Frequently Asked Questions


Academic Honors

College Honors at Graduation

The bachelor’s degree is awarded with college honors to students who have completed at least 28 of the required 38 courses at Regis College and have taken no more than four courses required for graduation on a pass/no pass basis.

College honors are based on the following grade point average criteria:

  • 3.90 summa cum laude
  • 3.70 magna cum laude
  • 3.45 cum laude

Transfer Student Hours

Transfer students who have completed a minimum of 18–27 courses at Regis College are also eligible for honors designation. These students must enroll with a grade point average of 3.50. The category for honors is then computed using the grade point average earned at Regis College. Transfer students with fewer than 18 Regis College courses are not eligible for College honors.

Dean's List

  • To be eligible for the Dean’s List as a sophomore, junior, or senior, a student must have a semester grade point average of at least 3.50.
  • For first year students a semester grade point average of at least 3.25 must be attained.
  • The grade point average calculated to determine eligibility for the Dean’s List is based on four or five four-credit courses taken for a letter grade, i.e., A, B, C, D, F.
  • The Dean’s List is determined at the conclusion of each semester. Students with a grade of “I” (Incomplete) at this time are ineligible for consideration.

Program Honors

  • A student may pursue a plan of studies in their junior and senior years that leads to a bachelor’s degree with Departmental Honors. The plan includes a sequence of two independent studies as part of their academic program. An Honors Paper of excellent quality based on the student’s independent research must be submitted and successfully defended orally.
  • A student who has demonstrated academic distinction in their major field and who is interested in Departmental Honors applies to their department chair at the end of their sophomore year and no later than February 1 of their junior year. Additionally, she establishes the parameters of their project prior to formal registration for the first semester of their senior year. To be eligible for participation, she must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and evidence of distinguished achievement in their major discipline at the time of application. Generally, such evidence will consist of a GPA of 3.5 in their major discipline. In unusual cases, the department, by majority vote, may modify the minimum GPA requirement in the major discipline. Their participation is approved by the department and supervised by a faculty member of the department.
  • The student must maintain the required minimum overall grade point average required for eligibility. Their candidacy is terminated at the end of any semester in which she does not maintain these standards or if their honors progress does not meet the standards established by their faculty supervisor and the department. In such instances, a student may receive credit for independent study with the approval of the department. Their independent study grade will be assigned by their faculty director.
  • A student will graduate with Departmental Honors upon the recommendation of the department. This recommendation is based upon the grade point averages and on the quality of the Honors Paper and its Oral Defense.
  • National and International Honor Societies: Membership in honor societies is open to students who have maintained a high scholastic record and have given evidence of leadership and service. These societies are:
        • Alpha Lambda Delta, national scholastic honor society for first year women
        • Beta Beta Beta, national biological honor society
        • Delta Epsilon Sigma, national honor society for graduates of Catholic liberal arts colleges, Iota Chapter
        • Lambda Pi Eta, communication honor society
        • Omicron Delta Epsilon, international honor society in economics, Lambda Chapter
        • Pi Gamma Mu, international social science honor society, Massachusetts Beta Chapter
        • Psi Chi, national honor society for psychology
        • Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing

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Academic Integrity

All students enrolled in classes at Regis College are expected to maintain integrity in all academic pursuits. Such academic pursuits may include, but are not limited to, the writing of papers, examinations, assignments, records, proper citation of all sources (including the Internet) and other elements of student performance. Any dishonesty with regard to these matters is subject to censure or penalty in proportion to the seriousness of the action may result in dismissal from the College.

Dishonesty includes copying the answers or another person(s) during an examination, secreting unauthorized materials to assist in an examination, plagiarism, taking as one's own statements of another without giving due credit to the author, failing to cite external sources (including the Internet) even though such material may have ben restated in one's own words, fraudulently obtaining test information, and falsifying records, transcripts, recommendations, or other documents indicative of student qualifications.

In proportion to the seriousness of the action, censure and penalty may extend from a failing grade for the work in question to dismissal from the college. The initial responsibility for resolving the issue lies with the faculty member and student. Should there be a need, the program coordinator or Center director should be contacted. If the issue is not resolved at those levels or is unusually serious, the matter is referred to the Office of Academic Affairs.

For more information, please refer to the Academic Integrity Handbook.  If you would like a copy of the handbook, please visit the Academic Center for Excellence in College Hall, Room 383.

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Academic Standing

Undergraduate Student Policies

The quality of a student's course work is indicated by grades with the following significance:

Grade Quality Points
A 4.0 (Superior)
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0 (Better than average)
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2.0 (Satisfactory)
C- 1.7
AU Audit
D+ 1.3
D 1.0 (Less than satisfactory)
D- 0.7
F Failure
P Pass
NP No pass (Failure)
I Incomplete
W Withdrew/Pass
WF Withdrew/Fail

*A grade of B- is a passing grade required for all Nursing courses.

