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Registration and General Regulations

Office of the University Registrar
The University Registrar is the official custodian of academic records and the keeper of the university seal at Florida A&M University. The general functions of the university registrar are to assist in planning and executing academic policies and programs; provide for administration of policies and regulations pertaining to the academic status of students; provide for planning and executing orderly registration and graduation of students; develop the academic calendar, semester schedule of classes and final examination schedules; maintain and secure student records; and provide counseling and certification to students and dependents of veterans receiving veteran benefits.

The specific responsibilities of the office are to collect and maintain academic information; conduct registration for regular degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students and continuing education students; process requests for veteran benefits; process the graduation of degree-seeking students; process change of grades and acceptance of transfer credits; prepare and distribute transcripts; maintain accurate academic, historical, biographical, and directory information; provide information and data for use and review by college deans, planning directors, vice presidents, the President, the Board of Governors, U.S. Department of Education, and other authorized personnel and agencies.

Residency Requirements for Tuition Purposes
For the purpose of assessing registration and tuition fees, students will be classified as "resident or nonresident." A "resident" for tuition purposes is a person who qualifies for the in-state tuition rate; a "nonresident" for tuition purposes is a person who does not qualify for the in-state tuition rate.

At Florida A&M University there are two offices responsible for the initial review of residency for tuition purposes under Florida Statute 1009.21. These offices are: The Office of Admissions and The Office of the University Registrar. The first office determines residency for all first-time-on-campus students; the Office of the University Registrar is the only office to which students can apply for changes in residency once they are enrolled. First-time-on-campus students will be classified in accordance with the information on their applications, including the "Florida Resident Affidavit" on the last page of the application, providing no other information is available calling into question the information on the application.


Have established a legal residence in this state and maintained that legal residence for 12 months prior to the first day of class in the term in which they are seeking Florida resident classification.


Submit the following documentation (in the case of a dependent student, the student must submit the-parent’s, spouse or legal guardian’s documentation) during the residency reclassification period which is one month prior to the first day of class for the term for which residency status is sought (note: the various summer terms are considered one semester for the purpose of establishing residency):
1)    Documentation establishing legal residence in Florida (this document must be dated at least one year prior to the first day of classes of the term for which resident status is sought). The following documents will be considered in determining legal residence:
a) Declaration of Domicile in Florida.
b) Proof of purchase of a home in Florida, which you occupy as your residence (warranty deed and homestead exemption).
c) Florida voter’s registration
d) Florida vehicle registration
e) Florida driver’s license; or a State of Florida identification card (non-drivers).
f) A letter on company letterhead from employer verifying permanent  full-time employment in Florida for the 12 consecutive months before classes begin.
g) A Florida professional or occupational licenses.
h) Florida business incorporation.
i) Any other factors peculiar to the individual which tend to establish the necessary intent to make Florida a permanent home and that the individual is a bona fide Florida resident, including the age and general circumstances of the individual.
2)     No contrary evidence establishing residence elsewhere.
3)    Documentation of dependent/independent status (copy of Internal Revenue Service tax return required).  
                   Become a legal resident and be married to a person, who has been a legal resident of the State of Florida for the required 12-month period,

                   Be an active member of the Armed Forces  (including National Guard) on active duty stationed in Florida, and/or active duty military whose home of record is Florida (or a    

                   Be a member of the full-time instructional or administrative staff  of a state public school, community college, or university in Florida, or a spouse or dependent,

                  Be a dependent and have lived five years with an adult relative who has established legal residence in Florida (provided the child has resided continuously with such relative for the five
                  years immediately prior to the child's initial enrollment in an institution of higher education),

                 Be a person who was enrolled as a Florida resident for tuition purposes at a Florida institution of higher education, but who abandoned Florida residency and then reenrolled in Florida
                 within 12 months of the abandonment,

                Be a Latin American/Caribbean scholar,

                Be a United States citizen living on the Isthmus of Panama and have completed 12 consecutive months of college work at the Florida State University Panama Canal Branch, or a spouse
                or dependent,

               Be an active member of the armed services (including the National Guard) of the United States and their spouse attending a public community college or university within 50 miles of the
               military establishment where there are stationed, if such military establishment is within a county contiguous to Florida,


               Be a graduate student of the Southern Regional Education Board’s Academic Common Market attending Florida’s state universities.

               Under FAC 6A-10.044 (Reciprocity between SUS and Public Community Colleges), the universities are not required to re-evaluate the classification for students who transfer from another
               public in-state institution,

               Be a full-time employee of a state agency or political subdivision of the state when student fees are paid by the state agency or political subdivision for the purpose of job related law
               enforcement or corrections training,

               Be a qualified beneficiary under the Florida Pre-Paid Postsecondary Expense Program per Florida Statues 240.551 (7) (a), if not otherwise eligible.

               Be a McKnight Fellowship Recipient,

Students are encouraged to stop by the Registrar’s Office, Room 103, Foote-Hilyer Administration Center and pick up a copy of the residency reclassification procedures document or view the “Request for Residency Reclassification on the Registrar’s web page (www.famu.edu/Academics/Registrar). This document explains the residency reclassification process, clarifies who is eligible for reclassification, states the documents required, and gives the time frame residency documents/packets will be received by the Registrar’s Office.

Additionally, students wishing to change from out-of-state residency for tuition purposes shall apply to the Admissions Office if they have not yet enrolled or to the University Registrar if they are already enrolled. If the request for reclassification and the necessary documentation are not received by the Registrar’s Office by the deadline specified in the University Calendar to be reclassified, the student will not be reclassified for that term and would need to request reclassification the following term.

Appeal from a determination denying "resident for tuition purposes" status may be initiated after appropriate administrative remedies are exhausted by filing a petition for review pursuant to Florida Statutes with the University Residency Appeals Committee.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

(Please see the "Student Records Management Procedures" section of this document)

Definition of Terms
Student – An individual for whom the educational institution maintains records. The term refers to a person who is or in the past has received academic credit from the University. “Student” does not include an individual who is or has been enrolled in non-credit, Continual Learning programs.

Enrolled Student – For the purpose of this document, this term refers to a student who has satisfied all the institution’s requirements for attendance in course offered for academic credit at the institution and is statistically represented in federal, state and/or local reports maintained by the educational institution.

Education Records (Academic Records)
– Any records maintained by the University and employees/agents of the University which contain personally identifiable information directly related to a student record, and used herein, includes any information or data recorded in any medium, including, but not limited to, handwriting, print, magnetic tapes and disks, film, microfilm and microfiche.

Student Records – Any information or data collected, recorded, or maintained in any medium (e.g., handwriting, print, tapes, films, files, microfilm, microfiche, and any other form of electronic data storage) on a student.

Directory Information – Information contained in an education record of a student that generally would not be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Items that can never be identified as directory information are a student’s social security number, citizenship, gender, religious preference, grades and GPA.

Personally Identifiable Information – Data or information which includes:
  • The name of the student, the student’s parents, or other family members;
  • The student’s addresses;
  • A personal identifier such as a social security number or any generated student number; or
  • A list of personal characteristics or other information that would allow the student’s identity to be traced.
School Officials (University Officials) – These are members of an institution who act in the student’s educational interest within the limitations of their “need to know.” Officials may include faculty, administration, clerical, and professional employees and other persons, including student employees or agents, who manage student education record information.

The University has also defined a school official to be any person currently serving as:
  • A member of the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE);
  • Under contract to the FLDOE of FGCU in any faculty or staff position;
  • A temporary substitute for a staff member or faculty member at FAMU for the period of his/her performance as a substitute member; and
  • A member of the FLDOE or under contract to the University to perform a special administrative task.  Such persons shall be considered to be school officials for the period of their performance as an employee or contractor.
Student Right to Know Act

To protect the rights of college students, the federal government has passed "The Student Right to Know Act." A prospective or continuing student at Florida A&M University has the right to certain information the university is required to provide by law. The following is a list of departments that maintain data as mandated by the federal government in order to be in compliance with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 and the Higher Education Amendments of 1992 and 1998. The information on the sites is also contained elsewhere in this publication. Please visit the university website (www.famu.edu), or departments for more information.

Center for Human Development
Learning Development and Evaluation Center
Athletic Department
Disability Services
Financial Aid
Institutional Research
University Registrar
Police Department

Consortia Relationships/Contractual Agreements

To ensure the quality of educational programs and courses offered through consortia relationships or contractual agreements, the University maintains ongoing compliance with the comprehensive requirements and evaluates the consortia relationship and/or agreement against the purpose of the institution. The University ensures that the quality of educational programs/courses offered through consortia relationships or contractual agreements is in keeping with its goals and mission. The following narrative provides evidence of compliance.

College Consortium for International Studies - FAMU is a member of the College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS), a partnership (of accredited two and four-year U.S. and foreign colleges and universities), which shares a commitment to developing a variety of international programs. Through these affiliations with CCIS and the Council for International Education & Exchanges, FAMU students can study in over 100 countries and in most fields. The coursework in these programs is reviewed by faculty in the discipline to ensure that academic integrity is maintained.

