Undergraduate Catalog 2015 - 2016

Academic and Related Regulations


Every student is expected to know and comply with all policies and regulations stated in this catalog, in the Student Handbook, and on the University's website.

Students are also expected to be aware of, and responsible for, their scholastic standing at all times, including their cumulative and major grade point average, number of credits completed, and progress toward meeting the specific graduation requirements for their chosen degree.

Each semester the registrar's office publishes, in the electronic schedule of courses, a series of deadline dates for course withdrawal, pass/fail, repeat course, and other important actions that students may need or want to take regarding their academic status. Students are expected to make themselves aware of, and comply with, these deadlines.        

The University reserves the right to introduce changes in the rules r­­egulating admission, programs of instruction, and graduation. Changes go into effect when determined by the proper authorities and apply to prospective students as well as to those already enrolled. Students are urged to read carefully all materials sent from the University by email, mail, and/or posted in appropriate locations around campus. Regular contact with faculty and other advisors is strongly recommended. The administration of academic regulations is the function of the dean of each college.

Students experiencing academic difficulty are advised to consult first with the faculty member directly concerned. If for some reason the problem cannot be resolved, students should consult the assigned academic advisor.

Upon admission to the University and to a major program, students are given an academic audit outlining particular requirements and recommending the sequence in which they should pursue those requirements. It is the students' responsibility to use this computer-assisted advising tool, keep it updated, and have it available each time they consult with their academic advisor and register for a new semester. Students who misplace or lose the degree audit control sheet may generate a new copy and review their academic progress via the institution's student access system WP Connect.

Academic Credit Life

When the progress toward a degree is interrupted, academic credits that are ten years or older are subject to dean’s review and final decision. These credits may not be allowed as part of the current degree. Degree requirements must be satisfied by completing appropriate and current course requirements. Old credits may count as free electives. All program requirements must be met with unduplicated credits.

Academic Honors 

Deans List Students carrying a minimum of 12 credits who earn a grade point average of 3.45 or better are named to the Dean’s List; after the completion of the Fall or Spring semester. Courses taken under the pass/fail option are not counted toward the 12 credit requirement.

Graduation Latin Honors  Students who have completed at least 48 credits—not including credits earned with pass/fail grades—at William Paterson University and who graduate with a final grade point average of 3.45 or better for all undergraduate courses are recognized as honor students with the following designations:

  • Average of 3.45-3.64 = cum laude
  • Average of 3.65-3.84 = magna cum laude
  • Average of 3.85-4.00 = summa cum laude
  • Undergraduate second-degree students are not eligible for graduation honors.

Academic Integrity Policy

I. Standards of Academic Conduct

As an academic institution committed to the discovery and dissemination of truth, William Paterson University expects that all members of the University community shall conduct themselves honestly and with professional demeanor in all academic activities.

William Paterson University has established standards of academic conduct because of its belief that academic honesty is a matter of individual and University responsibility and that, when standards of honesty are violated, each member of the community is harmed.

Members of the University community are expected to acknowledge their individual responsibility to be familiar with and adhere to the Academic Integrity Policy.

II. Violations of Academic Integrity

Violations of the Academic Integrity Policy will include, but not be limited to, the following examples:

A. Cheating during examinations includes any attempt to (1) look at another student's examination with the intention of using another's answers for attempted personal benefit; (2) communicate, in any manner, information concerning the content of the examination during the testing period or after the examination to someone who has not yet taken the examination; (3) use any materials, such as notebooks, notes, textbooks, or other sources, not specifically designated by the professor of the course for student use during the examination period; or (4) engage in any other activity for the purpose of seeking aid not authorized by the professor.

B. Plagiarism is the copying from a book, article, notebook, video, or other source material, whether published or unpublished, without proper credit through the use of quotation marks, footnotes, and other customary means of identifying sources, or passing off as one's own the ideas, words, writings, programs, and experiments of another, whether or not such actions are intentional or unintentional. Plagiarism will also include submitting, without the consent of the professor, an assignment already rendered for academic credit in another course.

C. Collusion is working together in preparing separate course assignments in ways not authorized by the instructor. Academic work produced through a cooperative (collaborative) effort of two or more students is permissible only upon the explicit consent of the professor. The collaboration must also be acknowledged in stating the authorship of the report.

D. Lying is knowingly furnishing false information, distorting data, or omitting to provide all necessary, required information to the University's advisor, registrar, admissions  counselor, professor, etc., for any academically related purpose.

E. Other concerns that relate to the Academic Integrity Policy include such issues as computer security, stolen tests, falsified records, and vandalism of library materials. No list could possibly include all the possible violations of academic integrity. These examples should, however, give a clearer idea of the intent and extent of application of this policy.

III. Faculty Responsibilities for Upholding the Academic Integrity Policy

A. Faculty members are expected to be familiar with the academic integrity policy. Each faculty member will inform students of the applicable procedures and conditions early in each semester before the first examination or assignment is due.

B. Ordinarily, class tests and final exams should be proctored. Proctoring is defined as having a faculty member present in the room. Proctoring is the responsibility of the faculty member teaching the course although, where necessary, that responsibility may be shared with, or delegated to, faculty colleagues or graduate assistants assigned to the course.

