Matriculation and Degree Information

Bachelor's Degree Requirements and Procedures

To earn a bachelor's degree from Cedar Crest College, each student must:

  • Successfully complete a specific group of courses in the liberal arts curriculum (see liberal arts curriculum and print a copy of the checklist).
  • Satisfy the requirements of a major course of study.
  • Successfully complete a minimum of 120 credits. Some majors may require additional credits.
  • Maintain a 2.000 cumulative grade-point average or higher. Some programs require higher minimums.
  • Students are required to complete 26 of their last 30 credits at Cedar Crest. LVAIC courses may be taken in the last 30 credits
  • Successfully complete the First Year Experience (first-time, traditional students who enter in the fall semester)


Class Standing

A student's class standing is determined by the student's number of earned credits as certified in the registrar's office at the beginning of each term.

Freshman 0-23.9 earned credits
Sophomore 24-54.9 earned credits
Junior 55-85.9 earned credits
Senior 86 or more earned credits


Conditional Standing

The faculty at Cedar Crest College has adopted the following policy concerning conditional standing and separation from the College:

  • Matriculated students who fail to achieve a cumulative grade-point average of 1.800 as first-semester freshmen will be placed on conditional standing for the subsequent term. Students who fail to achieve a cumulative grade-point average of 2.000 for any term after their first-semester term will be placed on conditional standing. Part-time matriculated students will be reviewed for possible conditional standing for every accumulation of 15 credits they complete. Part-time students who fail to achieve a cumulative grade-point average of 2.000 for every 15 credits will be placed on conditional standing for their subsequent 15 credits.
  • Matriculated students who fail to achieve a cumulative grade-point average of 2.000 after three terms on conditional standing will be subject to dismissal procedure.
  • Matriculated students who fail to achieve a cumulative grade-point average of 1.000 may be subject to dismissal procedure.

The dismissal procedure includes the opportunity to petition the Academic Policies and Standards Committee for continuation and requires the student to prepare a personal plan for academic progress.

A student dismissed for unsatisfactory academic achievement may petition the Academic Policies and Standards Committee for re-admission; this petition must include official documentation of specific academic work or equivalent experience during the interval between dismissal and re-admission.

Once re-admitted to the College, the student must achieve a grade-point average of 2.000 or better every semester to remain. If a student is dismissed a second time, there is no appeal.


Declaration of Dual Degrees

A Cedar Crest graduate may be awarded a second bachelor's degree, either B.A. or B.S., if the student completes a minimum of 30 additional approved credits at Cedar Crest with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0 and satisfies the requirements for an additional major. A student may pursue a second bachelor's degree to be awarded either at the same time as the first degree or at a time subsequent to the awarding of the first degree, provided that the pursuit of the second degree reflects a second distinct and comprehensive program of study. The option for the second bachelor's degree is limited to the departmental majors and programs listed in the catalog.

Study Leading to a Second Degree: A student who has earned a baccalaureate or associate's degree at an accredited institution may pursue a program of study leading to a second degree at Cedar Crest College. Credits earned as part of the first degree will be evaluated for applicability toward major requirements and liberal arts curriculum requirements. The student must satisfy all graduation requirements and adhere to all other academic policies.


Declaration of Major and Minors

Students enrolling in the School of Adult and Graduate Education declare their major during the application process.  Students applying to the Education or Nursing programs are declared as “Intended” in the respective program until department specified entrance requirements are met. 

PAPA (Reading, Writing, and Math) exams must be passed prior to the admission to the Teacher Education Program.  Students are required to present evidence of passing exam scores to the Education Department to initiate the Declaration of Major process.  Graduate and Post Baccalaureate students are not required to take the PAPA exams. 

Intended Nursing majors complete their Declaration of Major forms during the Nursing Orientation Session (April for summer and fall Nursing starts, and October for winter Nursing starts). Once all grades are submitted for the semester prior to the program start date the Nursing Department submits the forms to the Registrar’s Office for processing.

Major requirements:  Students must satisfy a minimum of 18 credits of major requirements through Cedar Crest College coursework. Individual departments may specify higher residency requirements for major coursework or establish further restrictions on the types of transfer credits accepted toward major requirements. Students will graduate according to the major requirements listed in the College catalog and in effect at the time they enter the College. If the requirements for the major change after a student has declared the major, the student may choose to graduate according to curricular changes enacted by the Faculty and stipulated in subsequent catalogs.

Change of major:  Any change in major, including change of B.S. or B.A. program within the same department, shall be processed via a Declaration of Major form (found on My Cedar Crest) and through the Registrar’s Office.  Any such change requires departmental approval. Students declaring a major must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.000; some majors require a higher GPA for declaration. Students should consult with academic departments.