Articulation Agreement and Other Institutional Agreements - The University subscribes to the Articulation Agreement between the State University System and the Florida College System. Under this agreement, graduates of Florida’s public colleges are eligible for admission to non-limited access programs at a state university if the student has completed the university parallel program and has received the Associate of Arts degree. Additionally, the student will receive priority admission over out-of-state students. The agreement also ensures the transferability of courses that meet applicable requirements taken at the community colleges to the University.

The Articulation Agreement is overseen, monitored and assessed by the Florida Department of Education Articulation Coordinating Committee (ACC). The primary purpose of the ACC is to provide oversight to the articulation agreement by reconciling designated common prerequisite courses; building institution accountability for adhering to designated program prerequisites and advising students appropriately; surveying the faculty committees to determine the appropriateness of recommended changes in designated prerequisites; conducting a review of public institutions catalogs for verification of common program prerequisites; studying student participation in statewide agreements and conducting a review of current programs that may be candidates for statewide articulation. Additionally, the Office of Statewide Course Numbering System within the Florida Department of Education ensures that courses offered by all public institutions covered by the Articulation Agreement have similar course content and are taught by faculty who possess the appropriate credentials to teach the course.

Leon County High School Students Dual Enrollment Registration - The high school dual enrollment agreement between the Leon County School Board, the Board of Governors, the Florida Legislature and the University allows highly qualified high school students to be enrolled in a University level course(s). Students must possess a grade point average of 3.2 or better, certified by a high school counselor, and classified as a high school junior or senior. Students will be enrolled at no cost to either the student or to the district. The University shall waive application, matriculation and/or tuition fees for students admitted to either dual enrollment or early admissions. To remain eligible, the student must obtain a 2.0 grade point average in university course work.

The Leon county high school dual enrollment agreement is reviewed and re-authorized bi-annually by the Leon County School Board and the University. After review, the agreement must be signed by the Superintendent of the Leon County School System and the President of the University. The term stipulated in the agreement that allows qualified high school students to enroll at no cost is relevant and consistent with the University’s purpose and educational mission.

FAMU-FSU Cooperative Program - The University and Florida State University have a reciprocal agreement that allows students to participate in a cooperative program that permits students to take a limited course load across all academic disciplines at either University. The students must obtain permission of academic officials at both schools before enrollment can occur. No more than half of the credit hours taken by a student during a given term may be taken at FSU.

Florida State University is a fully accredited institution by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) with comprehensive educational programs that have been certified and validated by the Florida Department of Education and many other equivalent agencies.-

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Entomology - The Division of Agricultural Sciences offers a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Sciences and the Ph.D. degree in Entomology in cooperation with the University of Florida. This cooperation between the two Universities, in developing this innovative minority program, represents a historic achievement in the profession of entomology and a landmark in higher education for both Universities. The cooperative Ph.D. in Entomology has received strong support from a number of state and national societies, government agencies and industrial leaders. The Ph.D. is awarded by the University of Florida.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Nursing Science
- The University joined with the University of Florida to offer a cooperative Ph.D. in Nursing Science. Through this cooperative degree offering, students may access the University of Florida’s doctoral program on the campus of the University via an interactive audio-visual system. The Ph.D. degree is awarded by the University of Florida.

Florida Engineering Education Delivery System (FEEDS) - Florida Engineering Education Delivery System (FEEDS) was established by an act of the Florida Legislature to provide opportunity for graduate work from all SUS Engineering programs for Florida Professional Engineers so that they can earn a Master’s degree in Engineering while employed.

Admitted graduate students in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering who wish to participate in the Florida Engineering Education Delivery System (FEEDS) program must adhere to the following guidelines:
1.     Student shall earn at least fifty percent (50%) of all credits applied to the Masters program in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.
2.     A maximum of six hours can be transferred from universities outside the State University System (SUS).
3.     Student is in good academic standing i.e., GPA 3.00, not on suspension.

FAMU registration policies and procedures, including final examination schedules, are published on the University website.

Registration - Dates are listed in the university calendar section of this catalog. Students are responsible for complying with all regulations governing registration, change-of-schedules (drop/add), tuition payment, and other requirements described either in this bulletin or advised by the administration. Every registrant must arrange a class schedule with a faculty adviser at the time and place designated.

Web Registration - Students are encouraged to take advantage of the university’s web registration system iRattler via www.famu.edu. Students are able to register for classes from home or anywhere in the world. Students may consult the schedule of class section of the website at www.famu.edu for detailed instructions.

Web Registration-Students are encouraged to take advantage of the university’s web registration system iRattler via www.famu.edu. Students are able to register for classes from home or anywhere in the world. Students may consult the schedule of class section of the website at www.famu.edu for detailed instructions.

Failure to register for a course or courses by the close of the formal registration period (The registration period prior to the first day of classes) will result in the assessment of a late registration fee of $100. No student will be permitted to register after "the last day to register," as listed in the university calendar, unless appropriate approval is granted.

The payment of all expenses and fees is a part of registration. Students are not officially enrolled or registered until all necessary fees are paid and validated by the Office of Student Financial Services.  Students are fee liable if they fail to drop/withdraw from classes on or before the end of add/drop.  See the current university calendar at the Registrar’s web page (www.famu.edu/Academics/Registrar).

Non-Degree Registration - An individual interested in taking course(s) but not working toward a degree may register as a Non-degree seeking student, provided he or she has not been denied admission to the university. The Non-degree seeking student is required to follow the regular registration procedures and pay the same fees as other students. In addition, a Non-degree seeking Student Registration form must be completed and submitted before or at the time of registration. Non-degree seeking undergraduate students are limited to earning 30 credit hours, and Non-degree seeking graduate students are limited to earning 12 credit hours. Registration is on a space available basis.

It should be remembered that credits earned by non-degree students are not to be considered degree credits. In order to receive degree credits, the student must submit an application for admission and the required $20 fee and qualify for admissions to a degree program. To qualify, all non-degree seeking students registering for undergraduate courses must have graduated from a high school or received a G.E.D. Exceptions will be considered on an individual basis.

Florida College System Dual Enrollment Registration - The student must obtain approval from the designated representatives of the institution. Florida College System students must have degree seeking status at the college and possess at least a 2.00 grade point average. The student will be expected to follow prescribed registration procedures in the Non-degree seeking Student Registration section of the Schedule of Classes.

Leon County High School Students Dual Enrollment Registration - In accordance with State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.241 FAC, a high school student with the recommendation of the high school principal may be considered for early admission to Florida A&M University as a dual enrollment/early admission credit-earning student for any term of the academic year and have the tuition waived.  The college credit earned will be used toward high school requirements for graduation and will become official college credit upon presentation of evidence of high school graduation.

To receive dual enrollment credit, students must adhere to the rules and regulations of the Leon County School Board, the Board of Governors, and the Florida Legislature. The student must be currently enrolled in a secondary school operated by the Leon County School Board. The student must also possess a grade point average of 3.2 or better, certified by a high school counselor, and classified as a high school junior or senior. Students will be enrolled at no cost to either the student or to the district. The University shall waive application, matriculation and/or tuition fees for students admitted to either dual enrollment or early admissions. To remain eligible, the student must obtain a 2.0 grade point average in university course work. Students in Leon County public high schools interested in dual enrollment course work should consult their guidance counselor for further information.

FAMU-FSU Cooperative Program

Florida A&M University and Florida State University are participants in a cooperative program that permits students enrolled at either institution to take a limited load at the other institution as follows:
I.     Permission is to be given by the academic adviser and dean of the student’s home university and by the chairperson of the department in which the course is to be taken at the host university.
II.    No more than half of the credit hours taken by a student during a given term may be taken at FSU.
III.   Whenever possible within FAMU  policy, courses taken at FSU may be graded on an S-U basis.
IV.   Courses taken at FSU should be those not offered at FAMU.
V.    Student credit hours generated by students taking courses at FSU are treated the same as credits taken at FAMU.
VI.  All fees are paid at FAMU.  Students will not be required to pay additional registration fees for courses taken at FSU.

Pick up an application for the FAMU-FSU COOP from the Registration Office, Suite 111 FHAC and have it approved by your department and the dean.

Stop by the FAMU HEALTH CENTER and request a copy of your Immunization records (show proof of your immunization records to THAGARD HEALTH CENTER AT FSU). Bring the health clearance from FSU to regular registration.

Secure an approval on your FAMU-FSU COOP registration form or an add/drop slip from the FSU department for the course to which you wish to register.

Please note that you will not be able to register for courses at FSU if you are on a financial hold at either university. In order to register, you must present a clearance from FSU Student Accounts Office before your COOP forms are processed for registration.

State Employees With Fee Waivers - All State Employees who are granted fee waivers are welcome to Florida A&M University to register for six credit hours on a “space available basis only.” (FS 1009.265)

All State Employees must obtain and complete a “State Employee Tuition Waiver-Intent to Apply” and a “State Employee Tuition Waiver Registration” form by the required deadline.

State employees may only register for courses approved by their immediate supervisor, agency head and the University.

