To earn a degree from Kentucky State University, students must satisfy both specific academic program and University course requirements. In addition, they must maintain good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or better) as defined in the University's Academic Regulations and Policies. These regulations and policies are set forth elsewhere in this Catalogue, and students are expected to abide by them. Students are also required to take and pass a Rising Junior Assessment by the time they have earned 60 semester hours of collegiate level credits. Baccalaureate degree- seeking students must take the Rising Junior Assessment prior to registering for further courses. Students must pass all sections of the Assessment by the time they have earned 96 semester hours. Students required to take remedial course work in reading, composition, or mathematics should not expect to complete their baccalaureate degree requirements within the traditional period of four undergraduate academic years. Summer session course work and possibly an additional academic semester's course work may be required in such cases. Every student is encouraged to work closely with his/her advisor.
Students who maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.2 are awarded the baccalaureate degree cum laude. Students who maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 and who have received no grade of "D" or "F" are awarded the baccalaureate degree magna cum laude. Finally, students who maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.8 and who have received no grades of "D" or "F" are awarded the baccalaureate degree summa cum laude. Graduation honors are awarded only to those students who have earned at least 64 semester credit hours at Kentucky State University.
The baccalaureate degree or the associate degree with departmental honors will be conferred upon the student who, in addition to having completed the requirements for the degree, shall have maintained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 and a grade-point average of at least 3.3 in courses required for the major. In computing academic major grade-point averages, all courses taken in a major will be counted. To be considered for academic program honors, one or two years of residence work at Kentucky State University are required of associate or baccalaureate degree recipients, respectively, with at least half of the major courses taken at the University.