2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog
East Stroudsburg Normal School opened it doors on September 4, 1893. Today, ESU is a comprehensive university in northeastern Pennsylvania offering 58 undergraduate and 22 graduate degrees and is one of the 14 institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog > Academic Regulations > Graduation
A student at East Stroudsburg University must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in order to graduate (individual departments may, however, stipulate higher graduation requirements), complete the general education requirements and competencies requirements. A student's graduation application initiates his/her graduation clearance process. As designated by the Registrar, the Graduation Services team begins working with the student's department and college to review and finalize the degree requirements.
Priority processing deadline dates for applying for graduation are August 31 for Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 degree conferral, January 29 for Spring 2016 degree conferral and May 30 for Summer 2016 degree conferral. The university holds three commencement exercises during the academic year, one at the end of the fall semester and two at the end of the spring semester. Students graduating in the Winter term may participate in the December commencement ceremony and students graduating in the Summer term may participate in the May or December commencement ceremony.
East Stroudsburg University currently holds commencement ceremonies at the end of the fall and spring semesters to recognize graduates for their academic success at the institution. Students who have officially indicated their “Intent to Graduate”, registered for all remaining required coursework, or are in progress of making up incomplete (“I”) grades, may be eligible to participate in the commencement exercises.
In order to qualify for graduation honors, a student must have completed at least 45 credits at East Stroudsburg University. These 45 credits can be accrued through any course, internship and/or field placement including student teaching in which a letter grade is assigned (A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D or E) or a satisfactory grade is ascribed. The check for the 45-credit minimum includes in-progress courses during the student’s graduation semester. The check for the student’s cumulative grade point average is based on all graded coursework.
Students who have the appropriate cumulative grade point average at the time the honors designation is determined, and who will have met the 45-credit minimum once the final semester is completed, will be granted graduation honors as follows:
Summa Cum Laude Cumulative grade point average 3.80 or above
Magna Cum Laude Cumulative grade point average 3.60 to 3.799
Cum Laude Cumulative grade point average 3.40 to 3.599
March 15 of the academic year for spring and summer graduation or
November 1 for fall and winter graduation.
All first baccalaureate degree students will take at least 30 of their last 45 credits at East Stroudsburg University. At least 50 percent of major requirements must be completed at a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education university.
For active duty service members, the academic residency requirement will not exceed 25 percent of the undergraduate degree program. If the undergraduate degree is available 100 percent online, the academic residency requirements will not exceed 30 percent of the undergraduate degree program.
With the exception of specific course areas such as majors, the academic residency requirements for active duty service members will not include “final year” or “final semester” requirements. In addition, each program is expected to confirm with their respective accrediting agencies the allowable flexibility in order to meet the needs of active duty service members.
Students wishing to earn dual degrees (both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts) must earn a minimum of 150 credit hours while completing all requirements for multiple majors and the general education competencies.
Students meeting all of the requirements of two majors with less than 150 credit hours can obtain a multiple major designation. In the case of a double major, if the two majors involve multiple degree designations (e.g., B.A. in english and B.S. in psychology), the student will have the option to select only one degree designation that appears on the transcript and diploma.
A student who is already the recipient of a baccalaureate degree (either from East Stroudsburg University or from a different regionally accredited university) who wishes to pursue an additional undergraduate field will be required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at East Stroudsburg University including the requirements for the major. The program of study for the additional degree is to be approved by the appropriate department chair and appropriate academic dean.
Graduation Residency Requirement
Active Duty Service Members Exception
Simultaneous Dual Degrees
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