IV. Resolution of Academic Integrity Policy Violations

A. If a faculty member has sufficient reason to believe that a violation may have occurred on any work submitted for a grade, he/she must attempt to discuss this matter with the student within ten (10) working days of the incident.

B. After discussing this matter with the student, and if the student accepts the proposed penalty, the student waives his/her right to a hearing. Depending on circumstances, as assessed by the faculty member who has discussed the matter with the student, the following penalty could be imposed:

  1. Resubmission of the assignment;
  2. Failure of the assignment;
  3. Failure of the course;
  4. Forced withdrawal from the course with no credit received;
  5. Imposition of other appropriate penalties with the consent of the student;
  6. Recommendation to the president of suspension or expulsion from the University;

C. If the student does not admit to a violation or disagrees with the proposed penalty he/she must:

  1.  Speak directly to the faculty member within ten (10) working days of being informed of a violation or of the proposed penalty. If, after repeated attempts, the student is unable to reach the faculty member within ten (10) working days, the student must notify the department chairperson in writing within that ten (10) day period.

  2. If, after discussion with the faculty member, the student is dissatisfied with the outcome, the student must contact the department chairperson presenting a dated, written, and signed statement describing the specific basis for the complaint. At this time, the student will also provide the faculty member with a copy of these written materials.

  3. The department chairperson will try to resolve the issue by reaching a settlement that is agreed upon by both the student and the faculty member. If the issue is not resolved at the chairperson's level, the student will request that the chairperson convene the Department Executive Council (or other appropriate department committee) - excluding the faculty member involved - to hear the appeal. The faculty member will submit a written, dated, and signed statement of the alleged violation to the council/committee. The student will submit a written, dated, and signed statement describing the basis of the complaint. The accuser will assume the burden of proof. When the faculty member involved is the chairperson, the student will request that the dean of the college convene the Department Executive Council (or other appropriate department committee). The Department Executive Council/Committee will submit its decision to the chairperson (or college dean, if the faculty member involved is the chairperson).

  4. If not satisfied with the Department Executive Council's (or other appropriate department committee's) decision, the student may ask the dean of that college to bring the matter to the College Council. The faculty member will submit a written, dated, and signed statement of the alleged violation. The student will submit a written, dated, and signed statement describing the basis for the complaint. The accuser will assume the burden of proof. The chairperson of the department concerned will not take part in the final vote (though the written decision from the department chairperson will be part of the record). The College Council's decision will constitute the University's final decision regarding the substantive nature of the case. Future appeals based on violations of due process are permitted to the limit of the law.

  5. Each step in the procedure must be initiated within 10 (ten) working days of the faculty, chairperson, department, or college response. Dated, written, and signed statements are required at each step. Likewise, at each level, the faculty member(s), chairperson, Department Executive Council (or other appropriate department committee), or College Council must complete a review of all pertinent written materials prior to rendering a decision, in writing, within ten (10) working days of receipt of complaint materials. In case the faculty member has verifiably been unable to be contacted, or in other instances of extenuating circumstances affecting students or faculty, it is understood that the student's right to appeal will not be jeopardized and the time constraints will be extended. Due process must be followed at every step of this procedure.

    No penalty will be changed by anyone other than the faculty member who assigned it unless there is convincing evidence that the penalty was inconsistent with professional standards of the discipline.

  6.  Each student who registers a complaint with a department chairperson must be given a copy of this policy. A copy must be attached to the appeal and signed by the student to indicate that he/she has been given a copy of the procedure, read it, and understands it before the appeal can proceed.

Academic Program Definitions

Types or Components of Academic Programs




An award by the Board of Trustees as official recognition of the completion of a prescribed course of study following matriculation.

Bachelor of Arts


A division of the University that houses academic departments of a similar nature.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Academic Department

A subdivision of the University that contains majors and faculty for specific programs.

Department of Political Science


A cohesive combination of courses including introductory, intermediate, and advanced coursework that designates a student’s primary area of undergraduate study. Majors can be established to include required tracks/concentrations. Majors are designated on University transcripts at the time the degree is awarded.


Track/concentration (within a major)

A coordinated grouping of courses, representing a sub-specialization or emphasis within a major field available for students majoring in that discipline. Track/concentrations may be offered at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional level. Majors with track/concentration are designated on University transcripts when the degree is awarded.

Note: Track/concentration is the only approved terms for transcripting a sub-specialization or sequence within a major. Terms such as “option,” “sequence” or “specialization” should no longer be used to denote specializations within a major.

Major: Biology


Track/concentration: Ecology

Collegial Requirements

A set of courses or specific requirements as defined by the individual school or college that are a required component of a student’s academic program.



A course is a unique combination of title, course number, course hours, and other course attributes that may include terms offered, courses listed courses, contact hours, pre- or co-requisites, credit type, level.






Academic Honors (Latin Honors)

Recognition of outstanding achievement by a degree recipient, according to standards established by the Board of Trustees and as noted on the diploma and transcript

Cum Laude

Program Honors

Recognition of outstanding achievement by a degree recipient, according to established standards and as noted only on the transcript


Double Major (across schools or colleges)

A student who meets the major requirements of two departments may declare, and have recorded on the transcript, a double major. One major must be declared the primary major and degree type for the purpose of registration and degree requirements. Students who graduate with a double major across two colleges are required to complete all requirements of both majors, but only one set of UCC education requirements.