Declaration of a self-designed major: Matriculated students may design their own major and seek its approval from the Committee on Undergraduate Education (CUE). Such proposals will only be considered if the courses required are available at Cedar Crest or within the LVAIC and meet the standards for an academic major at Cedar Crest. A formal petition shall be made indicating her expected degree and be approved by the relevant Department Chairperson before submission to CUE. For information, see the Registrar. Students are required to declare a self-designed major by the time they have completed 90 credits.

Declaration of more than one major: Students may complete requirements for more than one major. Students declaring additional majors shall indicate one as their primary major. The primary major shall determine the degree to be awarded, i.e., B.S. or B.A.

Declaration of an academic minor: Some departments offer minors. Completion of a minor is optional if it is not required for graduation. A student initiates declaration of a minor with the completion of a form available from the Registrar’s Office. A minor must be a minimum of 18 credits with at least one-half taken at Cedar Crest College. No course with a grade of less than C-may be counted to satisfy a minor requirement. Some departments have higher requirements. A course taken Pass/Fail will not satisfy a minor requirement unless it is a course offered on a Pass/Fail basis only. The minimum cumulative grade-point average for a minor is 2.000.

Matriculated students may design their own minor and seek its approval from the Committee on Undergraduate Education (CUE). A formal petition shall be made, including required documentation as set forth by the Registrar, and be approved by the relevant Department Chairperson before submission to CUE. Students are required to declare a self-designed minor by the time they have completed 90 credits. A minor must include a minimum of 18 credits with half the credits taken at Cedar Crest College. No more than 3 credits may be completed in independent study. All policies pertaining to a minor apply to the self-designed minor.

Declaration of certificate:  Certificates are focused areas of study that provide non-degree credentials.  At least 12 credits of any certificate must be completed at Cedar Crest College, although departments may require a higher number of residency credits. No course with a grade of less than C- may be counted to satisfy a certificate requirement, and some departments require that a grade higher than C- be achieved per course for the certificate. A course taken Pass/Fail will not satisfy a certificate requirement unless it is a course offered on a Pass/Fail basis only. The minimum cumulative grade-point average for a certificate is 2.000.

Academic major course requirements: A course with a grade of C- or better may be counted to satisfy a major requirement. Some departments have higher requirements. Students should consult with individual departments for exact requirements. A course taken Pass/Fail will not satisfy a major requirement unless it is a course offered by the department on a Pass/Fail basis only. The minimum cumulative grade-point average for coursework in the major is 2.000. Some departments require a higher cumulative GPA in the major.

If a student re-enters the College to continue a major after an official leave of absence greater than one academic year, the student will graduate according to major requirements in effect at the time of re-enrollment. A student may complete more than one major within one degree.


Grades and Quality Points

Letter grades are used to designate academic achievement, with accompanying quality points:

A = 4.0 quality points
A- = 3.7 quality points
B+ = 3.3 quality points
B = 3.0 quality points
B- = 2.7 quality points
C+ = 2.3 quality points
C = 2.0 quality points
C- = 1.7 quality points
D+ = 1.3 quality points
D = 1.0 quality points
F = 0 quality points

The following grades have no accompanying quality points and are not computed in the grade-point average:

P = Pass, a course taken as Pass/Fail
S = Satisfactory (Audit)
PN = Pass, no grade
U = Unsatisfactory (Audit)
W = Withdrew before official deadline
CR/NC = Credit/No Credit

The grade-point average is computed at the completion of each academic semester and summer session for those courses taken at Cedar Crest College.

For example, a student who has registered for 15 credits in a given semester would calculate his/her GPA in the following manner:

3 credits of A : 3 x 4 = 12.0
3 credits of B+: 3 x 3.3 = 9.9
3 credits of B : 3 x 3 = 9.0
3 credits of C : 3 x 2 = 6.0
3 credits of D+: 3 x 1.3 = 3.9
Total credits: 15 Total quality points: 40.8
40.8 / 15 = 2.72 GPA = 2.720

Total quality points for each course are calculated by multiplying the number of course credits by the quality points for the grade earned. The average is calculated by dividing the total credits attempted into the total quality points earned.

Students may repeat a course. Third-time repeats require Registrar's approval. Some departments have their own policies regarding repeating a course.

Once the course is repeated, the higher grade earned is computed into the student's grade point average. Both grades appear on the permanent record.

Repeating one or more classes may affect a student's satisfactory academic progress requirement for receipt of financial aid; the student should visit the financial aid office for information.

