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2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin

Academic Regulations and Procedures

Required First Day Attendance Policy

University-wide policy requires all students to attend the first day of class meeting of all classes for which they are registered. Students who do not attend the first class meeting of a course for which they are registered will be dropped from the course by the academic department that offers the course. This policy applies to all levels of courses and to all campuses and study centers. It remains the student's responsibility to verify course drops and check that fees are adjusted. Please refer to 'Class Attendance' below for additional information.

Note: Students who have received some or all of their financial aid prior to the end of drop/add for a term may be subject to repayment of financial aid if there is a change in their financial aid eligibility. Examples of this may include, but are not limited to, reduction of course load below required levels, cancellation of schedule, failure to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements, and other conditions required to maintain financial aid eligibility.

Class Attendance

All students are expected to abide by the class attendance policy set forth by the instructor in each class in accordance with the Faculty Handbook. When possible, students also must provide advance notice of absences, as well as relevant documentation regarding absences, to the instructor as soon as possible following the illness or event that led to the absence. Any arrangement to make up work because of class absence is the responsibility of the student. The instructor, who will explain the evaluation (grading) statement at the beginning of the term, determines the effect of absences upon grades.

Students must attend the section of the course for which they are registered. No instructor has the authority to permit a student to shift from one section of the course to another without following official drop/add procedures. No student may drop a course after the seventh week of classes without the permission of his or her academic dean.

Until a student is officially enrolled in a course, they are not permitted to attend class, submit assignments, or take tests. Exceptions are limited to students auditing the course or making up work for a prior incomplete grade in the course. Students who are not officially registered for a course or do not appear on the course roster after the end of the second week of the semester should be referred to the appropriate office for approval to continue attending class. That may be the Office of Financial Aid, Student Business Services, the Office of the University Registrar, the Office of Admissions, etc. Students may contact the Office of the University Registrar if they are unsure of which office they need to contact for documentation.

The Director of the University Health and Wellness Center does not issue excuses to students. A card indicating date and time of admission, discharge or treatment will be given to the student for presentation to the faculty member in a timely manner. Ultimately, the authority for deciding whether the student is excused for medical reasons rests with the instructor.

Students who are members of an intercollegiate team are required to attend all scheduled class meeting times or scheduled online activities associated with the course delivery. Absences due to illness, personal/family emergencies, or injury must be documented. Failure to adhere to the attendance policy may result in sanctions up to and including suspension from the athlete's sport for the remainder of the season. This policy includes required attendance and completion of all final examinations or evaluations for each class in which the athlete is registered. Student-athletes must remain in good academic standing in order to maintain eligibility during post-season games, the upcoming semester, and future competitive seasons. Arranging to make up work missed because of legitimate class absence is the responsibility of the student.

Within the University there are several categories of students that are expected to exhibit behavior that conforms to the group to which they belong. These units include, but are not limited to: ROTC cadets, academic honor societies, veterans, athletes, medicine, and nursing majors. Membership within these units implies that the student agrees to fulfill the obligations of the organization.

Military Short-Term Absence Policy or Call to Active Duty

The University recognizes and appreciates the important contributions made in service of our country by active duty, Reserve, and National Guard members and their dependents. In order to accommodate those students and their dependents, University faculty and staff will provide these students the following options to accommodate unexpected training/drill, deployment, or change-of-station orders:

  1. For any training/drill, deployment, or change-of-station orders: Students will attempt to make arrangements with instructors to maintain and/or make up classwork as needed and to assign grades as appropriate (including incompletes to be made up later). Registration for those courses in which instructors accommodate the absence will remain intact and tuition and mandatory fees will be assessed in full for those courses. Service members should provide instructors with maximum advance notice of absences, providing copies of training/drill, deployment, and/or change-of-station directives from the Military, Reserve, or National Guard.
  2. Instructors must accommodate absences of up to two weeks in duration (or equivalent in Summer) in accordance with paragraph one.
  3. When unable to make satisfactory arrangements with all instructors: Courses will be dropped and the tuition and mandatory fees for those courses will be rescinded.
  4. When unable to make arrangements with any instructors for unexpected orders requiring longer than a two-week absence: The student's entire registration will be withdrawn or cancelled and 100% of the tuition and mandatory fees will be rescinded.

Academic Career, Academic Level and Classification of Students

The University classifies students based on whether or not they are degree-seeking. Degree-seeking students are further classified based on the type and level of degree they are pursuing. This classification is the academic career of the student. The University recognizes six academic careers, four degree-seeking and two non-degree-seeking. Although rare, a student may be active in more than one career at a time, subject to the academic policies and requirements of each career and the degree requirements.

Degree-seeking careers:

  • Undergraduate: students pursuing baccalaureate degree of any type
  • Graduate: students pursuing master's, specialist, or doctorate degree of all types except the juris master's, master's of law letters, juris doctorate or doctor of medicine degrees
  • Law: students pursuing the juris doctorate (JD) degree, juris master's (JM), or master's of law letter (MLL)
  • Medicine: students pursuing the doctor of medicine (MD) degree

Non-degree-seeking careers:

  • Non-Degree, without Baccalaureate: students without a baccalaureate degree
  • Non-Degree, with Baccalaureate: students who have previously earned, at a minimum, one baccalaureate degree or higher-level degree

Depending on the career of the student, the University may record the advancement of the student toward completion of the degree by tracking the academic level of the student. The academic level of undergraduate students is calculated on the basis of semester hours. Students with a career of Law or Medicine are classified based on their year within the program. Graduate students and various non-degree students do not have specific academic levels or classification.

  • Freshman: zero through twenty-nine semester hours
  • Sophomore: thirty semester hours
  • Junior: sixty semester hours
  • Senior: ninety semester hours
  • Post-Baccalaureate: previously earned bachelor's degree
  • Graduate: admitted to a graduate program
  • Law: first through third year
  • Medicine (MD degrees): first through fourth year
  • Non-Degree without Baccalaureate Degree
  • Non-Degree with Baccalaureate Degree
  • Transient
  • High School Students

Student Catalog Year

The matriculation catalog (i.e., the General Bulletin) governs each student's graduation requirements–this catalog remains in effect for six years for the bachelor's degree unless the student elects to meet the requirement of any subsequent General Bulletin published during the period of enrollment.

Non-Degree Student Regulations

Academic rules governing regular students (e.g., fees, drop/add, withdrawal, grading policies) also apply to non-degree students with the following exceptions:

  1. Non-degree students may enroll for fewer than twelve semester hours (underload) without permission.
  2. In place of the retention schedule for regular students, non-degree students without a baccalaureate degree must meet the following requirements: after attempting fifteen semester hours, non-degree students must have achieved and must maintain a 2.0 ("C") average in all courses attempted.
  3. In place of the retention schedule for regular students, non-degree students with a baccalaureate degree must meet the following requirements: after attempting twelve semester hours, graduate non-degree students must have achieved and must maintain a 3.0 ("B") average in all courses attempted.
  4. Failure to achieve or maintain the appropriate grade point average (GPA) will result in a loss of registration privileges and dismissal from the University.
  5. Non-degree students may register for any course or courses on an S/U basis. Non-degree students selecting courses for enrichment or other reasons where grades are not essential are advised to register on an S/U basis or on an audit basis.

Consult the "Academic Regulations and Procedures" chapter of the Graduate Bulletin for policies relating to non-degree student status at the graduate level.

Registration of Non-Degree Students

All registration by non-degree students is on a space-available basis. Because of excessive demand for some undergraduate and graduate courses, non-degree students may be enrolled in such courses only with the permission of the particular unit.

Reclassification from Non-Degree Student to Regular (Degree–Seeking) Status

Non-degree students wishing to change to degree-seeking-student status must apply for admission through the Office of Admissions. Refer to the "Admissions" chapter of this General Bulletin for admission procedures and deadline dates.

Work taken as a non-degree student carries no degree credit. Up to fifteen semester hours earned as a non-degree student may be applied toward an undergraduate degree, with approval of the appropriate dean at the time of formal admission as a degree-seeking student or later.

