Requirements for Graduation
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To be eligible for graduation, a student must:
- Be admitted as a degree-seeking student. Special Visiting students are not eligible to earn a degree.
- Complete all courses in the University College core curriculum as specified by his or her major degree program.
- Fulfill all of the requirements for advancement into the major degree program. (See College Arts Sciences, School of Business and Economics, School of Education, and degree program for specific requirements.)
- Complete the online Declaration of Major form and submit it to the appropriate department.
- Complete all requirements of the major degree program. Once the student earns at least 90 hours, students should apply for graduation, pay the graduation fee, and submit the application with proof of payment to the Office of the Registrar by the stated deadlines. This initiates the official degree audit process and clearance process.
- Complete a minimum of 25% of the total credit hours required for the degree program curriculum, to include at least 15 semester hours within the major (some majors may require more), in residence at Fayetteville State University. The minimum hours required to meet this requirement will range from 30 to 32, depending on the degree program.
- Earn the minimum number of credit hours required by the degree program. No students may earn a degree without having earned at least 120 hours. See degree program for specific requirements.
- Earn the required minimum cumulative Grade Point Average for the degree program. The minimum cumulative GPA for graduation is 2.0, though some programs require a higher GPA. See degree program for specific requirements.
- Earn the minimum required Grade Point Average for courses in the major. Some programs require a minimum GPA of 2.00 in the major, while others require a minimum grade of "C" in all major courses. See degree program for specific requirements.
- Students must check their official FSU student email account on a regular basis for updates on their graduation status. This includes what requirements might be missing and what, if any, necessary course waivers or substitutions are needed and/or have been approved and posted to the student’s record.
- Students must maintain contact with their academic department and/or advisor to ensure that all necessary documents are completed and all graduation requirements are met.
- Satisfy all financial obligations to the university to receive a diploma and/or transcripts
Students are subject to the institutional regulations in effect when they apply for graduation. Changes in institutional regulations may change the graduation requirements specified above. Hence, students are encouraged to know the institutional regulations in effect at the time of their anticipated graduation. Requirements are considered complete only when appropriate documentation is received by the Office of the Registrar. Once a degree is conferred, the academic record is closed and therefore no changes will be made relevant to that particular program.