or two hours of laboratory or studio activity) throughout one semester. For courses that do not meet on a regularly scheduled semester basis, the guideline is that one semester hour corresponds to 700 minutes of classroom contact.
Academic credit may be earned through traditional coursework at Temple University, courses approved for transfer from other institutions, Advanced Placement Tests, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), cooperative work experience, and prior work or life experience. See the Admissions section of the Bulletin and the policy on Non-Traditional Credit.
Temple University requires that all undergraduate degree candidates complete 30 hours of the last 45 hours of the degree or program as matriculated students at Temple University. If a matriculated student previously took Temple courses on a non-matriculated basis, those courses are counted towards this requirement. See the policy on Transfer Credits.
To graduate with Honors or to be a President's Scholar, a student must complete a minimum of the last 60 semester hours of the program matriculated at Temple. Students who are granted pre-approval by their deans to take courses elsewhere, up to a full semester’s work, will qualify for these distinctions if they have completed 60 hours at Temple University towards their degrees. See Honors.
Students should consult their school or college for additional academic residency requirements.
See Academic Rights and Responsibilities in the Student Rights section of the Bulletin.
Click here for the up-to-date version of the Academic Warning, Probation, Dismissal and Reinstatement policy (policy number 02.10.11). The policy is printed below.
Academic Warning, Probation, Dismissal, and Reinstatement
Policy Effective for Fall Semester 2003 and After
To remain in Academic Good Standing in the University, a matriculated undergraduate student must achieve a semester Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.0 (C) for each semester and maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.0 for all work completed at Temple University.
Students will receive notification of academic warning if their semester grade point average falls below a 2.0 even while the cumulative GPA is above 2.0. Academic warning is not given for courses taken in summer school.
A student on academic warning status cannot register for courses online or by telephone, and must meet with his/her adviser to register. Advisers will help these students in planning a schedule of courses selected to assist the student in maintaining an acceptable cumulative GPA. Advisers will see to it that the planned schedules assure academic progress and the completion of required courses.
Academic Probation is a sanction given to a student whose cumulative grade point average is below 2.0 after having accumulated 24 credits.
A student on Academic Probation cannot register for courses online or by telephone, and must meet with his/her adviser to register. Advisers will help these students in planning a schedule of courses selected to assist the student in maintaining an acceptable cumulative GPA. Advisers will see to it that the planned schedules assure academic progress and the completion of required courses. A student on Academic Probation at the beginning of an academic year is not eligible for University-funded, academic merit-based financial aid until the student is restored to Academic Good Standing.
A cumulative grade point average below 2.0 results in the accumulation of deficiency points. Students who have earned deficiency points will receive notification of Academic Probation on their semester grade reports.
For example, if by the end of the first year a student who has completed 30 hours, the performance in those courses should have produced 60 points:
30 cumulative credits x 2 =
60 quality points needed for 2.0 average
If student's performance has produced only 54 points, the student has accumulated 6 deficiency points, and academic probation is noted on the grade report.
30 cumulative credits x 2 =
60 points needed for 2.0 average
-54 points earned
6 deficiency points
Eliminating Deficiency Points
Students can remove deficiency points by achieving C+ grades or better in subsequent courses. Additional grades below C will increase the number of deficiency points. The Deficiency Points Chart (found under the Associate Degree Candidates section below) indicates the deficiency points accumulated by students receiving grades below C. The Quality Points Chart (found under the Associate Degree candidates section below) specifies the relation between course grades and the removal of deficiency points.
Dismissal and Reinstatement
The academic actions of Dismissal from Degree Candidacy and Reinstatement to Degree Candidacy will be guided strictly by the number of deficiency points and will be standard across all schools and colleges.
Except under conditions listed below, a baccalaureate degree candidate is automatically dismissed from degree candidacy for unsatisfactory academic performance if:
Cumulative Credits* are: Deficiency Points number:
24-39 15 or more
40-69 10 or more
70-99 5 or more
100 and above 3 or more
* "Cumulative Credits" are determined for the purposes of this policy by counting credits in all courses graded "A" through "F". "Cumulative Credits" ignore credits in courses with incomplete grades ("I"), Withdrawals ("W"), Registered ("R"), or Audit ("AU") and credits earned in courses graded Credit/No Credit ("CR/NC") or Pass ("P"). Credits for repeated courses are calculated according to the course repeat policy. "Cumulative Credits" may differ from "Degree Credits;" the latter counts credits that accrue toward the degree and includes credits earned in courses not graded "A" to "F" and excludes courses the student does not pass.
Note: Credits transferred to Temple University will be counted at admission as "cumulative credits" in order to establish the level of progress toward a degree. Additional cumulative credits will accrue from courses subsequently taken at Temple. Deficiency points, if any, accrue only from courses taken at Temple University.