Course Loads

Florida State University regards fourteen to fifteen semester hours as a normal full-time load, and a student will not be considered full-time with fewer than twelve semester hours. Students should take into account the requirement to take nine semester hours of credit in the Summer. A student who maintains a twelve semester hour (below normal) load will not graduate in four academic years unless a total of twenty-four semester hours are taken during Summer sessions.

A course load of more than eighteen semester hours or less than twelve semester credit hours must be approved by the academic dean, and in no case may a student register for or receive credit for more than twenty-one semester hours. A student on academic probation must enroll for no fewer than twelve and no more than fifteen letter-graded semester hours. Non-degree students are not required to obtain an underload permit.

International undergraduate students must enroll in at least twelve semester hours during each of the Fall and Spring semesters to maintain legal immigration status. An international student advisor may authorize a reduced course load in certain circumstances. Students who wish to enroll in a reduced course load for a given semester must submit a request for authorization to an advisor at the Center for Global Engagement before the end of the drop/add period for that semester. An unauthorized reduction in course load may result in serious immigration consequences. For a complete definition of the full course of study for immigration purposes, to access the reduced course load information and request forms, please refer to

See the Graduate Bulletin for policies regarding course loads for graduate students.

Directed Individual Study Courses

Students may enroll in courses directed by an instructor for individual study of a particular area. Individual academic departments or programs determine directed individual study policies for students taking directed individual study courses in that department or program. The directed individual study course title must be approved in writing by the instructor offering the course and the departmental chair, or representative, and is posted on the student's record.

Office of the University Registrar

Registrar: Kimberly A. Barber; Senior Associate Registrar: Aimee Leturmy; Associate Registrar: Jeremy Johnson; Katie Cloud

Location: A3900 University Center; phone: (850) 644-1050; email:; Web:

The Office of the University Registrar is the official custodian of permanent academic records of all past and currently enrolled students at Florida State University. It is responsible for registering students and for maintaining student and departmental records for the term in progress, posting FSU credit, transfer credit, and grade changes, preparing transcripts, scheduling academic space, maintaining and updating curricula, certifying eligibility to receive credit for Credit by Examination, certifying attendance for loan purposes, implementing and monitoring academic regulations, certifying eligibility to graduate, and providing services and information to students, faculty, and administration. Reports and certifications of attendance and grade point average are made to governmental agencies, such as the Veterans' Administration, with the student's permission.

Students should consult this office with questions concerning registration, locations, and meeting times of courses; errors in registration records; dropping and adding courses; cancellation of registration; and grade problems.

All changes in permanent and local addresses, name, social security number, divisions and majors, and residency, should be made online or reported to this office immediately.

Persons with Disabilities. Any student in need of specific services and reasonable accommodations should contact the Student Disability Resource Center, 108 Student Services Building, (850) 644-9566, or visit

Registrar Cancellation of Schedule

Students allowed to register in error are cancelled by the Office of the University Registrar.

Students who are dropped or deleted from their last or only course by an academic department because of nonattendance the first day of class are cancelled by the Office of the University Registrar. This cancellation is without liability for tuition. A student whose registration is cancelled by the University Registrar must apply for readmission if they have not been enrolled for three consecutive terms. For the purpose of this policy the cancellation term is considered a term of non-enrollment.

Note: Students who have received some or all of their financial aid prior to the end of drop/add for a term, may be subject to repayment of financial aid if there is a change in their financial aid eligibility. Examples of this may include, but are not limited to, reduction of course load below required levels, cancellation of schedule, failure to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements, and other conditions required to maintain financial aid eligibility.

Cancellation of Student Schedules for Non-Payment of Tuition and Fees

In accordance with Florida State University Regulation 5.081 Tuition, Fees, Payment, students who do not pay tuition and fees or make arrangements to pay tuition and fees by the end of the established fee payment deadline may have their schedules cancelled and academic progress discontinued for the semester. Student's who's schedules have been cancelled may not attend class or receive grades. Students will be notified using their FSU email account concerning outstanding tuition delinquencies and given an opportunity to pay tuition and fees or make arrangements for tuition and fee payment with the Office of Student Business Services prior to cancellation. For more information, please reference

Reinstatement of Student Schedules Canceled for Non-Payment of Tuition and Fees

Students whose schedules are canceled for non-payment of tuition and fees may appeal to the University Registrar for reinstatement and continuation of academic progress for the term. A written appeal must be submitted to the University Registrar no later than the end of the seventh week of the Fall and Spring semesters (consult the Registration Guide for Summer term deadlines). Prior to a student's appeal being approved, the Office of Student Business Services must verify that payment for the current term has been received or that appropriate arrangements have been made for tuition and fee payment. Students whose schedules are reinstated are subject to a $100.00 late registration fee and a $100.00 late payment fee. Check or credit card payments that are returned or refused will negate any tuition payment agreement for the reinstatement of a student's schedule. The University reserves the right to deny reinstatement when a demonstrated pattern of tuition delinquencies over two or more semesters has occurred.

Student Cancellation of Schedule

A student may cancel registration during the first four days of classes for a semester or Summer session by submitting a written request to the Office of the University Registrar, A3900 University Center. Notification may also be sent from the student's official email account to Office of the University Registrar at Beyond the fourth day of classes, a student cannot voluntarily cancel registration but must apply for withdrawal from the University. Students who cancel their registration during the official drop/add period are not fee liable for tuition; if tuition has been paid, such students should request a full refund of fees. Students who cancel their registration and are not enrolled for the following two terms (non-enrollment for three consecutive terms) must apply for readmission. Students who must drop all classes after the official drop/add period should contact Withdrawal Services, A4300 University Center.

International students who wish to cancel their registration or withdraw from the term must request and receive prior authorization from a Center for Global Engagement advisor.

Note: Students who have received some or all of their financial aid prior to the end of drop/add for a term, may be subject to repayment of financial aid if there is a change in their financial aid eligibility. Examples of this may include, but are not limited to, reduction of course load below required levels, cancellation of schedule, failure to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements, and other conditions required to maintain financial aid eligibility.

Cancellation of Student Health Insurance

Selection of the student health insurance places a charge on the student account at Student Business Services. Any cancellation of a student's schedule does not automatically cancel the purchase of student health insurance. The student must contact the Health Compliance Office of University Health Services via email at to advise of the cancellation of schedule. If the student has attended the first thirty-one calendar days of classes for the term for which coverage was purchased, the student has met the eligibility requirement to retain the coverage through the termination date and the cost of the insurance premium must be paid.

Students leaving the University to enter the military may receive a prorated premium refund. The student must contact the Health Compliance Office of University Health Services via email at

Drop/Add or Changes of Schedule

During the first four days of classes, individual courses may be added, dropped, or sections of a course changed. Students are financially liable for all courses appearing on their schedule after the fourth day of classes. To add courses after the first four days of classes may require the academic dean's approval. Courses dropped during this period do not appear on the student's transcript. Courses may be dropped through the seventh week of classes with the exception of mandated college preparatory courses, freshman composition, and courses involved in allegations of academic dishonesty; however, tuition charges remain. Approval by the student's academic dean is required to reduce the academic load below twelve semester hours or increase an academic load above eighteen semester hours (to a maximum of twenty-one semester hours). Dean's approval for an overload or underload must be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar.

A cumulative maximum of two courses may be dropped between the eighth and twelfth week of classes during the semesters in which the student has earned fewer than sixty hours of college credit; tuition charges will remain. A student may only drop one course after earning sixty hours of college credit and until graduation; tuition charges remain. In addition to courses involved in allegations of academic dishonesty, other courses may be designated by the dean as not subject to this "late drop" provision. Courses dropped during this period appear on the student's transcript with the notation "W." See the "Academic Calendar" in the Registration Guide for the semester specific deadlines.

