Class Standing

A student's class standing is determined by the number of course units the student has accumulated. In addition to course work taken at Penn, this includes A.P. credit, transfer credit from other institutions and credit issued for departmental examinations. Course work in progress is taken into consideration in determining a student's classification for Advance Registration for a future term.

For students in the College, the classification is as follows:

  • Freshman: less than 8.0 c.u.
  • Sophomore: from 8.0 - 15.99 c.u.
  • Junior: from 16.0 - 23.99 c.u.
  • Senior: 24.0 c.u. or more.

Transfer students who have questions concerning their class standing should contact the Office of Admissions. Questions concerning the curriculum should be addressed to an academic advisor in the College Office.

Students may need an official letter from the College confirming their academic status, including whether they are full-time and in good academic standing. The College can prepare these letters at a student's request.

  • A student who wishes to request such a letter should come to the College Office and fill out the form available at the front desk. The student should be sure to indicate whether the letter is to be mailed (and if so, where) or if s/he intends to pick it up in person.
  • Those requesting such letters should allow for at least two business days for processing (and during peak periods of the semester even more).
  • Students must be enrolled in no fewer than 3 c.u. in order to request a letter attesting to their full-time status.