Dual Degree-Accelerated Program

Designated programs arranged between undergraduate and graduate or professional schools and colleges. Students apply separately to and must be accepted by both programs. The curricula of dual degree programs are not integrated. Students complete all curricular requirements of each program. The programs may allow special coordination of scheduling or allocation of electives. Upon successful completion of each component of the dual program, the students will receive the degree specific to the component.



All undergraduate students majoring in education must complete both an education major as well as an academic major.









A designated sequence of courses in a discipline or area of undergraduate study. Like the major, it is expected to have coherence and increasing sophistication. It is independent of the student’s major.

Minors are designated on University transcripts when the degree is awarded.



Academic Standing

William Paterson University expects all matriculated undergraduate students to maintain a cumulative grade point average (hereafter referred to in this policy as "GPA") of at least 2.0.* The basic principle of this policy, therefore, is that any student whose GPA falls below 2.0 is no longer in good standing. Academic standing will be computed at the end of the first semester at which time the student has accumulated a total of 12 attempted credits, and every semester thereafter. As academic standing is a serious matter, it is important that all students set as a priority and succeed in the achievement of the 2.0 GPA or better at the conclusion of each semester.  

*Students are advised that admission to, continuation in, and graduation from majors requiring a GPA higher than 2.0 is dependent upon achievement of that higher GPA.

First-Time, Full-Time Freshman

A first-time, full-time freshman student who has attempted 12-23 credits toward graduation and whose cumulative grade point average is less than 2.0 is in the status of academic probation and must adhere to the conditions noted herein:

  1. Register for no more than 12-14 credits in the following fall or spring semester, and no more than two courses during summer sessions, not to be taken concurrently.

  2. Meet with his or her advisor within ten days of the beginning of the semester following notice of probation and monthly throughout the semester or as directed by the advisor; and

  3. Enter into an academic agreement with the advisor that includes an academic plan to assist the student in acquiring appropriate academic assistance, tutoring, career information, and/or counseling.

A first-time, full-time student in status of probation after the second semester of matriculation, who has attempted 24-plus credits, and whose cumulative GPA is less than 2.0, is subject to dismissal, with the ability to appeal the dismissal to the Dean of the appropriate (if a declared major) or the Director of Academic Development (if undeclared). Criteria for an Appeal of Dismissal include mitigating factors such as (a) evidence of adherence to the terms of a prior academic agreement, (b) evidence of progress toward a cumulative GPA of 2.0, or (c) change in personal circumstances.

A first-time, full-time student who has been reinstated on appeal for a third semester and who does not achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 will be dismissed. The student may appeal to the Dean or the Director of Academic Development.

The sole criterion for appeal will be progress toward achieving a GPA of 2.0. A first-time, full-time student who has completed four semesters without achieving a GPA of 2.0 in any of the preceding semesters will be dismissed without the right of appeal.

Full-Time, Upper-Level Students (24 Plus Credits)

An upper-level student, defined as one who has already earned 24 or more credits, whose GPA falls below 2.0 in any semester will be placed on academic probation and must adhere to the conditions noted herein:

  1. Register for no more than 12-14 credits in the following fall or spring semester, and no more than two courses in either the first or second summer session;

  2. Meet with his or her advisor within ten days of the semester following notice of status of probation and monthly throughout the semester or as directed by the advisor; and

  3. Enter into an academic agreement with the advisor that includes an academic plan to assist the student in acquiring appropriate academic assistance, tutoring, career information, and/or personal counseling.

An upper-level student whose cumulative grade point average is less than 2.0 for two consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the University, with the ability to appeal the dismissal to the Dean of the appropriate College (if a declared major) or the Director of Academic Development (if undeclared). Criteria for an Appeal of Dismissal include mitigating factors such as (a) evidence of adherence to the terms of a prior academic agreement, (b) evidence of progress toward a cumulative GPA of 2.0, or (c) change in personal circumstances.

If the appeal is granted and the student does not achieve a GPA of 2.0 in the subsequent semester, the student is dismissed without right to appeal.

Other Circumstances

A part-time student with a GPA of less than 2.0 should confer with his or her advisor (if in a major) or the Gloria S. Williams Advisement Center (if undeclared) for counsel regarding his or her academic program and support services.



Students are expected to attend regularly and punctually all classes, laboratory periods, and other academic exercises. Students are responsible for all work required in courses. Individual instructors determine the effect of absences upon grades and may permit or deny the privilege of making up work, including examinations, within the time limits of the semester. Students are encouraged to ask instructors about their class attendance policy if it is not explicitly stated on the course syllabus. In the event of a prolonged absence due to illness or personal emergency, a student is advised to consult with the Office of the Vice President of Student Development regarding withdrawal from courses.



Students may register for a course with the audit option without receiving any credit or a grade. Students do not participate in class assignments and requirements. Students must pay regular University fees and tuition. Transcripts will reflect AU for audit. Students wishing to take a course on an audit basis must complete the necessary form at the Office of Registration Services during the first ten (10) days of the fall or spring semesters or during the first three (3) days of any particular part of summer session in which they are enrolled in the course. Once the form is submitted the decision is irreversible.


