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Course Load
A normal course load for full-time students during the regular academic year is 16 semester credits. No student may take more than 18 semester credits in any given semester except by permission of their advisor. The maximum number of credits allowed in any one semester is 20 semester credits. Course load for the winter session (J-Term) is limited to four semester credits. Course load for summer sessions is limited to a total of 16 semester credits with no more than four credits in any session.

Full-time status is defined as 12 semester credits for undergraduate students and six semester credits for graduate students during the fall and spring semesters.

Adding or Dropping Courses
Students may change their schedule via the college’s online system during the drop-add period – up to the end of the fourth day of fall and spring semesters and up to the end of the second day of J-Term and summer sessions. Courses dropped during this period are not recorded on a student’s transcript. Seven-week courses that start during the second half of fall or spring semesters are typically added or dropped within the same drop-add period.

Early College Credit Eligibility
High school Students must have completed at least two years of high school to be eligible to register for classes on the St. Norbert College campus as part of the Early Colleg Credit program.

Withdrawing From Individual Courses
Students may withdraw from a course by completing a course withdrawal form by the deadline noted on the academic calendar for fall and spring semesters, with advisor and instructor approval. No adds, drops or withdrawals are official until submitted to the registrar’s office. Also see Withdrawals.

Participation in College-Sponsored Activities
St. Norbert College is committed to making opportunities available for students to engage in the full range of experiences that constitute an St. Norbert College education. These include co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. On occasion these activities may conflict with class meeting times. Even though coaches and directors may communicate with faculty about college-sponsored events that may conflict with a class, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor prior to missing classes to make reasonable arrangements for any make-up work. Examples of college-sponsored activities include: intercollegiate athletic competitions, academic competitions and other activities that enhance student learning. In the term where college-sponsored events are particularly heavy, students should consult with their academic advisors regarding course workload and scheduling. They should consider meeting with their instructors prior to the start of the term.

Co-Curricular Activities During Finals Week
St. Norbert College is an institution of higher education and the academic process is key to collegiate success. Keeping this in mind, all extra-curricular activities, including student organization events, programming activities, intramural and club sport activities, and intercollegiate athletic events shall not be scheduled after midnight the last class day of each semester. The exception may be post-season tournament participation by an intercollegiate athletic team.

Academic Honor Code
The learning process succeeds only when students perform honestly on assignments and examinations. All students are expected to abide by the academic honor code. It defines academic dishonesty and sets forth the responsibilities of faculty and students in the event of alleged dishonesty. Possible penalties for dishonesty include grade reduction, failure of the course, failure and suspension, or failure and dismissal. For the most up-to-date version of the Academic Honor Code, please refer to the Faculty Handbook or the SNC student Handbook, The Citizen.

Dean’s List
Students who are registered for full-time study and complete 12 or more credits with a final grade point average of 3.50 or better with no grades of “F” earn a place on the Dean’s List. Students with any incomplete grades are precluded from inclusion on the Dean’s List until all grades are resolved and recorded by the registrar’s office.

Repeated Courses
When a course is repeated at St. Norbert College, all attempts are shown on the transcript; however, only the last grade is counted toward the GPA, in the quality points, and in the credits earned. Courses that can be repeated for credit, such as special topics, music lessons and ensembles, are not subject to this policy.

Student Classification
Students intending to register for classes on the St. Norbert College campus must have completed two years of high school study (or the equivalent) before the academic term in which they would like to enroll. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the vice president for academic affairs. This age restriction does not apply to St. Norbert College-sponsored dual credit courses taught in the high schools.

Students are classified based on the following number of credits completed:

  • Freshmen 0-27 semester credits completed
  • Sophomores 28-55 semester credits completed
  • Juniors 56-87 semester credits completed
  • Seniors 88 or more semester credits completed
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