Office of the Registrar
Frequently Asked Questions About Trinity College Academic Polices
What is the minimum grade I must earn to Most departments require a minimum grade of C- for a course to count toward fulfillment of major
count a course toward my major? requirements. See the Bulletin and/or your department chairperson for further details.
What is the minimum grade I must earn to Several minors require a minimum grade of C- for a course to count toward fulfillment of minor
count a course toward my interdisciplinary requirements. See the Bulletin and/or your minor coordinator for further details.
Until what point in the semester may I The Friday of the fourth full week of classes is the last day for students to withdraw from classes.
withdraw from classes? However, keep in mind that students are financially responsible for withdrawn courses.
Therefore, if you attempt more than 5.75 credits, including a withdrawn course, you will be charged
How do I designate a course as pass/low Use the designated section on the Add/Drop Schedule before the end of the Add/Drop Period.
pass/fail? Faculty see on their class lists which students have elected the pass/low pass/fail option.
Until what point in the semester may I The last day of classes is the last day for students to drop the pass/low pass/fail option.
drop the pass/low pass/fail option?
May I use a pass/low pass/fail graded NO. Each matriculated student is permitted to designate one course each semester to a maximum of
course toward my major? four courses in his/her academic career not required by his/her major, interdisciplinary minor,
language concentration, General Education Distribution or Mathematics Proficiency
requirements as pass/low pass/fail. Courses taken as part of a special first-year program, such as
Guided Studies, must also be taken for a letter grade, as must First-Year Seminars and Tutorial
May I use a pass/low pass/fail graded NO. You must earn a letter grade of at least C- in any course used to fulfill the Distribution
course to fulfill the General Education Requirement (students matriculating prior to the Fall 2000 semester may merely earn a passing letter
Distribution or Math Proficiency grade). You must earn a letter grade of C- in your math proficiency course to fulfill the requirement
requirement? and to earn credit.
May I use a pass/low pass/fail graded NO. Effective with the Spring 2001 term, students may not use the pass/low pass/fail option for
course toward my interdisciplinary minor? courses used toward a minor, language concentration, or First-Year Program (i.e., Guided
Studies, InterArts Program, Interdisciplinary Science Program, The Cities Program), nor may the
option be used for First-Year Seminars or Tutorial College courses.
May I take a course on a pass/low pass/fail NO. During the semester following the one in which Academic Probation was incurred, you must
basis if I incurred Academic Probation in elect all of your courses on a regular-grade basis.
the previous semester?
Will I incur Academic Probation if I earn NO. You need only earn 4.00 credits a semester; 9.00 credits a year is a standard guideline for
less than 9.00 credits in one academic completing 36.00 credits in four years.
How will Academic Probation affect my A permanent notation will be made on your transcript. Also, you may not take a course pass/low
status at Trinity? pass/fail and you may not study away from Trinity in an approved academic leave program in the
semester after Academic Probation is incurred.
Frequently Asked Questions (Continued)
How does a two-semester course affect The full credit(s) for multi-term courses appear in both semesters. All of the credit(s) are earned in the
my record and academic standing? spring term, while the course is graded “IP” (In Progress) in the fall. Students receive the benefit of the
full credit(s) in both terms when academic standing is determined, while only half of the credit is
counted toward tuition charges each term.
How does a two-semester course affect Students must earn letter grades in four credits and obtain a term GPA of 3.667, with no grade below a
my ability to earn faculty honors? B-. Therefore, for example, students attempting a two-credit thesis in the fall must complete four
additional credits in the term to be eligible for faculty honors.
Can a course taken for my minor YES. If you have a five-course minor, you may count 2 courses from your minor toward your major; if
double-count toward my major? you have a six-course minor, you may count 3 courses from your minor toward your major.
May I take a course for a second time NO. First, students who wish to enroll in the same course twice must obtain permission of the
and earn credit twice? department chairperson using the Course Override/Exception Form. This form must then be submitted
to the Registrar’s Office. Second, you should understand that the appropriate Quality Points and
Quality Hours for both courses will be included in your GPA, but you will receive credit toward the
degree for only one enrollment, assuming your grades are appropriate. A repeated course will not
count toward the minimum of 4.00 credits required to remain in good standing in the term (courses
such as Music Lessons, Teaching Assistantships, Theses, Independent Studies, Internships, Concert
Choir, etc., invite repeated enrollment and are excluded from this caveat). However, students ARE
financially responsible for repeated courses.
If I have two majors and one of those NO. You may choose either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree.
majors is eligible for the Bachelor of
Science degree and one is eligible only
for the Bachelor of Arts degree, will I
receive two different degrees?
May I count Advanced Placement (AP) Approved AP credit may count toward the 36.00 credits required for your degree, but only if the AP
credits toward my major? credit does not duplicate Trinity course work (see the current Bulletin for the list of those courses).
Some departments may also count AP credits toward the major. All questions concerning acceptable
AP scores and credits should be addressed to the department in question.
Is there a limit on the number of YES. No more than 3.00 internship credits may be counted toward the degree, and no more than 1.00
internships for which I can earn credit credit in exploratory internships may be counted toward the degree.
toward the 36.0 credits required for the
How many Physical Education credits No more than 1.00 credit (four courses) may be counted toward the degree.
may I earn toward the degree?
How many Teaching Assistantship No more than 2.00 Teaching Assistantship credits may count toward the degree.
credits may I earn toward the degree?
Are there any other course credit limits? YES. No more than 4.00 credits in Applied Music and no more than 3.00 credits in Techniques and
Applications of Theater and Dance (and no more than 2.00 in THDN-109) may be counted toward the
36.00 credits needed for a degree. See the Bulletin for further details.
How many courses may I transfer to The important concern is not the number of transfer credits, but the number of course credits earned at
Trinity? Trinity. You must earn 18.00 course credits in residence or in certain Trinity-sponsored programs
(e.g., Trinity’s Rome Campus) to be eligible for the Trinity College Bachelor’s degree (students who
entered Trinity prior to the fall of 1996 must earn 16.00 credits in residence).
How do I transfer credit for courses For courses completed prior to matriculation at Trinity, please arrange for an official transcript of your
taken at another educational institution? course work to be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar. The Registrar will inform you of any
additional steps that may be required. For courses to be taken after matriculation at Trinity, please refer
to the policies and procedures outlined in the Trinity College Student Handbook (also located at
www.trincoll.edu/depts/registra/transfer/). Students must obtain approval of courses in advance of
enrollment by completing an Application for Transfer Credit. Application forms are available at the
Office of the Registrar and at www.trincoll.edu/depts/registra/transfer/.
Last Updated June 4, 2002