Class Standing

Class standing is determined based upon a student's total credit hours earned.

  • Freshman: 00-29.5 earned hours
  • Sophomore: 30-59.5 earned hours
  • Junior: 60-89.5 earned hours
  • Senior: 90 or more earned hours


Course Credit Load


A credit is a unit of measure of curricular work. Generally, a credit is awarded for one hour of class attendance a week for one semester. In some studies, such as studio or laboratory courses, several hours may be required to earn one credit.

Full-Time Students

Students completing 120 credits in eight (8) semesters require an average load of 15 credits per semester, although up to 19 credits in some major programs may be carried without special approval. Registration for more than this number of credits per semester is permitted only under unusual circumstances and requires high academic standing and written approval of the student's advisor, department chairperson, and the appropriate dean. A student must be registered throughout the semester for a minimum of 12 credits to be considered full time. A student who registers for a minimum full-time load and then withdraws from courses, bringing the credit load below the minimum fulltime requirements, relinquishes full-time status.

Part-Time Students

Students carrying fewer than 12 credits are part-time students.

Non-degree Students

The non-degree student is limited to part-time enrollment each semester and may take a maximum of 24 credits as a non-degree student. To proceed beyond this maximum, the non-degree student must apply for formal acceptance to a program through the Admissions Office.

Summer Session

Students may not carry more than four courses (usually 12-14 credits) during the entire summer session. This policy of maximum load applies equally to all students.

Course Repeat Policy (1987)

A first-degree undergraduate student may repeat once any course taken for credit toward degree completion in which he or she received a grade of D+ or lower. A course in which a failing (F) grade is received may only be repeated twice. In the case where a department or program requires that departmental permission be granted to repeat a particular course, this requirement will be stated in the officially approved course outline, syllabus, and other official publications. Credit for courses repeated can only be earned once.

Course Withdrawal

A student withdrawing from a course may do so via WPConnect, within the timeframe specified in the schedule of the semester in question. Failure to follow this procedure will result in the recording of a grade of F. For withdrawal/refund dates, please refer to the schedule on the Web.

Failure to attend classes does not constitute a withdrawal from a course. Students seeking to withdraw from all courses must follow the procedures described under the Leave of Absence/Withdrawal section in this catalog.

Credit by Examination and Experience

Currently registered undergraduate students in good standing may receive credit for certain courses by successful performance in examinations offered by academic departments, in examinations of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Thomas Edison College Examination Program (TECEP), or the College Proficiency Examination Program (CPEP). In some instances, a supplementary laboratory, practicum, or performance examination may be required to satisfy major program requirements.

Students who think they have sufficient knowledge, acquired by experience or private study, are encouraged to accelerate or enrich the University program in this way. When credit by examination is awarded by the University, it is so entered on the student’s transcript. Failure in such examinations carries no penalty.

The credit-by-examination policy is subject to the following limitations:

  1. No duplication of credit is permitted.

  2. No examination is permitted in a subject in which students have pursued more advanced work for which they have received credit.

  3. No examination is permitted in courses in which failing grades have been previously assigned.

  4. The level of achievement required for award of credit is at least that which is normally specified and recommended by the American Council on Education and generally accepted practice.

  5. Transfer students are entitled to advanced standing, subject to the above general limitations. Such standardized and challenge examinations should not be undertaken lightly by the student, for acceptable standards and norms for satisfactory achievement are locally and nationally established, and the grades thereby achieved do become a part of the student's permanent record. Full-time students who attempt these testing options are still expected to maintain a minimum 12-credit load during any semester of residence; exceptions may be made for students in their final semester of degree completion.

Challenge and/or standardized exams may not be used as part of full-time status in determining financial aid eligibility. Additionally, fees for credit by exam options will not be covered by financial aid.

University policy limits the number of credits a student may be awarded toward the baccalaureate degree through CLEP, TECEP, CPEP, challenge examinations and other credits awarded for advanced standing to a maximum of 90. Students who avail themselves of this maximum advanced standing credit are, nevertheless, expected to fulfill all major program prescriptions even though they may exceed the minimum 120 credits for the baccalaureate degree. The various testing options are discussed more fully below.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program is a nationally recognized series of examinations that primarily tests the content and theory of undergraduate courses normally offered during freshman and sophomore years. They are prepared, updated, and processed by the Educational Testing Service.

There are thirty-three computer-based examinations from which to choose. The University recognizes and grants credit for a satisfactory performance above the twenty-fifth percentile. Subject examinations are available and are generally equivalent to freshman-sophomore electives or introductory courses in major program sequences.

Subject examinations are equivalent to single-semester (3-credit course) or two-semester (6-credit sequence). The University recognizes and grants credit for a satisfactory performance in these examinations for a minimum standard score of fifty.

Since CLEP examinations are primarily geared to freshman-sophomore levels, a student may be granted a maximum of 60 credits through these examinations whenever earned. Credit is awarded to students after the initial test or the first retest only. Examinations may be repeated after a six-month waiting period. Any currently enrolled student who has completed 60 or more credits is ineligible to take General Examinations. Any currently enrolled student who has completed 90 credits is ineligible to take Subject Examinations.

