Class Standing: Classification of Students

Class standing for students admitted to a baccalaureate degree program is determined at the beginning of each semester. A first-year student has completed fewer than 24 credits toward a degree; a sophomore, at least 24 credits; a junior, at least 56; and a senior, at least 88.

An unclassified student is one who already holds a baccalaureate degree. Such students may or may not be seeking a second degree.

A visiting student is not seeking a Guilford degree, but is earning college credit to be applied to a degree program at another college or university. Students visiting in spring or fall semesters must go through the admission process, but students visiting only for summer are not required to do so. Summer visiting students need only complete the summer school registration form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office by the last day to add courses for that session.

An auditor is a student who attends class, listens to lectures and may participate in class discussion without receiving credit. These students do not go through the admission process. They are not required to fulfill course assignments.

Auditors may enroll in any college course for which they have the stated prerequisites, with permission of the instructor and payment of a course fee where applicable. However, students may not audit classes with preparatory content other than class discussion, for example physical education activities, private music lessons, choir, theater production, theater practicums, laboratories, independent studies and internships.

Auditors may not register before the first day of class and the deadline to register is the last day to add a class. Should a course be filled beyond capacity, students enrolled for credit will have priority over auditors, and the instructor may request that the student withdraw from the course or the registrar will administratively withdraw the student from the course. A full tuition refund is made in such cases.