Except in cases where a student is petitioning to use one of the three drops allowed under the policy above, any course drop petition after the seventh week of classes (with dates prorated for individual Summer sessions), will be considered only in documented exceptional circumstances that are beyond the student's control, as determined by the student's academic dean. Course drops approved by the academic deans appear on the student's transcript with the notation "WD." Academic deans exercise their administrative and academic judgment in making final determinations about drop eligibility. Course drops are never approved when there are unresolved allegations of academic dishonesty in a course or when a course grade reflects an Academic Honor Policy penalty.

Students who register for courses but who do not attend the classes receive a grade of "F" if the courses are not officially dropped. Students changing from a previous bulletin year should consult their academic dean regarding limitations concerning the policy described above.

Note: Students who have a bachelor's degree and return for a second bachelor's degree may petition for a late drop within the same semester timelines as noted above.

Auditor Seating Privileges

All regularly enrolled students and persons not enrolled in the University are afforded seating privileges after registration on a space-available basis with permission of the instructor, payment of the prescribed fee for each course, and presentation of the appropriate form approved by the Office of the University Registrar. Since no credit is allowed for attendance via "seating privilege," admission to the University is not required. The course(s) taken will not appear on the student's permanent record.

Students are cautioned not to preregister for any course they intend to audit. They will have to drop the course(s) from their official schedule and will incur additional financial liability.

Note: Citizens 60 years of age or older who are Florida residents may attend classes under "seating privileges" criteria, and fees are waived except for those courses requiring individual instruction.


The Office of the University Registrar issues official transcripts at the request of the student. Individuals needing official transcripts are encouraged to submit their request online at under the "Academics" section of Student Center. In cases where a student is unable to submit an online request, a written request may be made directly to the transcript section of the Office of the University Registrar.

Transcript service may be denied if a financial or judicial stop has been placed on a student's record. Clearance from the Controller's Office or the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities must be obtained prior to the release of the transcript. Transcript service may also be denied if the request is made by a third party without the student's written consent.

A charge of $10.00 will be assessed for each official transcript issued.

The University reserves the right to issue transcripts to other state of Florida schools for those students who attend the University under the state transient process. Students are responsible for any transcript fees incurred for providing these transcripts as required by the transient application process.

Unofficial transcripts are available to students free of charge. Visit, click Course Quicklinks and select View Unofficial Transcript.

Proof of Enrollment

All student enrollment verifications will be by official request only. Students in need of enrollment verification should submit an electronic request by logging in through Select Enrollment Verification. Follow the instructions to obtain your enrollment verification letter. Your letter will be processed the following business day. Written requests may be submitted directly to:

Office of the University Registrar
Florida State University
A3900 University Center
282 Champions Way
P.O. Box 3062480
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2480.

Former students or outside agencies may request an enrollment verification or degree verification online from the National Student Clearinghouse at

Access to Records

Students have the right to have access to their student records on file in the Office of the University Registrar. Students requesting access to information in their file, or a third party requesting information in a student's file with the written consent of the student, have the right to a response from the Office of the University Registrar within thirty days. When the record includes information on more than one student, only the information pertaining to the student making the request will be given.

Parental or Third Party Access to Records

Students may give a designated parent(s), or other third parties (i.e. sibling, spouse, etc.), authority to review their University financial status, grades, transcript, student profile, etc. by logging onto and selecting the Share My Information link. Granting access to a parent or third party to view information in this manner also authorizes University personnel to discuss those records with the designated parent or third party.


During each academic term, an official registration is held for all currently enrolled, degree-seeking students who expect to enroll for the following term. Students registering for their first term do so during their orientation.

Registration at Florida State University is online. To register online, go to and choose "Enroll in Classes". Using the Web site, students can register for all of their courses in a matter of minutes and can gain access to information concerning their tuition and fees from the privacy of their own home. Please note that by registering, students accept both fee and grade liability. Students are advised if the requested course is available and informed of other matters related to registration, such as variable credit.

Registration Guide and Course Schedules

Florida State University publishes the Registration Guide. The Guide contains a list of all registration deadlines, fee and payment information, and important announcements specific to the semester. This information is published online at

Lists of course offerings, meeting times, locations, and instructors (when known) are available online through the Course Search. This system is available twenty-four hours a day, year round. The Course Search is only available for newly admitted and current students through the myFSU portal ( or through the "Course Look Up" link ( Prospective students and all others may access a PDF listing of courses available on the University Registrar Web site through the "Snapshot of Class Search as a PDF (refreshed weekly)" link (

Students are advised to organize their materials and plan their schedule before attempting to register online. Course listings for an upcoming semester will be available fourteen days prior to the first enrollment appointment for that semester. Students must contact the appropriate departmental office for any clearances or authorization needed. Individual instructors should be contacted for courses requiring instructor permission. It is important to take care of any academic or administrative hold (stop) before attempting to register.

Registration Responsibility

Undergraduate Studies students and first-time transfer students must see their academic advisors for assistance with their course selection prior to registration. New students may be required to register for preparatory mathematics and/or English composition courses to complete registration.

Students are responsible for meeting prerequisites and corequisites for each course in which they are enrolled. Students who do not meet course prerequisites or corequisites may be dropped by the academic department. Any changes a student makes to his/her schedule without the advisement of an academic advisor are the responsibility of the student.

Students may attend and receive credit only for those courses in which they are properly registered. Likewise, students will be held responsible for every course for which they register unless they officially drop the course or cancel registration.

Those students who register during late registration (normally the first four days of classes) will be assessed a $100.00 late registration fee.

Registration Permits

All permits, such as directed individual study (DIS), satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) grading, and requests to take a graduate course by undergraduate students, must be completed by the end of the seventh week of classes of the Fall or Spring semester, or by the prorated term deadlines published in the Summer Academic Calendar. Many permits require the signature of the academic dean as well as the advisor. Students are responsible for ensuring that the Office of the University Registrar has copies of these permits on file prior to the deadlines published in the academic calendar.

Course/Credit Modification

Course credit may be modified downward with the approval of the chair of the department that is offering the course and the appropriate academic dean. No course may be modified upward. Any student wishing to modify credit may obtain the necessary forms in the Office of the University Registrar.

Required Preparatory Courses

Students entering as freshmen who have a score below 480 on the Critical Reading Subtest administered as part of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), a score below 19 on the English or Reading sub-sections of the Enhanced American College Testing Program examination (ACT), or have failed to pass an on-campus written test will be required to enroll in supplementary instruction for English Composition and/or Reading during their first term of enrollment.

Students entering as freshmen who have a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) mathematics score below 470, an Enhanced ACT mathematics score below 21, or fail to pass an FSU approved math placement test, will be required to enroll in supplementary instruction for mathematics. On the basis of scores on the SAT/ACT mathematics tests and non-passing scores obtained on the FSU approved math placement test, students will be placed in a college preparatory math course. Students must earn a passing grade in their preparatory math coursework before moving on to a General Education "Quantitative and Logical Thinking" course.

Stops to Registration

Registration is prevented if all academic and/or administrative requirements have not been fulfilled prior to the term. A stop may be placed on the student record if one or all of the following deficiencies exist: academic dismissal; incomplete admissions documents, fiscal deficiency, or failure to process readmission papers after a withdrawal or after a three-term absence (including the Summer term) from the University. Also, failure to meet specific requirements of a University college, school, or department, or the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities may result in a stop in registration activates or the release of transcripts and diplomas.

A stop is placed on all students who have outstanding charges due to the University. Students owing any fees are not permitted to register for classes. The stop is not removed and such students are not permitted to register until the debt is cleared.

Students notified of a stop should contact the notifying office immediately and arrange for removal to be allowed to register for classes, receive official transcripts, and/or receive a diploma.

If students with a stop on their record are allowed to register in error, they are considered illegally enrolled in the University. If the stop is not removed after notification of such an error, the student's registration is subject to cancellation.

Undergraduate Students: Permission to Register for Graduate Courses

A student of senior standing or an upper-division honors student may carry graduate courses for undergraduate credit provided the student: (1) has earned either a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, "B," or better; (2) carries a course load of no more than fifteen semester hours; and (3) has the advance approval of the college dean, the department chair, and the instructor offering the course, prior to registration. Students will be required to present the college and/or departmental approval to the Office of the University Registrar. Staff in the Registrar's Office will complete the registration process for the student.