Successful completion of the beginner level of a foreign language CLEP sequence will not satisfy the university's foreign language requirement although the student may be eligible to receive degree credit.  Students who pass the introductory level of a foreign language CLEP test may either complete or place out of by examination the intermediate level of the language to fulfill the University's foreign language requirement.

The Office of Testing maintains the CLEP Examination Program and their course equivalencies at William Paterson University. Additional information that governs these policies may be obtained at the Office of Testing web site www.wpunj.edu/officeoftesting.


The University recognizes credit earned in TECEP exams, sponsored by Thomas Edison College of New Jersey, and CPEP exams, sponsored by the New York State Regents External Degree Program. William Paterson University recognizes and accepts a grade of C or better on some examinations presently available in these series, subject to the following restrictions:

  1. No duplication of credit for CLEP, TECEP, or CPEP tests is permitted.

  2. Students who have completed content and theory examinations may be required also to take local laboratory or performance examinations under special arrangements and with an additional fee.

  3. Certain examinations may not be accepted in fulfillment of baccalaureate major programs and/or certification requirements. Students should consult major advisors about the acceptability and transferability of credit in their major sequence.

  4. Unlike CLEP tests, only results of the initial testing are recognized by William Paterson University. Students are cautioned that passing grades earned in these examinations are added to their permanent record.

Military Credit

United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI) course credit is counted as military credit. Correspondence courses taken through an accredited college count as academic credits. College correspondence courses, USAFI courses, or a combination of both are limited to a total of 30 credits. Speech performance courses taken by correspondence are not accepted for credit.

Credit for military service is granted in accordance with the recommendations published by the American Council of Education (ACE) in the publication, A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Since no military credit will be awarded to a student unless the work was completed prior to entry, any desired USAFI courses should be taken while still on station before enrolling at William Paterson University.

Credit for Veterans

Following the recommendations of the American Council of Education (ACE), the University awards up to 16 credits to qualified veterans for military and academic experiences. In addition, veterans may apply for an evaluation of any courses they may have completed in special training schools, correspondence schools, and academic courses completed under the auspices of the United States Armed Forces Institute. The University adheres strictly to the minimum recommendation for credit by ACE and USAFI.

Curriculum Individualization

The degree programs outlined in the respective majors represent minimum requirements for all students who wish to receive a baccalaureate degree from William Paterson University. The University does, however, offer credit options to students who demonstrate unusual experiences, interests, and abilities.

Undergraduate students may receive course credit, advanced placement, or advanced standing. Criteria include school records, official documents, and various examinations referred to in the section on Credit by Exam and Experience. Credit thus gained may be used to accelerate or enrich a student's program. Students who wish to complete a degree in a shorter period of time may pursue these various acceleration options. Students who wish to complete work or courses beyond those ordinarily prescribed in a major or for a degree may choose enrichment opportunities.

Students must take responsibility for making sure that their selection of courses meets the requirements of their chosen degree program; they should consult regularly with their faculty advisor for guidance.

Degree Requirements

To qualify for an undergraduate degree at William Paterson University, a student must earn a minimum of 120 of the correct credits in an authorized program of study to which one has been duly admitted, and achieve a minimum 2.0 (C) cumulative grade-point average and a 2.0 average in the chosen major. Due to requirements of accrediting agencies, some majors may require more than 120 credits and a GPA greater than 2.0 in the major for retention and graduation. Students are expected to be familiar with major and other degree requirements. Interdisciplinary programs or honors programs may also have unique requirements.

Degree requirements are normally composed of the following components:

University First Year Foundations Program
The First Year Foundations Program at William Paterson University is designed to assist you in achieving your academic and career goals. The program helps to prepare you for college level courses and courses required for graduation. These courses are pre-requisites for many of your college level courses. The First-Year Foundations is a form of academic support. We offer courses that are designed to help you improve your skills in mathematics, college reading, and writing. In addition to the courses, we offer workshops and specialized tutoring to help in more difficult aspects of college coursework. The courses offered are:

  • BRI 1090 – College Reading/Rate Improvement
  • ENG 1080 – Basic Writing
  • MATH 1060- Basic Mathematics with Algebra

Each course is offered for 3 credits and each counts toward your semester credit load. These credits are included in determining your class level (first year, sophomore, junior, etc), in defining full time status, and for financial aid purposes. However, these credits do not count toward graduation.

In order to determine if you need to take courses in the First-Year Foundations Program, you may be required to take a Placement Test. This test will help us to determine the appropriate First-Year Foundations and college level courses you should take in your first year at William Paterson University.

The test you will take is called the Accuplacer Test. Most of it is computerized and includes sections in each of the following areas:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentence Skills
  • Algebra
  • Essay Writing

After taking the test you will receive a letter informing you of your First-Year Foundations placement. You must complete all First-Year Foundation courses by the beginning of the third semester. You will also be taking college level courses alongside First-Year Foundation courses.

First-Year Seminar (FYS)

The First-Year Seminar Course is an essential part of the First-Year Experience.  FYS is designed to help first-year students develop the skills necessary for the rigorous academic challenges in higher education.  All first-year students are required to take this 1.5 credit course during their first semester at the university. This course is taught by faculty and administrators representing the various majors and departments at William Paterson and is designed to assist students with the transition to university life. FYS curriculum includes topics such as: Time Management, Test & Note Taking Skills, Strategies for Effective Study Skills, Academic Integrity, as well as topics on adjusting to university life.  Students have an opportunity to complete their FYS while participating in exciting academic programs that help address the socialization and acclimation concerns of new students.

