Graduation Requirements

Degrees will not be posted or diplomas mailed until all graduation requirements have been completed.

All undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 128 semester hours (excluding non-degree hours). Some degrees require more hours (See specifications for your major in the ACU Catalog).

  1. Thirty-three upper division hours must be completed (i.e., 300-level and above) out of 128 semester hours. Twenty-four of these hours must be taken at ACU including 9 hours in the major field.
  2. All general education requirements must be completed.
  3. All major and minor (if any) requirements must be completed.
  4. All outside concentration or track courses (for degrees with this requirement) must be completed.
  5. Major and overall GPA requirements as stated in the ACU Catalog for the specific degree must be met. GPA is calculated based on hours taken at ACU.
  6. At least 25 percent of the semester hours required for the degree sought must be taken in residence at ACU including the last 24 hours.
  7. To qualify for honors, students must complete at least 64 hours at ACU.  Students who entered ACU prior to Fall 2006 have the following honors with a GPA of at least 3.4 cum laude (with honor), 3.6 graduate magna cum laude (with high honor), and 3.8 graduate summa cum laude (with highest honor).  The GPA thresholds for students who entered ACU in Fall 2006 or later are 3.6 for cum laude, 3.75 for magna cum laude, and 3.9 for summa cum laude. Courses taken Credit/Non-Credit or Pass/Fail do not count toward GPA requirements for honors. Honors are based on the student’s current GPA at the time of commencement.  They are subject to change after commencement when grades for the current semester have been recorded.
Graduate students must complete requirements as specified in the graduate section of the ACU Catalog.

 

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