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What are the requirements for graduation from East Stroudsburg University?

  • A minimum of 120 semester hours. Some degree programs may require more than 120 credits.
  • A minimum of 42 credits in upper division courses (courses with numbers 300 or higher).
  • A minimum cumulative quality point average of 2.00. Some degree programs may require a higher cumulative quality point average.
  • Completion of the general education requirements.
  • Demonstration of competence in basic mathematical skills.
  • For students in B.A. programs, no more than 48 credits from any single department may be applied toward the 120 credit minimum. Students in B.S. programs may apply no more than 64 credits from any single department towards the 120 credit minimum. In either case, if a department offers courses under more than one rubric, then this regulation applies separately to each rubric used.
  • Completion of the requirements for one or more majors.
  • A minimum residency as outlined below:
    • The minimum residence requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 30 semester credit hours of the last 45 credits of work at East Stroudsburg University, unless a waiver is granted. This waiver requires the approval of the student's advisor, major department chair, and academic dean. Some programs which require off-campus senior level experiences at other schools have automatic exemptions from this section.
    • The minimum number of credits in the major which must be taken at East Stroudsburg University will be determined by the department housing the major.

How is the English competency requirement fulfilled?

  • English competency is based on SAT scores (minimum passing scores: Writing 420, Verbal 420, Essay 6 or above)
  • If scores fall below any of the minimum SAT requirements, students are then placed in ENGL 090, Composition Skills, or ENGL 103, English Composition.
  • Those placed in 090 must take and pass it before they can be admitted to ENGL 103.
  • Students may be exempted from and receive credit for English composition, ENGL 103, if they take and achieve a high score on the CLEP General Examination in English Composition (with essay).
  • Students must receive a minimum grade of C to fulfill the English Composition requirement.

What is a major?

A major is a program of study, usually within a discipline or group of related disciplines, consisting of a specified number of courses, credits, or achievements of increasing sophistication, subject to the requirements of the degree under which it is authorized.

How do students declare a major?

  • A student may change curriculum or field of specialization only with the approval of the student's advisor and the director of the curriculum or the chairperson of the department which the student wishes to enter.
  • The student's quality point average and the reasons for change will be assessed by the chairperson of the department into which the student is transferring.
  • Changes in major should be requested only after careful counseling and planning.
  • All such changes require the completion of a CHANGE OF MAJOR card which is available in the Enrollment Services Office. See sample in the appendices.
  • Specific professional programs are limited in the number of students who can be accommodated.
  • Students planning to enter these fields should contact the appropriate department.

What constitutes a minor?

A minor field of study shares definition with the major but is essentially a "half major" which may or may not complement the student's major field. Its requirements typically include most of the required courses of a major, but fewer electives. Like the major, it is expected to have coherence and increasing sophistication rather than just a collection of courses with a common theme.

What is a double major?

  • A double major is achieved when a student fulfills all of the requirements for two separate majors.
  • Are repeated courses counted toward graduation? How?
  • Repeated classes will not count towards academic progress if the class was passed the first time the student was enrolled and the student is retaking the class for a better grade.
  • Only repeated classes that students originally failed will be counted towards academic progress.

What summer school courses taken at other colleges meet the requirements of the University?

All courses taken at other colleges must be approved in advance by the Department Chairperson to ensure these credits will be accepted at East Stroudsburg University.

What are the letter grades currently in use at East Stroudsburg University?

A, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, E, I, L, P, S, U, W, X, Y, and Z.

What do these grades mean?

  • A-excellent, B-good, C-fair, D-poor, E/F-failure.
  • "I" means "Incomplete" and is a temporary grade; "L" is audit; "P" means "Pass"; "S" means "Satisfactory"; "U" means "Unsatisfactory"; "W" means "Withdrew-Pass"; "X" means "no grade reported"; "Y" is audit/incomplete; "Z" means "Withdrew-Fail".
  • Grades of "I", "L", "P", "S", "U", "W", "X", "Y", and "Z" are not computed into the grade point average.

What is the grade point average? We use QPA

The grade point average (GPA) is a number representing the average grade obtained in all courses undertaken, and is computed by assigning 4.0 points to an A, 3.667 to an A-, 3.33 to a B+, 3.0 to a B, 2.667 to a B-, 2.333 to a C+, 2.0 to a C, 1.667 to a C-, 1.0 to a D, and 0 to an E.

What GPA is required towards graduation?

A minimum cumulative quality point average of 2.00 is required. Some degree programs may require a higher cumulative quality point average.

What are the conditions for graduating from East Stroudsburg University with honors?

In order to qualify for graduation honors, students who have the appropriate grade point average at the time the honor's designation is determined, and who will have met the 60 credit minimum once the final semester is completed, will be granted graduation honors as follows:

  • Summa Cum Laude - cumulative quality point average of 3.800 or above.
  • Magna Cum Laude - cumulative quality point average of 3.600 to 3.799.
  • Cum Laude - cumulative quality point average of 3.400 to 3.599.

How does a student receive a "W" grade?

  • In order to withdraw from a class the student must complete a DROP card, which is available at the Enrollment Services.
  • This card must be signed by the course instructor.

Must students offer any reason for withdrawing from a course?

  • No reason for withdrawal is required during the first ten weeks of the semester.
  • Nonetheless, faculty advisors are encouraged to explore alternatives to withdrawal with their advisees.
  • Withdrawal from a course after the tenth week is only possible if there are extenuating circumstances (e.g. illness, death in the family).

