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Minimum Graduation Requirements

Section:300
Section Title:Academic Affairs
Policy Number:300-S
Policy Name:Minimum Graduation Requirements
Approval Authority:Academic Affairs
College Policy Executive:Chief Planning Officer
Responsible Executive:Provost/VPAA
Responsible Unit:Office of the Provost/VPAA
Date Adopted:April 1993
Date Revised:June 2006, October 2011, February 2012, October 2015

Policy

Policy

In order to be awarded a Ramapo College degree, students must be matriculated,

meet minimum credit and GPA requirements, and meet all requirements of the degree program.

Reason for Policy

 

 To establish the minimum graduation requirements for which all degree seekers are responsible.

 

To Whom Does The Policy Apply

 

To all Ramapo College Students

 

Related Documents

 

Procedure, College Catalog (academic policies)

Graduate Residency Policy 300–PP

Undergraduate Residency Policy 300–F

 

Contacts

Provost/VPAA – 201-684-7529

Procedure

MINIMUM GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

 

UNDERGRADUATE PROCEDURE

All students are responsible for all requirements in effect at the time of matriculation. Students may choose to follow the requirements in a later catalog but must file a Change of Major indicating this change prior to applying for graduation (a student must follow all requirements of the chosen catalog and may not choose general education from one catalog and major from another).  In order to qualify for a Ramapo College baccalaureate degree, a student must meet the following graduation requirements:

  • The student must be matriculated.
  • The student must have completed a minimum of 128 credits that count towards graduation. Specific degree programs (i.e., the combined total of major, school core, general education, and electives, which may be used towards a minor) may exceed this minimum. The student should consult the Course Catalog for details.
  • The student must have completed a minimum of 48 of those credits at Ramapo College.
  • The student must complete the final 32 credits in residence.  All official transcripts for approved study abroad and off campus study programs must be received in the Office of the Registrar by the deadline published on the website or the student will not be eligible to graduate and must re-apply for the next graduation cycle.
  • The student must declare a major and complete all the requirements for that primary major. If the student declares a second major and/or minor(s), the student must meet all of those requirements as well.
  • The student must have completed a minimum of one half of the credits for the primary major, the second major, and minor(s) at Ramapo College.
  • The student must complete the general-education requirements and the requirements of at least one school core.
  • The student must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA).
    • All courses taken at Ramapo College apply to the cumulative GPA. Transfer credit does not apply to the Ramapo College GPA.
  • The student must have a minimum 2.0 GPA in the primary major, the second major, and all minors.
    • Some majors require a higher GPA to be certified.  The specific graduation requirements are outlined in the college catalog.
  • To graduate from Ramapo College, all students must submit a completed and signed graduation application to the Graduation Office by the posted deadline corresponding with their graduation semester and submit a non-refundable graduation fee. The graduation application must include a detailed degree evaluation and  be signed by the advisor in the major or the convener of the major as well as the school Dean to ensure that all general education, school core, major, and minor course requirements have been met or will be met.

 

The Graduation Office will process all graduation applications for a given cycle and notify applicants of their status (missing requirements, etc.).  The Graduation Office will prepare a list of candidates for graduation each cycle.  The Registrar will forward the list to the President for approval and presentation to the Academic and Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.  The list shall include language indicating that the students listed are candidates for graduation and that degrees will be conferred following the successful completion of all degree requirements and final certification by the Office of the Registrar

 

GRADUATE PROCEDURE

 

In order to qualify for a Ramapo College Graduate Degree, a student must meet the following graduation requirements:

  • Attain “matriculation” status.
  • Complete all degree requirements with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.  All students are responsible for all requirements in effect at the time of matriculation. Students may choose to follow the requirements in a later catalog but must notify the Office of the Registrar in writing of any changes prior to filing for graduation.
  • Complete at least 75% of the required credits at Ramapo College.
  •  Submit a completed and signed graduation application to the Graduation Office by the posted deadline corresponding with the graduation semester and submit a non-refundable graduation fee.  The graduation application must include a detailed degree evaluation and be signed by the Program Director and the Dean to ensure that all requirements have been met or will be met.

The Graduation Office will process all graduation applications for a given cycle and notify applicants of their status (missing requirements, etc.).  The Graduation Office will prepare a list of candidates for graduation each cycle.  The Registrar will forward the list to the President for approval and presentation to the Academic and Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.  The list shall include language indicating that the students listed are candidates for graduation and that degrees will be conferred following the successful completion of all degree requirements and final certification by the Office of the Registrar.