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.