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Residence-Credit Requirement


CONTENTS       Residence requirement
Residence credit
Types of UW nonresidence credit
    Courses taken at another UW campus
    UW distance learning courses
    UW courses taken by UW students on drop status
Extension credit
    Extension credit limit
    Courses taken through UW Extension are not considered "extension credit"
Final 60 credits
    Final 60-credit residence requirement
    Definition of the final 60 credits
    Distance learning courses
    Degrees requiring fewer than 60 credits
    Previous "senior-year" residence requirement
Degree programs allowing fewer residence credits
Petitions
    Petitioning up to 25 credits out-of-residence
    Petitioning more than 25 credits out-of-residence
    Excess credits
Double majors and double degrees
Postbaccalaureate students
    Students whose prior degree was earned at the UW

Residence requirement

    Forty-five of the final 60 credits of a student's degree program must be UW residence credits. Or, to put it another way, a maximum of 15 of the student's final 60 credits may be nonresidence credit. An individual student may be allowed up to another 10 nonresidence credits in the final 60 credits by the college granting the degree, as long as the student as the student presents at least 45 total UW residence credits.
  
  

Residence credit

    Residence credit has nothing to do with whether or not the student is a resident of Washington state. Residence credits are UW credits earned at the campus granting the degree.

Residence credit includes:

  • Day and evening courses from the quarterly time schedule at the student's home UW campus, including fieldwork and individual-study courses that don't require that the student be on campus, but not including C-prefix or DL-prefix distance learning courses.
  • Evening Degree Program courses
  • Credit courses offered by UW Extension taken by students in good academic standing, except C-prefix and DL-prefix distance learning courses (see below)
  • Foreign study credit earned through UW-sponsored International Programs and Exchanges that are recorded on the transcript as UW credit

The following are not considered residence credit:

  • Transfer courses
  • Certain UW courses:
    • Distance-learning courses, including both UW C-prefix and DL-prefix courses
    • Any UW courses taken by students on drop status
    • Bothell- or Tacoma-campus credits, for students matriculated at the Seattle campus, and vice-versa. Only credits earned at the campus granting the degree are considered residence credits.
  • AP and International Baccalaureate credit
  • Advanced placement credit
  • Credit by examination
  • College in the High School, including courses sponsored by UW Extension
  • Armed Forces Training School credit
  • Foreign study credit that appears on the student's transcript as transfer credit

The chart Types of Credit summarizes what does and doesn't count as residence credit.

  
  

Types of UW nonresidence credit

    Not all UW courses count as residence credit, even when taken by a matriculated UW student.

Courses taken at another UW campus

Credits from all three UW campuses -- Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma -- are recorded on the UW transcript and included in the student's UW GPA. Only credits earned at the campus granting the degree count as residence credit.

For example, a student who transfers to UW's Seattle campus with 90 community college credits and completes 60 UW-Seattle credits, then transfers to UW's Bothell campus, must complete at least 45 credits at UW-Bothell to earn a bachelor's degree there.

The campus at which a student is matriculated is indicated on the UW transcript. Students matriculated at one UW campus may enroll in courses at another UW campus on a space-available basis in autumn, winter, and spring quarters, and without restriction in summer quarters. When a student enrolls in courses from more than one campus in a quarter -- so that not all the student's credits that quarter count toward the 45 credits required as a matriculated student -- it may not be readily apparent from the student's transcript. Each campus has unique department abbreviations, however, which at Bothell and Tacoma usually (but not always) start with B or T.

UW distance learning courses

Starting in 2002, UW's C-prefix distance learning courses were reviewed, revised, and returned as DL-prefix courses. By mid-2005, C-prefix courses were no longer offered.

C-prefix distance learning courses count as extension credit and the grades are not included in the student's UW GPA. DL-prefix courses are recorded in the body of the student's unofficial transcript as "DL-", but the leading "DL-" is not displayed on the official transcript. The grades are included in the student's UW GPA. Neither C nor DL courses count as residence credit.

