In the last semester of the sophomore year, all students must take the Rising Junior Assessment prior to being allowed to register for further courses, and they must pass the Assessment prior to acquiring 96 hours of collegiate-level credits. Students who fail to meet the minimum pass criteria for any part or parts of the Rising Junior Assessment must:
- Seek appropriate remediation;
- Retake the part or parts they failed each time the Assessment is offered until they have passed all portions. The Assessment is administered twice each year, October and March, and
- Pay for the cost of retakes at the prevailing rate for each portion of the test each time the Assessment is re-administered.
Students will be exempted from taking the Rising Junior Exam if they meet at least one of the following:
- They have received an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution,
- They have received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution,
- They have transferred at least 90 hours of credit-bearing hours to Kentucky State University, or
- They have been officially re-enrolled as students in the Project Graduate Program.
Students must submit a completed application for a degree to their major department according to the prescribed schedule in the Academic Calendar. No late applications will be accepted. Students must submit a new application for a degree if they have been unsuccessful with a graduation attempt. A non-refundable graduation fee is assessed each time a student applies for graduation.
No later than the semester of expected graduation, students must successfully complete a comprehensive exit assessment in the subject matter of the student’s major. An assessment may include, but is not limited to, a portfolio, a written examination, a presentation, a recital, and/or a capstone course.
A student must receive a grade of “C” or better in ENG 101 and 102, and a “D” or better in all other Liberal Studies Courses (the general studies core and IGS) and free electives. (Individual academic programs may require a “C” or better in certain Liberal Studies courses.)
A student must receive a grade of “C” or above in all courses required for the major, the area of specialization, and the minor.
A student must have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or better in all University courses.
A minimum of 60 semester credit hours (excluding any college preparatory and remedial courses and any courses numbered below the 100 level) is required for the awarding of an associate degree.
A minimum of 120 semester credit hours (excluding any college preparatory and remedial courses and any courses numbered below the 100 level) is required for the awarding of a baccalaureate degree. This includes a minimum of 42 semester credit hours in upper-level courses.