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Classification of Students

Classification of Students

Undergraduate degree students are classified according to the number of completed credit hours. The required number of hours of each classification is:

Classification Semester Hours of Earned Credit
Freshman (FR)Fewer than 30
Sophomore (SO)30 or more, but fewer than 60
Junior (JR)60 or more, but fewer than 92
Senior (SR)92 or more

Agricultural Institute students are designated as first (01) year if they have earned fewer than 30 semester credits and second (02) year if they have earned 30 or more semester credits.

Unclassified Students (UN) are those working for college credit but not enrolled in a degree-granting program.  Unclassified students must meet the same entrance requirements as regular degree students and must meet the same academic requirements to continue. If, at a later date, unclassified students wish to change to regular degree status, their credits will be evaluated in terms of the requirements of their intended curriculum.

The Special Student (SP) classification includes Undergraduate Studies (UGS) and Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) students:

Undergraduate Studies (UGS)

These students are United States citizens who have not obtained a baccalaureate degree and who take courses, but who are not currently admitted to a degree program.

Post Baccalaureate Studies (PBS)

These students are United States citizens who take courses beyond the baccalaureate degree, but who are not currently admitted to a degree program. This classification is closed to international students with the following exceptions: (a) spouses of regularly enrolled NC State degree students; or (b) students enrolled in special programs such as AID or FAO who are approved in advance by the International Student Office and the Graduate School.

To be eligible for NDS, prospective students must:

  • have graduated from high school at least one year before beginning enrollment
    Note: Currently enrolled high-school students may be eligible for the AEO program .
  • be eligible to return to any previous institution(s) attended.
  • maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at all times to remain eligible to continue.
  • have accumulated less than 30 hours of total credit as a Non-Degree student. NDS students are limited to a total of 30 hours of credit in NDS status. Student with 29 hours attempted will be allowed to register for the next term even if their enrollment in that future term will exceed the 30 hour limit, but they will not be activated for any subsequent terms once they have accumulated or exceeded 30 hours of credit.

All UGS and PBS students must apply for the program online at the NDS website or through Registration and Records, located in 1000 Harris Hall. Persons found eligible to study as UGS or PBS students are not to assume that they have received formal admission to the university as either undergraduate or graduate degree candidates. To become a degree candidate, formal application must be made through the Undergraduate Admissions Office or the Graduate School. The maximum course load for all UGS and PBS students is eight hours each semester or summer session. They may enroll in any course offered by the university, provided they have satisfied any required prerequisites and space is available. UGS and PBS students must adhere to the standards, policies, rules, and regulations of the university.