Please note: This is NOT the most current catalog.
Classification is based on the number of St. Olaf
full-equivalent courses completed by and only on October 1, as follows:
Sophomore: 6-14 courses
Junior: 15-22 courses
Senior: 23- courses
Because reclassification is completed only once each year,
it is important that all work completed at another institution be transferred
to St. Olaf before the reclassification process begins. A student's
classification may affect "room draw," choice of residence
hall, registration time, or other benefits. For purposes of classification
the term "course" means a full (1.00) equivalent course.
Students who graduated from high school six or fewer months
prior to entering St. Olaf as "new students" may not, as the
result of six or more Advanced Placement, high school, post-secondary
and/or college summer courses, claim sophomore status for purposes of
room-draw or waiver of some requirements afforded "college transfer"
students who have a high school graduation date of 11 months or more
prior to entrance into St. Olaf.
HONOR SYSTEM (PLAGIARISM, CHEATING, FORGERY)
The Book, available
online at http://www.stolaf.edu/stulife/thebook,
contains information about the St. Olaf honor system and its procedures
and about plagiarism.
A student under review for an honor code violation may
not drop the course in question unless a withdrawal is authorized by
the student honor council.
Questions about the honor system should be directed to
the Office of the Dean of Students.
Each semester, the Registrar's Office compiles
for the Office of the Dean of the College a Dean's List, which includes
the names of all students with a GPA of 3.75 or above for that semester.
In order to be named to the Dean's List, students must have successfully
completed three or more graded courses
fall credits in the semester.
On Honors Day each May, students are recognized
in three categories: Seniors elected to Phi Beta Kappa, special honors
and general honors by class. General honors includes all full-time students
who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher.
The names of the honorees are posted on the World Wide
Web at least three weeks prior to Honors Day.
Standards for election to Phi Beta Kappa and other
honor societies are the prerogative of the honor societies, not the
Honors are determined by the cumulative grade point
average. They are recognized at Honors Day, conferred at Commencement
and recorded on the final transcript and the diploma as:
3.30 cum laude
3.60 magna cum laude
3.85 summa cum laude
In determining honors, a grade point average is never
rounded up or down.
Honor designations are not recorded on student transcripts
prior to graduation from the college.
Each graduated senior is ranked in his/her class
according to cumulative grade point averages (G.P.A.). Class rank is
recorded on the permanent transcript for those students whose names
appear in the Commencement program in May of a given year.
Participators in Commencement are ranked according to
their cumulative G.P.A. after Spring Semester of the senior year. Rank
is not changed even if further St. Olaf course work is used to complete
degree requirements or used by diploma graduates for additional credits.
Class rank is also computed for non-seniors at the end
of each academic year, but is not recorded on the transcript. Class
rank is available upon request at the Registrar's Office. Picture identification
A student will be placed on academic probation,
or be continued on probation, with:
- A cumulative grade point average of 1.50-1.80 in the
first year, 1.75-1.90 in the sophomore year and 1.87-1.95 in the junior
and senior year, or
- Two or more grades of D, F, N, or U in any semester,
- Fewer than two and one-half courses of C- or better
during a semester, or fewer than five and one-half courses of C- or
better during an academic year.
A student on probation may not participate in a St. Olaf-sponsored
off-campus program or in an interim exchange program. Institutionally-controlled
gift assistance or financial aid may be reduced if a student is placed
on academic probation.
College decisions involving probation are not subject
A student may be dismissed if he/she is on probationary
status and fails to achieve minimal academic progress. Minimal academic
progress may be defined as that combination of course completions and
grade points that suggest the probable completion of graduation requirements
in four years with at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average. Such
progress is expected to approximate the following scale:
Cumulative G.P.A. of 1.87 after the completion of 26
Cumulative G.P.A. of 1.75 after the completion of 17 credits.
Cumulative G.P.A. of 1.50 after the completion of 8 credits.
Normally a student cannot be on probation longer than
one semester before being academically dismissed.
There is usually a waiting period of one year prior to
consideration of an application for readmission following dismissal.
Decisions resulting in academic dismissal or the placement
of a student on academic probation are made by the academic standing
committee, which includes an associate dean of students, a representative
of the registrar's office, the director of the academic support center,
director of multicultural student services and a representative from
the faculty. Parents are notified when academic dismissal occurs. Students
placed in dismissal status may appeal the dismissal decision to an appeals
board composed of the dean of the college, the dean of students and
the registrar. The appeal must be made in writing and sent to the registrar
within seven days of the date of receipt of the dismissal letter.