Fee waivers may not be used for thesis, dissertation, applied music courses, internship, courses requiring directed individual instruction,  limited access programs (courses offered in the Colleges and Schools of Law, Journalism, Architecture, Pharmacy, and Nursing) and online courses for Distance Learning.
State employees using fee waivers must:
1)    Present the approved tuition waiver forms to the registration representative.
2)    Complete the one-page Non-Degree Seeking Student Application form. The form may be obtained from the Registrar’s website at www.famu.edu. (This form will not be necessary
        if you were enrolled the previous semester or have been admitted to a degree program).
3).    Complete a class schedule request form provided by the registration representative(s).
4).    Submit the class schedule request form to the registration representative.
5).    Pick up the class schedule printout and check for accuracy. Then request the late fee waiver from the registration representative and attach to your schedule printout.
6).    Go directly to Student Financial Services and turn the approved tuition waiver form for fee validation in the Foote-Hilyer Administration Center (G-7).
7).    If your fees are not validated by the end of the payment deadline, you will be assessed a $100 late payment/reinstatement fee.
Please contact the Registrar’s Office at (850) 599-3115 if you have questions or need additional information.

Tuition-Free Courses for Persons 60 Years of Age and Older

Individuals who are 60 years of age and older and are residents of the State of Florida are permitted to take courses on a tuition-free basis. All fees are waived for this group of citizens who attend credit classes. Registration will be processed upon presentation of a proof of residency and proof of age.

Under this option, registration is allowed on a space available basis only and does not include thesis, dissertation, applied music courses, internships, courses requiring directed individual instruction,  limited access programs courses offered in the Colleges and Schools of Law, Journalism, Architecture, Pharmacy, and Nursing and online courses for Distance Learning. Certain courses require permission of the department for enrollment. Individuals who wish to register in permission courses must go to the department offering the class and get a permission/ signature prior to going to the registration center.

Registration dates and procedures are the same as those listed for state employees.

Registration Requirements and Procedures

Registration Holds - A student’s registration is placed on hold based on a variety of financial and administrative reasons. Students are notified of registration holds prior to each registration period and are required to clear all holds before being allowed to register. Please see the University website for a detailed description of all hold codes.  Students can view the holds applied to their records in iRattler (www.famu.edu).  Click on the ‘Details’ link on the Student Center to obtain details about the hold.

Auditing Course(s) - A student may register to audit a course(s) on a space available basis. Admission to Florida A&M University is not required, and no credit will be given for audited courses. To audit a course the student must (1) fill out a class schedule request form and enter an “A” in the “AUD” column of the form and (2) obtain the approval of the instructor of the course. The instructor must sign in the permission/signature column opposite the course. The student must register and pay the appropriate fee for the course(s). Registration for audit may not be changed from audit to credit, or vice versa, after the first week of classes.

Class Schedule Changes (Add/Drop) - Changes in class schedules may be made only with consent of the advisor and the dean of the college or school in which the student is registered. No changes in class schedules may be made after the date stipulated in the calendar for making changes. The time limit for adding or dropping a course is published in the University calendar.  After the published date for add and drop students are fee liable for registered courses.

No student will receive credit for any course or courses for which the student is not properly registered, though the student may have attended class and a grade was reported to the university registrar.

Curriculum Changes - In response to changes in education and consistent with occasional changes in certification requirements, the curriculum of one or several divisions or departments may change; such changes may extend the normal time of course requirements for a degree. A student who has been in regular attendance and has taken and passed the prescribed program of work each term may expect to obtain a degree normally in eight semesters. Any other student may be required to spend longer periods of time and must meet any added requirements introduced in the curriculum, including but not limited to non-credit requirements, grade point average and total number of credit hours required.

The curriculum in the catalog of the year in which the student enters the university or a Florida public college is the one under which he or she should normally obtain the degree if there has been no break in enrollment. Students are encouraged to consult their academic chair/advisor for more information.

Major and Minor Fields of Study - Every student fulfilling the requirements for a degree from the university is required to earn a “major.”  The major must meet the approval of the department in which it is earned.  Students seeking double majors must meet the requirements of both departments.  Courses to be counted for the minor must be approved by the division chairperson and the dean of the school.

Major Changes - Students may transfer from one department to another or from one school to another with the written approval of the department chairs and deans concerned.

If a student intends to change his/her major within his present School/College or to a different School/College, he must first meet with his current advisor and complete a change of Major Form.  Then meet with an advisor in the department of his/her intended major. If accepted by the new College/School, the new Dean or his designee will complete the Change of Major form.  The designated Major Change person in the academic area will complete the process in the system.  If the student has not been accepted into the new department by registration time, the student must seek advisement from his/her current faculty advisor.

The list below shows academic areas and requirements for change of major:



 Admission GPA/Course Requirements
Allied Health SciencesAllN/A
ArchitectureAllLimited Access – Minimum  GPA:  2.5
Arts and SciencesAfrican-American StudiesN/A
 Computer Info. ScienceN/A
 Computer Info. SystemsN/A
 Criminal JusticeN/A
 English"B" Average in ENC 1101 and 1102
 Fine ArtsN/A
 Jazz StudiesN/A
 MusicEntrance Examination
 Philosophy and ReligionN/A
 Political ScienceN/A
 Social WorkN/A
Arts and SciencesSociologyN/A
 Theatre/Visual ArtsN/A
Business and IndustryAccounting and Business Administration"B" or better in ENC 1102 or equivalent, Financial Accounting and Business Calculus
EducationAllStatutory Requirement - Minimum GPA: 2.5
EngineerngAll"C" or higher in EGN 1004L, Calculus I & II, General Chemistry 1 & General Physics I (For Chemical and Biomedical Eng., General Chemistry II is required instead of Physics I)
Environmental SciencesEnvironmental ScienceN/A
Journalism Journalism and Public Relations (not Graphic Communication or Graphic Design)Limited Access - Minimum GPA: 2.5 & 2.5 in freshman composition
NursingNursingLimited Access - Minimum GPA: 2.7, complete all general education courses
PharmacyAll Minimum GPA: 2.75 and "C" or better in prerequisite courses

Double Major - Students are permitted to declare double majors by obtaining a memorandum from the second major department signed by the department chair indicating that the student has been accepted in the program. Students must satisfy requirement for graduation in each major in order to receive degrees in both majors. See requirement for double major elsewhere in this publication.

Academic Load - Some colleges/schools have a maximum or minimum load which is stated in the respective curriculum sections of this catalog. The normal load for a student is 15-18 credit hours.

Academic Status
- For the Fall and Spring Terms, undergraduate students are considered full-time if they are enrolled for 12 hours or more. For the Fall and Spring Terms, graduate students are considered full-time if they are enrolled for 9 hours or more. During the Summer Term, undergraduate students are considered full-time if enrolled for 9 hours or more; graduate students are considered full-time if enrolled for 6 hours or more.

All students who are recipients of financial aid may be required to maintain full-time loads as indicated above. The minimum load for full-time benefits from the Veterans Administration is 12 credit hours.

Excess Credit Hours

Students who entered Florida A&M University (FAMU), including transfer students, for the first time in the 2009-2010 academic year and thereafter, will be required to pay an “excess hour surcharge equal to 50 percent of the tuition rate for each credit hour in excess of 120 percent of the number of credit hours required to complete the baccalaureate degree program in which the student is enrolled”.  FS 1009.286.

For example, a student who is enrolled at FAMU and working towards a Bachelor's degree requiring 120 hours to complete will be required to pay a surcharge of 50 percent of the current tuition rate for any hours taken above 144.

Effective July 1, 2011, students, who enter for the first time in the 2011-2012 academic years and thereafter, will be required to pay a tuition surcharge for excess hour’s equal to100 percent of the tuition rate for each credit hour in excess of 115 percent of the credit hours required for a baccalaureate degree,. (SB 2150). 

For example a student completing a 120 credit hour degree program will be required to pay a 100 percent of the current tuition rate above 138 credit hours.

When calculating the number and types of hours to be included in the excess hour surcharge all credit hours for courses attempted at Florida A&M University for which the student is seeking a baccalaureate degree will be considered; including:

-    Failed courses;
-    Courses that are dropped or withdrawn from after the university's advertised last day of drop/add period except for courses from which a student withdrew due to reasons of medical or personal
-    Repeated courses, except repeated courses for which the student has paid the full cost of instruction (Repeat course charge);
-    All credit hours earned at another institution and accepted for transfer by Florida A&M University and applied toward the student's baccalaureate degree program; and
-    Graduate credit that is attempted for completion of a baccalaureate degree. Credit that is used solely for the graduate degree will not be included.

Credit hours that will not be calculated in the tuition surcharge for excess hours include:

-     College credits earned through an articulated accelerated mechanism, such as AP, IB, CLEP, AICE, DANTE, Excelsior, or Dual enrollment.
-     Credit hours earned through internship programs.
-     Credit hours required for certification, recertification, or certificate programs.
-     Credit hours in courses from which a student must withdraw due to reasons of medical or personal hardship.
-     Credit hours taken by active-duty military personnel. Students will be required to submit documentation of their active duty status.
-     Credit hours required to achieve a dual major taken while pursuing a baccalaureate degree.
-     Remedial and English as a Second Language credit hours. This includes Foreign language courses taken by a student in order to meet State University System requirement
-     Credit hours earned in military science courses that are part of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program.

Students are strongly advised to meet with their academic advisor to avoid attempting credit hours in excess of the credit hours required for their particular baccalaureate degree program.


