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Help Prevent a Graduation Surprise

Once students have completed all the required courses for their major, are they on track to graduate?

NOT NECESSARILY!

At every opportunity, please alert your students to these ADDITIONAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS!

TOTAL HOURS

The total hours required for graduation is NEVER waived. Students following a catalog prior to 2005 must have 124 total hours. Students following a 2005 or later catalog must have 120 hours.

60 HOUR RULE

All students are required to have at least 60 credit hours at a senior (four-year) institution. This requirement is NEVER waived! This is an important policy to discuss with junior college transfers.

42 UPPER DIVISION HOUR RULE

All students in the College of Arts & Sciences must complete at least 42 upper-division (300 and above) credit hours in order to graduate. Most students must take elective upper-division hours beyond their major to meet this requirement.

30 HOUR RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT

Students must complete their LAST 30 credit hours in residence at UT in order for their degree to be conferred from UT. Please note that exceptions will be made for students participating in a UT-sanctioned study abroad program.

GRADE OF C OR BETTER IN MAJOR COURSES

All courses used to satisfy major requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better. Unless otherwise stated, prerequisites to the major do not require a grade of C.

BEWARE THE GRADE OF “D”

When advising students nearing graduation, determine if the student is repeating a course in which a grade of D was previously earned. Be aware that the DARS report will count the D as a completed course, even if the student is repeating the course during the current term. At the end of the term, only the hours earned in one of the attempts will count in the total. During the term, both the completed course and the enrolled course will show up as hours.

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