Academics

There are many academic resources and services available to support student success at Southern Connecticut State University from the time you start your journey through graduation!

Visit our main Academics website for more information about  our degree and certificate programs, course placement, general education requirements, and opportunities such as Honors College, Research and Innovation, and Study Abroad.  The information provided below outlines additional support services and resources.

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We have a team of knowledgeable professional advisors who are fully committed to supporting your success! 

Visit the Academic Advising website for more information or to:

•    Learn more about the advising center services or schedule an appointment.
•    Review new and transfer student information.
•    Access advising resources such your academic map, degree evaluation, or GPA calculator.

Academic Standing

Academic standing is evaluated at the end of each fall and spring semester for undergraduate students and is based on a student's cumulative GPA (excluding transfer courses). The information presented on the Academic Standing website is intended to help undergraduate students understand the four levels of academic standing (Good Standing, Warning, Probation and Dismissal) and provide information regarding available support to those who find themselves on warning, probation or dismissal.  The Academic Standing policies may be reviewed in full the graduate and undergraduate catalogs (see Academic Standards).

Graduation Requirements
Students may log into Banner Web to review their degree evaluation, registration checklist, and graduation checklist to verify outstanding requirements.  The Registrar's Office will automatically process degree awards once a student has successfully completed all program requirements.  Effective October 2020, students are no longer required to apply to receive their diploma or certificate.  

Diplomas and Transcripts

Once all academic program requirements have been met, a student's official graduation date (or conferral) is determined by a student's final course completion date. The degree or certificate awarded will be recorded on the student’s official transcript. Diplomas and certificates will be mailed to the permanent address on file with the university within approximately 30-45 days. 

Visit the Student Records website for more information about ordering an official transcript or receiving your diploma.

Commencement for Undergraduate Students

Students earning a degree in the current academic year will be invited to participate in the commencement ceremony held annually each spring (or summer if postponed due to COVID-19). This includes students who graduated in the most recently completed fall or winter term, and students with at least 100 credits (including in-progress) who will be completing all remaining requirements in the upcoming spring or summer term. 

Visit the Commencement website for more information and details about the event.

Commencement for Graduate Students

Students earning a degree, or sixth-year certificate, in the current academic year must complete the Commencement Participation Form online at: www.SouthernCT.edu/grad by the published deadline to participate in the commencement ceremony held annually each spring (or summer if postponed due to COVID-19).

Visit the Commencement website for more information and details about the event.

Reverse transfer is a process where credits earned at Southern may be transferred back to earn an associate degree at the Connecticut State Community College you previously attended, the credits you have earned at Southern may be applied towards both degrees.   This is an important milestone, as students who earn an associate degree are more likely to complete their bachelor degree, and it can provide better job opportunities while in school.  Employers value the associate degree as evidence of your commitment to expanding your knowledge.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be an undergraduate matriculated student who has earned at least 15 credits at SCSU.

  • Previously attended at a Connecticut community college and earned at least 45 credits.

  • Note: Southern courses will be evaluated and are subject to the degree and residency requirements of the community college.

Students are notified of eligibility by the Registrar's office annually in January.  Eligible students may submit the Reverse Transfer Application to the community college previously attended along with an official Southern transcript. 

Southern students who plan to take courses at another institution must receive prior approval to apply the transfer credit(s) towards their program requirements. Please complete either the Undergraduate Transfer Request or Graduate Transfer Request

Here is other important information regarding transfer credit for current students:  

  • Students may also search our database of transferable courses from schools within Connecticut.    

  • Students must be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

  • Courses from regionally accredited colleges or universities are eligible for transfer.

  • Courses must be completed with a 'C-' or better to be transferred.

  • Students must submit an official transcript to the Registrar's Office showing proof of completion.

  • Students will not receive duplicate credit for any course in which they have already earned credit.

  • Transferred credits are not computed into the student’s cumulative GPA at Southern.

Please Note: Students who will not be concurrently enrolled at Southern during the fall or spring semester must also submit a Leave of Absence form to maintain matriculation status.