Academic Progress Policy-Undergraduate

A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required for graduation. Thus, it is desirable that each student earns at least 2.0 term average during each period of enrollment at the university. A student who maintains a cumulative average of 2.0 or better will not be subject to academic suspension. However, in any term in which the student’s cumulative average drops below 2.0, some appropriate action is taken, i.e. warning, probation, suspension, or dismissal. Minimum standards for academic progress are as follows:

Lower Level Students
A.   (0-29 hours attempted) A freshman student whose cumulative average is less than 2.0 will be permitted to remain at the university under continuous counseling and academic advisement. The student will receive a warning each period of enrollment that his or her term average falls below 2.0. If the cumulative average is below 2.0 after 29 hours attempted, the student will be placed on academic probation and must earn a minimum of a 2.0 term average during the next period of enrollment. Failure to do so will result in academic suspension from the university.

B.    (30-59 hours attempted) A sophomore student must maintain a 2.0 term average, but no action will be taken as long as the cumulative average is 2.0 or above. Otherwise, a student who fails to earn a 2.0 term average will be placed on probation the first time and suspended any term thereafter that a 2.0 term average is not earned.
Upper Level Students (60 hours and above attempted)
At the end of 59 hours attempted, a student must have a 2.0 cumulative average and maintain it each term. A student whose cumulative average is less than 2.0, but who earns at least a 2.0 term average, will be allowed to remain in school but placed on probation. Failure to earn a term average of at least 2.0, with the cumulative average being below 2.0, will result in probation or suspension.

Academic Probation, Suspension, and Dismissal
The first time a student fails to meet the minimum standards of progress; he or she will be placed on academic probation. All subsequent failures to meet minimum standards of progress will result in academic suspension of at least one (1) semester. A student will only be permitted to return to the university following 2 academic suspensions. The third academic suspension is a permanent suspension or dismissal.

Standards of Academic Progress - Undergraduate Students

Procedures for Petitioning for Readmission
A student who has been permanently suspended (dismissed) from the university for academic reasons must remain out for two (2) terms and may petition the office of admissions for readmission during the second term of his or her suspension. Any petition for readmission must be filed at least (6) weeks prior to the beginning of the term in which the student wishes to re-enroll.

The student’s readmission petition file will be made up by the office of admissions and must contain:
1.    A letter of petition for readmission from the student
2.    Letters of recommendation for readmission from:
       a.    The student’s academic adviser
       b.    The student’s department head
       c.    The student’s dean
       d.    An academic plan from the student's advisor
       e.    Any other letter(s) of support the student wishes to submit.

The student must request that these individuals send letters on his or her behalf to the Director of Admissions, Room G-9, Foote Hilyer Administration Building, Florida A&M University.

3.    A copy of the student’s academic record obtained from the university registrar.
The student’s readmission petition file will be forwarded to the university Admissions Committee for review. This committee will recommend approval or disapproval to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The decision made on the student’s readmission will be final.

If the student is readmitted, the student may re-enter the major he/she was in when last enrolled or use the procedure under "Change of Major" to enter a different major. In the event that the major a readmitted student was in when last enrolled is now either dormant or terminated, the student will not be readmitted into the last major, but will need to seek acceptance into a currently offered major.

Transfer of Credits
A student who has attended any regionally accredited college or university and has earned 12 or more semester hours is considered a transfer student when applying to enter Florida A&M University. Transfer students admitted to FAMU are required to have official copies of their transcripts from previous institutions on file in the Admissions Office prior to evaluation. Credits are transferred based on the following:
1.    The institution from which the student wishes to transfer is regionally accredited.
2.    The overall  grade point average is 2.00 or better on the transfer transcript.
3.    The grades of individual courses to be transferred are “C” or better, or “S” or “P”.
The academic records of transfer students will be evaluated prior to the student’s arrival on the University Campus if admitted three weeks prior to the term beginning.

Credits earned from Florida public institutions will be evaluated on the basis of the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System. Those courses considered equivalent will be accepted for transfer credit at the level at which the course was classified by the institution originally awarding the credit. Courses are considered equivalent when the prefix and the last three numerical digits of the course number are the same.

Any student who transfers among postsecondary institutions that are fully accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and that participate in the statewide course numbering system shall be awarded credit by the receiving institution for courses satisfactorily completed by the student at the previous institutions. Credit shall be awarded if the courses are judged by the appropriate statewide course numbering system.

I.    Transient Students: Florida A&M University students who are permitted to attend other institutions for a term must obtain a transient form from their academic area and secure appropriate signatures prior to leaving FAMU. Students who attend other institutions without permission from their academic area may not have their credits accepted. Transient forms are approved based on the following:
  • The institution the student wishes to attend is regionally accredited or includes requirements as stipulated above.
  • Student is in good standing at FAMU (G.P.A.  2.00 or better; not administratively suspended).
  • Student has no financial obligation to the university (not on cashier’s hold).
  • Transient application is turned in prior to term for which the student is applying.
II.   Correspondence Courses: Correspondence course work may be accepted if the credits appear on the transcript of a regionally accredited institution and the earned grade is “C” or better. The State University System of Florida offers courses by correspondence through the division of Continuing Education of the University of Florida.

NOTE: Applicability of transferred credits toward a degree program will be determined by the individual school or college.

III.   Acceleration Programs: Florida A&M University encourages students to take advantage of opportunities to reduce the usual length of time it takes to complete a degree program. The university has established several avenues which permit a reduction in the normal amount of time required to complete the requirements for a baccalaureate degree. Each baccalaureate degree program is so designed that students are afforded an opportunity to complete a minimum of twenty-five percent of degree requirements through acceleration mechanisms. These programs include dual enrollment, credit by examination, early admission to the university, the year-around calendar, and any combinations of the above acceleration mechanism.

These opportunities include the following:
1.    Dual Enrollment
       This program allows eligible high school students to earn college level credits in a college or university
2.    Credit by Examination
       Students who are enrolled or plan to enroll at FAMU may earn credit for certain introductory courses through the following credit by examination programs:
       A. Advanced Placement Program (AP)
       B. College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
       C. International Baccalaureate Program (IB)
       D. DANTES
       E. Department Examinations and Dean Waivers
       F.  Military Service School
      G. Excelsior

Experiential Learning: 
Awarding Credit on a Non-Credit Basis -The University considers experiential learning as learning that occurs outside its own educational programs. Other than awarding credit through mechanisms such as nationally recognized credit by exams such as CLEP (see above) and departmental exams denoted below and the award of credit for attainment of National Board Teacher Certification, FAMU does not award credit for experiential learning.

The only experiential learning for which the University grants credit is for formal learning experiences that are part of the curriculum of a degree program, such as internships, clinical courses, cooperative education and practicum. These experiences are supervised by program faculty in collaboration with supervisors at the internship/clinical site and are evaluated if credit is to be awarded.

Professional Certification/Departmental Exams/Deans Waiver-Academic departments may offer students opportunities to receive credits through departmental course examinations. Individual departments determine if and when a student can take advantage of this opportunity. Academic deans may determine if course/courses may be waived or if credit may be awarded for students based on professional certification and documented proficiency in an area of study. Such waiver and/or credit must be approved by the academic Department Chair, Dean, Registrar and Provost. In the case of academic credit being awarded to students with National Board Teacher Certification, the department chair and dean of the College of Education must evaluate the certificate and portfolio for the National Board Teacher Certification. The Dean and Department Chair will make a formal recommendation to the Registrar who will award elective credit in a specific academic area within the College of Education. The recommendation from the College of Education must contain a statement that attests to the fact that the National Board Teacher Certification certificate and portfolio have been evaluated by appropriate officials within the College of Education.

