The unit of academic credit at Cazenovia College is the semester credit. A semester credit is a unit of measurement that represents an hour of instruction that can be applied to the total number of hours needed for completing the requirements of an associate or bachelor's degree or an undergraduate certificate or diploma. The College uses the Carnegie formula for semester credit-hour reporting. The Carnegie formula states that one (1) semester credit hour per 15 week semester equals 15 contact hours plus 30 hours of outside study and preparation. For studio or laboratory courses, the time in class, laboratory, or studio is doubled. Cazenovia College certifies to the state of New York that each semester credit awarded meets or exceeds the minimum amount of instructional time required. Full-time students are allowed to take between 12 and 18 credits per semester, fall and spring, for the set tuition rate.
Based on the results of high school performance, entering students may be required to take a supplemental English and/or Mathematics courses to bring their academic skills up to college level. These courses count toward full-time status for financial and athletic eligibility, and are counted as academic credits toward the degree.
Academic Course Load
Baccalaureate degrees require a minimum of 120 credits. Students enrolled in programs requiring more than 120 credits may, on occasion, have to complete more than 15 credits per semester. Students must take a minimum of 12 credits to qualify for full-time status; however, it is recommended that students enroll in at least 15 credits per semester in order to earn the necessary credits in order to graduate within four years.
Students receiving financial aid must maintain full-time status at all times in order to remain eligible for aid. See the Financial Aid section for more information on financial aid and credits.
Students must be enrolled full time, maintaining at least 12 credits, in order to live in the College residence halls. Students dropping below 12 credits during a semester forfeit their right to live in the residence halls. Special consideration may be given in consultation with the Dean for Student Life.
Students should discuss their credit loads with their academic advisers. Credits in excess of 18 requires the approval of the vice president for Academic Affairs and requires additional tuition at the per credit rate (see financial services section for tuition and fees).
Student class standing is dependent on the number of earned academic credits. This number influences financial aid eligibility as well as the courses that students are permitted to take.
Freshmen : 0-29 credits completed
Sophomores: 30-59 credits completed
Juniors: 60-89 credits completed
Seniors: 90 credits completed
Courses are offered on a 100 through 400 numerical basis.
Freshmen courses: 100 – 199
Sophomore courses: 200 – 299
Junior courses: 300 – 399
Senior courses: 400 – 499
Students may take courses one year higher than their class standing, for example, sophomores may take junior (300) level courses with appropriate preparation.
Students receive a letter grade in each course taken. Courses numbered 099 and 100D receive letter grades ("A"- "F") but are not counted as credits toward the degree. However, 100D course grades are included in the student’s term and cumulative grade point average.
In most courses, grades of "A" (outstanding), "B" (superior), "C" (satisfactory), "D" (deficient) or "F" (failing) are given. An instructor may add a plus or minus to indicate a student’s relative position. (There are no "A+" or "D-" grades.) An "I" indicates that the student will not receive a grade until the work is completed within a specified time period. "W" indicates withdrawal from a course and is not calculated into grade point averages. All courses graded Pass on a Pass/Fail basis are certified to be a "C" grade or better.
Letter grades are assigned numerical quality points for the purpose of determining a student's grade point average.