Students who wish to receive graduate credit for such coursework must obtain approval of the college dean, the department chair, and the instructor offering the course prior to registration for the graduate course. After approval, up to twelve semester hours may be counted toward a graduate degree at Florida State University, provided the course has not been counted toward a previous degree.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University–Florida State University Interinstitutional Registration

A full-time student at one institution may enroll in one or more courses at the other institution under the following conditions:

  1. Permission is to be given by the academic dean of the student's home university.
  2. Courses taken at the host university should be those normally not offered at the student's home university.
  3. Students taking courses at the host university on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) basis will be held to the home institution policies regarding the total number of courses allowed on the S/U basis or in a specific degree or major. Students are encouraged to consult their academic advisor about any limitations prior to registration.
  4. The final grade obtained by the student shall be reported directly to the student's home university for entering on the student's transcript. Grades, credits, and quality points are treated as home-institution work.
  5. All tuition and fees are paid to the home institution.
  6. Faculty and full-time students at either institution have equal access to the library facilities at both institutions.
  7. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative Florida State University GPA to be eligible to participate in the co-op program. Prior to attempting twelve hours, students who fail to maintain the 2.0 GPA may consider themselves on probation, although no entry will be placed on their transcript, and they may continue to enroll, assuming all other conditions of eligibility are met. After attempting twelve hours, students must meet and maintain the minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA to continue enrolling through the program.
  8. To register, see the FAMU–FSU Cooperative Program representative in the Office of the University Registrar. For engineering requirements, see the "FAMU–FSU College of Engineering" chapter of this General Bulletin.
  9. Before students can register for classes they must provide proof of immunizations. Immunization compliance requirements are listed at at the compliance/forms tab on the home page. If the immunization document being submitted is the FAMU immunization form, two copies of the form are required.

Interinstitutional Transient Students

This program enables students to take advantage of special resources and/or programs not available at their home institution. An interinstitutional transient student, by mutual agreement of the appropriate academic authorities in both the sponsoring and hosting institution, will receive a waiver of admission requirements of the host institution and a guarantee of acceptance of earned resident credits by the sponsoring institution except in the case of international credits. An official course-by-course evaluation is required for all academic records from non-U.S. institutions. We recommend the evaluation be done by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( or the International Education Credential Services provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (

Interinstitutional transient students must be recommended by their own academic dean, who will initiate a visiting arrangement with the appropriate dean at the host institution. Students will register at the host institution, paying tuition and/or registration fees established by that institution. The approval of one institution does not bind the other to comply.

Students from other institutions who wish to take courses at Florida State University should submit an approved Interinstitutional Transient Student application to the Office of Admissions by the published deadline. (Consult the "University Calendar" chapter of this General Bulletin for specific application deadlines.) Students may complete the transient form online at

Note: Academic rules governing regular students (e.g., fees, drop/add, withdrawal, grading policies) also apply to transient students. Transient students attending Florida State University are, by definition, classified as non-degree students.

Undergraduate Course Examinations

Final examinations in undergraduate courses are discretionary within any given department, but all students, including graduating seniors and graduate students, who are enrolled in an undergraduate course having a final examination are required to take the examination. The scheduling of a final examination at any time other than the regularly scheduled final examination period is prohibited by University policy. A final examination may not be given during the examination period at a time other than that which appears online at Unless an exam is given during the final examination period, no test may be given during the last week of classes.

Courses meeting every day at the same hour and classes meeting for more than one time period will hold examinations according to the time and day of the first scheduled class meeting of the week. For example, a class meeting for the first period on Tuesday and for the second period on Thursday will hold its examination at the exam time scheduled for the Tuesday first period.

Under special circumstances, exceptions to final examination policies for individual students will be given consideration by the academic dean of the college in which the course is taught.

Exceptions to the Examination Policy for an Individual Undergraduate Student. Approval by the academic dean of the school or college in which the course is taught is required for any change in examination time for an individual undergraduate student. The student must first receive written permission from the instructor if the instructor is willing to give a make-up examination at a specified time within the exam week. The student must then petition the dean, giving the reason for the requested exception, and supported by the instructor's written permission. The dean will then notify the instructor in writing if approval is granted.

Make-up examinations are permitted for an undergraduate student when justified by illness, conflicting examinations, four or more examinations in a twenty-four-hour period, or for certain emergencies. Arrangements should be made prior to the scheduled exam.

In case of conflicting examinations, group examinations take precedence over examinations scheduled by class meeting time. In the case of conflicts that cannot otherwise be resolved, the course meeting earlier by day and time takes precedence over a course meeting later.

Note: The possibility of a conflict between final exam times exists, particularly for courses that meet in the evening or only once each week. It is the student's responsibility to identify if a conflict exists and immediately make special arrangements with the instructor to take the exam at an alternate time. Conflicts not recognized one month in advance of the scheduled exam must be resolved by using the established make-up time.

Exceptions to the Examination Policy for an Undergraduate Class. Courses that utilize the University Assessment Center for a block exam, or which are otherwise limited to specific days and times because of seating and scheduling constraints, will take precedence in the case of final exam schedule conflicts. It is the student's responsibility to identify such conflicts as early as possible and to notify all instructors in advance so that accommodations may be made. No instructor of an undergraduate course may give a final examination during the separate examination period at a time other than that which appears online at, unless the instructor has obtained prior approval from the Undergraduate Policy Committee. Such approval must be requested, in writing, at least three weeks prior to the scheduled final examination. To reschedule a final examination without such approval places the instructor in jeopardy of administrative reprimand by his or her dean and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Undergraduate Distance Learning Exams. If the instructor of an online course requires a final exam, the instructor shall have the prerogative to set the window during which a final exam is administered provided that the window is within the University's official final exam period. A final exam window must be disclosed in the course syllabus. Make-up examinations are permitted for an undergraduate student when justified by illness, conflicting examinations, four or more examinations in a twenty-four-hour period, or for certain emergencies. It is the student's responsibility to identify if a conflict exists and immediately make arrangements with the instructor to take the exam at an alternate time during the University's official final exam period. If a student has such conflicts, the final exams of the student's non-online classes shall have priority and the time of the online exam will be the first exam subject to adjustment. If such agreement cannot be achieved between the student and the instructor, then the academic deans of the units housing the various courses will consult to achieve agreement.

This explanation is intended only to clarify existing University exam policy for online classes and all provisions of University exam policy that do not conflict with what is stated above remain in effect.

Grading System

Definition Grade Quality Points Per Credit Hour
Excellent A 4.00
  A– 3.75
Good B+ 3.25
  B 3.00
  B– 2.75
Average C+ 2.25
  C 2.00
  C– 1.75
Poor D+ 1.25
  D 1.00
  D– 0.75
Failure F 0.00
Honors Medicine HM 4.00
Pass Medicine PM 3.00
Pass P N/A
Satisfactory S N/A
Unsatisfactory U N/A
Incomplete I N/A
Incomplete Expired IE 0.00
No Grade Received from Instructor NG N/A
No Grade Expired GE 0.00
Withdrawn while Passing W N/A
Withdrawn with Dean's Permission WD N/A
Examination Credit EC N/A
Departmental Examination ED N/A

Grade Point Average

Florida State University reports three types grade point averages (GPAs) on the transcript, 1) term (or FSU Cumulative) GPA, 2) transfer credit, 3) combined overall. Quality points are assigned for each semester hour as listed above. In computation of the required grade point average for retention and conferral of a degree, the total number of quality points is divided by the total number of semester hours for which letter grades are received.

All regulations tied to a specific grade average should be interpreted to mean the numerical average associated with that specific grade. Hence, the required "'C' average or better" on all General Education courses is interpreted as "2.0 average or better."

Students may repeat courses in which they received a grade of "D" or "F." Both the original and repeat grades will be used in the computation of GPA but credit for only one attempt will apply toward graduation.