Credit-By-Examination List
(AP, CLEP, IB, DANTES, Excelsior)
Advanced Placement Exam
Passing ScoreFAMU EquivalentMin. # Credit Hours Acc.
Art History 3 ARH 2000 3
  4 ARH2050/ARH 2051 6
Biology 3 or 4 BSC 1005C 
   or BSC 1005/1005L 4
  5 BSC1010C 
   or BSC 1010/1010L 
   and BSC 1010C 
   or BSC 1010/1011L 8
Calculus (AB) 3 or higher MAC 2311 4
Calculus (BC) 3 MAC 2311 4
  4 or higher MAC 2311/MAC 2312 8
Chemistry 3  
   or CHM 1015/1015L 4
  4 CHM 1045C 
   or CHM 1045/1045L 4
  5 or CHM 1045/1045L 
   CHM 1045/1045L and CHM 1046/1046L 8
Computer Science (A) 3 CGS 10623
Computer Science(AB) 3 CGS 1062 3
Economics: Macro 3 ECO 2013 3
Economics: Micro 3 ECO 2023 3
English Lang. & Comp. 3 ENC 1101 3
 4 or higher ENC 1101 & ENC 1102 6
English Lit. & Comp. 3 ENC 1101 3
  4 ENC 1101 and either ENC 1102 or LIT 2110 6
Environmental Science 3 or higher EVR 1001 3
European History3 EUH 2001 3
 4 EUH 2001 & 2009 6
French3 FRE 1120 4
 4 or 5 FRE 1120 & 1121 8
French Literature3-4 FRE 3350 3
  5 FRE 3350 & 3 credits of Introductory Lit. 6
German 3 GER 1120 4
German 4 or 5 GER 1120 & GER 1121 8
German Literature 3 -4 GER 3300 3
  5 GER 3300 & 3 credits of Introductory Lit. 6
Govt. & Politics: Comparative 3CPO 2002 3
Human Geography 3 GEO 1400 3
Latin (Vergil) 3 or higher LAT 1120 3
Latin (Literature) 3 or higher LAT 1120 3
Music Theory 3 or higher MUT 1121 or (oral/non-oral = 3 or higher) 
Physics B 3 PHY 2053C or PHY 2053/2053L 4
  4 or higherPHY 2053C or PHY 2053/2053L and PHY 2054C or PHY 2054/2054L 8
Physics C: Electricity/Magnetism 3 PHY 2054C or PHY 2054/2054L 4
  4 or higher PHY 2049C or PHY 2049/2049L 4
Physics C: Mechanics 3 PHY 2053C or PHY 2053/2053L 4
  4  PHY 2048C or PHY 2048/2048L 4
Psychology 3 or hginer PSY 2012 3
Spanish 3 SPN 1120 4
  4 or 5 SPN 1120 & SPN 1121 8
Statistics 3 or higher STA 2023 
Studio Art:   
 Drawing Portfolio 3 or higher No direct equivalent 3
 2-D Design Portfolio 3 No direct equivalent 3
 3-D Design Portfolio 3 No direct equivalent 3
United States History 3 AMH 2010 3
  4 AMH 2010 & AMH 2020 6
World History 3 or higher WOH 1022 3
CLEP Passing Score FAMU Equivalent Min. # Credit Hours Acc.
Accounting, Principles of 50 ACG 2021 3
Algebra, College 50 MAC 1105 3
Algebra-Trig., College 50 MAC 1114 4
American Government 50 POS 2041 3
American Literature 50 AML 2010 3
  >50 AML 2010 & AML 3122 or AML 3041 6
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 or higher No direct equivalent. Recommend American or English Literature exams 
Biology, General > or = 50 BSC1005 (No Lab Credit) 3
Business Law, Intro. to > or = 50 BUL 2241 3
Calculus w/Elem. Func. > or = 50 MAC 2233 3
Chemistry, General > or = 50 CHM 1045 (No Lab) 3
Educational Psychology, Intro. to > or = 50EDP 2002 3
English Composition w/Essay > or = 50 ENC 1101 3
English Literature 50 ENL 3013 3
English Literature > or = 50 ENL 3013 & ENL 3034 3
French 50 FRE 1120 4
French 52 FRE 1120 & FRE 1121 8
Freshman Composition  No direct equivalent. Recommend English Composition w/Essay Instead 
German 50 GER 1120 4
German 63 GER 1120 & GER 1121 8
History of the U.S. I: Early Colonizations to 1877 > 50 AMH 2010 3
History of the U.S. II: 1865 to Present > 50 AMH 2020 3
Human Growth & Development > 50 DEP 2004 3
Humanities > or = 50 No direct equivalent. Interdisciplinary exam: 50% Literature and 50% Fine Art 3
Information Systems and Computer Applications > or = 50 CGS 1120 OR CGS 1162 3
Macroeconomics, Principles > or = 50 ECO 2013 3
Management, Principles of > or = 50 MAN 3025 3
Marketing, Principles of > or = 50 MAR 3023 3
Mathematics, College > or = 50 MGF 1107 3
Microeconomics, Principles of > 50 ECO 2023 3
Natural Science > or = 50 Interdisciplinary exam: 50% Biological Science & 50% Physical Science 3
Psychology, Introductory > 50 PSY 2012 3
Social Science and History > or = 50 Interdisciplinary exam: 50% History & 50% Social Sciences 3
Sociology, Introductory > or = 50 SYG 2000 3
Spanish 50 SPN 1120 4
Spanish 54 SPN 1120 or SPN 1121 8
Trigonometry > or = 50 MAC 1114 3
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 > 50 EUH 2001 3
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present > 50 EUH 2009 3
International BaccalaureatePassing ScoreFAMU EquivalentMin. # Credit Hours Acc.
Biology 4* BSC 1005C or BSC 1005/1005L 4
Biology 5 or higher BSC 1010/1010L & BSC 1011/1011L 8
Chemistry 4* CHM 1020C or CHM 1020/1020L 4
Chemistry 5 or higher CHM 1020C and CHM 1045C or CHM 1020/1020L & CHM 1045/1045L 8
Computer Science 4* CGS 1162 3
Computer Science 5 or higher CGS 1162 & one CGS elective course 6
Design Engineering 4* ETI 2410 3
Design Engineering 5 or higher ETI 2410 & one ETI elective course 6
Economics 4* ECO 2013 3
Economics 5 or higher ECO 2013 & ECO 2023 6
English A1
English A1
5 or higher
 ENC 1101
ENC 1101 & ENC 1102
Environmental Systems 4* ISC 2050 3
Environmental Systems 5 or higher ISC 2050 6
French 4* FRE 1120 & FRE 1121 8
French 5 - 7 FRE 1120, FRE 1121 & FRE 2220 12
Further Mathematics (Advanced Mathematics) 4* MGF 1106 3
Further Mathematics (Advanced Mathematics) 5 or higher MGF 1106 & MGF 1107 6
Geography 4* GEO 1200 3
Geography 5 or higher GEO 1200 & GEO 1400 6
German 4* GER 1120 & GER 1121 8
German 5  - 7 GER 1120 & GER 1121 & GER 3300 12
History 4* WOH  1012 3
History 5 or higher WOH 1012 & 3 credits of lower-level History elective 6
Math Methods 4* MAC 1105 3
Math Methods 5 MAC 1105 & MAC 1147 6
Math Methods 6 - 7 MAC 1147 & MAC 2233 6
Math Studies 4* MAT 1033 3
Math Studies 5 or higher MAT 1033 & MGF 1106 6
Mathematics 4* MAC 1147 4
Mathematics 5 MAC 1147 & MAC 2233 7
Mathematics 6 -7 MAC 2233 & MAC 2311 7
Music 4* MUL 2111 3
Philosophy 4* No direct equivalent 3
Philosophy 5 No direct equivalent
 Physics 4*PHY 2048/2048L 4
Physics 5 PHY 2048/2048L & PHY 2049/2049L 8
Physics6 -7 PHY 2053C or PHY 2053/2053L & PHY 2054C or PHY 2054/2054L 8
 Psychology4*PSY 2012 3
Psychology 5 - 7 PSY 2012 & one additional PSY course6
Social Anthropology 4* ANT 2410 3
Social Anthropology 5 - 7 ANT 2410 & one additional ANT course 6
Spanish 4* SPN 1120 & SPN 1121 8
Spanish 5 - 7 SPN 1120, SPN 1121 & SPN 2220 12
Theatre Arts 4* THE 2000 3
Theatre Arts 5 - 7 THE 2000 & 3 hours of elective credit 6
Visual Arts 4* No direct equivalent 3
Visual Arts 5 - 7 No direct equivalent 6
 DANTES Standardized Test - 3 Semester Hours
Per Exam
 Score FAMU Equivalent 
 Business Math 48 QMB 2100 
 Criminal Justice 49 CCJ 2010 
 Environment and Humanity 46 EVR 3017 
 Foundations of Education 46 EDF 3604 
 Fundamental of Counseling >45 FAD 4601 
 General Anthropology 47 ANT 2000 
 Here's to Your Health 48 HSC 1100 
 Human/Cultural Geography 48 GEO 1400 
 Introduction to Business 46 GEB 1011 
 Introduction to Law Enforcement 45 CCJ 3101 
 Lifespan Dev. Psychology >46 DEP 2004 
 Money and Banking 48 EDO 4223 
Physical Geology46GLY 2001 
Prin. of Financial Accounting49ACG 2021 
Prin. of Physical Science I> 47PSC 1121 
Prin. of Statistics48STA 2023 
Check at http://www.getcollegecredit.com/materials.html for more information.
Excelsior College Exam
Min. Score
 FAMU Equivalent 
Abnormal Psychology**CLP 4142 
English Composition**
ENC 1101 for C
ENC 1101 & ENC 1102 or B (6 credits)
Ethics: Theory and Practice*PHI 3601 
Foundations of Gerontology*GEY 2000 
Human Resources Management**MAN 4301 
Life Span Developmental Psychology**DEP 2004 
Microbiology**MCB 3005C or MCB 3010 (if biology major) 
Psychology of Adulthood and Aging**SOP 3004 
 **Scores are based on the CLEP cut score for subject examinations.

Note:  A maximum of 30 semester hours of credit by-examination may be transferred. Credits earned on similar courses taken at FAMU or other examinations (e.g, AP, CLEP, IB, DANTES, or Excelsior) may not be accepted or duplicated. 

Military Services Schools
Florida A&M University recognizes the recommendations for college level credits published by the American Council on Education (ACE): The Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Students with military experiences are encouraged to forward their military transcripts to the Registrar’s Office or the Department of Military Service for evaluation. Credits may be awarded for completed Military Service School Courses on the basis of the ACE guide. Recommendations by ACE are not binding on the University. By submitting DD Form 214 or its equivalent, students may receive Health and Physical Education credits.

International Students: Florida A&M University may award credits for student’s prior academic course work from a recognized institution in their parent country. Credits may also be awarded as credit by examination from the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (A-level G.C.E.) if a student earned a grade of “C” or better for introductory courses.