A maximum of 90 DL credits may count toward a UW bachelor's degree. A maximum of 90 extension credits, including C distance learning, may count toward a UW bachelor's degree.

  
  

Extension credit

    Extension credit, as the term is used in the administrative guidelines in the University Handbook, includes all credits that are not UW residence credits, transfer credits, DL-prefix credits, or credits completed at another UW campus.

Extension credit includes C-prefix distance learning, AP and International Baccalaureate credit, advanced placement credit, credit by exam, College in the High School, Armed Forces Training School credit, and UW courses taken by students on drop status.

Extension credits are recorded on the student's transcript in an extension-credit section and on SRF320. Any grades are posted but are not included in the student's UW GPA.

Extension credit limit

Students may count a maximum of 90 extension credits toward a bachelor's degree. Of those 90 credits, a maximum of 45 may be extension credits transferred from other colleges. A maximum of 30 credits of Armed Forces Training School is allowed, and these 30 credits are included in the 45 credits of transfer extension credit allowed.

Courses taken through UW Extension are not considered "extension credit"

A confusing point is that extension credit as defined by the University Handbook does not include what is often called extension credit at UW-namely the credit courses offered by UW Extension (a division of UW Educational Outreach) and usually designated by section letters TA, TB, etc. These courses are recorded on the transcripts of matriculated students in good academic standing as residence credit and are indistinguishable from other UW courses. They are not extension credit.
  
  

Final 60 credits

   

Final 60-credit residence requirement

A student working toward a first or subsequent bachelor's degree must complete 45 of his/her final 60 credits of coursework as residence credit offered by the UW campus granting the degree. In other words, a student may include a maximum of 15 nonresidence credits in his/her final 60 credits. Up to 10 additional nonresidence credits may be approved for an individual student by the dean of the college or school awarding the degree, as long as the student completes at least 45 total UW residence credits.

Definition of the final 60 credits

A student's final 60 credits is interpreted as the last 60 credits that precede the student's graduation, rather than credits 121 through 180 of a 180-credit bachelor's-degree program. For example, if a student graduates in a 180-credit degree program with 190 credits, credits 131 through 190 will be considered the final 60 credits.

Credits are counted by complete quarters, counting back from graduation. For this reason, a student's final "60 credits" will seldom total exactly 60 credits. For example, counting quarter-by-quarter back from graduation, a student might have 17 + 18 + 13 + 15 = 63 credits. It is important to note that it is not sufficient that the student have at least 45 residence credits in these final 63 credits; the student must also have no more than 15 out-of-residence credits. In this example, the student might wish to complete the entire 17-credit quarter out of residence. The student would still have 18 + 13 + 15 = 46 residence credits in the final 63, but would have more than 15 credits out-of-residence. A petition would be required.

Distance learning courses

C-prefix distance learning courses are counted in the student's credit total in the quarter when the course is completed, not in the quarter when the student began the course.

Most C-prefix distance learning credits are actually completed mid-quarter, however, and may be added in as if they fall between quarters. For example, consider the following final four quarters:

   Autumn 2001   15 UW residence credits plus 5 C-prefix distance-learning credits completed 11/2001
   Winter 200215 UW residence credits
   Spring 200215 UW residence credits
   Summer 200215 credits out-of-residence

Because the distance-learning credits were completed before the end of autumn quarter 2001, they don't have to be included in autumn quarter or in the student's final 60 credits, and no petition is required.

DL-prefix distance learning courses, on the other hand, are always posted on the student's transcript in the quarter in which the student registers for the course. DL courses are offered either on-calendar, having the same start and end dates as the regular quarter; or off-calendar. Off-calendar courses are posted on the student's transcript in the quarter in which the student enrolls in the course, regardless of the completion date. (If a student registers for an off-calendar DL course between quarters, it is posted in the next quarter.) When calculating the student's final 60 credits, DL courses must be included in the credit total for the quarter in which they are posted.

