University of Houston – Victoria Academic Policies

Student Career and Classification

The undergraduate student career is based on the total number of semester hours earned at UH-Victoria and accepted in transfer from other colleges and universities, regardless of whether or not the courses involved are applicable to the student's program or plan.

Students are expected to complete all lower-division course requirements prior to reaching senior status.

Sophomore 30-53 semester hours Junior 54-89 semester hours * Senior 90 or more semester hours

* A minimum of 54 semester hours in nonremedial college level course work is required for unconditional admission to UH-Victoria.

The postbaccalaureate classification in the undergraduate career describes a student who has a degree but who is not enrolled in a formal graduate degree program. This classification accommodates students who are: 1) awaiting admission to a graduate program; 2) seeking an additional baccalaureate degree; and 3) taking courses with no degree objective. A postbaccalaureate student may not receive graduate degree credit for courses completed while in this classification but may petition for graduate degree credit after admission to a graduate program as described in the ADMISSIONS section of this catalog.

The temporary graduate student has a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution but is not enrolled in a graduate program. The temporary classification in the graduate career allows a student who intends to enroll in a graduate program to take up to 12 credit hours of graduate work before being admitted to the graduate program.

The graduate career denotes the student who is formally admitted to a graduate program.

Graduation with Honors

Subject to the approval of the appropriate dean and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, students who complete their degree requirements with exceptionally high scholastic averages will be eligible for baccalaureate degrees with honors. To be graduated with honors, students must have completed at least 30 semester hours at UH-Victoria and achieved a grade point average in accordance with the following scale:

3.50 - 3.67 Cum laude 3.68 - 3.84 Magna cum laude 3.85 - 4.0 Summa cum laude

For Preliminary Determination of Graduation with Honors (commencement program only)
Honors candidates are identified by a preliminary grade point average through the second to last semester of coursework. All college courses attempted are included in the grade point average, including repeated courses.

For students with 30 semester hours or more at UH-Victoria, the grade point average for preliminary honors determination will be calculated only on courses taken at UH-Victoria.

For students with less than 30 semester hours at UH-Victoria, the grade point average for preliminary honors determination will be calculated on the last 45 semester hours, including courses taken at UH-Victoria and any lower- or upper-division courses, provided that the grade point average for UH-Victoria is at least a 3.50.

For Final determination of Graduation with Honors:
A final grade point average for determining graduation with honors will be calculated at the end of the graduation term.

For students with 45 semester hours or more at UH-Victoria, the grade point average for honors is calculated only on courses taken at UH-Victoria.

For students with less than 45 semester hours at UH-Victoria, the grade point average for honors is calculated on the basis of the last 45 semester hours, including courses taken at UH-Victoria and any lower- or upper-division courses, provided that the student has at least 30 semester hours at UH-Victoria and the grade point average for UH-Victoria is at least a 3.50. All college courses attempted are included in the grade point average, including repeated courses.

Postbaccalaureate students earning a second baccalaureate degree may graduate with honors in accordance with the same criteria used for students earning their first baccalaureate degree.

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