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Course Information

Course Load

Full-time students at Elmira College normally complete 30 to 35 credit hours per academic year by registering for 12 to 14 credit hours in each of Term I and Term II and 6 to 7 credit hours in Term III.

Students may elect to register for a minimum of 9 credit hours and a maximum of 14 credit hours in each of Term I and Term II, not including Community Service and the Encore Program, and for Term III a minimum of 4 credit hours and a maximum of 7 credit hours.

Students with a cumulative grade point average, either earned at Elmira College for returning students or earned in transfer by first-time transfer students, may elect credits only in Term I and Term II according to the following schedule:

Cumulative Grade Point and Average Allowable Credits
2.699 and below: 14.0 credits
2.700 through 2.999: 14.01 - 15.0 credits
3.000 through 3.599: 15.01 - 16.0 credits
3.600 and above: 16.01 - 21.0 credits

Decisions about course load limits for first-time transfer students will be based upon the student’s transfer cumulative grade point average as computed by Dean Michael Halperin, Elmira College Registrar, using Elmira College standards. Thereafter, only the student’s Elmira College cumulative grade point average will be used to determine allowable credits. Requests for exceptions to the Course Load rule must be submitted in writing to the Office of the Registrar. If an exception is granted, there will be an additional charge per credit based on one year’s full-time normal credit load (30 credits) divided by tuition for one year.

AXCEL students are exempt from all limits on credits taken in Term I and Term II and may take up to 9 credit hours in Term III.

Auditing a Course

A student may audit a course with the consent of the instructor upon notification of the Office of the Registrar. An auditor is expected to attend classes, complete the assignments, and participate in class discussions but is not required to take examinations. A grade of F may be assigned if a student fails to meet minimal requirements. Under no circumstances is credit given for an audited course. An audited course is included in a student’s course load at one-half of the amount of credits of the course.

A student’s status is determined by the cohort year, the year in which one enters the College as a full-time student. Transfer students’ class years will be determined by the Office of the Registrar at the time transcript evaluations have been completed.

For purposes of Financial Aid, however, the following standard is used:
Freshmen are students who have completed between 0 and < 21 credits.
Sophomores are students who have completed between 21 and < 54 credits.
Juniors are students who have completed between 54 and < 87 credits.
Seniors are students who have completed 87 or more credits.

Full-time students are those persons who register for 9 or more credits during Term I or Term II or who enroll for 4 or more credits during Term III. Students receiving financial aid and student athletes, however, may be penalized for taking fewer than 12 credits in Term I and Term II and fewer than 6 in Term III.

Part-time students are those persons who register for fewer than 9 credits during Term I or Term II, or who enroll for fewer than 4 credits during Term III. Part-time students who wish to live in a college residence should contact Mr. Stanley Mugeki, Director of Residence Life, McGraw Hall, room 127, (607) 735-1821, for further information. To qualify, students must be matriculated and registered for coursework on at least a half-time basis.

Exceptions: The following are exceptions to the part-time credit limit:

—Part-time education students may register for student teaching for a maximum of 12 credit hours for one term only to complete their student teaching.
—Part-time nursing students may register to finish the nursing program for one term of 9 credits and one term of 12 credits.
—Term III(a): a part-time student may enroll in full-time course load during Term III provided 3 of the 6 credits are taken in Term III(a).

Repeating Courses

Students may improve their overall grade point average, and possibly their grade point average in the major, by retaking courses in which they have received a grade of C- or lower. Please note that retaking courses or taking a reduced load of courses, although often warranted, may slow a student’s progress toward earning a degree.

For required courses, students may retake a given course once in which the original grade was C-, D+, D, or D-. Students must retake a given course if the original grade was F until they achieve a passing grade. However, students will not be eligible to receive Title IV funds for any course that they have previously taken and passed more than two times. For elective courses, students may retake a given course once in which the original grade was C- or lower.

All attempts at courses that are repeated will be labeled to that effect on the student’s transcript and will count as part of the student’s academic load. However, only the higher grade will be used in the computation of the grade point average for all students not yet graduated from Elmira College. Should any course be repeated at an institution other than Elmira College, and a higher grade achieved, the original Elmira College grade would not be used in computation of the grade point average, nor would the grade from the other institution in accordance with the Transfer of Credit policy. Students normally receive credit toward the minimum 120 credit hours required for graduation only once for the same course.