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Semester Classification

An undergraduate degree candidate's semester classification is used for establishing the following:

  • how early a student may register
  • assigning classes with a prerequisite semester classification
  • change of campus assignment
  • eligibility for parking on campus

This classification is based on the following table of credits earned (policy 37-70):

NOTE: Effective the first day of the Fall 2016 semester, the University will begin using revised credit thresholds to determine a student's semester classification. This new semester classification table of credits can be viewed below. (The current semester classification table of credits will remain in effect through the Summer 2016 semester.)

Academic Classification by Semester (effective through Summer 2016)

Total Credits Earned
Semester Classification
Status
13.0 or fewer 1 First-Year Student
13.1 to 27 2

27.1 to 43 3 Sophomore
43.1 to 59 4

59.1 to 75 5 Junior
75.1 to 91 6

91.1 to 107 7 Senior
107.1 to 123 8
123.1 to 139 9
139.1 to 155 10
155.1 or more 11

 

Academic Classification by Semester (effective beginning Fall 2016)

Total Credits Earned
Semester Classification
Status
14.0 or fewer 1 First-Year Student
14.1 to 29 2

29.1 to 44 3 Sophomore
44.1 to 59 4

59.1 to 74 5 Junior
74.1 to 89 6

89.1 to 104 7 Senior
104.1 to 119 8
119.1 to 134 9
134.1 to 149 10
149.1 or more 11