The university's Academic Regulations guide students, faculty, and advisors. Refer to these regulations often. Here we address some of the regulations we regularly receive questions about.
When in doubt, refer to the Academic Regulations to determine if there are existing rules to help guide you.
Learn about the OSU grading system, GPA calculation process, and academic standing rules.
In addition to college and major requirements, there are university-level requirements for a bacclaureate degree to be awarded.
Registration policies and procedures are listed in the Registration Regulations section of this website
Finals Week is governed by Academic Regulation 16.
Students who wish to pursue an exam for course credit or waiver should review the rules in Academic Regulation 23, Special Examination for Credit. Academic Regulation 24 addresses Special Examination for Waiver requirements. To request an exam for credit or waiver, students must complete the Petition Examination for Credit/Waiver form and return it to the Office of the Registrar.
Students who want to repeat a course for any reason should consult Academic Regulation 20 to learn how their academic record will be effected. Students may also view the Repeated Courses video, with examples of how repeat rules are applied in common situations.
Instructors may consider attendance in the calculation of students’ grades. Refer to Academic Regulation 14 for more details.
Academic Regulations 17–19 describe the OSU grading system—available grades and associated point values, and the alternative grading system.
As stated in Academic Regulation 21, each term an honor roll list is published with the names of students who completed at least 12 graded credits with a GPA of 3.5 GPA or higher.
Students are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress standards set out in Academic Regulation 22. There are four possible academic standing statuses.
The Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Standing is charged with the responsibility for enforcement of the above regulations on Satisfactory Academic Standing. Additionally, this committee has discretionary authority to grant exceptions and to develop guidelines for the administration of these regulations.
1 An attempt comprises a final grade in a course where the grade is: A, A–, B+, B, B–, C+, C, C–, D+, D, D–, F, S, U, P, NP, I/Alternate Grade (where the Alternate Grade is one of these grades), W, or Y.
Students may petition once with the Registrar to exclude OSU courses from the calculation of institutional requirements, credits, and grade-point average, under the conditions defined in Academic Regulation 31 (Academic Fresh Start Policy).
Maintaining regular contact with your academic advisor is key to ensuring you are making progress towards earning your degree. The university also provides online tools for students to track their degree requirements. Login to MyOSU and under My Student Stuff choose the MyDegrees link to check your degree progress.
Institutional requirements for baccalaureate degrees are described in Academic Regulation 25. In addition to institutional requirements, students must meet college and departmental requirements for a baccalaureate degree.
Requests for substitutions should be submitted to the appropriate authority as stated in Academic Regulation 28.
As stated in Academic Regulation 29, attendance at graduation exercises is optional and attending students are responsible for declaring whether or not they will attend commencement. For further details, visit the Graduation section of this website.
Academic regulations 26 and 27 govern the requirements for the awarding of additional baccalaureate degrees or credentials.
Some academic regulations help guide students considering making changes to their registration. You may also consult the student registration section of this website for detailed procedural information.