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AP: Section C - Student Classification


Matriculated Student

An individual who has been formally admitted as a full‑ or part‑time student, is registered in a degree or certificate program under standard college and State University of New York admissions procedures, and who continues his/her program successfully, has matriculated status in that program.


An individual is eligible for matriculation if s/he holds a high school diploma or its equivalent. A high school student is eligible for matriculation subject to the limitations of the early admissions program.


Non-Matriculated or Non-Degree Students are not formally enrolled in a degree program.


Non-matriculated students may only enroll in up to 11 credit hours per semester.


Non-matriculated students are not eligible for financial aid.


Non-matriculated students may not accumulate more than 12 credit hours in non-matriculated status (advisement and permission is required for students approaching the 12 credit mark). Exceptions are only made for those students who do not intend on earning a degree at SUNY Cobleskill.


Students must be at least 16 years old or have completed high school in order to enroll in courses at SUNY Cobleskill.



Non-matriculated students may enroll in SUNY Cobleskill courses as long as the course has seat availability and the student meets course pre-requisites.  Priority is first given to current SUNY Cobleskill students.
(3.10 – 3.15 Updated/Revised January 2013)


Major Course of Study

A major is a course of study pursued by a student which meets requirements of a program or an option of the A.A., A.S., A.A.S., A.O.S., BT, BBA, BS, or certificate programs. A student may change major by following the outlined procedure, as listed on the student change of status form available in the Registrar's Office.


Minor Courses

Matriculated Bachelors students seeking a minor need to meet the department requirements for the minor as defined in the catalog. 

A student must see their academic advisor to declare a minor.  Students must submit a change of status to add the minor to their program of study.  Declaring a minor ensures the course requirements appear on the students’ degree audit and the transcript upon completion. Cobleskill follows the State University of New York diploma policy which excludes minor information from displaying on the diploma.

A minor is 15 credits or more in a secondary area of study. A maximum of 9 credits may be shared between major field requirements and a minor. A majority of credits for a minor normally would be 200 level courses or higher.

Additional remaining credits may be met with courses selected from the following: General Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences options, and elective credit requirements.  A maximum of 18 credits may be shared if more than one minor is pursued.

Minor credits that are not also part of the major field requirements do not qualify for financial aid. Since students must be enrolled in at least 12 aid eligible credits to receive full time financial aid, students may have to take more than 12 credits per term to maintain eligibility when pursuing a minor. 

Students must complete both major and minor requirements before applying for degree completion.  Courses not completed at the time of degree conferral will mean the minor will not be included on the transcript.


Full-time Student

 A student carrying 12 or more credit hours during a semester is considered a full-time student.


A student must maintain full-time status in order to be eligible for on-campus residence.


Full-time matriculated students who wish to change to part-time matriculated status must complete the change of status form. The advisor and department chair for the program the student is enrolled will provide approval via the Change of Status Form. The Change of Status is submitted to the Office of the Registrar and documented in the record. Financial Aid should be consulted; aid is significantly limited for part-time students.


If a student is currently enrolled as a part-time matriculated student and is seeking to attend full-time, a change of status form must be completed. The advisor and department chair for the program the student is enrolled will provide approval via the Change of Status Form. The Change of Status is submitted to the Office of the Registrar and documented in the record. Financial Aid should be consulted; there may be more aid options for full-time status students.


Part-time Student

 A student carrying fewer than 12 credit hours is classified as part-time.


Part-time non-matriculated students who wish to enroll as matriculated students must complete the application process designated by the director of admissions.


Enrollment of non‑matriculated students in courses is limited to space available after full‑time and part‑time matriculated students have been scheduled.


Applicants for matriculated status must present evidence of a high school diploma or its equivalent.


High school seniors are accepted as non‑matriculated students when they complete the Part-time Non-Matriculated Application and Course Selection Form. Students are not enrolled in a degree program, may enroll in up to 11 credits, are not eligible for financial aid and students must be at least 16 years of age to enroll.


In order to meet degree requirements, part‑time students must meet all admissions requirements and request matriculation in a program.


Special Student*

The College also recognizes that students who have graduated may want to return to explore a new degree program.


Students not holding a degree from Cobleskill may elect to take course work in a different major without declaring this major for a period not to exceed one semester.


Students who have graduated from Cobleskill may return for a period not to exceed one semester for the purpose of exploring a different degree program. Graduates will be matriculated in the same school as their original degree program.


A student who has filed an approved change of status form for either of these changes will be considered a "special student" and remain an advisee of the school where previously registered.


A student, graduate or non‑graduate, may be in "special student" status for no longer than one semes­ter.

*To review eligibility for financial aid, contact the Financial Aid Office.