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