Note: No credit is awarded for G.C.E. “General papers”.  FAMU utilizes and recognizes official evaluations for International students prepared by Foreign Credentialing Agencies like
Silny and Associates or World Educational Services. Such evaluations must be submitted directly to the University.

Graduate/Professional (Law) Students-FAMU also accepts transfer credits for graduate students where the transfer of graduate level courses must be determined by the individual academic departments. A maximum of six graduate level credit hours with a grade of “B” or better may be accepted from a regionally accredited institution. Additionally, six credit hours of elective credits may be granted to students who are fully admitted to graduate degree status in the College of Education for possession of National Board Teacher Certification. A maximum of six semester hours of 4000 level courses may be included in the requirements for a graduate degree of Education. The above also applies to students enrolled in the Specialists, Law and Doctoral Programs (excluding the PharmD).

Academic Progress-Graduate
Graduate students are required to maintainn a grade point average of 3.00 "B" or better. Failure to maintain the required "B" average could result in termination of a graduate student's status. Monitoring of academic progress of graduate students occurs in the academic department.

Honor Roll-The Honor Roll listing shall include those students who are enrolled full-time in college-level degree credit earning courses, who earn grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better, and  cumulative GPA of  2.5 or better.

Dean’s List-The Dean’s List shall include those students who are enrolled full-time in college-level degree credit earning courses, who earn a 3.5 or above semester GPA and who’s cumulative GPA is 3.0 or above.

President’s List-The President’s List shall include those students who are enrolled full-time in college-level degree credit earning courses, who have attained a perfect 4.0 semester GPA  and whose cumulative GPA is 3.5 or above.  A student may appear on only one academic honors list each semester.

Eligibility for Academic Honors- Only undergraduate students are eligible for academic honors.  A student may appear on only one of the academic honors listing each semester.

Ineligibility for Academic Honors- A student who receives a “U” during the semester is not eligible to receive an academic honor.

Class Attendance Regulations

Students are expected to make the most of the educational opportunities available by regularly attending classes and laboratory periods. The university reserves the right to address individual cases of non-attendance.

Students are responsible for all assignments, quizzes, and examinations at the time they are due and may not use their absence from class as a plea for extensions of time to complete assignments or for permission to take make-up examinations or quizzes.

Absence from class for cause: (a) participation in recognized university activities, (b) personal illness properly certified, or (c) emergencies caused by circumstances over which the student has no immediate control may be excused by the dean or director of the unit in which the student is enrolled.

Specifically, the class attendance regulations will apply to all students as follows:

A student will be permitted one unexcused absence per credit hour of the course he or she is attending. A student exceeding the number of unexcused absences may be dropped from the course and assigned the grade of “F.” Students may be readmitted to the class with the dean’s and the instructor’s permission.

Voluntary and Involuntary Withdrawal from the University: (Regulation of Florida A&M University 2.007)

(1) Voluntary Withdrawal-- A student who desires to voluntarily withdraw from the University must report to his or her assigned academic advisor and explain the circumstances which he/she feels necessitates the withdrawal. If the request is approved, a Request for Voluntary Withdrawal Form, which is incorporated herein by this reference, will be completed and signed by the student, academic advisor, academic department chair and academic dean. The Voluntary Withdrawal forms are available in the academic area.

(2) Once the voluntary withdrawal process has been initiated, the student is required to complete the Housing and Rattler Card Office cancellation forms. The student must relinquish all residence hall keys to the Residence Hall Director and his/her meal plan card to the Office of Auxiliary Services after completing the appropriate cancellation forms. The withdrawal form must then be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. Advisors should also refer students to the Office of Financial Aid for an exit interview if the student receives Financial Aid.

(3) No student will be permitted to file a Voluntary Withdrawal Form within the last five weeks of the semester without receiving failing grades, unless unusual circumstances, as determined by the University Voluntary Withdrawal Committee, are established.

(4) Any student who voluntarily withdraws from the University during the registration or late registration period will not receive grades at the end of the semester. Those who officially withdraw after the last day to register will receive a grade of “W” at the end of the semester. A grade of “W” * for each course will be assigned to any student who leaves the University without filing the Voluntary Withdrawal Form with the University Registrar.

(5) Advisors should refer students to Counseling Services for post-enrollment treatment referral if the student shows evidence of psychological distress.

* Withdrawal from a course(s) - Under exceptional circumstances, it may be necessary for a student to withdraw from a course after the deadline for add/drop. Such withdrawals are accomplished upon the recommendation of the student’s academic adviser to the dean, who will forward the appropriate form to the university registrar. Withdrawal from a course must be accomplished prior to the published deadline.  A machine printed “W” will appear on the class roll/grade roll for all courses for which a student has been withdrawn. No refund of fees is made.
* Administrative Withdrawal - A student may be administratively withdrawn with fee liability from a course(s) by the academic department if the student registered for the course without appropriate signature or permission. Students who are administratively withdrawn from the University for violation(s) of the University’s Student Code of Conduct are not entitled to any refund from any fees paid during the semester in which there is cause for withdrawal.

Involuntary Administrative Withdrawal -A student will be subject to involuntary administrative withdrawal from the University, or from University housing, if it is determined by the Dean of Students that the student is suffering from a mental disorder as defined by the current edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and as a result of the mental disorder.  (See Regulation of Florida A&M University, 2.007)

University Withdrawal Committee - Student may petition the University Withdrawal Committee for a retroactive (after the published term withdrawal deadline) term withdrawal based on documented circumstances beyond the student’s control within 12 months after the end of the term for which the withdrawal is sought. Students seeking retroactive course withdrawal should report to the Registrar’s Office for further direction. Students should be aware that requests for withdrawal and retroactive term withdrawals will negatively impact the award of current and prior financial aid as well as enrollment status for the affected term. Additionally, withdrawals are considered attempts and may incur excess credit surcharges.  Please see Excess Credit Hours information elsewhere in this publication.

Return of Tuition funds:  Regulation of Florida A&M University 3.009 (5)

Tuition refunds are calculated on a course by course (per credit hour) basis. Students who are enrolled and then withdraw may not receive a refund. Refunds will be computed based on the actual withdrawal date certified by the Office of the Registrar. Refunds will not be made to students who do not attend class and have not completed the required withdrawal procedure. Terms in the student housing contract will determine the refund of room rent; whereas board will be prorated based on the approved date of cancellation. Refunds processing is approximately two to four weeks.

(a) Students who officially withdraw prior to the end of the drop/add period and have completed the required withdrawal procedure will be entitled to 100 percent of the tuition assessed or adjustment for waivers.

(b) Students who officially withdraw prior to the end of the fourth week of classes and have completed the required withdrawal procedure will be entitled to 25 percent of the tuition assessed or adjustment for waivers, less building and capital improvement fees.

(c) Students who officially withdraw at an appropriate time as designated by the University for Summer sessions and have completed the required withdrawal procedure will be entitled to 25 percent of the tuition assessed or adjustment for waivers, less building and capital improvement fees.

(d) Exceptions to the refund policy are made only in rare instances. Written application for an exception must be filed with the Office of Student Accounts and addressed to the Refund/Waiver Appeals Committee. If a student withdraws or drops one or more credit courses due to circumstances determined by the University to be exceptional and beyond the control of the student, the student will be entitled to 25 to 75 percent of the tuition assessed or adjustment for waivers.

Exceptions include but are not limited to:
    1. Illness of a student of such severity or duration, as confirmed in writing by a physician, to preclude the completion of the course(s);
    2. Death of the student or death in the immediate family (parent, stepparent, spouse, child, sibling, or grandparent);
    3. Involuntary call to active military duty; or
    4. A situation in which the University is in error. The amount of a payment in excess of the adjusted assessment will be refunded.
(e) A written appeal for a refund or other appeal action must be submitted to the University within six (6) months of the close of the semester to which the refund or other appeal action is applicable.

(f) Pursuant to Public Law 102-325, the Higher Education Amendments of 1992, and notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (5) and paragraph (5) (a) above, for the first term in which students are enrolled at the University for the first time, a pro-rata refund of tuition, fees, room and board, and other charges shall be made as required by Public Law 102-325.
Academic Regulation Appeals Committee Petitions

The Academic Regulation Appeals Committee considers petitions from undergraduate students seeking exceptions to the academic regulations stated in the FAMU Catalog. Appeal applications must be filed and considered prior to graduation. The following type of appeals may be filed:

•    Waiver of Academic Suspension
•    Late or retroactive course withdrawal (limited to one year after course enrollment)
•    Late add or registration (limited to the next semester)
•    Late application for graduation (limited to four weeks after the published term deadline)
NOTE: Supporting documentation must accompany all appeal petitions.

Appeal requests must be picked up from college/school of your major. Non-degree seeking students must petition through the Registrar’s Office. Colleges are not responsible for petitions that are not submitted directly to and discussed with the proper college representative. The Academic Regulation Appeals Committee normally meets monthly. In order for a petition to be reviewed by a college/school and to be heard at a regular meeting, it must be submitted by the end of the first week of each month. Petitions for re-admission (after academic suspension) must be submitted at least ten working days before the start of classes.

