Overview

To graduate with a bachelor's degree from Wright State University, all students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Credit Hours-A minimum of 120 semester hours must be earned in approved courses.
  • Grade Point Average-A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be earned for courses taken at Wright State University.
  • General Education-The university's general education requirements must be completed.
  • Writing Across the Curriculum-The university's Writing Across the Curriculum requirements must be met.
  • Residence Regulations-A minimum of 30 semester hours must be earned at Wright State University. Credit by evaluation will not be considered as residency credit. At least 10 of the last 30 hours of credit must be earned at Wright State. A minimum of 20 hours of courses numbered 3000 or above must be earned at Wright State.

Students must also fulfill all program requirements set by departments, colleges, and schools, some of which exceed these university minimums; see individual program requirements for details. Advisors in University College and in the colleges and schools are available for information and guidance in formulating programs of study.

Responsibility for registering in appropriate classes, scheduling, and fulfilling all university and program requirements for graduation rests with the student.

Students who are continuously enrolled or eligible to enroll continuously (students are eligible to enroll continuously if they are enrolled during any part of the calendar year) may elect to meet either the university requirements that were in effect when they entered Wright State or the university requirements that came into effect while they were continuously enrolled. Students who were not enrolled continuously must meet the university requirements in effect when they were readmitted to the university.

Students must meet the college or school requirements in effect when they are admitted to the college or school, and they must meet the program requirements in effect when they are admitted to a specific program or major. Students who are not enrolled continuously may be required to meet the college, school, or program requirements in effect when they are readmitted to a program. In addition, students who have not completed their program in seven years may have their college, school, or program requirements revised.

Second Degrees

Students who hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, including Wright State, and who wish to earn a second baccalaureate degree at Wright State, must satisfy the requirements of the department and college that houses the second degree.

Residency Regulation-Students earning a second degree must earn at least 30 hours beyond the minimum hours required for the first degree. At least the last 30 hours of course work must be taken at Wright State, 16 hours of which must be in courses numbered 3000 and above. Credit by evaluation will not be considered as residency credit.

Graduating with Latin Honors

Policy for Students First Enrolled at Wright State Prior to Fall 2006

Undergraduate students with outstanding academic records are recognized at commencement. Three distinctions are made: summa cum laude (Latin for with highest honors) recognizes a cumulative GPA of at least 3.8; magna cum laude (with high honors) indicates a cumulative GPA of at least 3.6; and cum laude (with honors) indicates a final cumulative GPA of at least 3.4.

Academic honors are based on meeting the minimum honors GPA requirement for work attempted at Wright State University, as well as for all transfer college work attempted, as of the end of the term in which the student graduates (that is, by the day on which term grades are due). In calculating cumulative GPAs for the purpose of graduating with honors, only the first grade earned for a course will be counted. This recalculation of the GPA may result in the loss of honors status at graduation. To be eligible for academic honors at graduation, students must have earned at least 30 semester hours at Wright State University. Contact the Registrar's Office for further information.

Policy for Students First Enrolled at Wright State Beginning Fall 2006

Undergraduate students with outstanding academic records are recognized at commencement. Three distinctions are made: summa cum laude (Latin for with highest honors) recognizes a cumulative GPA of at least 3.9; magna cum laude (with high honors) indicates a cumulative GPA of at least 3.7; and cum laude (with honors) indicates a final cumulative GPA of at least 3.5.

Academic honors are based on meeting the minimum honors GPA requirement for work attempted at Wright State University, as well as for all transfer college work attempted, as of the end of the term in which the student graduates (that is, by the day on which term grades are due). In calculating cumulative GPAs for the purpose of graduating with honors, only the first grade earned for a course will be counted. This recalculation of the GPA may result in the loss of honors status at graduation. To be eligible for academic honors at graduation, students must have earned at least 30 semester hours at Wright State University.

Students who hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, including Wright State, and who earn a second baccalaureate degree at Wright State per the academic policy requirements for second degrees, are eligible for academic honors. Academic honors are based on all course work at Wright State University attempted for the second degree following and excluding the first degree course work. Only the first grade earned for a course in the second degree course work will be counted. Contact the Registrar's Office for more information.

Applying for Degrees

Before graduating, students must submit an application for a degree. See the current class schedule for specific deadline dates. Those who do not complete the graduation requirements in time must file another application for a later graduation.

Students who complete their degree requirements during spring semester participate in the April commencement. Those who complete their degree requirements during summer or fall semesters participate in the December commencement.