Office of the University Registrar

Credits

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Undergraduate Students

The unit of credit at the University is the total semester hours a course meets per week. The Board of Regents of the State of New York defines a credit unit as follows:

  • a minimum of 15 hours of work by each student is required for each credit unit
  • an hour of work is equivalent to 50 minutes of class time (contact time)
  • an hour of work is the equivalent of 50 minutes of independent study work

Credit Hours
The total number of credit hours students take in one term determines their course load, or total course credits. A full course load, or full-time status, means that a student is registered for at least 12 credit hours. Fewer than 12 credits means part-time status. Tuition and fee rates are determined by course load, which may also affect financial assistance eligibility.

Credit for Courses
For courses taken at Adelphi, a student receives academic credit for those completed with a grade of D– or better, or a grade of P in a class taken Pass/Fail. If a student fails a course and subsequently repeats it, both grades will appear on the transcript and will be used in computing the GPA. If a student who passed a course elects to repeat it, both grades will appear on the transcript and will be used in computing the GPA; however, the credits will be counted only one time toward graduation.

Standard Number of Credits
Students who wish to complete the minimum 120 credits required for graduation within eight semesters (four years) should register for an average of 15 credits per semester. Students who wish to major in disciplines that require a significant commitment of credits or that call for credits to be taken in a particular sequence (chemistry and physics, for example) or require more than 120 credits may find it necessary to register for more than 15 credits in some semesters. Students may not register for more than 17½ credits without written permission of their adviser. Students wishing to register for more than 18½ credits must also have the approval of their academic dean. These additional credits require additional tuition charges.

Credits for Physical Education Skills Courses
Each College of the University establishes the maximum number of physical education skills credits that count toward the baccalaureate degree. They are:

  • College of Arts and Sciences–2 credits
  • Ruth S. Ammon School of Education (non Physical Education majors)–3 credits
  • School of Business–3 credits
  • School of Nursing–4 credits
  • School of Social Work–2 credits
  • Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies–4 credits
  • University College–4 credits

Credits from Professional Schools
Adelphi has articulation agreements with several Professional Schools. Adelphi will grant credit towards the baccalaureate degree for courses taken at these accredited schools, as outlined by their agreement. Such credit will be granted, however, only under the following conditions:

  1. Completion of 90 academic credits at Adelphi with a 3.0 GPA
  2. Approval of the chair of the student’s major department at Adelphi
  3. Approval of the Adelphi department of the subject matter of the courses submitted for such credit
  4. Approval of the appropriate Academic Standards Committee is recieved before leaving Adelphi

A student in the College of Arts and Sciences who leaves Adelphi at the end of the junior year, having completed all work through the end of that year at Adelphi, may apply for the baccalaureate degree, contingent on satisfying the conditions listed above.

Credits for Advanced Placement
Students may enter Adelphi with advanced standing in some disciplines because of their high achievement on the Advanced Placement (AP) examinations offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) of Princeton, NJ 08541. Students who take AP examinations should have their scores sent by ETS to the Office of Admissions. The request must include the code #203, assigned by ETS to Adelphi. Advanced Placement credits mean that students will be granted Adelphi credits—but no grades—because of the AP scores. If a student registers for courses in which they have received AP credits they will not receive additional credit, but the grade will be used in computing the GPA. Adelphi accepts AP credits in most areas. A maximum of 30 credits earned before high school graduation will be accepted.

Transfer Credits
The official transcript of a transfer student from another college or university is evaluated by the Office of Admissions and the evaluation is sent to the Office of the University Registrar, where it is recorded on the permanent Adelphi University record. A student admitted to Adelphi and holding an associate degree (oriented toward a baccalaureate degree offered by Adelphi) with a GPA of C or better from an accredited two-year institution will be accepted for junior standing. Only courses in which grades ranging from A+ to C– may be transferred; courses in which a D was earned will not be awarded transfer credit.

Grade points of accepted courses are not transferred to the permanent Adelphi University record, nor are they included in the Adelphi cumulative GPA (see statement regarding graded credit in section titled "Latin Honors"). Students wishing to transfer from any one of the professional schools within the University into the College of Arts and Sciences, in order to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, can transfer no more than 30 professonal school (applied) credits.

For more information, see Admission of Transfer Students in the Admissions section of the Bulletin.

Residency Requirements
Students transferring from an associate's degree program at a regionally accredited college may transfer a maximum of 64 credits (with or without an associate's degree). A student who was enrolled in a baccalaureate program at a four-year institution is eligible for a maximum of 90 credits.

Adelphi requires that the last 30 hours of college work be completed in residence. Some majors require that students complete 50% of their work at Adelphi. The maximum number of credits a student may receive from Advanced Placement tests offered by the College Board is 30 credits. Transfer students entering the University with 60 credits or more are required to declare a major at the time of matriculation.

General Education Transfer Policy
See General Education in the "An Adelphi Education" section of the Bulletin.

Study at Other Institutions
Matriculated students who wish to take a course or courses at another institution must secure permission for the courses to be taken. Applications for this purpose are available in the unit Deans’ Offices. Students whose major is undeclared should go to the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences.

Approval to take courses at another institution must be obtained from:

  1. The student’s major adviser.
  2. The chair of the Adelphi department of the courses to be taken elsewhere.
  3. The Office of the Adelphi Dean of the student’s School. (Students who are undeclared should go to the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences.)
  4. The Office of Academic Services and Retention.

The student may be granted permission to take courses at another institution only if:

  1. The student needs extra credit to graduate on time or to move to the next class.
  2. Student needs a prerequisite for major classes to keep pace for graduation.
  3. Student demonstrates better academic success with 12–13 credits per semester than with 15–17.
  4. Student wants to take a class that is not offered at Adelphi University.

Courses taken at other institutions appear on the Adelphi transcript but are not calculated in the student’s GPA. Credit from a two-year college cannot be accepted toward a bachelor’s degree if a student has earned 64 or more credits toward that degree.

Preliminary arrangements for courses to be taken at overseas institutions to be applicable toward an Adelphi University degree should be approved through the Center for International Education in the same manner outlined above.

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Graduate Students

Credits
The unit of credit at the University is the total semester hours a course meets per week. The Board of Regents of the State of New York defines a credit unit as follows:

  • a minimum of 15 hours of work by each student is required for each credit unit
  • an hour of work is equivalent to 50 minutes of class time (contact time)
  • an hour of work is the equivalent of 50 minutes of independent study work
Credit Hours
The total number of credit hours students take in one term determines their course load, or total course credits. A full course load, or full-time status, means that a student is registered for at least 9 credit hours. Fewer than 9 credits means part-time status. For federal and state financial aid purposes and for tuition and fee rate calculations, 12 or more credit hours is considered full-time status.


Quick Links:
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Graduation Verification of Enrollment/ Degree Granted Degree Audit

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Contact
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