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The Graduate College Handbook

for students, faculty and staff – August 2017

A. Student Status

A student may be admitted to the Graduate College with either full graduate standing or with limited status, as a degree-seeking student or as a non-degree student. The admission status is stated in the Notice of Admission letter. Students must have full graduate standing and be degree-seeking in order to be awarded a graduate degree.

  1. Limited Status
  2. Non-degree Status

  1. Limited Status:
    A student who does not meet one or more of the admission requirements may be approved for admission with limited status. The most common reasons for limited status admission are:
    • course deficiencies, as determined by the department, that must be remedied,
    • low GPA (grade point average below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale), see Chapter 3.B.3 for more information,
    • no comparable bachelor's degree, see Chapter 3.B.3 for more information, or
    • a lack of demonstrated English language proficiency.

    Students admitted with limited status must address deficiencies in order to be granted a degree. Additionally, to continue beyond the first semester, students must fulfill all conditions of admission, including providing all required transcripts.

  2. Non-degree Status:
    There are several types of non-degree students. Non-degree students who wish to take classes in the fall or spring semesters must apply to and be recommended for admission by a department or the Graduate College, and must be admitted by the Graduate College. Exchange students and students taking classes through the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning are often non-degree. There are a number of restrictions and conditions that apply to non-degree status. A non-degree student:
    • may only receive an assistantship appointment if the non-degree status is a result of an Exchange agreement that includes an appointment in the terms of the agreement, or a petition to hold the assistantship is approved (one semester appointments only),
    • is not eligible for financial aid administered by the Graduate College, such as fellowships and conference travel awards,
    • must reapply for admission and pay the application fee if they wish to become a degree-seeking student,
    • is limited to taking fewer than 12 hours per fall or spring semester (fewer than 6 hours in the summer), which means they are not considered to be full-time for most purposes; (see chapter 2. C.); exceptions are BGAA Traveling Scholars and international students participating in special exchange programs for which full-time approval has been obtained from the Graduate College prior to admission, and international students who do not hold student visas,
    • may request to transfer 12 hours of credit taken as a non-degree student (see chapter 3.C) to a degree program, if subsequently admitted to and enrolled in a degree program, and
    • cannot register in on-campus course sections until the fourth day of instruction for the fall or spring semester, and can only register if space is available.  The late registration fee will not be assessed if the student completes his or her registration on or before the tenth day of instruction in a semester.