University Academic Requirements

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Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements for Undergraduates

Requirements in this catalog apply to students who enter the University between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Students who entered the University at an earlier time but who wish to change to the requirements of this catalog must apply to the appropriate office for the change. Students will be held responsible for all work required for graduation and for the scheduling of all necessary courses.

Credit and Grade Point Average Requirement

To be eligible for graduation from the University of New Hampshire, a student must obtain a passing grade in a minimum of 128 semester hours; for associate degree graduation, 64 semester hours.The student must attain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.00 for all courses taken at the University in which a grade is given.The student must also meet the curricular, departmental, scholastic, and other requirements that have been sanctioned by the proper authorities.

To be eligible for graduation, all baccalaureate, associate in applied science and associate in art students enrolling for academic year 2017/18 must fulfill four types of University requirements: Writing, Discovery (or General Education for associate degree students), degree, and major.


“Residence”  is  being  enrolled  in  University  of  New Hampshire courses after admission to and matriculation in a degree program.  Students  who  are  candidates for  bachelor’s  and  associate  degrees must attain the last one-fourth of their credits toward the degree in residence unless granted permission by the Academic Standards and Advising Committee to transfer part of this work from other accredited institutions

Certification of candidate for graduation

Degrees are awarded three times a year: December, May and September. Candidates for graduation shall be certified as to their college requirements by the several college faculties to the Registrar, who shall recommend them to the president for their appropriate degrees provided they have satisfied all University requirements for  graduation.

Modifications tend to occur in major programs during the period of students' undergraduate careers. Students are expected to conform to these changes insofar as they do not represent substantive alterations in their course of study. 

Note: Although the University will try to provide sufficient facilities so that students may pursue any major or curriculum for which they meet the requirements, such a privilege cannot be guaranteed, since rapidly increasing enrollment sometimes results in the overcrowding of required specialized courses. On occasion, students may remain in a crowded curriculum if they are willing to take certain courses during the summer session.