Academic Matters

Student Classification
Freshman less than 30 semester hours
Sophomore 30-59 semester hours
Junior 60-89 semester hours
Senior 90 semester hours and above

UNI operates on a semester basis. There are two main semester terms, sixteen weeks each, covering approximately fall – winter and winter – spring. There are also a number of summer sessions. One semester hour of credit is based on one hour of class time per week.

Grading System
Quality of work for completed courses is indicated by the marks A (superior work), B (good or above average work), C (fair or average work), D (poor but passing work), F (failure), and I (incomplete work). Grade points are awarded for each hour of credit as follows:
A = 4.00
A- = 3.67
B+ = 3.33
B = 3.00
B- = 2.67
C+ = 2.33
C = 2.00
C- = 1.67
D+ = 1.33
D = 1.00
D- = 0.67
F = 0.00 grade points (In order to receive credit for a failed course, it must be repeated in an on-campus class).

Dropping a Class - Dropped during first one-sixth of semester: not recorded on student’s record. - Dropped during second and third one-sixth of semester: indicated on record with W (Withdrawn). - Dropped during final one-half of semester: recorded on record as F (Failure).

Adding a Class - During the first seven instructional class days, you may add a class without approval. - During the eighth instructional day through the 15th, you need department approval to add class. - After the 15th day, it is rare to add a class this late.

Academic Catalog -
Available only on-line, it is revised every two years. The catalog contains degree information and provides brief course descriptions. In the catalog, you can find academic calendars, helpful student life information, degree requirements, and university regulations. A full directory of UNI faculty and staff can also be found at the end of the academic catalog.

Schedule of Classes
Available only on-line, it comes out before each registration session. It contains listings of all the available classes and relevant information for the following semester.

Plan of Study
A plan of study is used to effectively plan a course of study leading to a degree. A major is a concentration of courses in one school or department. No later than the beginning of the sophomore year, students enrolled will choose their major from an extensive list that can be found in the catalog. The number of hours required for each major varies and is established by the departments. A student must have at least one major in order to complete a degree, and students are encouraged to have additional majors and minors. A minor is also an emphasis in one area, but requires fewer completed hours.