Degrees requiring fewer than 60 UW credits

A student who transfers in a large number of credits may be able to finish a bachelor's degree with fewer than 60 UW credits. As long as at least 45 UW residence credits are completed, the student is allowed up to 15 nonresidence credits.

For example, a student may transfer to the UW with 130 credits. As long as the student completes 45 UW residence credits, the student is allowed up to include up to 15 nonresident credits in his/her final quarters.

   130   transfer credits
   45   UW residence credits
   12   nonresident credits (transfer, extension, DL)
   187   credits total

Previous "senior-year" residence requirement

The current residence requirement replaces the earlier senior-year or final-year residence requirement, which required students to complete 35 of their final 45 credits in residence. Students graduating in December 2002 or later must follow the 45/60-credit requirement described here.
  
  

Degree programs allowing fewer residence credits

    A UW school or college may, with proper approval, offer a degree program in which the required courses are primarily offered through distance learning. Such a degree may require fewer than 45 UW residence credits, and/or exceed the 90-credit DL-prefix course limit. At this writing, no such programs have yet been proposed.

For the governing legislation, see the University Handbook, Volume Four, Part III, Chapter 14, Section 1.

  
  

Petitions

   

Petitioning up to 25 credits out-of-residence

A student is allowed 15 of the final 60 credits out-of-residence with no petition required. A student who wants up to 25 of the final 60 credits out-of-residence must submit a graduation petition to the college awarding the degree. All colleges require that the student present at least 45 total UW residence credits.

A petition is more likely to be approved if the student has a large number of UW residence credits, and if the bulk of the student's coursework in the major has been completed at the UW. A petition is also more likely to be approved if it involves courses that are not available at the UW.

Petitioning more than 25 credits out-of-residence

A student who wants more than 25 of the final 60 credits out-of-residence must submit a graduation petition to the college awarding the degree. The college will review the petition, make a recommendation of "approve," "no recommendation," or "deny," and then submit it to the university-level Faculty Council on Academic Standards' Committee on Admission and Graduation for a final decision.

Excess credits

If a student takes more than 15 of the final 60 credits out of residence, the extra credits need not be counted against the limit of 15 if they are not needed in any way for degree requirements. For example, if a student has 185 credits, of which the last 20 were taken at another university, and those 20 include at least 5 credits of free electives, the student need not petition. (It is not the UW's intention to penalize students for taking extra coursework.) In such a case, the adviser should include an explanatory note on the degree application.

Note, however, that out-of-residence credits used to satisfy degree requirements count toward the 15-credit limitation even if the credits will not count toward the 180 credits required for graduation. For example, a student who has already transferred 90 community college credits cannot count any additional community college credits toward the 180 credits required for graduation (at least not without permission; see Lower Division Transfer Credit); but if such a student completes more than 15 additional community college credits in her final year that apply toward degree requirements, she is in violation of the final 60-credit residence requirement.

  
  

Double majors and double degrees

   

Double majors

The residence requirement for students completing two or more majors in one degree is the same as for students completing one major.

Double degrees

A student completing two simultaneous degrees must present 90 UW residence credits (45 + 45). A student completing three simultaneous degrees must present 135 UW residence credits (45 + 45 + 45).

In the case of two or more simultaneous degrees, the student is allowed 15 nonresidence credits in the final 60 credits preceding the award of the multiple degree. The student is not allowed 15 credits out-of-residence for each degree.

  
  

Postbaccalaureate students

    The residence requirement for postbaccalaureate student is the same as that for first-degree students. To earn a second bachelor's degree, 45 of the final 60 credits of the degree program must be UW residence credits; up to 15 nonresidence credits are allowed in the final 60 credits. An additional 10 nonresidence credits in the final 60 credits are possible by petition. In all cases, the student must complete at least 45 total UW residence 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 residence credits to earn a second degree. The student is allowed to count toward the residence 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.