Course grades are determined by the combined marks of class work, attendance, participation, and term examinations.

In order to qualify for the degree, a student must attain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00. To be in good academic standing, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 (1.75 for the first semester of first year). Students pursuing Education, Social Work, or Nursing must maintain a higher grade-point average and should request that information from the program. Class standing is determined as follows: To be eligible to enter the sophomore year, the student must have completed successfully 9 courses; to be eligible to enter the junior year, the student must have completed 18 courses; to be eligible to enter the senior year, 28 courses.

(Only students who have completed at least 26 courses with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 are eligible to participate in senior year activities.)

Graduate Student Policies

Admission

Students applying to a graduate program at Regis College have two options:

  1. Choose to pursue provisional admittance and waive the GRE requirement, by which students must get Bs in their first two courses in order to get admitted.
        • Note: Students are only able to take 2 graduate classes as a provisional admittance
        • Note: Depending on the specific graduate program, students may be required to take a core/required course as one of their two courses taken as a provisional student
  2. Take the GRE and get admitted based on their scores:
    Students who do not fulfill the provisional requirements (do not receive a B or above in their first TWO courses) and students who do not earn the minimum score required for the GREs (determined by each program – most grad programs require a minimum score of 1,000), and are thus denied admission into the desired program, are not allowed to re-apply to the program at a later date, and are not allowed to apply to any other graduate program.

Current Graduate Students

Students who receive below a B- in any course receive no credit for that course; if it is a core requirement for the degree the student must re-take the course and earn a grade of B- or better.

Students who receive below a B- in two courses are eliminated from the graduate program.

Depending on the specific graduate program, students may or may not be allowed to walk in the graduation ceremony if they have not fulfilled all of the course requirements to earn a degree.  For example, Communications does not allow students to participate in the ceremony unless all requirements are fulfilled by graduation; MPA allows students to participate if one course is missing (e.g., the field research/thesis requirement).

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Advanced Placement

Students may be granted college credit for each advanced placement test score of three, four, or five. These courses will count toward those required for the degree. The courses may or may not count toward the requirement of the major, depending upon a particular department’s policy. A score of four or five is required by some academic areas/programs for credit.

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Auditing Courses

Students are permitted to audit courses with the approval of the instructor of the course. Auditors normally do not participate in class discussions, submit papers, take exams, or perform any other function for which credit is given. Activity courses (e.g., studio art, computer science, and physical education) are not normally open to auditors. See the Registrar for procedure.

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Summer School or Other Non-Regis Courses

Students may attend summer school or regular sessions at an approved and accredited college or university for personal enrichment, to remove deficiencies, to strengthen an area needing improvement, or to take courses unavailable at Regis College because of scheduling conflicts. To be considered for transfer, the course must be a three- or four-credit course. The course must be pre-approved by the undergraduate student’s faculty advisor and program coordinator, and the student must complete and file a form in the Registrar’s Office. Graduate students must contact the graduate program director regarding approval for any non-Regis course and must also file the required form with the Registrar. Ordinarily, no more than two undergraduate courses per summer session can be taken for degree credit. Without special permission, undergraduate students may not take major courses elsewhere. No undergraduate course will be considered for transfer unless the student has achieved a course grade of C or better. In some undergraduate programs and in all graduate programs, the student must receive a grade of B- or better in order for the course to be considered in transfer.

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The College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) enables students to earn college credit by examination. Students may take CLEP tests to demonstrate college-level competency no matter where or how this knowledge was acquired. By successfully completing a CLEP examination at or above the standard score determined by Regis College, students may earn academic credit for up to six courses. CLEP credit is considered as part of the allowance of transfer courses. Students must have approval from their academic advisor prior to registering for a CLEP exam.

The following CLEP examinations have been approved for transfer to Regis College:

  • Algebra
  • Algebra - Trigonometry
  • American Government
  • American Literature
  • American History 1 and 2
  • Analysis and Interpretation of Literature
  • Calculus and Elementary Functions
  • College Algebra
  • College German Levels 1 and 2
  • English Composition With Essay
  • English Literature
  • General Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Information Systems and Computer Applications
  • Introduction to Educational Psychology
  • Introduction to Management
  • Introductory Accounting
  • Introductory Macroeconomics
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Principles of Accounting
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Western Civilization 1 and 2

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Office Hours

During academic semesters

Monday - Friday
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Summers

Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact Information

781-768-7270

Location

College Hall Room 221

Mailing Address

Box 15
235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493

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