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Matriculation Requirement


CONTENTS       Matriculation requirement
Nonmatriculated students
Applying nonmatriculated credits toward a degree
    Students who complete 45 credits after matriculating
    Students who complete fewer than 45 credits after matriculating
Students with fewer than 45 UW credits
Double majors and double degrees
Postbaccalaureate students
    Students whose prior degree was earned at the UW
    Petitions

Matriculation requirement

    A matriculated student is one who has been admitted to a UW school or college, as a premajor or declared major. To be granted an undergraduate degree, a student must complete at least 45 UW credits as a matriculated student.

After a student has been admitted to the UW, types of UW credit which count toward this matriculation requirement include "regular" credit courses listed in the quarterly time schedule, credits taken at another UW campus, credit courses offered by UW Extension, and all UW distance learning. See Types of Credit.

  
  

Nonmatriculated students

    Nonmatriculated students are those allowed to take UW courses even though they have not been admitted to a UW school or college. Most nonmatriculated students fall into one of the following categories:

  • Students attending the UW in summer quarter only
  • UW staff
  • Non-UW students taking credit courses offered by UW Extension (except C-prefix distance learning)
  • Non-UW students taking "regular" UW courses on a space-available basis via UW Extension

Nonmatriculated students are given UW student numbers, their UW coursework is recorded on a UW transcript, and the grades are included in a UW GPA. The student's status in each quarter is posted as nonmatriculated-6 (instead of junior-3, senior-4, etc.) If the student later matriculates at the UW, the student's UW credit total and UW GPA will include the courses taken as a nonmatriculated student.

  
  

Applying nonmatriculated credits toward a degree

   

Students who complete 45 credits after matriculating

Nonmatriculated students are, in theory, not working toward a degree. A student who has earned at least 45 UW credits as a matriculated student may count any UW credits completed previously as a nonmatriculated student toward a degree. No petition is required.

Students who complete fewer than 45 credits after matriculating

A student who has completed fewer than 45 UW credits after matriculation but does have, in addition, UW credits taken as a nonmatriculated student, may petition the University to count these credits toward the degree and graduate with fewer than 45 credits completed as a matriculated student.
  
  

Students with fewer than 45 UW credits

    Petitions to graduate with fewer than 45 UW credits, including credits taken both as a nonmatriculated and a matriculated student, are almost never granted. Such petitions should be submitted to the college awarding the degree, which will review the petition and then submit it to the Faculty Council on Academic Standards' Committee on Admission and Graduation.
  
  

Double majors and double degrees

    The minimum number of UW credits taken as a matriculated student that must be presented toward the 180 credits required for a double major is the same as for a single major, 45 credits. The minimum number of UW credits taken as a matriculated student that must be presented toward the 225 credits required for two simultaneous UW degrees is 90 credits: 45 credits for the first degree, and 45 additional credits for the second degree. The minimum number of UW credits taken as a matriculated student that must be presented toward the 270 credits required for three simultaneous UW degrees is 135 credits.
  
  

Postbaccalaureate students

    To earn a second bachelor's degree a student must complete, after matriculation, 45 UW credits.

Students whose prior degree was earned at the UW

If the student's first degree was earned at the UW, the student must complete 45 additional UW credits as a matriculated student to earn a second degree. The student is allowed to count toward the matriculation requirement of the second degree any "excess" credits from the first degree-any credits over the minimum number required for the first degree, usually 180.

Petitions

The petition procedure for postbaccalaureate students with fewer than 45 UW credits completed after matriculation is the same as for undergraduates. See above.