All students need at least 120 credits to graduate from URI, but the exact amount required can vary based on major curriculum sheets. These credits come from three different areas:
- General Education Credits (40 credits) – You must fulfill these requirements as they are listed for your catalog year*. Further information is available by clicking here.
- Major and Minor credits (exact credit requirements vary by program) – These are courses specifically required for a major or minor. Further information is available by clicking Majors | Minors
- Electives – These are all courses that don’t count specifically for a major, minor, or fulfilling general education requirements but do get you to the credit count required for your degree program
At the end of each semester, University College for Academic Success (UCAS) reviews the academic status of students. Grades are reported to the Office of Enrollment Services no later than 48 hours after the end of the final examination period. The review process commences and notifications are mailed as soon as end of term grades are received from Enrollment Services.
To remain in “good academic standing,” students must maintain a 2.0 overall grade point average.
Full-time students qualify for “Dean’s List” by completing twelve or more credits and by achieving a 3.3 grade point average. Part-time students qualify by completing an accumulation of twelve or more credits and achieving a 3.3 grade point average.
Probation is a warning to students that if their grades don’t improve, they may be academically dismissed. A student is placed on probation if the cumulative grade point average is below a 2.0. Students may continue on probation for up to 3 consecutive semesters before being dismissed only if their quality point deficit is not equal to or greater than 8.0 points. Students placed on probation will receive official notification of their academic status and are required to attend a probation meeting early in the next semester.
Students in any of the following categories are subject to dismissal:
- First semester freshmen or new transfer students below a 1.0 GPA
- Students previously on probation who have a quality point deficit of 8 or more
- Students on probation for 3 consecutive semesters
Second Grade Option
University Manual 8.33.32 – “Students may exercise a Second Grade Option by repeating a course in which the student earned a C-, D+, D, or F. Only courses that fall within the student’s first 30 credits taken at the University may be selected for this option. Students must exercise this option no later than the next two semesters for which the student registers after completing thirty credits. Transfer students may exercise the Second Grade Option for courses taken during their initial semester at the University. This option must be exercised during the next two semesters for which they register after their initial semester.
When a student exercises the Second Grade Option, only the grade earned when the course is repeated will be used in the calculation of a student’s QPA and only the credits earned for the repeated course will apply toward the graduation requirements. All grades earned for a given course shall remain on a student’s permanent academic record. Students who wish to take advantage of this Second Grade Option must obtain approval from their academic deans and submit the appropriate form to the Office of Enrollment Services prior to midterm of the semester in which the course is being repeated. The Second Grade Option may be used only once per course.”
To apply for second grade option, complete the required Second Grade Option Form, and submit it for review to University College for Academic Success (UCAS) reception in Roosevelt Hall.