University Core Curriculum (the University Core Curriculum or UCC is the “general education” program at William Paterson University designed to enable students to prepare for an increasingly complex yet interdependent world that simultaneously holds opportunities for creativity, new knowledge, connecting across conventional boundaries of thought and practices, cooperation and teamwork, and diverse modes of communication and building community.

The UCC is the University's user-friendly yet intellectually rigorous response to 21st century educational demands.

What is general education?

General education has been an integral part of most undergraduate university curricula in the United States for over a century. In addition to specializing in a particular discipline, i.e., the student’s major, all students get the opportunity to explore a number of courses from other academic disciplines and to connect them to their major. Thus students are enabled to:

  • build a generalized set of skills, knowledge, perspectives and literacies,
  • prepare to better appreciate what it means to be human and to be citizens,
  • motivate themselves to participate as better informed and engaged members of societies, communities, organizations and institutions, nations and the world,
  • better understand how research and creative expression is developed, critically evaluated, and used,
  • broaden their horizons of thought, capabilities, and knowledge, and
  • enrich their personal and professional lives.

 What Is the UCC?

The UCC constitutes a third of the entire undergraduate curriculum at William Paterson (40 credits). It contains a number of courses from across the university’s academic departments developed specifically for the UCC program. Students create their UCC experience by choosing a sequence of thirteen (13) courses from each of the following six areas of study.

Areas one, two and three are broadly viewed as “foundational” wherein courses will expose students to basic ideas, concepts, theories, perspectives, histories, methods, problems and debates from within any discipline in ways that clarify the meanings and scope of that area. Areas four, five and six are broadly viewed as “themes” that are core challenges in the 21st century. Courses in these areas will build upon the “foundational” knowledge and skills acquired by students.


focusing on individual and public wellness and their interdependence.

  • One course

Our biological constitutions, values, beliefs, habits, and socially instituted practices and relations inform and shape our lifestyle behaviors. This has major consequences for our personal and public well-being. Courses in this area will provide opportunities to develop the knowledge and critical skills necessary to support lifelong well-being for  personal and professional success, and examine attitudes and beliefs that govern personal behavior.


focusing on diverse forms of expression, representation, aesthetics and communication. This area has three sub-areas:

  • Arts and Communications – One Course (3 credits )
  • Writing – One Course (3 credits )
  • Literature – One Course (3 credits )

This area enables students to explore and become cognizant of the varieties of expressive, aesthetic and literary genres, and of communication as a fundamental characteristic of all life forms. Courses in this area will combine an examination of the visual, oral, written and performing arts, through engagement with works of art, music, literature, film and communication. Students will gain the necessary skills for effective, thoughtful and creative written and spoken communication.


focusing on diverse modes of knowledge and perspectives about the natural and human world and their implications. This area has five sub-areas:

  • Philosophical Perspectives – One Course (3 credits)
  • Historical Perspectives – One Course (3 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – Two Courses (6 credits )
  • Scientific Perspectives – One Course (4 credits , includes laboratory)
  • Quantitative Thinking – One Course (3 credits )

This area enables students to learn about the nature of reality and change, approaches to knowledge production about the natural and social world and their implications, argument construction, research problem construction, nature and evaluation of evidence, quantitative reasoning, and problems and challenges facing humanity. Students will be challenged to critically appreciate the interconnectedness of and need for different and multidisciplinary approaches to real-world problems.


focusing on challenges of difference, equality and justice.

  • One course (3 credits)

Our age is characterized by growing acceptance of the notion of multicultural societies and nations. This has meant public recognition of the fact of immense forms and degrees of diversity of human life, both nationally and globally. Simultaneously, this rich diversity has also been marked by growing economic, political and cultural inequalities between and within socially defined groups, and competing claims to justice leading to a global increase, resurgence and at times, renewal of forms of ethnocentrism, racism, homophobia and heterosexism, sexism and patriarchy, ableism, xenophobia, class exploitation, and other forms of discrimination and prejudice. Courses in this area build upon core skills, knowledge and attitudes to prepare students to participate more ethically in such a diverse and unequal society and world and rise to its challenges.


focusing on ideas and possibilities of community and participating effectively as responsible citizens.

  • One course (3 credits)

Part of the historic mission of William Paterson University is a commitment to public education and the production of knowledgeable citizens who actively engage in community and civic life. Underlying this commitment is the assumption that public life is valuable and worthy of pursuit by all regardless of social origins. In an age of greater awareness of individual social responsibility coupled with accountability of governance, citizenship is a notion that has generated tremendous inquiry into its possibilities and power. Despite living in a global era, it is common knowledge that the local and regional are the arenas where citizens are constituted, problems are framed, questions posed, and theoretical concepts are tested in real-world context and time. The courses in this area will build upon core skills and knowledge to enable students to participate more effectively in civic and community life.


focusing on local, regional and global connectivities, possibilities and limits.

