- Students, who wish to take graduate courses but who do not meet the minimum GPA for admission as degree, provisional or non-degree status, are considered special students. These students must have been highly recommended based upon evidence of scholarly potential. Students in this category may enroll in no more than 12 graduate semester credits covering a maximum of two consecutive terms. A student in this category may be admitted to degree status if a GPA of 3.0 is maintained during this period and if the student is recommended by the department head and dean of the school or college.
- Students who are removed from degree status because of a low GPA may become special students. Students in this category may petition for re-admission to degree status after earning a 3.0 GPA. A petition will be allowed only once within a period of two years (24 months).
- Students whose academic records are not received before the deadline period relating to the time in which the student wishes to be admitted are designated as special students. If a student’s records are received within a period of eight weeks after enrollment in courses, his/her record will be evaluated. The student will then be notified of his or her admission status. If the student’s records are not received prior to the end of the grading period, no credit will be awarded for the course(s) taken.