May 30, 2024  
2019-2020 Evening, Weekend, Online Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Evening, Weekend, Online Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Classifications (Undergraduate)

The following sections state some of the specific criteria used for identifying Lakeland students in class level categories. In several cases, the sections include policies that apply only to the students classified in a specific category.

Class Year Classification

All students officially accepted by the university as candidates for the bachelor’s degree will be classified as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors according to the following criteria:

Freshmen Students who have earned fewer than 30 semester hours.
Sophomores Students who have earned at least 30 but fewer than 60 semester hours.
Juniors Students who have earned at least 60 but fewer than 90 semester hours.
Seniors Students who have earned 90 or more semester hours.

Full-Time and Part-Time Classification

Students achieve full-time status if they enroll for at least 12 undergraduate semester hours of coursework in a term. All students enrolled in fewer than 12 undergraduate semester hours of coursework are part-time students.

International students must enroll in a minimum of twelve (12) semester hours of credit during the spring and fall terms.

Overload Policy

A full-time undergraduate is any student who enrolls in 12+ semester hours. A student may enroll up to 18 semester hours during any one academic term. Any student who intends to enroll in more than 18 semester hours must receive special permission to do so from the Provost or designee.

A student should consider their work schedule if enrolling in more than 12 semester hours (full-time status). The academic record also considered in these requests.

The following conditions apply to gain approval for an academic overload:

  1. The student must have completed at least one prior semester at Lakeland University.
  2. The student’s cumulative GPA must be above 3.0.

Consider the following recommendations regarding academic load:

  1. Students employed full-time should consider a part-time academic load.
  2. Students working part-time may navigate a full-time credit load (12-15 semester hours) but should consider the workload associated with this amount of semester hours.
  3. Students should consider no employment if enrolling in 16-18 semester hours or more (if approved for an overload).
  4. Tuition rates for Kellett School students calculates on a course-by-course credit basis.

Special Kellett School Registration Classifications

There are three other categories of enrolling students at Lakeland guided by unique registration policies and different tuition costs. For specific details regarding tuition costs, contact your Kellett School advisor.

Early College Credit Program (ECCP):
  • High school students may attend courses at Lakeland University with written recommendation of a high school principal, guidance counselor, or teacher.
  • Staff from Lakeland’s registrar’s office seek approval to enroll the student from the Lakeland instructor presenting the course.
  • All early college courses are eligible for the semester hours published for the course and apply toward a Lakeland degree.
  • Interested students may contact the Office of the Registrar for details and deadlines.
Program for Alumni Career Enhancement (PACE):
  • The Program for Alumni Career Enhancement (PACE) offers Lakeland University bachelor’s degree graduates the opportunity to return to the undergraduate classroom to meet their evolving career goals.
  • A Lakeland graduate can enroll in additional undergraduate courses to:
    • Complete additional courses related to a previously earned major or minor
    • Complete a new major or minor
    • Complete a new area of emphasis
    • Complete professional certification requirements
  • This program offers traditional undergraduate program courses to alumni at a reduced cost. There are no discounts for undergraduate courses taken through the Kellett School.
  • A student seeking to add a major or minor through the PACE opportunity must complete an application for admission and the additional coursework at Lakeland.
  • If required coursework is no longer offered, the university may consider granting enrollment in two (2) new transfer courses to the major or minor requirements applicable within the university’s standard transfer policy.
  • A PACE program student does not receive a second degree and will not receive another diploma if the degree designation of the majors are the same.
    • A new major and/or minor will appear on the student’s transcript on the date the additional credential is complete. 
Special Student Registration:
  • A special student applicant who enrolls in course or special programs offered by Lakeland University is a non-degree-seeking student who is not pursuing completion of a degree, major or minor.
  • Students in this category may enroll under one of the reduced tuition plans identified above.
  • For more information about these special enrollment programs, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Students in ECCP, PACE and other special student registration categories are subject to the following unique policies:

  • Enrollment in courses is on a space available or standby basis.
    • Degree-seeking students paying full tuition and fees receive priority enrollment in all courses.
  • With the exception of guaranteed student loans and the application of veteran’s benefits, no financial aid is available.
  • Cooperative education experiences, CPA/CMA, field experiences, independent study, internships and practicum courses are not available in these registration categories.

Changing from One Lakeland University Program (Traditional/Kellett School) to Another

Students who have not reached senior standing may change from one program to another by filling out a Change of Program Request Form, available from a Kellett School advisor. Graduation requirements may be adjusted in accord with the student’s new program. A student at senior standing must complete the requirements of his/her current program. Students may enroll in courses through any undergraduate program. The student’s advisor must approve all registrations for any Lakeland University program.

Students at senior standing, who have been away from Lakeland University for one semester or more and wish to return, but in a different program, must apply for readmission. Such students will be subject to the requirements of the new program.

Tuition charges are assessed according to student status, program enrollment and term of enrollment.

Undergraduate Students Enrolling in Graduate Courses

Undergraduate students with senior standing, a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and the appropriate foundation coursework may enroll in nine (9) semester hours of approved Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) or Master of Science (M.S.) in Leadership and Organizational Development coursework as part of their undergraduate degree. Students with senior standing, a GPA of 3.0, whose undergraduate work meets prerequisite requirements or who have the consent of the M.A. in Counseling director may enroll in nine (9) semester hours of approved Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling coursework as part of their undergraduate degree. All nine (9) semester hours may be applied later to the semester hours required for a Master of Business Administration degree, the semester hours required for a Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Development degree, or the semester hours required for a Master of Arts in Counseling degree. Students must complete an undergraduate degree prior to enrolling in coursework in the Master of Education program.