and Commencement Policies
Average Time to Graduate | Tuition Surcharge | Graduation | Academic Requirements | Residence Requirements | Time Requirements | AULER Requirements | Major Requirements | Application for Graduation | Graduation with Honors | Commencement Participation
Average Time to Graduation
Many factors affect
both the length of time and the number of credit hours an individual
student will require to complete the baccalaureate degree. At UNCG
the median number of months to graduation for full time students is
46. The median number of credit hours completed is 125.
Full time undergraduate
students are expected to complete at least 15 credit hours per semester
and failure to do so may lengthen the student's time to graduation.
Some majors do require formal admission beyond that required for admission
to the University in general.
meet with their academic advisors regularly to plan their academic schedules.
To graduate, students must complete specific University requirements
as well as requirements within the major. Students who change majors
may find that additional requirements must be fulfilled. Changing majors
excessively, or after the third or fourth semester of study, may also
lengthen the time to graduation.
Criteria for admission
to a specific major (outlined in this Bulletin) and continuation in
that major may include a University grade point average exceeding that
required for continuation within the University as a whole. Students
considering such majors should become familiar with the guidelines,
and work with an academic advisor, as soon as
possible to ensure that they meet the criteria.
25% Tuition Surcharge for Undergraduates
The General Assembly
has instituted a twenty-five percent (25%) tuition surcharge (Section
89 (b), Senate Bill 27, 1993 Session) which became effective Fall semester
1994 and applies to all new undergraduates seeking a baccalaureate degree.
Specifically, it states:
of Governors of The University of North Carolina shall ensure that
procedures are established that are necessary to impose a twenty-five
percent (25%) tuition surcharge on students who take more than 140
degree credit hours to complete a baccalaureate degree in a four-year
program or more than one hundred ten percent (110%) of the credit
hours necessary to complete a baccalaureate degree in any program
officially designated by the Board of Governors as a five-year program.
The calculation of these credit hours taken at a constituent institution
or accepted for transfer shall exclude hours earned through the College
Board's Advanced Placement or CLEP
examinations, through institutional advanced placement or course validation,
or through summer term or extension programs."
Students Subject to the Surcharge
The tuition surcharge will be applied to new undergraduate students
enrolled for the first time in Fall 1994 and thereafter in a degree
program at UNCG
students earning a first baccalaureate degree in a program that requires
no more than 128 credit hours, the surcharge shall be applied to all
hours in excess of 140.
students earning a first baccalaureate degree in a UNC
Board of Governors Board-approved program that requires more than
128 credit hours, the surcharge shall be applied to all hours that
exceed 110 percent of the credit hours required for the degree. Such
programs include those that have been officially designated by the
Board of Governors as five-year programs as well as those involving
double majors, or combined bachelor's/master's degrees.
students earning a baccalaureate degree other than their first, the
surcharge shall be applied to all hours that exceed 110 percent of
the minimum additional credit hours needed to earn the additional
baccalaureate degree. The minimum additional credit hours will be
determined by the degree audit during the first semester a student
is enrolled in the second or other baccalaureate degree.
a second baccalaureate degree are required to take 31 credit hours of
residency at UNCG.
The surcharge will
be imposed in the fall or spring semester and in all subsequent semesters
where a student's cumulative credit hour total exceeds the threshold.
The surcharge does not apply to required fees.
in Tuition Surcharge Hours:
The undergraduate credit hours to be counted in the calculation
of the tuition surcharge include:
semester (fall and spring semester) academic credit hours attempted
(includes repeated coursework, failed coursework, and course withdrawals);
transfer credit hours accepted by UNCG.
from Tuition Surcharge Hours:
Board's Advanced Placement (AP) credit;
Level Examination Program (CLEP) or similar programs' credits;
earned through any UNCG
advanced placement, course validation or similar procedure;
earned in summer sessions at UNCG
or another UNC
earned from an extension division of any UNC
institution, including UNCG.
Students will be
informed of the Tuition Surcharge Hours earned each semester and cumulatively
in their tuition billing.
Students may contact
the Office of Student Academic Services to obtain current information
on their credit hours.
At the beginning
of the semester or summer session in which graduation is expected, undergraduates
must officially apply for graduation to the University Registrar. Fulfillment
of all requirements for the degree applied for, as well as official
application for the degree, are the student's responsibilities.
Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the specific requirements
and of the School/College and department in which they major. They must
present for graduation the specific number of hours required for the
degree with a minimum cumulative overall grade point average of at least
2.0 on all hours undertaken.
At least 36 of the
total semester hours for the degree must be at
the 300-level or above.
All students are expected to take their last year in residence at UNCG,
except those students in programs offered in cooperation with another
institution and approved by the faculty. With the approval of the Director
of Student Academic Services, students may take 15 of their last 60
hours at another approved institution.
All students must
complete at least 31 semester hours in residence at UNCG
for the degree, 12 of which must be in the major field and 9 of which
must be in the minor if a minor is sought. After enrollment, Extension
credit and Correspondence courses offered by UNCG
are considered residence credit. However, credit
earned by special examination is not considered residence credit.
The following policies regarding time allowed for completion of AULER/CLER
and major requirements became effective Fall
Students must meet the University (AULER/College
of Arts and Sciences-CLER)
Liberal Education Requirements for graduation as stated in the UNCG
Undergraduate Bulletin in effect at the time of original enrollment
If the student fails to graduate within seven years, however,
the University* has the option of enforcing
original requirements, or
requirements which were in effect at the time the seven year period
requirements in effect at the time of re-enrollment if the student
Office of Student Academic Services will make the choice among these
options in consultation with the department in
which the student chooses to major.
Students must meet the departmental major requirements in effect
when the student declares or, if required by the department, is formally
admitted to a school/college major. If the student fails to graduate
within seven years, however, the University* has the option of enforcing
major requirements which were in effect at the time the seven year
period expired, or
major requirements in effect at the time of re-enrollment if the student
department in which the student chooses to major will make the choice
among these options in consultation with the UNCG
Office of Student Academic Services.
Application for Graduation
All undergraduate students are required to file an application for
graduation in the University Registrar's Office at the beginning of
the semester in which they plan to graduate. This application is required
for processing the final degree audit and for ordering diplomas. Click
here for current graduation application fees. The fee is non-refundable.
The deadline dates for filing are also published each year in the
University Calendar and in each semester's Schedule of Courses booklet.
Students who do
not graduate in the semester for which they file a graduation application
must re-file for the next term in which they expect to complete their
degrees, and will be charged a fee for this additional application.
The graduation application
deadlines for undergraduates filing for the 2000-2001 academic year
September 8, 2000, for those graduating in December 2000
January 12, 2001, for those graduating in May 2001
May 31, 2001, for those graduating in Summer (August) 2001
do not file applications for graduation by the published deadlines may
petition to the Director of Student Academic Services for an exemption.
Only extremely unusual circumstances warrant exceptions to these deadlines,
however, as notification of the candidates for graduation must be submitted
to the Board of Trustees for official action
shortly after the deadline dates for filing each term.
Graduation with Honors
The designation of graduation with honors is based on all courses (including
the last semester's work) for which grades and grade points are given.
Any senior is eligible for honors who, at the end of the senior year,
has completed at least 45 hours of work in residence at UNCG.
This does not include hours for which credit and grade points have been
received by special examinations.
Honors are awarded
to graduating seniors as follows:
(with highest honor)
of a minimum grade point average of 3.90
(with great honor)
of a minimum grade point average of 3.70
laude (with honor)
of a minimum grade point average of 3.50
Any second degree candidate is eligible for graduation with honors
who, at the end of the final year, has completed toward the second degree,
at least 45 hours of work in residence at UNCG
and has earned the requisite grade point average.
Commencement Participation Policy
all degree requirements by the end of the spring semester are encouraged
to participate in May Commencement. Students completing degree requirements
by the end of the Summer Session or by the end of the fall semester
are encouraged to participate in the December Commencement.
Students who have
three (3) credit hours remaining to graduate in August or who are completing
a required internship or practicum experience to graduate in August,
and who have applied to complete their degree, may, with the approval
of their department and Student Academic Services or the Graduate School,
petition the University Registrar's Office or the Graduate School to
participate in May commencement ceremonies.
Students who do
not apply for May graduation before the published deadline, or who do
not complete degree requirements before the date designated in the University
Calendar for final clearance, may apply for graduation in August or
December and may participate in the December Commencement.
Degrees are conferred
only after all requirements are completed and the Board of Trustees
has taken official action.