  • One course (3 credits)

This area builds upon core skills and knowledge to prepare students to better understand the challenges of and participate more effectively in an increasingly interdependent, diverse and unequal world. Courses in this area will explore the interconnectivity of a globalizing world, in which capital, goods, services, technologies, knowledge, images, governments and peoples are increasingly in more intimate and intense interaction, and where histories and geographies, societies and cultures, livelihoods and environments, knowledge and technologies, and ideas and communication patterns are mutually constituted. Students will learn to appreciate the continuities and changes in today’s world by exploring the emergence of truly “global” issues and problems that demand regional, international and / or trans-national debate, deliberations and decision-making.

Integrating UCC With Majors

To allow for the better integration of the UCC and academic major, students may use up to three courses in their major to fulfill UCC requirements. One of these UCC/major courses may be a foundational course offered in Areas One, Two or Three. All UCC/major designated courses must be approved for use within the UCC.

Developmental Core

To ensure a developmental sequence of courses within the Core, students are expected to:

  • Take at least 18 credits in Areas 1-3 before they take Area 4, and
  • Take Area 4 before they take Areas 5

Writing Intensive (WI) and Technology Intensive (TI) Requirements

William Paterson is committed to a nurturing learning environment in which writing and technology literacies are taken seriously across disciplines. Many courses at the University are designated as “WI” or “TI.” These are attributes to courses which could be in any major discipline or in the UCC.

  • Four (4) Writing Intensive (WI) courses
  • Two (2) Technology Intensive (TI) courses

Thus any course - within the UCC or any major, or any minor, or any free elective - that has been designated as a WI or TI course can be used by a student to satisfy the above requirements.

The Core




1. Personal Well-Being


1000 or 2000

2. Expression

Arts and Communication


1000 or 2000



1000 or 2000



1000 or 2000

3. Ways of Knowing

Philosophical Perspectives


1000 or 2000

Historical Perspectives


1000 or 2000

Social and Behavioral Sciences


1000 or 2000

Scientific Perspectives


1000 or 2000

Quantitative Thinking


1000 or 2000

4. Diversity and Justice



5. Community and Civic Engagement


2000 or higher

6. Global Awareness


2000 or higher



Courses in Areas Four, Five and Six (Diversity and Justice, Community and Civic Engagement, and Global Awareness) may be within student majors. Such courses can thus be used to satisfy both, Core and major requirements.

Students at William Paterson are required to complete four (4) Writing Intensive (WI) courses and two (2) Technology Intensive (TI) courses. These courses are not additional “stand-alone” courses but any course — within the Core, or any major or any minor or any free elective — that has been designated as a WI or TI course.

For those students who were admitted prior to Fall 2010 and are following the GE curriculum, please be aware that the requirements have been changed.  The updated requirements have been reduced to the following:

  • 3 credits from the approved Arts and Communication course list(down from 6 credits)
  • 3 credits from the approved History/Historical Perspectives course list(down from 6 credits)
  • 4 credits of science/lab(down from 8 credits)
  • 6 credits of social science courses(down from 9 credits)

Foreign Language

William Paterson requires all students to complete up to 6 credits (two courses in one language) of a foreign language within the Basic I to Intermediate I sequence. Students with no prior experience in a chosen language begin with 1100 (Basic I) and fulfill their language requirement with the second semester 1110 (Basic II) of that language. Students with prior experience in a chosen language need to be placed into a given level of the 1100, 1110, 2100 sequence (see below). The foreign language requirement is met upon completion of two semesters in the language from placement level or upon completion or exemption from the Intermediate I (2100) course.

For further information on foreign language placement please refer to:

The Major

Each student must pursue a course of study in sufficient depth to be acquainted with both the basic body of knowledge therein and the frontiers to which it reaches. Credit requirements for the academic majors vary according to type of program.

Credits to complete majors vary, review requirements for your major to ensure that at least one half of the credits taken to complete a major must be earned at William Paterson University.

Students are encouraged to declare a major when first enrolling in the University so they can take the appropriate courses for a timely degree completion, and so that departments can offer career-specific guidance.  Students who exercise their option not to select a major program upon entering the University are classified as undeclared students.  Undeclared students are strongly encouraged to apply for admission to a degree program no later than upon the completion of 45 credits.

Multiple Major Courses of Study

A student may select a second major course of study. Upon successfully completing an additional major, the student is awarded a single degree. Notation of both major courses of study is made on the student’s official transcript and diploma.

Undeclared Students

Students who exercise their option not to select a major program when first enrolling in the University are classified as undeclared students. Such students should normally attempt to complete the UCC requirement during the first two years and must apply for admission to a major program upon completion of 60 credits. Applications for acceptance to a major program are available online at WPConnect. Students who have not declared a major by the time they have completed 60 credits may be denied permission to register.


A minor is an optional academic program that a student may pursue in addition to their major program.  Although students are not required to complete a minor in order to graduate, many minors are available for those students who wish to develop another area of specialization without the full depth of an academic major.

Minors consist of a specific sequence of courses usually totalling 18 credits.  Similarly to the major, students must complete one half of the required credits for a minor at William Paterson University. Students must have a minimum of 2.00 GPA to successfully complete the minor.  At least one half of the credits must be original credits and cannot be used to complete another requirement.