Is there a deadline for withdrawing from a course?

  • During the first week of the semester a student may withdraw from a course and have no record of that course appear on the student's permanent record.
  • After the first week, through the tenth week, a student who withdraws will receive a grade of W for that course on the student's permanent record.
  • After the tenth week, the student may withdraw only if there are extraordinary circumstances (e.g. illness, death in the family, etc.).
  • In this situation, the student must also secure the appropriate Academic Dean's signature on the drop card.
  • A grade of W will be assigned if the student is passing; Z will be assigned if the student is failing.
  • A student may withdraw from (W or Z) from at most 16 credits during the student's stay at the University.
  • Any course dropped during the first week of the semester, for which no grade is assigned, will not be counted towards this limit.

When is a student placed on Academic Warning?

Regular matriculated students who are below the 2.00 QPA, will be placed on academic warning. While on academic warning the student may not register for more than 13 credits in any semester nor enroll in off-campus internships.

When is a student placed on Academic Probation?

Regular matriculated students who are on academic warning and do not raise their QPA to 2.00 after one semester will be placed on academic probation and will be granted one semester to raise the QPA to the required level. While on academic probation, the student may not register for more than 13 credits. Furthermore, students on academic probation are not eligible to compete or practice in intercollegiate athletics and may not enroll in off-campus internships.

Regular matriculated students who are on academic warning and do not raise their QPA to 2.00 after one semester will be placed on academic probation and will be granted one semester to raise the QPA to the required level. While on academic probation, the student may not register for more than 13 credits. Furthermore, students on academic probation are not eligible to compete or practice in intercollegiate athletics and may not enroll in off-campus internships.

When is a student subject to academic suspension?

  • Students who are on academic probation and who fail to raise their QPA to the required level and who have a QPA of less than 2.20 for the semester on probation will be suspended from the University for a period of one calendar year.
  • At the end of that year, the student will be eligible for readmission in Academic Probation status.
  • The student will be able to register for no more than six credits per semester through the Continuing Education program during the suspension year.
  • Students returning from academic suspension who fail to maintain a QPA of 2.20 or better each semester until their cumulative QPA has risen to the required level will be dismissed from the University for academic failure.
  • At this time, they have the right to appeal to the Admissions Appeals Committee.

Can a faculty member or staff person release information about a student to her/his parents?

No

What do course numbers mean?

  • Course descriptions are arranged by departments or by program.
  • The course numbers are used to indicate the year in which courses are usually taken by students and/or the minimum number of prerequisite courses(s) the student ought to have completed to gain admission in to the course.
  • The student should read the catalog description of each course for more detailed information regarding the prerequisites(s) for that course.
    • Below 100 level remedial courses do not carry credits toward graduation
    • 100-199 Freshman level courses; typically no prerequisites
    • 200-299 Sophomore level courses; probably has one prerequisite
    • 300-399 Junior level courses; at least one prerequisite
    • 400-499 Senior level courses; at least two prerequisites

May freshmen and sophomores take upper division courses?

In cases where the students have not completed the prerequisites for a particular course, they may request a waiver of the prerequisites from the course instructor.

How are transfer courses evaluated?

  • Students holding the Academic Passport from Pennsylvania community colleges or other System universities will transfer credit according to the 1999 Board of Governors Policy entitled The Academic Passport and Student Transfer Policy.
  • Further information may be obtained from the Office of Admission. Transfers of credit without the Academic Passport are subject to the following terms:
  • Only credits for courses with grades "C" or better will be transferable.
  • Students may transfer credit from institutions that have been accredited by:
    • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
    • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
    • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    • Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
    • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
    • Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
    • Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Who evaluates transfer courses?

Credits from either non-accredited institutions, foreign institutions, or institutions not accredited by the above may be accepted upon approval of a department within which the course or courses reside and by the academic dean.

When is the DROP/ADD period?

  • See the Academic Calendar for the date.
  • A student's course schedule should be regarded as a contract.
  • Courses may be added during the first ten (10) class days (first four days of summer sessions) of the semester by completing an appropriately signed Approval to Enroll card and filing the card in the Records Office.
  • Course withdrawals, subject to the conditions described below, may be accomplished by completing a drop card and bringing it filled out to Enrollment Services.
  • During the first week of the semester a student may withdraw from a course and have no record of that course appear on the student's permanent record.
  • After the first week, through the tenth week, a student who withdraws will receive a grade of W for that course on the student's permanent record.
  • Any student who discontinues attendance in a course without formally withdrawing will be assigned a final grade of E.
  • A student who has not attended a course during the first week (first five class days of the semester or first two days of summer sessions) may be dropped from the course by the instructor.

Who does one see about financial aid (scholarships, grants, etc.)?

The Financial Aid Office phone number is 570-422-2800

Are tutorial services available to students?

Yes, the phone number is 570-422-3515.

What are the University's policies and procedures for students with physical or learning disabilities?

Questions can be answered by contacting Disabilities Services at 570-422-3954.

Is there a Counseling Center on campus?

  • Yes
  • It is located in Flagler-Metzgar Hall
  • The phone number is 570-422-3277

Is there a Career Development Center on campus?

  • Yes
  • It is located in the Student Union
  • The phone number is 570-422-3219