A student will not be allowed additional credit for a course repeated in which the student originally made a "C–" or better unless the course is specifically designated as repeatable to allow additional credit. Repeatable courses may be taken to a maximum number of times or hours as spelled out in the course description. Course enrollment beyond these limits may not count toward the student's earned hours. Should a student enroll again in a non-repeatable course the quality points associated with the subsequent enrollment will be calculated into the FSU cumulative GPA.

Dean's List

Undergraduate students who are registered for at least twelve semester hours of letter-grade (A–F) courses are eligible for the dean's list. The required grade point average is 3.5, in all colleges, for any given term.

President's List

Undergraduate students who are registered for at least twelve semester hours of letter grade (A–F) courses are eligible for the president's list. The required grade point average is 4.0, in all colleges, for any given term.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading

A. Undergraduate Courses Approved on a Letter-Grade Basis

To encourage liberal arts education and focus on learning, the University permits limited enrollment in elective courses outside the major, minor, and Liberal Studies areas on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Except for students in their first term at FSU, at least a 2.5 grade point average is required. S/U permit forms must be obtained and eligibility certified by the Office of the University Registrar no later than the end of the seventh week of classes. No undergraduate courses in the College of Business are offered under this option.

With the exception of courses in the College of Business, a course outside a student's major, minor, and Liberal Studies areas normally approved for letter grades may be elected on the S/U basis and, if completed with an "S" grade, will count toward the minimum semester hours credit required for graduation and upper-division distribution but will not be included in the grade point average. The course grade will be recorded officially as satisfactory ("S") or unsatisfactory ("U"). Registration on an S/U basis is limited to one elective course per term (exclusive of physical education activity courses) and to a maximum total of eighteen semester hours. (See exceptions under section B below.)

In addition to the one elective course, a student may elect to take concurrently a physical education course to be graded on the S/U basis by obtaining proper approvals prior to registration.

Students will be allowed seven weeks to decide whether or not they want to take a course on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. They may change to S/U from a letter grade at any time before the end of the seventh week of the term. Courses initially elected on the S/U basis may be changed back to a letter-grade basis prior to the end of the seventh week of the term or the equivalent prorated Summer deadline.

Approval forms are available at

B. Courses Approved on an S/U Basis

Certain other courses that are approved for S/U grades exclusively (practicum, internship, laboratory, student teaching, individual work, research) may be applied toward the major or minor. There is no student letter-grade option for courses approved on the S/U basis; all students must be graded on an S/U basis. The credits earned in these courses are excluded from the total stipulated in section A (above) as permissible. Also, enrollment in a course offered on the S/U basis only does not exclude enrollment in an elective course under the S/U option (in section A above) in the same term.

C. Graduate Students

Policies and procedures for satisfactory/unsatisfactory grades for graduate students are explained in the Graduate Bulletin.

Incomplete Grade Policy

Incomplete ("I") grades should be recorded only in exceptional cases when a student, who has completed a substantial portion of the course and who is otherwise passing, is unable to complete a well-defined portion of a course for reasons beyond the student's control. Students in these circumstances must petition the instructor and should be prepared to present documentation that substantiates their case. Incomplete grades should not be granted in order to allow students to do extra coursework in an effort to increase their grade.

Even under these circumstances, the authority for determining whether to grant an incomplete rests solely with the instructor. A graduate teaching assistant must have approval from a supervising faculty member to grant an incomplete. One exception to this guideline occurs when an incomplete is applied as a result of allegations of academic dishonesty that have not been resolved by the end of a semester. Deans' offices can often provide guidance to instructors regarding the appropriateness of an incomplete grade in individual cases.

In order to assign an incomplete, an instructor is required to indicate on the grade roster the time frame for resolution of the grade and the default grade to be assigned if the student does not complete the remaining academic work. Some departments also require that an incomplete grade be documented with an "Incomplete Grade Agreement." It is the student's responsibility to complete the remaining academic work within the agreed-upon time frame.

Under University policy, an incomplete grade automatically reverts to the predetermined default grade at the end of the semester that has been specified by the faculty member as the time frame for resolution, unless one of two conditions is met:

  1. Upon completion of the agreed-upon work, the instructor submits a grade-change form that replaces the "I" with the final grade for the course;
  2. The instructor submits a separate "Incomplete Extension of Time" form to the Evaluation and Posting Section of Admissions and Records before the end of the semester in which the "I" is set to expire.

In cases where no default grade or instructor-determined expiration semester exists, incomplete grades will expire to an IE (Incomplete Expired) at the end of the next term of enrollment unless the instructor submits a grade change form prior to the official grade posting deadline. No grade changes will be made to default grades or unresolved "I" grades after the degree has been granted. Thus, it is critical that an instructor work closely with the student and department staff regarding the clearance of an incomplete grade.

Grading Practices

At the end of each term, student's grades are made available through Florida State University's site.

Once a final grade in a course has been reported by the instructor to the Office of the University Registrar, it cannot be changed by the instructor except in cases of error in recording with permission of the department chair and the dean of the college, or as a result of a final determination from a formal grade appeal.

The University will not automatically expire "I" grades earned prior to Fall 2010 or "NG" grades earned for any semester. Students must work with faculty and academic deans to resolve any outstanding "I" or "NG" grades prior to graduation. Outstanding "I" or "NG" grades that are not resolved prior to the degree posting will not be changed except in cases of error in recording. Faculty and academic deans reserve the right to expire an "I" or "NG grade to "IE" or "GE" respectively. These grades are considered final grades and will calculate as an "F" in the student's overall GPA. In cases where the "I" or "NG" grade was earned in a course approved for numeric grades or "S/U", the grade will expire to the lowest possible value, generally a 60 or "U". Grades of "I" are not assigned to any courses if a student withdraws from the University. A grade of "I" or "NG" in a course that is approved for "S/U" or numeric grades will follow the same grading and expiration policy.

Grades earned at another institution cannot be used to improve a grade point average or eliminate a quality point deficiency at Florida State University.

Grade changes to courses completed prior to posted degree.

Once a degree has been awarded, all coursework leading to that degree is considered final and not subject to change. Grade changes or withdrawals for coursework that applies to the awarded degree may be considered only in cases of documented University error or in cases where the courses in question are documented as applying to a degree that is still in progress.

Forgiveness Policy

Effective Fall 2004, Florida State University discontinued the forgiveness policy for all students. Please refer to the 'Drop /Add or Changes of Schedule' section in this chapter for additional information.

Academic Standing and Retention

All students must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress for retention and continued enrollment at Florida State University. Satisfactory academic progress includes, but is not limited to, successful completion of credit hours and progression toward completing a degree. The University reserves the right not to retain students who do not demonstrate satisfactory academic progress.

Students should refer to the table below indicating the necessary grade point average (GPA) on all coursework taken at Florida State University required for retention at the University. The Retention Table takes into consideration the number of semester hours the student has attempted (including transfer credits) and indicates the GPA range that will place the student on academic warning or academic probation. Students who fail to resolve probationary status will be dismissed at the end of the next semester for which they are enrolled.

A minimum Florida State University GPA of 2.0 ("C") or better is required for graduation. Students should maintain at least this minimum at all times to be in good standing. Statuses of "academic warning," "probation," or "reinstated from dismissal" do not specifically prohibit a student from participating in extracurricular activities unless otherwise specified by University policy, rules, or by-laws governing the activity or organization.

Attempted Hours Warning GPA Range Probation GPA Range
1–15 1.51.999 Less than 1.5
16–30 1.751.999 Less than 1.750
31 or more Less than 2.0
Dismissal: Failure to remove probation by the end of next term.    


As an aid to students in the Division of Undergraduate Studies and to lower-division music, motion picture, dance, and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in theatre students (freshmen and sophomores), an "academic warning" will be included with grades at the end of the term if the cumulative average has fallen below 2.0 but not low enough to place the student on academic probation.


When any student's grade point average (GPA) falls within the probationary range, the student will be placed on academic probation for one term. A student on probation must enroll for not less than twelve and not more than fifteen semester hours during the probationary term. If the student fails to remove the probationary status by the end of the term, the student will be dismissed.