Incompletes: A temporary grade of incomplete (I) is given only to a student who is doing passing work in a course but who, for reasons beyond the student's control, is not able to complete a major assignment or examination by the deadline for submitting grades. At least 75% of the assigned work for the class must have been completed before a grade of "I" can be requested.

An incomplete must be requested by the student and approved by the instructor, the student's advisor and by the Department Chair. "Request for incomplete" forms are available online at MyCedarCrest. The deadline for requesting an incomplete grade is the last day of class. In cases involving unusual circumstances, such as sickness or injury, a member of Academic Services or the instructor may request an incomplete on the student's behalf.

A grade of "incomplete" is not entered on the permanent record. Work must be completed within the first six weeks after the end of the examination period, or by a date specified by the instructor.

Pass/Fail option: A student may not use a course taken on a pass/fail basis to satisfy major, minor, or Liberal Arts Curriculum requirements unless the course is offered only on a pass/fail basis. Students may enroll for courses on a pass/fail basis up to 25 percent of the total of their Cedar Crest work applicable for graduation, in addition to courses offered only as pass/fail.

A first-year student may enroll in no more than two pass/fail courses per term.

Instructors are not informed that a student is enrolled as pass/fail. Letter grades are submitted and are recorded as pass/fail in the registrar's office. In order to receive a "Pass," the student must receive a grade of D or higher.

Pass (P) is not computed in the grade-point average; the student receives credit only. Fail (F) is computed as an F in the grade-point average; the student receives no credit.

Changing course registration from graded credit to Pass/Fail: Students who wish to change their registration from graded credit to pass/fail must complete this change in registration by the end of the twelfth (12th) week of the fall or spring semester. (Deadlines for accelerated, winter term, and summer sessions differ and will be announced to students and advisors.) This change is permanent and may not be reversed. Students may not change from Pass/Fail to graded credit.


Declaration of Intent to Graduate: All students are required to apply for graduation in order to complete a degree or certificate program. Students must complete the online application (located on MyCedarCrest) declaring their intent to graduate before the deadlines indicated below:

January Graduation: Apply by August 1 of the previous calendar year

May Graduation: Apply by December 1 of the previous calendar year

August Graduation: Apply by April 1 of the same calendar year

After submission of the application to graduate, a degree audit for the applicant will be generated by the Registrar’s Office with a copy sent to the student and the faculty advisor.  The degree audit will list total academic credit and Liberal Arts Curriculum requirements for graduation and those which have been fulfilled.


Honor Code

Cedar Crest College students should uphold community standards for academic and social behavior in order to preserve a learning environment dedicated to personal and academic excellence. Upholding community standards is a matter of personal integrity and honor. Individuals who accept the honor of membership in the Cedar Crest College community pledge to accept responsibility for their actions in all academic and social situations and the effect their actions may have on other members of the college community.

Honor Code Principles

The following principles stand at the center of the honor philosophy:

  • We believe in self-governance.
  • We respect the individual ownership of ideas, work and property.
  • We recognize and appreciate others' differences.
  • We have responsibility as individuals within a community to uphold community standards.
  • We will create a just and caring environment by striving to behave with equity and consideration of others.

Honor Code Pledge

"We who accept the honor of membership in the Cedar Crest College community recognize our obligation to act, and encourage others to act, with honor. The honor code exists to promote an atmosphere in which the individual makes her own decisions, develops a regard for the system under which she lives, and achieves a sense of integrity and judgment in all aspects of her life. It is with faith in such a system that I have accepted membership into this community. Representative of such, I hereby pledge to uphold the spirit and the letter of the honor code.

Academic Standards of Integrity

In keeping with the honor code, academic integrity and ethical behavior provide the foundations of the Cedar Crest scholarly community and the basis for our learning environment. Cedar Crest College expects students to set a high standard for themselves to be personally and intellectually honest and to ensure that other students do the same. This standard applies to all academic work (oral, written or visual) completed as part of a Cedar Crest education.

Academic Misconduct

Cedar Crest College considers the following acts, but not only the following acts, to be breaches of its academic standard of integrity. Cedar Crest College reserves the right to alter the definitions of academic misconduct herein.

i) Cheating.

During the completion of an academic assignment (e.g. quizzes, tests, examinations, artistic works, presentations, or papers), it is dishonest to use, have access to, or attempt to gain access to any and all sources or assistance not authorized by the instructor.

ii) Plagiarism.

Plagiarism is the act, intentional or not, of misrepresenting the work, research, language or ideas of another person (published or unpublished) as one's own. An assignment, or part of an assignment, that fails to acknowledge source material through an appropriate academic discipline's citation conventions for quotation, paraphrase, and summary also constitutes plagiarism.

iii) Collusion.

