CATALOG: Classification of Students

Curricular Student

A student shall be classified as a curricular student if the student satisfies the following three conditions:

  • The student holds a high school diploma, a GED or its equivalent, or is otherwise determined qualified for admission.
  • The required documents for general admission to a curricular program are received by the Admissions and Records Office.
  • The student has been admitted to one of the college’s curricula.

Students wishing to declare a program or transfer from one program to another must consult a new student advisor.

Non-Curricular Student

Students are considered non-curricular if they are not formally admitted into one of the college’s curricula. Students receiving federal or state aid are not eligible for non-curricular classification.

Student Enrollment Definitions

Full-time Student: Students enrolled for 12 or more credits per semester.

Part-time Student: Students enrolled for fewer than 12 credit hours per semester.

Freshmen: Students are classified as freshmen until they have completed 30 semester credits of study.

Sophomore: Students are classified as sophomores after they have completed 30 semester credits.

Credits accepted from other colleges are included in the total credits earned if they apply toward meeting the students’ curricula requirements.

Academic Load

The normal academic course load for students is 15-17 credits. The minimum full-time load is 12 credits and the maximum full-time load is 18 credits, excluding SDV 100. Students wishing to carry an academic load of more than 18 credits must obtain written approval from the academic dean. Students placed on academic warning or academic probation may be required to take less than the normal course load.


Faculty establish specific attendance policies for each class which are outlined in the class syllabus distributed at the beginning of each semester. Generally, students are required to attend all classes for which they are registered except in the event of illness or unavoidable emergency. Students are responsible for making up all coursework missed during an absence. Written work must be turned in to the instructor by the assigned deadline or at a time designated by the instructor. Absence from class for any reason does not lessen responsibility for meeting all of the requirements of the class and may necessitate a withdrawal from class.

For online courses, students should log into their Canvas course on the first day of the session. Student should carefully read and follow the course syllabus instructions for attendance and contact required by the instructors.

Students who are registered for a course but do not attend or make contact with the instructor during the add/drop period will be dropped from the class without notification. Be sure to check the semester calendar for drop and withdrawal dates.

Up until the withdrawal date for a session, students who stop attending a course, miss more than 20% of a course, or fail to maintain contact with the online course instructor will be withdrawn by the course instructor. Students should inform their instructor of any situation which might affect attendance or coursework completion.

After the withdrawal date, students who stop attending a course will receive a failing grade for that course.


Students are expected to take their examinations at the regularly scheduled times, to follow exam instructions, and to avoid giving or receiving unauthorized help on exams. No exceptions to exam times will be made without the permission of the instructor and the academic dean (or another appropriate academic administrator). Exam schedules are available on the college website.

Instructors will provide exam dates for classes meeting on non-traditional schedules or dynamic sessions. For summer sessions, final examinations are given on the last scheduled class meeting for that semester.

Last modified on 08-28-2019