Course Designation and Credits
Courses are identified with an alphabetic and numeric coding system. The alphabetic abbreviation (which is composed of three letters) identifies the FAMU academic area (i.e., ENC = English), and the numbers have the following meaning: 1000 series-freshman level courses; 2000 series-sophomore level courses; 3000 series-junior level courses; 4000 series-senior level courses; 5000 series and above- professional or graduate level courses.

Credits for all courses are expressed in semester hours. All courses offered by Florida A&M University, whether main campus or off-campus, are considered residence credit. One semester hour is the amount of credit earned for the satisfactory completion of one hour a week lecture or recitation or two hours a week laboratory practice throughout one semester. One semester hour is the equivalent of one and one-half quarter hours.

Classification of Students
Undergraduate students not enrolled as Non-degree seeking students are grouped in four classes according to total credits earned in semester hours on their record in the Office of the University Registrar:

I. Freshmen-earned less than 30 semester hours;
II. Sophomores-earned 30 to 59 semester hours;
III. Juniors-earned 60 to 89 semester hours;
IV. Seniors-earned 90 or more semester hours;
V. Professional students must be fully admitted to the pharmacy and law program;
VI. Graduate students-earned the bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and/or meed the university's requirements for admission to graduate studies (for further details, see graduate admissions requirements elsewhere in this catalog for admission to the department under guidance of which students intend to study); and
VII. Non-degree seeking-those not admitted to a regular degree program.
Grading Policy
(F.S. 1001.74(4) Florida A&M University Rule 4.101
The University supports its grading system which is based upon the integrity of a grade earned in a course.  The University Registrar is the official custodian of student grades and is responsible for recording approved grade change requests.

Assignment of Grades
1.    Grades are assigned at the end of the term in which the student was registered for the course.
2.    Due to extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student, a grade of "I" may only be assigned if the student is passing the course, but has not completed all of the required work by the end of the term.  Grades of "I" may not be assigned in any course that a student withdraws from, has excessive absences in, or fails to attend.
3.    A student receiving an “I” grade should not re-enroll in the course until after the “I” grade has been permanently changed to a letter grade.

Change of Grade
Changes of grades may only be accomplished under special circumstances and are governed by the following guidelines:
1.     Grade changes pertaining to a grade of "I" must be submitted by the end of the next term in which the student is enrolled or within one (1) calendar year from the end of the term during which the "I" was issued, whichever comes first.  An "I" grade that is not changed by the specific time will revert to an "F";
2.    All grade changes resulting from a grade appeal must be submitted within one semester of the issuance of the grade; and
3.    Any other grade changes must be made within one semester of when the grade was initially assigned.

Grading System and Grade Point Average

The quality of work done by students is indicated by the letter of the alphabet as follows: A grade of “A”, exceptional; “B”, superior; “C”, average; “D”, passing but poor; “S”, satisfactory; “N”, no grade reported; “U”, unsatisfactory; “W”, withdrew; “F”, failure; “I”, incomplete; “X”, audit; “TP”, thesis pending; “DP”, dissertation pending; and “P”, pass.

A grade of “A” earns four grade points for each hour of credit; “B” earns three grade points; “C” earns two grade points; “D” earns one grade point; “F” earns no grade points; and “X” earns no grade points. A student’s term GPA is determined by dividing the number of hours attempted for GPA into the number of grade points earned. Similarly, the cumulative GPA is determined by dividing the total number of hours attempted for GPA into the total number of grade points earned.

A grade of "W" is used only to denote that a student withdrew (or was withdrawn) from the course or from the university.

A student who is passing a course but has not completed all of the required work by the end of the term may, with the permission of the instructor, be assigned a grade of “I”. Grades of “I” are not assigned to any course that a student fails to attend or if a student withdraws from the university. A student should not register for a course(s) in which incomplete grades have been received.

Incomplete “I” grades will not count as hours attempted in computing cumulative grade point averages. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements with the instructor for the removal of an incomplete grade. All incomplete grades must be removed by the last day of classes of the term in which the student is next enrolled, or the grade will be changed to “F”.

Certain courses may be approved by the academic dean for satisfactory-unsatisfactory (S-U) grades. Such courses would normally be outside a student’s major and minor fields and would not be included in the grade point average. An “N” grade will be changed to a permanent grade upon receipt of an official grade from the instructor.

Graduate students who are writing a thesis or dissertation may receive the grade of “TP” (Thesis Pending) or “DP” (Dissertation Pending) if approved by their major professor. Once the Thesis or Dissertation is successfully defended, the assigned grade must be an “S” (Satisfactory).
Forgiveness Policy and Procedures

An undergraduate student may improve his/her GPA by repeating an undergraduate course (1000-4999) in which a grade of “D” or “F” was received. Only the grade and grade points received in the final attempt shall be used in computing the student’s cumulative grade point average. However, effective Fall 2004 only three such requests are available to the student during the student’s undergraduate career. Such application for grade forgiveness must be made at the appropriate time, in writing, to the Office of the Registrar. All attempts for a given course and all grades will remain on the student’s transcript.

When a student repeats an undergraduate course (1000-4999) in which the grade of “D” was previously received, the first attempt is forgivable under certain conditions. The course is repeated because it is a:
(a) Gordon Rule course and a minimum grade of “C” is required, or
(b) Major course or a course required by the major where the minimum grade of “C” is required.

A student must petition the advisor, department or division chairperson, dean or university registrar in order to have this policy applied.

If a student repeats and earns a better grade for a course in which the grade of “D” or better was previously received, both attempts will be included in the GPA calculation but only one attempt will count toward earned hours.  Courses with numbers 5000-8999 are specifically excluded. Graduate students and former students who have earned bachelor degrees are excluded.
Grade Forgiveness Policy for Graduate Students

Effective Fall 2001, a graduate student enrolled at Florida A&M University who receives a C, D, or F grade, which fails to meet the requirements of a specific graduate program, may petition the Program Dean or Graduate Director to retake the course. The course must be taken at Florida A&M University (FAMU), unless the course is offered at Florida State University (FSU) under the FAMU/FSU cooperative program and the course must carry the same course number and description. Only the higher grade shall be used in computing the overall grade point average (GPA), but both grades will remain on the transcript. If both grades are the same, only the second will be counted in the GPA. A graduate student may repeat no more than two courses in any graduate program at Florida A&M University, and may repeat each course only once. A grade forgiveness form must be submitted by the student to the Registrar’s Office after the course is retaken and prior to graduation.
Graduation Requirements and Procedures

Associate Degree Requirements
-The associate in arts (A.A.) certificate may be granted upon formal written application to the Office of Retention for  students who have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours with a 2.0 grade point average or better and successfully completed) General Education sequence and Gordon Rule courses. The last 30 semester hours must have been earned at FAMU.

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements
-To qualify for a bachelor’s degree in an academic discipline specified in this catalog, the student must have:

-    Earned a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.00
-    Completed Gordon Rule requirements (see suggested courses elsewhere in this publication)
-    Completed General Education requirements (see suggested courses elsewhere in this publication)
-    Completed Foreign Language requirement (see suggested courses elsewhere in this publication)
-    Satisfied the Summer term attendance requirement -  minimum of 9 semester credits
-    Completed at least 30 semester credit hours at FAMU.  At least 25 percent of the credit hours required for an undergraduate degree program must be earned through instruction offered by FAMU. The university requires at least two semesters completed in residence for any degree and the last 30 hours must be earned in residence. If the term of residence is only two semesters, that period must be the student’s senior year, provided at least 30 semester hours are earned at FAMU during this period.

Petitions for a waiver of up to six hours of the last 30 hours in residence, due to a documented hardship or unusual circumstance, may be submitted through the student’s academic advisor, chair or program leader to the dean or director for consideration. Only waivers approved by the dean or director are valid. Courses taken while on university sponsored study abroad programs count as residency requirement for graduation purposes.

-    General and specific degree requirements are listed elsewhere in this catalog.
-    Students must complete the “Student Intent to Graduate” form and submit to the department or division Chairperson immediately prior to or at the beginning of the term in which degree requirements are expected to be met.
-    Successful applicants must have earned at least a “C” average in all work attempted toward the degree.
-    The applicable degree with the appropriate major will be awarded, upon the recommendation of the faculty, department and the dean of the college or school in which the student is enrolled.
-    Student must have completed a minimum of 120 semester required hours, which must include satisfactory completion of all State of Florida/institutional undergraduate requirements, and curriculum requirements.

Note: Some academic areas require more than 120 hours for graduation. In addition, a student who changes his or her major may have to earn more than 120 hours in order to meet requirements for graduation.

Important:  Credit hours in excess of 144 may incur extra charges.  See information on Excess credit hours surcharge in this publication or on the Registrar web page (www.famu.edu/Academics/Registrar/).

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements –To qualify for a bachelor of arts degree all requirements listed above under the bachelor’s degree requirement must be met, in addition to completing 12 semester hours in the (same) foreign language.  Contact your academic department for details.

Second Bachelors Degree
– A student who wishes to receive two baccalaureate degrees in the same semester must (1) declare double majors, (2) complete the prescribed degree requirements of each program, and (3) complete a minimum of 150 semester hours (30 hours must be taken in residence). Departments and colleges may have additional requirements. Students are advised to consult their academic advisor or department chair for departmental requirements. Students must complete an application for graduation online for each major. If a student holding a bachelors degree from FAMU wishes to obtain a second bachelors degree the student must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours after the requirements for the previous bachelor’s degree.

