Frequently Asked Questions

Many answers can be found in the Principia College Catalog

Overload or Underload?

According to Section 5 in the Principia Catalog: Academic Rules and Procedures

  • Normal load: 12 to 18 credit hours
     
  • Overload: more than 18 credit hours.  Petition needed... contact Registrar
     
  • Underload: fewer than 12 credit hours.  Petition needed... contact Registrar

Transfer course credit from another college?

Check out Section 5 in the Principia Catalog:  Transfer Credit.  Contact Registrar for further details. 

Drop/add policy? What are withdrawal grades?

Check out Section 5 in the Principia Catalog:  Drop/Adds.  Contact Registrar for further details. 

What is the difference between the B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) and B.S. (Bachelor of Science) degrees?

Distribution requirements for both degrees are listed in the Principia catalog. The B.S. degree concentrates highly on mathematics and natural sciences.  Check out Section 2 in the Principia Catalog: Academic Programs

How is a double major different from a second degree?

Check out Section 5 in the Principia Catalog: Academic Rules and Procedures Degree with Multiple Majors and Receipt of Two Degrees

What majors and minors are offered?

See Section 2: Academic Programs, Majors and Minors

What is the writing proficiency requirement?

See Section 5: Academic Rules and Procedures, Writing Program Policy

What is the math proficiency requirement?

See Section 5: Academic Rules and Procedures, Basic Mathematics Policy

What is foreign language requirement?

See Section 2: Academic Programs, Rationale for Distribution Requirements

What other graduation requirements are there? (P.E., moral reasoning, etc.)

See Section 2: Academic Programs, All-College Degree Requirements

Which year’s catalog has the relevant graduation requirements?

See Section 5: Academic Rules and Procedures, Graduation Rules

What grade point average is required to be in good academic standing?

See Section 5: Academic Rules and Procedures, Academic Standing

How are grade points computed?

See Section 5: Academic Rules and Procedures, Grading System

What do “S” and “U” grades mean?

See Section 5: Academic Rules and Procedures, Grading System

What is a star (*) grade?

See Section 5: Academic Rules and Procedures, Star (*) Grades

What is an “Incomplete” (I) grade?

How long does a student have to make up an incomplete?  See Section 5: Academic Rules and Procedures, Incomplete (I) Grades

What can I do when a faculty member gives an unfair grade?

Need to petition... contact Registrar. See Section 5: Academic Rules and Procedures, Grade Changes

Can a class be repeated?

See Section 5: Academic Rules and Procedures, Repeat Grades

What does it mean to be on academic probation or extended probation?

See Section 5: Academic Rules and Procedures, Academic Probation

What constitutes academic suspension?

See Section 5: Academic Rules and Procedures, Academic Suspension

What is the attendance policy at Principia?

The attendance policy varies with each course and each faculty member. It is the student’s responsibility to know the policies for each class.  See Course Information Online and course syllabi.

 

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