A baccalaureate degree candidate will not be dismissed from degree candidacy for unsatisfactory academic performance if he/she has acquired fewer than 24 cumulative semester hours of credits.
No student will be dismissed who has not in the previous semester been placed on Academic Probation.
A student dismissed from baccalaureate degree candidacy for unsatisfactory academic performance will receive a letter from the Office of Academic Records informing him/her of the dismissal. The letter includes an explanation for the dismissal action as well as instructions for enrolling as a non-degree conditional-status student (Non-Matriculating Status) and criteria for reinstatement to degree status.
Conditional Status for Dismissed Students
A student dismissed from baccalaureate degree candidacy for unsatisfactory academic performance may register for Temple courses as a non-degree conditional-status student, with the following conditions. A non-degree conditional-status student is not eligible for financial aid or University housing. The advising office of the Temple school or college or academic unit from which the student was dismissed registers the student during the enrollment period reserved for non-matriculating students and on a space-available basis; the courses taken must be suitable for demonstrating the student's ability to succeed at Temple University. The student may enroll for up to 10 semester hours for a fall or spring semester or up to 4 semester hours for a summer session, for a total of up to 20 semester hours to be completed within two calendar years of the dismissal date.
Reinstatement and Readmission
Student will be accorded only one opportunity for reinstatement.
Students who complete course work on conditional status may apply to any Temple school or college for reinstatement to degree candidacy when they have removed at least half of their deficiency points. All decisions to readmit students must be approved by the Office of the Provost. After reinstatement, a student must remove an remaining deficiency points within two additional semesters. Students who fail to do so will be summarily dismissed.
A dismissed student, whether he or she has taken courses on conditional status or not, may apply for readmission after five years from the date of last enrollment at Temple University. Application for readmission to degree candidacy may be made to any Temple school or college. A decision to readmit a student must be approved by the Office of the Provost. Readmitted students will be treated as transfer students, in that they will receive credit for all courses passed at Temple or elsewhere, and will re-enter the University with no cumulative grade point average. This readmission policy, with its forgiveness provision, will go into effect for spring 2009.
The rules and procedures related to Academic Warning for baccalaureate degree students apply also to associate degree candidates.
The rules and procedures related to Academic Probation for baccalaureate degree students apply also to associate degree candidates.
Associate Degree Dismissal and Reinstatement Policy
An associate degree candidate will not be dismissed from degree candidacy for unsatisfactory academic performance if he/she has acquired fewer than 20 cumulative hours of credits.
All other rules related to dismissal and reinstatement for baccalaureate degree students also apply to associate degree students.
Conditional Status for Associate Degree Students
Provisions for conditional status are the same for associate degree students as for baccalaureate degree students. However, an associate degree student on conditional status may enroll for no more than 10 semester hours which must be completed within one calendar year of the date of dismissal.
Reinstatement and Readmission of Associate Degree Students
The rules are the same for associate degree and baccalaureate degree.
Cumulative Credits* are: With Grade-Point Deficiencies of:
20 to 29 12 or more
30 to 49 6 or more
50 or more 3 or more
"Cumulative Credits" are determined for the purposes of this policy by counting credits in all courses graded "A" through "F." "Cumulative Credits" ignore credits in courses with incomplete grades ("I"), Withdrawals ("W"), Registered ("R"), or Audit ("AU") and credits earned in courses graded Credit/No Credit ("CR/NC") or Pass ("P"). Credits for repeated courses are calculated according to the course repeat policy. "Cumulative Credits" may differ from "Degree Credits"; the latter counts credits that accrue toward the degree and includes credits earned in courses not graded "A" to "F" and excludes courses the student does not pass.
Note: Credits transferred to Temple University will be counted at admission as "cumulative credits" in order to establish the level of progress towards degree. Additional cumulative credits will accrue from courses subsequently taken at Temple. Deficiency points, if any, will come only from courses taken at Temple University.
Deficiency Points Chart
This chart will assist you in determining the deficiency points accumulated by students who receive grades of C- or less in courses graded "A" to "F."
Quality Points Chart
This chart will assist you in determining the grade and credits that must be earned to remove deficiency points.
Note: As a quick reference, keep in mind that every credit earned with a grade of B removes one grade-point deficiency.
Dates of official enactment and amendments:
Adopted by the President on June 12, 2003.
Revised by the President on September 7, 2006, to amend the provisions regarding eligibility for institutional financial aid and university housing, effective immediately.
This policy supercedes all policies and procedures related to academic warning, dismissal and reinstatement for undergraduates, and specifically Probation and Dismissal posted in the Academic Policy section of the Undergraduate Bulletin.
This policy is subject to change. The most current version of the applicable policy is available at http://policies.temple.edu/getdoc.asp?policy_no=02.10.11
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