Zero Credit Students Policy

Statement of Policy

Excelsior College is poised to serve students who have already begun college-level work and are seeking to continue on the path toward earning a degree. In order to ensure that students who may be new to higher education do not overextend themselves, any student enrolling at Excelsior College without documented college-level credit shall be limited to registering for no more than a total of 11 credits in their first 16-week trimester with a maximum of 6 credits at any given time in the first trimester. Refer to Full-time, Part-time Student Status.

Students enrolled in full-time Excelsior College study-abroad programs are exempt from this policy.

Procedure

  • Students submitting an undergraduate application that indicates no previous college credit will be designated as Zero Credit.
  • The Assessment Unit counseling team will run a preliminary review and the following statement will print on the review to notify students of the current policy:

"Excelsior College is poised to serve students who have already begun college-level work and are seeking to continue on the path toward earning a degree. In order to ensure that students who may be new to higher education do not overextend themselves any student enrolling at Excelsior College without documented college-level credit shall be limited to registering for no more than a total of 11 credits in their first 16-week trimester with a maximum of 6 credits at any given time in the first trimester. Refer to the policy Full-time, Part-time Student Status."

  • Matriculated students wishing to enroll in more than 6 course credits during their first course term or more than 11 credits in their first trimester must submit transcripts from prior college attendance, even if they do not wish all credits from prior attendance to be applied toward their Excelsior College degree.