Foreign Language Requirements – All undergraduate students are required to have two years of Foreign Language study prior to graduation with a bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University. Two years of Foreign Language study is defined as two years (2 units) in high school or eight to ten (8-10 credits with grade “C” or higher) semester hours in one Foreign Language or American Sign Language - French, Spanish language and Literature, Arabic, Japanese, German, Chinese, and American Sign language at Florida A&M University or  another accredited College/University. Students may meet this requirement by successfully demonstrating equivalent foreign language competence on the basis of scores determined by the Articulation Coordinating Committee (ACC) Credit-By-Exam Equivalencies as adopted by the Board of Governors; or demonstrating equivalent foreign language or American Sign Language competence through other means approved by the university.

This requirement will not apply to transfer students (a) who received Associate in Arts degree prior to September 1, 1989, or (b) enrolled in a program of study leading to associate degree from a Florida Community College (Florida College System) and maintained continuous enrollment until they are admitted to a university prior to August 1, 1989.

Students who earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited post secondary institution prior to enrollment as students seeking second bachelor’s degree are exempt from this requirement.

Application for Graduation- A student who wishes to apply for graduation is encouraged to complete the 'Student Intent to Graduate' form and take it to his/her academic advisor, at least one semester prior to the one in which the student intends to graduate. Students will complete, print/forward "Student Intent to Graduate" form to their academic advisors prior to applying for graduation via iRattler on their Student Center page...  This form is available at www.FAMU.EDU/Academics/Registrar/Forms/Student Intent to Graduate.  Students applying for the Associate in Arts Degree should forward completed "Student Intent to Graduate" forms to the Office of Retention.

Upon receipt of the "Student Intent to Graduate" form the academic advisor reviews student’s academic record for graduation purposes.  The department’s business process for graduation reviews should be followed. If student is determined eligible to apply for graduation, the department Coordinator with appropriate access places a Positive Service Indicator (Eligible to Apply – ETA) on the student.  This allows student to submit the application online via iRattler immediately prior to or at the beginning of the term in which a student expects to complete all requirements for a degree... The university calendar designates the deadline dates on which this action must be taken. If a student fails to graduate, he or she should consult with his or her department or division chairperson or dean and reapply for a subsequent term.

Graduation Honors- Eligibility for graduation with honors for students seeking the Bachelors/Doctor of Pharmacy degree requires the following cumulative grade point averages: 3.70-4.00-Summa Cum Laude; 3.30-3.69-Magna Cum Laude; 3.00-3.29-Cum Laude. Transfer students must earn a minimum of 45 semester hours at FAMU in order to be eligible to graduate with honors. Students receiving the masters and doctor of philosophy degrees are excluded. The cumulative grade point average on file at the time of application for graduation (usually the term prior to the term in which the student intends to graduate) will be used to determine eligibility and designate graduation honors in commencement program.   However, the student’s final cumulative grade point average (usually the last term in which the student graduated) will be used to list the graduation honors on the student’s final transcript.

Summer Term

The Summer Term may consist of two or more sessions. Courses offered during the summer sessions are organized to make them equivalent in content, method, and credit to those of a full semester During the Summer Term the university supplements the regular instructional program with credit and non-credit activities such as institutes, workshops, and conferences.

Summer Semester Attendance Rules-Florida Administrative Code, Chapter 6C-6.16, mandates that students entering a university in the State University System after September 1, 1976, who have less than 60 hours credit upon admission must earn 9 credit hours prior to graduation by attending one or more summer terms.

The objective of this rule is to more efficiently utilize system facilities and the state’s investment in them by encouraging year-round attendance and thereby reducing peak load demands normally incident to the fall term of each academic year.
Professional/Graduate Degree Requirements

Specific degree requirements for the Masters, Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Philosophy and Juris Doctor (JD) are listed in the applicable graduate programs. Normally, 5000 level courses or higher may be counted toward a masters degree. Upon the recommendation of the division Chairperson and Dean, a maximum of six semester hours of 4000 level courses may be included in the requirements for a graduate degree. Students seeking second master’s degree must complete 18-24 graduate semester hours beyond what is required for the first master degree.  Please see the School of Graduate Studies and Research section of this publication for additional information on graduate degree requirements.

Tranfer Credit-Graduate Degrees

A maximum of six credit hours from other institutions approved by their regional accrediting agency, with “B” grades or better may be allowed.
1.    Six semester hours may be allowed for extension credits provided such credits were earned through a Florida Institution with regional accreditation; or
2.    Six semester hours may be allowed for workshop participation, in keeping with the regulation above; or
3.    Six semester hours may be allowed for credits earned while in residence at another university; or
4.    Up to six semester hours in any combination of the three categories above may be allowed.
Acceptance of such credit does not reduce the period of required residence for the master’s degree. Workshops are not normally classified as residence work on or off campus. Credit toward the master’s degree is not allowed for courses taken through correspondence.

Recency  of Coursework—The requirements for the master’s and doctoral degrees should be met within seven (7) calendar years. For work that has extended beyond the seven-year period, the student should contact his or her program director for a re-evaluation of his or her entire program. In this re-evaluation, additional courses may be required that will provide a well-rounded program.

Comprehensive Examination -As partial fulfillment of the requirements for the master’s or doctoral degree, a candidate may be required by the division chairperson to pass a comprehensive examination in his or her major field. At the option of the division concerned, the examination may be written or oral. Doctoral students should consult their academic department and/or refer to specific degree requirements listed elsewhere in this catalog.

Residence-The residence requirements for the master’s degree will be determined by the college or school within which the degree is offered. Students completing theses or dissertations must register each term until the degree is awarded.

-Students writing theses and dissertations are required to be enrolled. All candidates for the master of science degree and doctor of philosophy are required to submit an acceptable thesis or dissertation.

Some master’s degree programs offer two types of programs: the thesis-type and the internship-type. With departmental approval, the student may choose the option he/she wishes to follow.
Information to Veterans

Florida A&M University is approved for the education and training of veterans, disabled veterans, and dependents of deceased and disabled veterans.

A prospective student who may be eligible for educational benefits under any Veterans Administration Program is urged to contact the Department of Veterans Affairs Atlanta Regional Office, P.O. Box 100022, Decatur, Georgia 30031-7022, at least three months before his or her enrollment at Florida A&M University. Once the Veterans Administration has approved the educational benefits, and the student has received a “Certificate of Eligibility,” the student should then contact the Veterans Affairs office at FAMU prior to enrollment at FAMU.

All students receiving VA Educational Benefits are required to attend classes regularly, in accordance with the university attendance policies. When a veteran is found in violation of the class attendance regulation, the veteran’s affairs office will be notified that the training period has been interrupted or discontinued. All students receiving veteran’s benefits are required to take only those courses leading to a specific degree program. Students are required to request certification for VA benefits, as this is not an automatic process. Veterans needing assistance with fee payment should contact the FAMU Veterans Affairs Office during the registration period.

Any changes in the number of hours being carried (particularly any courses dropped) may affect the rate of educational allowance payable and must be reported in the month in which such changes occur. No benefits are paid for a “W” grade. When a veteran completes, drops out, or interrupts his or her course of training, he or she is required to notify the Veterans Affairs Office. Failure to do so in a timely manner could result in a payback to the Veterans Administration because of an overpayment.

P.L. 634 War Orphan Educational Assistance Act of 1956 - This law applies to those children whose parent(s) dies or is 100% disabled as a result of service connected disability. Students should contact their local VA Office in order to make application for admission under Public Law 634.

Physical Education
- Veterans who have had basic training in the regular Armed Services may receive credit for physical education as a required course. Application must be made to the university registrar. Sufficient evidence of having served in a branch of the service must be shown (DD-214 form).

Veterans' training, conduct, and progress must at all times conform to the university standards.

Standards of Academic Progress for Veteran Students

Undergraduate Students
All students receiving VA Educational Benefits are required to attend classes regularly, in accordance with the university attendance policies. All students receiving veteran’s benefits are required to take only those courses leading to a specific degree. Students are to request certification for VA Benefits, as this is not an automatic process. Veterans needing assistance with fee payment should contact FAMU VA Office (FHAC 114) during the registration period to apply for a VA Deferment. Please call (850) 599-3853 if you need additional information.

VA benefits will be subject to termination for those students who fail to maintain an overall 2.00 GPA. This also applies to VA students who have been placed on academic probation for two consecutive terms or suspension at the end of an academic term. Please understand that University policy will allow you to enroll if you are on academic probation; however, your VA benefits will be subject to termination as stated above.

Graduate Students
A student receiving veteran benefits must attain and maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of not less than 3.00 “B” each semester of enrollment.

A student who has not attained and maintained satisfactory progress (3.00 or better) at the end of any semester will be placed on academic probation for the next semester of enrollment. Should he or she not attain satisfactory progress by the end of the next semester of enrollment, the student’s educational benefits will be terminated for unsatisfactory progress.

A student whose educational benefits have been terminated for unsatisfactory progress may petition the Office of Veteran Affairs to be re-certified after one semester has elapsed. This office may re-certify the student for educational benefits only if there is a reasonable likelihood that he or she will be able to attain and maintain satisfactory progress for the remainder of the program.