Additional Registration Policies

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Enrollment Status

Full time Part time
Undergraduate students  12–20 credits 11 credits or fewer
Graduate students 10–12 credits 9 credits or fewer
(For graduate students’ financial aid purposes, 8 credits are considered full time, 7, part time.)

Academic Standing (Warning)

Also see the Undergraduate Satisfactory Academic Progress policy for Financial Aid.

The academic standing of each Evergreen student is carefully monitored to ensure the full development of his or her academic potential.

Any student not making satisfactory academic progress, as defined below, is informed of his or her standing in the College and is advised accordingly. NOTE: Financial aid recipients must also adhere to Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policies.

Evaluation by faculty of student achievement formally occurs at the conclusion of programs, individual learning contracts, internships, and courses. In addition, any student in danger of receiving less than full credit will be notified in writing at mid-quarter by his or her faculty sponsor.

A student making unsatisfactory academic progress shall receive an Academic Warning and may be required to take a Leave of Absence.

Academic Warning

A student who earns fewer than three-fourths (75%) of registered credits in two successive quarters shall receive an Academic Warning, issued by the Office of Enrollment Services.

A student registered for six (6) quarter credit hours or more who receives no credit in any quarter shall receive an Academic Warning.

Such warning will urge the student to seek academic advice or personal counseling from a member of the faculty or through one of the Learning Resource Centers such as the Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning Center for assistance with math and science or the Writing Center to strengthen writing processes.

A student shall be removed from Academic Warning status upon receiving at least three-fourths of the credit for which he or she is registered in two successive quarters.

Required Leave of Absence

A student who has received an Academic Warning, and while in warning status, receives either an Incomplete or fewer than three-fourths credit for which he or she is registered will be required to take a Leave of Absence, normally for one full year.

A waiver of Required Leave can be granted only by the Academic Dean responsible for academic standing upon the student's presentation of evidence of extenuating circumstances.

A student returning from Required Leave will re-enter on Academic Warning and will be expected to make satisfactory progress toward a bachelor's degree.

Failure to earn at least three-fourths credit at the first evaluation period shall result in dismissal from the College.

Dismissal and Readmission

A student who is dismissed from the college for academic reasons will not be allowed to register for any academic program or course at the college during any subsequent quarter. A student who has been dismissed may only be readmitted to the college by successfully petitioning an academic dean. The petition must convince the dean that there are compelling reasons to believe that the conditions that previously prevented the student from making satisfactory academic progress at Evergreen have changed.

Twenty Credit Registration

The 20 credit limit is designed to allow students to develop more breadth in their education and to earn credits for work that some students currently do when they are enrolled in, and doing all the work for a 16 credit program, but are receiving only 12 credits so they can enroll in a language or other course for credit.

We do not regard all combinations of courses, contracts and programs that lead to 20 credits as equally satisfactory for the best learning situation.

We view 12 to 16 credits as a full load for most students, so the decision to enroll for 17 or more should be made knowing that the workload will increase significantly.

We do not recommend that freshmen choose this option.

We believe that students wishing to choose this option will be best served if they are enrolled in a 12- to 16-credit program and enroll for an additional 4 credit course (or even two if appropriate).

We do not recommend other combinations with multiple courses or contracts or partial programs combined to earn more than 16 credits.

How this works:

  • To ensure that we appropriately balance faculty workload while allowing students to increase their credit load, no single mode of study will be offered for more than 16 credits in a given quarter. (Modes include coordinated and group contract programs, courses, internships, and individual contracts.)
  • Total registration in contracts plus internships may not equal more than 16 credits per quarter.
  • Tuition will remain the same for 10 to 18 credits.
  • Students enrolling for 19 or 20 credits will pay a tuition surcharge, details of which are at www.evergreen.edu/tuition.
  • Students must enroll for more than 16 credits on or before the fifth day of the quarter. No exceptions will be made to this rule.
  • This option is available only to admitted, undergraduate students.
  • Financial aid recipients enrolling for 19 or 20 credits may expect to have their cost of attendance automatically reviewed for tuition overload costs, and will be notified of any possible changes.
  • Tacoma students must make arrangements with the Director of the Tacoma program to be eligible to earn more than 16 credits.
  • This policy increases the limit for transfer credit and/or concurrent enrollment credit that will count toward a degree to 20 credits per quarter.

Students should expect to work increased hours for additional credits in the following ways:

  • A student enrolled for 18 credits should expect to be doing a minimum of 45 hours of work per week, including 16 to 18 classroom hours.
  • A student enrolled for 20 credits should expect to be doing a minimum of 50 hours of work per week, including 18 to 20 classroom hours.