Students on academic probation who elect to enroll in a Florida public postsecondary institution (or in a regionally accredited institution within or outside the state) and who receive an academic Associate of Arts degree with an overall 2.0 average will have the probationary status and their previous Florida State University average removed upon application for readmission, and will be guaranteed a maximum of sixty semester hours, with approval of the academic dean.

Dismissal and Reinstatement

Academic dismissal constitutes a separation of the student from the University for academic reasons. The dismissed student must consult his or her academic dean at the time of dismissal about criteria governing possible reinstatement to the University. Students are not eligible for reinstatement after two academic dismissals. Students dismissed because of low grade point averages (GPA) may be reinstated only with approval of the academic dean. Close consultation with the academic dean is required in order to determine if any of the following options are appropriate for a given student and his or her situation:

  1. Achieving the required minimum FSU GPA through online courses taken in the Flexible Learning Program offered by the State of Florida, Division of Colleges and Universities. Students must meet with their academic dean for approval to take courses in the Flexible Learning Program (correspondence coursework) and to determine the minimum GPA that must be earned in the course(s) to be eligible for reinstatement. Courses taken for this purpose will not earn credit toward the total degree house. Grades earned in courses taken through the Flexible Learning Program will be applied to the student's FSU GPA;
  2. Attending and graduating with an academic Associate of Arts (AA) degree from a Florida public postsecondary institution (or a regionally accredited institution within or outside the state) with an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher, with approval of the academic dean. The student's FSU GPA will be reset to 0.00 upon readmission after earning an AA degree. IN addition, the student earning an AA degree from a Florida public institution is guaranteed sixty semester hours when granted the GPA reset. Returning to FSU with an AA degree will not guarantee readmission to a limited access major or a major where prerequisite coursework has not been met;
  3. Being immediately reinstated on academic probation by the academic dean (only in extraordinary circumstances). Under this option, if the student fails to achieve the required GPA for retention during the first term of reenrollment, the student will again be dismissed. This option is only available to students in documented extraordinary circumstances and when the GPA deficit is minimal.

Consideration of the academic dismissal takes priority over any readmission application and must be resolved first. Students on dismissal are not eligible for readmission or the readmission appeals process unless they have first been reinstated by the academic dean. The academic dean is the final authority for reinstatement consideration. Reinstatement by the academic dean does not constitute automatic readmission. Students who have been out of the University for more than three consecutive semesters must go through the readmission process and meet University requirements and standards.

All students who enter Florida State University for the first time are assured retention for their second term. Students may, however, be placed on academic probation at the end of the first enrolled term.

Students pursuing multiple degrees under different careers (i.e., graduate and undergraduate simultaneously) are subject to the retention standards of the career associated with each degree. Dismissal from one career does not automatically constitute dismissal from the second career when those careers are different (i.e., undergraduate and graduate, or Law and graduate).

Graduate students should refer to the "Dismissal" section in the "Academic Regulations and Procedures" chapter of the Graduate Bulletin.

Continuous Enrollment

Continuous enrollment at Florida State University is defined as enrollment without an interruption of three or more consecutive semesters (including Summer term). Credits earned at other institutions during any semester while not registered at Florida State University will not constitute continuous enrollment at the University. Undergraduates and both types of non-degree, excluding transient and high school dual enrollment, students who are not enrolled at the University for three or more consecutive semesters (or consecutive semester and Summer term) must apply for readmission before resuming their studies. For graduate definitions of continuous enrollment, please see the Academic Regulations and Procedures section of the Graduate Bulletin.

For example, a student who enrolls in Fall may choose to not enroll in subsequent Spring and Summer terms and return to take class in the following Fall semester without having to go through readmission. However, should this student choose to remain out of school for the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters, readmission will be required prior to being allowed to enroll in any additional terms.

Any break in continuous enrollment requiring readmission or reinstatement may cause the student to be subject to legislative Excess Credit policies and fees. For more information on Excess Credit fees, refer to the "Financial Information" chapter of the General Bulletin.


Please refer to the "Admissions" chapter in this General Bulletin for readmission policies for returning students who have not been dismissed.

Withdrawal from the University

All students who wish to leave the University during a term must formally withdraw. Dropping all classes does not constitute formal withdrawal. Students who do not attend classes and fail to withdraw will be assigned grades of "F" for each course. Withdrawals are initiated in the withdrawal services section of the Office of the Dean of Students in the University Center.

The statement "Withdrew from the University" will appear on the transcripts of students who properly withdraw within the first seven weeks of class. Under documented exceptional circumstances (beyond the student's control), as determined by the appropriate academic dean, a student withdrawing from the University may receive "WD" grades in all courses taken that term.

Students who cancel their enrollment during the first four days of classes for a term are not held liable for tuition and registration fees. Those who have paid are eligible for a full refund. Students who withdraw after the first four days of classes but prior to the end of the fourth week of classes are eligible for a twenty-five percent refund of tuition and registration fees, less the building and capital improvement fees; this deadline is adjusted for shorter Summer terms. Students who withdraw after this deadline are fully liable for fees and are not eligible for a refund, except as provided in policies set forth by the State Board of Education and Florida State University. Students who receive Title IV funds and who decide to withdraw from the University may be required to repay some or all of the funds received.

A student wishing to reenter the University for the following three semesters after withdrawal must have the approval of their academic dean on the 'Application for Withdrawal and Reentry' form. For degree-seeking students wishing to reenter the University after three semesters, an application for readmission must be submitted to the Office of Admissions; non-degree students must complete the original application process. Formal application must be made to the Office of Admissions by the published deadline. Students who left the University on dismissal must resolve that and be reinstated by the academic dean before any decision can be made on the readmission application. (Consult the "University Calendar" chapter of this General Bulletin for specific application deadlines.)

International students who wish to withdraw must request and receive prior authorization from a Center for Global Engagement advisor.

For further information on refunds, see the 'Refunds of Fees' section in the "Financial Information" chapter of this General Bulletin.

Students who are withdrawing and who have purchased the student health insurance through the University should contact the Health Compliance Office at University Health Services for information about their health insurance and whether they are eligible to retain coverage.

Readmission after Multiple Withdrawals

When a student has withdrawn from the University three or more times, subsequent readmission must first be considered by a committee whose charge is to assess the student's capability of making satisfactory progress toward degree. This committee, appointed by the Council of Associate and Assistant Deans, will then make a recommendation to the dean of the student's college, who will make the final decision.

Medical Course Drop/Withdrawal

Medical course drops are generally recommended for approval by the dean for unforeseeable illnesses or injuries that have interfered with the student's ability to complete specific course(s). Similarly, medical withdrawals (all courses dropped) may be approved for acute, severe illnesses, or injuries that incapacitate the student. Chronic conditions generally do not qualify unless the student has been stable for a sustained length of time and then experiences an unexpected change in health status. Students with chronic or recurring health problems should consult with their clinicians and carefully assess a realistic class schedule based on their condition and their likelihood of relapses. Courses approved to be dropped or withdrawn under these circumstances may be noted on the transcript with "WD" grades.

Note: At the time this Bulletin went to press, these policies were under review and may be subject to change. For information regarding medical course drops and medical withdrawals, visit or call the Office of Withdrawal Services at (850) 644-1741.

Guidelines for Field Placement Fitness

These guidelines apply to all student field placements, including internships, practicum experiences, and student teaching. The University has the authority to determine both the fitness of its students to be placed in field placements and the suitability of particular field placement sites. The academic judgment of qualified faculty, on issues relevant to the professional requirements of a given field, is critical to this process.

Students may either be denied a field placement or removed from a placement on the basis of the academic judgment of qualified faculty. Students have the right to be informed of the academic and non-academic requirements for obtaining a field placement early in their majors. They also have the right, except in emergency cases, to receive notice of their deficiencies and an opportunity to correct those deficiencies prior to a final decision. Students should consult the information provided by each specific college, department, or academic program of interest for more detailed information.

