Class Standing

Matriculated students

Students who have fully met the requirements for admission and have registered for courses in the quarter for which they were admitted are matriculated students.

Undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate definitions assume students have been admitted to the University. Matriculated students are classified at the beginning of each quarter according to the following designations:

Undergraduate students

  • Freshman: 1–44 earned credits, including SPU credits and accepted transfer work.
  • Sophomore: 45–89 earned credits, including SPU credits and accepted transfer work.
  • Junior: 90–134 earned credit, including SPU credits and accepted transfer work.
  • Senior: Minimum 135 earned credits, including SPU credits and accepted transfer work. (Senior status does not necessarily ensure graduation with the senior class of students.)

Note: Below-college level work is not included in these totals.

Post-baccalaureate students

Students who have received the baccalaureate degree and are seeking a second bachelor’s degree or initial teacher certification are considered post-baccalaureate students. Admission to this classification is by application only.

Graduate students

Graduate students are master’s or doctoral candidates. Admission to this classification is by application only.

Non-matriculated students

Students not seeking a degree who attend SPU without submitting the credentials required for admission with regular status are non-matriculated. The maximum credit load per quarter is 18 credits.

  • No more than 45 credits taken as a non-matriculated student may apply toward an undergraduate degree.
  • No more than 15 such credits may be applied to a post-baccalaureate degree
  • No more than 9 such credits may apply toward some graduate degrees.

A later decision to work on a degree or certificate program requires formal application and admission to the University as a matriculated student.

For more information about policies governing non-matriculated students, see Registration in the Undergraduate Catalog.

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