Collusion is the collaboration of two or more individuals in either giving or receiving assistance not authorized by the instructor for the completion of an academic assignment.

iv) Falsification.

Falsification is the misrepresentation of academic work or records. Falsification includes, but is not limited to: the fabrication of research, scientific data, or an experiment's results; providing false information regarding an academic assignment, including reasons for absence, deadline extension or tardiness; the tampering with grade or attendance records; the forging or misuse of college documents or records; or the forging of faculty or administrator signatures. An assignment or part of an assignment, submitted for academic credit in one course and resubmitted by the student for academic credit in another course without both instructors' permission also constitutes falsification.

v) Sabotage.

Sabotage is the act of hindering another student's (or students') ability to complete an academic assignment. Destruction of college property (e.g. library holdings, laboratory materials, or computer hardware or software) may constitute sabotage.

vi) Other forms of academic misconduct.

The forms of academic misconduct defined above are not exhaustive, and other acts in violation of the Cedar Crest Honor Code or academic standards of integrity may be deemed academic misconduct by an instructor or by the college.

Response to Academic Misconduct

Students who breach the academic standard of integrity —as set forth in the types of academic misconduct specified in the Faculty Handbook, Book 4.B.2.a.— are subject to sanctions imposed by an instructor, a department chair, the provost or the board of trustees. Such sanctions can range from, but are not limited to, the expectation to redo an assignment, a reduction in grade for an assignment or course, or the failure of an assignment or course. Extreme cases of academic misconduct, as determined by the provost or the board of trustees, may result in suspension or expulsion from the college, or the withholding, denial or rescinding of academic degrees.

The initial response to academic misconduct rests with the individual instructor, who is entitled to take into account the student's degree of academic experience and any prior instances of academic misconduct in the student's time at the College, when determining the penalty for the offense. If a student withdraws from a course and the instructor discovers academic misconduct, either before or after the withdrawal, an instructor's grade of "F" for the course supersedes the "W."

All instructors who determine that a student has breached the academic standard of integrity must report the incident to the provost's office using the Report of Academic Misconduct and attach relevant evidentiary documentation as appropriate. Instructors encountering a case of academic misconduct may consult with the provost's office to determine if the student has committed acts of academic misconduct on other occasions. All instructors are required to include the College's academic standard of integrity on their course syllabi, as well as information about the response to evidence of academic misconduct and potential sanctions incurred. Upon receiving a Report of Academic Misconduct, the provost's office will notify the student of the misconduct charge and of her rights and the procedure to appeal the charge and its sanctions.

Appeals to charges of academic misconduct or their sanctions follow the process for appealing academic decisions outlined in the Faculty Handbook, Book 4.C.16. All reported incidents of academic misconduct will be held on record by the provost's office. The provost's office is to make an annual report to the faculty and to the honor and judicial board, on the number and nature of academic misconduct cases that occurred during the year.


Independent Studies

The purpose of an independent study is generally to enable a student to investigate topics not covered in depth in regularly scheduled classes. It is generally assumed that the student has taken some necessary background courses and that she will focus on a topic in some depth. The role of the instructor in such a course is primarily for consultation, advisement and possible collaboration. A student proposing an independent study should be of at least a junior standing with a declared major at the time the independent study will occur. Before proposing an independent study, the student should have explored other avenues for receiving instruction or course credit, including course offerings at other LVAIC institutions, course substitutions chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor and/or the involved department chair, or a proficiency exam or CLEP test if applicable. If an independent study is deemed appropriate by the sponsoring department, the student proposing an independent study must complete and sign the independent study form available from the registrar’s office or at their website, and receive approvals from the sponsoring faculty member, sponsoring department chair, and the Provost. These approvals must be obtained and the paperwork submitted to the Registrar’s office prior to the end of the drop/add period. Independent studies are charged at the current day per credit rate. Foundation courses are not available through Independent Study. No more than 9 credits taken through independent study may be counted towards a student’s total graduation credits. A student may petition the Committee on Undergraduate Education (CUE) for exceptions to this policy.



Matriculation is a student’s formal acceptance as a degree candidate at Cedar Crest. Matriculation is required for any student who plans to receive financial aid and/or declare an academic major.

The date of the first day of the first semester a student attends class is the date of matriculation. This date of matriculation is important if students find it necessary to interrupt their studies at Cedar Crest. If matriculated students request and are granted an official leave of absence of up to three calendar years, they are not required to re-apply for matriculation when they re-enroll at Cedar Crest.

The date of matriculation determines the liberal arts curriculum requirements under which students will graduate unless they choose to graduate according to provisions enacted by the faculty and stipulated in the current catalog.

In the event that a course section reaches its enrollment maximum, matriculated students are given preference over non-matriculated students.