FloridaShines Information

All current and prospective students of higher education in the state of Florida may access the FloridaShines Web site. By logging on to you can perform a variety of tasks, including the following:

  • View a map indicating the location of every participating college or university
  • Search course catalogs from all public and many private Florida colleges and universities
  • Get questions answered about financial aid
  • Plan your course of study and compare majors and degree requirements
  • Get a copy of your unofficial transcript
  • Investigate career options through your institution's career center
  • Find out general information about every participating college or university in the program.

Each FSU student may use their University FSUID and password to log on to the FloridaShines Web site.

Second Majors and Academic Regulations

Students pursuing a second major should be aware that the primary major only determines the selection of the student's academic dean for the purposes of academic regulations at Florida State University. That is, rules regarding student dismissal, reinstatement, and all general academic qualifications at the University are governed and enforced by the primary major and that major's corresponding academic dean. Conflicts between primary and secondary major policies shall in all cases be resolved in favor of the primary major. Second major academic deans shall only be concerned with the student's completion of all requirements, prerequisites, etc., for that second major.

Dual degrees and double majors must be declared by the end of the semester in which a student will earn ninety cumulative credit hours toward their degree program at Florida State University. In special circumstances, students may petition their primary academic dean for an exception. If a dual degree or double major is declared, but not completed, the student will not be eligible for a refund of excess credit charges accrued while working on their dual degree or double major.

Correspondence Study

All correspondence instruction for the Florida State University System is administered through the University of Florida's Division of Continuing Education, Department of Flexible Learning.

College credit, and continuing professional education courses are available anytime, anywhere through an online learning management system. Flexible Learning offers a number of courses to students who would like either a flexible schedule or an opportunity to take extra courses. It is possible to enroll any time during the year.

Regularly enrolled students may not engage in correspondence study while in residence at the University. Students who expect to take correspondence courses during a break in residence should discuss these plans with their faculty advisor and then obtain written approval from their academic deans.

College courses include Economics, Education, English, History, Journalism, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology and more. Professional Development courses include a Dietary Manager Certificate and a Bail Bond Agent Certificate.

Any teacher in the state of Florida can now use correspondence course credit, as appropriate, to apply toward the recertification of their teaching licenses. Moreover, there is no limit to the number of courses that may fulfill the requirements.

Additional information on Flexible Learning college courses and fees can be found at and information for the Professional Development courses can be found at We can also be contacted by phone 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday, except holidays, at (800)-327-4218, (352)-392-1711, or by email at

Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit. The University accepts transfer credit from all regionally accredited institutions (or comparable international institutions) for coursework with grades of "D–" or better. All grades earned at other institutions are entered exactly as earned on a student's Florida State University permanent record at the time of transfer. The Florida State transcript displays the FSU GPA, the transfer GPA and a cumulative GPA comprised of FSU and transfer grades combined.

Note: Effective Fall 2014, credit earned while on academic dismissal from FSU may be transferred to FSU and count toward the total hours required for the degree. All transfer credit policies pertaining to the nature and type of credit apply in the same as manner as credit while not on dismissal.

Vocational, Technical, or Below College-Level Credit. No credit is allowed for vocational, technical, or below college-level coursework. However, a student's academic dean may allow credit for up to six hours of vocational or technical credit upon appeal.

Experiential Credit. The University does not award credit or accept transfer credit based on professional work experience.

International Credit. An official course-by-course evaluation is required for all academic records from non-U.S. institutions. We recommend the evaluation be done by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( or the International Education Credential Services provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (

Florida Statewide Common Course Numbering System (SCNS). The state of Florida utilizes a common course numbering system to facilitate the transfer of credit for equivalent courses among the state's colleges and universities. SCNS is now used at all public and selected nonpublic institutions of higher education in Florida.

Courses that have the same academic content and are taught by faculty with comparable credentials are given the same prefix and last three numerical digits, and are considered equivalent courses; thus, THE 1234 taken at one institution is equivalent to THE 3234 at another institution. Equivalent courses are guaranteed to transfer to any other institution participating in SCNS.

Florida Statewide Articulation Agreement. The state of Florida guarantees Associate of Arts (AA) degree recipients from Florida public institutions acceptance of a minimum of sixty semester hours of college credit toward the baccalaureate degree with no additional general education core requirements.

Military Credit. Students who are or were eligible members of the United States Armed Forces may earn college credit based upon military experience, training, and coursework acquired while in the military. Academic credit will only be awarded if recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE) in the Guide to the Evaluation of Education Experiences in the Armed Services. ACE recommendations for vocational or technical credit are not accepted as transfer credit.

Credits earned will be evaluated after the application review process has been completed and admission to the University has been granted. The Audit and Evaluation Section of the Office of the University Registrar will post all credit earned for military experience, training, and coursework to the student's permanent record as recommended in the ACE Guide.

The Transfer Credit Process. Students who have taken college-level coursework are required to submit official transcripts from all institutions attended. Transfer credit will be evaluated and applied towards a student's academic program in one of three ways: 1) applied as a major/minor requirement replacing the equivalent required or optional course taught by the University; 2) applied as a Liberal Studies requirement replacing the equivalent required or optional course taught by the University; or 3) applied as a general elective that may or may not satisfy degree requirements.

At the undergraduate level, credit is first evaluated by the Office of the University Registrar's Records Audit and Analysis section to determine if the institution is regionally accredited (or comparable accreditation at international institutions), and if the credit is college level, vocational, or technical. Vocational or technical credit is not normally accepted for transfer; however, the baccalaureate dean may approve up to six semester hours of technical or vocational credit on appeal. The credit is then evaluated by the Office of Undergraduate Studies to determine if it is applicable to General Education requirements. Undergraduate-level or graduate-level courses are also evaluated by the student's chosen major department to determine degree applicability for major/minor requirements. During the review by the Office of Undergraduate Studies or the Upper-Level Department, the individual course prefix, number, description, host institution catalog, syllabus, and other supporting documentation are reviewed to determine if the course is logically and qualitatively equivalent to a Florida State course. All college-level coursework that is not applicable to Liberal Studies or major/minor requirements will be designated as general elective credit.

At the graduate level, all transfer credit must: 1) be recommended by the major department; 2) be evaluated as graduate work by the Office of the University Registrar at Florida State University; and 3) have been completed with grades of 3.0 ("B") or better.

Grievance Process. Students who allege that transfer credit was improperly evaluated and applied may have their grievances addressed through the Director of Admissions for initial posting of examination credit, the University Registrar for the initial posting of general elective credit, the academic dean of their selected major for major coursework and degree program requirements, and the dean of Undergraduate Studies for General Education equivalency. If no resolution is reached, the student may file a grievance with the University. The University grievance policy is outlined in the "Academic Integrity and Grievances" chapter of this General Bulletin.

Credit for Nontraditional Courses, Including Short Courses and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), Prior to Initial Enrollment

Nontraditional courses have many different purposes, including the recertification of persons for various subject matters and professional specialties. Short courses for credit shall have the same number of contact hours as do regularly scheduled courses; i.e., a one-hour course must have fifteen total contact hours; a two-hour course must have thirty total contact hours; a three-hour course must have forty-five total contact hours. Alternatively, other nontraditional courses/settings must have an appropriate substitute(s) for the above contact hours, e.g., distance learning might include student/teacher interaction, student interaction with professor-designed materials, or other appropriate interactions. In no case can credit be given with less student participation than the above hours stipulate. Any alternative course(s) must document equivalency with traditional course(s) when such traditional courses exist.

Undergraduate students who are admitted to the University and who have completed online college-level courses prior to initial enrollment in undergraduate education may request that the University evaluate that work to determine if credit might be awarded. These may include, but are not limited to, massive open online courses (MOOCs). Students wishing to have such online coursework evaluated for the purpose of receiving credit should inform the Office of Admissions as soon as possible but prior to enrolling in classes at the University.

Courses that follow nontraditional scheduling patterns, such as running over from one term to the next, may be scheduled through the Center for Professional Development and Public Service or through the Office of the University Registrar. Course hours must be scheduled in keeping with the above policy on credit for nontraditional courses, including short courses, adopted by the Faculty Senate.

