Registration

Academic Policies & Procedures

The academic year is divided into two semesters of approximately 15 weeks each.

The Registrar's Office is responsible for conducting registration for classes and for all credit-bearing programs. The schedule of courses is updated regularly and can be found on myHill or on the Registrar's homepage.

The College reserves the right to make changes to or cancel any scheduled course offerings. Every attempt will be made to ensure that students can fulfill their programs of study in a timely manner.

Students who do not complete registration during the dates designated in the Academic Calendar may be assessed a $50.00 late registration fee. Students who have not registered by the completion of the Add/Drop period will be administratively withdrawn from the College and unable to register until readmitted through a process initiated in the Office of Academic Services and Advising.

Adding and Dropping Courses

A student may add or drop courses from the time he/she registers through the date listed on the Academic Calendar as the last day for Add/Drop. Students may adjust their schedule after the defined deadline only through petition to the Standards and Standing Committee and may be subject to a $50.00 late registration fee.

Auditing Courses

Students may enroll in courses on an "Audit" basis, for no academic credit during the first two weeks of the semester, with the approval of the course instructor. The fee for auditing a course is one-half of the per-course tuition fee, unless it is being taken as part of a full-time course load. The audit is recorded on the student's academic record as "AU", but no grade or credits are assigned. An auditor is expected to attend classes, but is not required to complete assignments or to take examinations.

Credit Overload

The typical semester credit load for students pursuing a B.S.B.A. or a B.A. (other than in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Dual-Degree, Mathematics, or Physics) is 15-17 credits. These students may enroll in up to 17 credits per semester without authorization.

The typical semester credit load for students pursuing a B.S. or a B.A. in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Dual-Degree, Mathematics, or Physics is 16-18 credits. These students may enroll in up to 18 credits per semester without authorization.

Only in rare circumstances would a student be allowed take more than 20 credits in a given semester.

Students may petition to take a credit overload beyond 17 or 18 under the following conditions:

  1. All students must have a minimum semester GPA or cumulative GPA of 3.30 prior to registering for an overload.
  2. Students must receive the approval of their primary faculty advisor and the Registrar’s Office to overload.
  3. First-Year students may register for a maximum of two one-credit courses in a semester, but they may not take a sixth 3- or 4-credit course.
    1. First-Year B.S.B.A. and B.A. (other than in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Dual-Degree, Mathematics, or Physics) students may be approved for a maximum of 19 credits.
    2. First-Year B.S. and B.A. in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Dual-Degree, Mathematics, or Physics students may be approved for a maximum of 20 credits.
  4. d) Additional tuition will be charged on a per credit basis once students have reached the following semester limits:
    1. B.S.B.A and B.A. (other than in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Dual-Degree, Mathematics, or Physics) students will be charged for any credits beyond 19 in a given semester.
  5. B.S. and B.A. in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Dual-Degree, Mathematics, or Physics students will be charged for any credits beyond 20 in a given semester.
  6. Required R.O.T.C. Military Science courses will be automatically approved, but the credit limits for tuition still apply.
  7. Courses taken through the SACHEM or other consortium programs count toward the credit limits for tuition.
  8. Registration for a 3 or 4-credit overload will normally take place during the first seven class days of each semester. Exceptions may be made for courses that have no enrollment caps (e.g. Directed Studies, Internships, or one-credit music classes).
  9. The Director of Academic Services and Advising in connection with the Standards & Standing Committee may approve exceptions to this policy in the case of extenuating circumstances.