Undergraduate students who are admitted to the University and who have completed massive open online courses (MOOCs) may request evaluation of that coursework for transfer credit. The evaluation process will follow the standard transfer credit evaluation processes used for all transfer credit.

Award of credit for that work must meet the following conditions:

  1. University faculty have determined the course content and learning outcomes to be comparable to a course offered at the institution;
  2. Courses meet the quality and accreditation standards intended for a transfer course, and
  3. The subject area faculty have determined that the course is relevant to the student's intended program of study.

Students wishing to have such MOOC coursework evaluated for the purpose of receiving credit should inform the Office of Admissions as soon as possible but prior to enrolling in classes at the university.

Applicants will be notified if the credit has been approved. If they wish to appeal the decision they may do so following the normal University grievance process for transfer credit evaluation.

Credit awarded to MOOC coursework completed prior to the initial term of enrollment shall be posted on the student's transcript.

Programs for Acceleration

Florida State University has established several avenues that permit a reduction in the normal amount of time required to complete the requirements for a baccalaureate degree.

Dual Enrollment

Students who are enrolled in college coursework prior to graduation from high school may be awarded college credit at Florida State University. Refer to the 'Transfer Credit' section of this chapter for specific information concerning what may transfer. The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) provides academic advising and registration for local high school students who meet eligibility requirements to take dual enrollment classes at FSU. For more information related to program qualifications and application procedures, visit or call (850) 645-0852.

Credit by Examination

The University recognizes the following examination programs for which students may receive academic credit or exemption in lieu of coursework. These programs permit the qualified student to earn by examination up to thirty semester hours of credit toward General Education requirements and up to forty-five semester hours of credit toward total baccalaureate degree requirements.

Students earning credit by examination must still satisfy departmental major and/or minor requirements, the University's coursework requirement of forty-five semester hours in courses numbered 3000 and above, and the Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, writing requirement, which is met in the English Composition sequence and E-Series requirement at Florida State University (see the "Undergraduate Degree Requirements" chapter of this General Bulletin).

Credit toward the baccalaureate degree will not be granted for courses taken that are judged equivalent to credit already earned through one of the examination programs and vice versa. In addition, duplicate credit by examination will not be awarded.

A course may not be dropped in anticipation of receiving examination credit. The successful score must be in hand at the time the request is made to drop an equivalent course.

Credit earned by examination may be declined. Students must notify the Office of University Registrar, section of Records Audit and Analysis of this intention as soon as possible after successful scores have been received.

In accordance with the articulation agreement, students who have earned CLEP credit in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the AA degree from a Florida public institution will be awarded credit on the basis of their presentation of the AA degree. An individual evaluation will not be made.

Transfer students who have completed a general education program at a Florida public institution and whose transcript is so marked will be considered to have completed the General Education courses within the Liberal Studies for the 21st Century program at Florida State University. A second evaluation of CLEP credits in the liberal studies areas will not be made.

Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE)

Students who have completed AICE examinations should submit their official score reports to Florida State University. Refer to the AICE Table at the end of this chapter for college course equivalents and credits earned.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Students who have participated in the AP Program in high school and received a score of three or better on the national examinations will receive college credit in the appropriate subject areas. Refer to the AP Table at the end of this chapter for college course equivalents and credits earned.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Students in an IB Program will receive up to forty-five semester hours of credit for scores of four or higher on both higher-level and standard-level examinations. Refer to the IB Table at the end of this chapter for college course equivalents and credits earned.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Florida State University grants credit in lieu of coursework for the CLEP subject matter examinations. Credits are awarded to any regularly admitted, degree-seeking undergraduate student who scores at or above the 50th percentile level of the sophomore norms on the CLEP examinations. Students receive appropriate credit, provided they have not attempted credit, or received credit, at the college level in the subject area or received credit in the subject area through AICE, AP, or IB. Academic deans shall have the authority to make exceptions concerning examinations that may fall within a subject area for which a student has existing credit. Students must have the permission of the academic dean to take a CLEP exam for any mathematics or English composition course.

At Florida State University, CLEP examinations are administered through the Office of Evaluation Services, an open test center for CLEP. Eligibility to receive CLEP credit at Florida State will be verified by the Office of Admissions.

Departmental Examinations

Departments and programs of the University may offer examinations for academic credit in lieu of coursework to undergraduate students upon request. Interested students should consult with their colleges or departments concerning the availability of examinations in lieu of specific courses.

General Credit Limitations

Courses taken by correspondence through the state of Florida, Board of Governors approved off-campus courses, and/or courses evaluated and recommended as suitable for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE) may be accepted by the University. The number of hours of such courses acceptable in any individual case is at the discretion of the academic dean. The total number of such courses accepted cannot exceed thirty semester hours.

An undergraduate student may be granted a baccalaureate degree under degree requirements specified in the General Bulletin at the time of admission, insofar as course offerings will permit, provided the student graduates within a period of six years from date of first entry to the University. If a student exceeds six years in pursuit of the baccalaureate degree, the University may specify that the degree requirements of the most current General Bulletin will apply. A student may elect instead to meet the degree requirements specified in any subsequent General Bulletin covering a period of the student's enrollment.

When credits are more than ten years old they are subject to reevaluation by the appropriate dean before they can be applied toward graduation.

Degree-Seeking Status at Two Separate Institutions

Under certain circumstances students may wish to pursue degrees at Florida State University and another institution simultaneously. In all cases students in this situation must consult their Florida State University academic advisor and academic dean to request approval in advance. If approval is granted, students may enroll at Florida State University and another institution under the following conditions:

  1. Students are responsible for complying with all rules, regulations, and policies of both institutions, including but not limited to: admission standards; academic rules; residency; fees; graduation requirements; university, college and departmental deadlines; and student codes of conduct. Florida State University is under no obligation to waive or otherwise modify any polices, requirements, or deadlines to facilitate the student's enrollment at another institution.
  2. Enrollment certification and degree verification issued by Florida State University will be based solely on current registration hours with Florida State University and any awards, honors, or degrees posted by Florida State University. The University will not combine enrollment or degree verification with another institution.
  3. Students receiving financial aid must designate one institution as the primary institution for financial aid distribution. The primary institution will be responsible for monitoring awards and delivery of aid. Florida State University will not combine enrollment hours with another institution for financial aid purposes.
  4. Students who are planning to transfer courses to Florida State University should seek advising in advance of doing so. The University limits the number of transfer hours a student may bring in depending on the type of degree and program. Hours used to satisfy a previous degree, either at Florida State or another institution, cannot be counted toward the current degree the student is pursuing.

Note: Different conditions, rules, and policies may apply in the event that Florida State University has an approved consortial or cooperative agreement with the second institution. Students should be aware that approval by Florida State University to pursue degrees at Florida State and another institution in no way binds the other institution to a similar approval. Students are encouraged to consult with the second institution about its policies before enrolling in any courses.

Official email Accounts for All Students at Florida State University

The official method of communication at Florida State University is your FSU email account. In order to stay informed and aware, you are required to set up and maintain your account and check it three times per week. If you choose to have your official FSU account forwarded to another email account, you are still held responsible for all information distributed by the University to your FSU account.

Florida State University's Information Technology Services now offers new communication and online collaboration services for students and alumni, which includes:

  • A free 10GB lifetime email account
  • Up to 25GB of free cloud-based file storage
  • Free online computer backup/synchronization utilities
  • Free online collaboration tools
  • Online MS Office Web Applications
  • Mobile access to FSU email and more…

The myFSU service, which is funded in part by the University's Student Technology Fee, replaced the University's former email system ( for all students and alumni at the end of Fall 2011. Students and alumni should go to to confirm their settings.

Questions regarding the activation of myFSU accounts can be answered by calling 644-HELP (4357) or visiting

Student Addresses and Contact Information

Students are required to maintain their current local and permanent addresses with the University. Address updates may be done online at by clicking on the address link under the "Personal Information" section of the Student Center or in person at the Office of the University Registrar, 3900 University Center A. Students are strongly encouraged to provide emergency text numbers and contact information.