Free Elective Courses

Students are encouraged to explore areas of study not included under the University Core Curriculum and not included in the major or minor courses of study.

Important Note: All freshmen must take the course WPU 1010 Freshman Seminar. In a small class setting students develop a close relationship with a faculty member who helps introduce the William Paterson University experience.


Waivers from university curriculum requirements may be provided when deemed educationally advantageous for an individual student. When the need for a waiver arises because of requirements for mandated courses set by an outside accrediting agency, priority is given to the requirement of the accrediting agency. A student who requests a waiver should apply to the major department chairperson, who then forwards the request to the appropriate academic dean.

Academic Residency Requirement

All students must complete the last 30 credits in residence at William Paterson University.

Time Limit for Degree

A baccalaureate degree must be completed within a period of ten years from the time the student first matriculated. Waivers and extensions of time must be approved by the dean of the college of the student’s major.

Four Year Graduation Plans

In order to complete an undergraduate degree from William Paterson University, students need to complete a minimum of 120 credits, have an overall GPA of at least a 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.  Some majors may require more than 120 credits as well as a major GPA above a 2.0.  In addition, students need to complete the following requirements:

  • University Requirements(Foreign Language)
  • University Core Curriculum
  • Major requirements

The plans that follow will allow students who enroll and pass all of the suggested courses in the correct order to graduate in four years.  It is suggested that students speak with their advisors to ensure that they are on track to complete their degrees in a timely fashion as this is a planning document.


4 Year Degree Plans - link



The William Paterson University grading system is as follows:

  • A, A- Excellent
  • B+, B, B- Good
  • C+, C, C- Satisfactory
  • D+, D Minimally passing
  • F Failing
  • P Passed course, taken on a pass/fail basis
    (equivalent to A-D)
  • IN Incomplete
  • N Unacceptable, must repeat (Writing Effective Prose,
    First Year Foundation and Language 110)
  • M Missing, no grade submitted
  • WD Withdrawn officially
  • AU Audit

Grade Point Values

  • A 4.0
  • A- 3.7
  • B+ 3.3
  • B 3.0
  • B- 2.7
  • C+ 2.3
  • C 2.0
  • C- 1.7
  • D+ 1.3
  • D 1.0
  • F 0

Using Quality Points and Quality hours as they appear on the grade report/transcript:

Qpts/Qhrs = GPA (Example 46 Qpts/16 Qhrs = 2.87)

Grade Regulations

A report of the student’s grades is entered on the official record and is altered only upon the initiation of the instructor and the approval of the department chairperson and the appropriate dean, except under extraordinary circumstances. In some cases, the privilege of re-examination is permitted.

Grade Expungement

Former William Paterson students who left the University for academic reasons and subsequently successfully completed two semesters or twenty-four credits at an accredited institution of higher learning with a GPA of at least 2.00, or who have graduated from a county or community college or other accredited two year institution (or four year institution if seeking a second degree) will be considered as new applicants and their prior William Paterson grade point average will be excluded from cumulative GPA calculations if they are readmitted. 

Honors College

The University Honors College at William Paterson University offers academically gifted students the space to explore new ideas and engage in intellectual and creative collaborations with experienced and dedicated members of the faculty.  It offers a rigorous curriculum with a challenging array of courses, seminars, and co-curricular activities.  The University Honors College provides a comprehensive educational experience that brings together the academic, residential, social, and cultural experiences of its students.  It is open to students in all colleges and majors.  Nearly four hundred students are currently enrolled in the Honors College. 

Honors College Tracks

There are currently eleven Honors tracks.  Each track is directed by a faculty member.  Students must enter an Honors track by their junior year in order to be in good standing in the Honors College.  Most tracks are comprised of five courses, including courses for the thesis research and writing.  Ideally, students will begin their work in the track during their sophomore year and complete the thesis before their last semester at the university.  The Honors College requires all students to pursue a disciplinary major as well as an Honors track.  The track may parallel the major, relate to the major, or be different from the major.  Different tracks have different requirements, and students are encouraged to speak with the track directors before applying to a track.  Students enrolled in an Honors track may count track classes toward a second major or a minor.

Track Directors

Incomplete Grade Policy

Work relating to grades of Incomplete (IN) must be completed and grades submitted by the end of the fourth week of classes in the semester subsequent to the semester in which the grade was issued. Grades of Incomplete (IN) may be assigned only when the student has successfully completed most of the work required for a course but due to extraordinary circumstances is unable to submit a portion of course work or completed final project (paper, exam, or other work) by the end of the semester. Under no circumstances should an Incomplete (IN) be assigned when, through negligence or with no acceptable excuse, a student fails to take an examination or to submit required work on time.

Grades of Incomplete (IN) may be assigned only with an agreement of mutual understanding between the faculty member and the student.

Pass/Fail Courses

UCC major and minor courses cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis. With the exception of courses that are designated by the University as “pass/fail only,” students may exercise a pass/fail option for free elective courses only, and for a maximum of 3-4 credits or one course per semester or a career maximum of 12 credits or four courses, whichever is greater. Students must be in good academic standing (minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0) to opt for pass/fail. Students wishing to take a course on a pass/fail basis must complete the necessary form at the Office of Registration Services during the first ten (10) days of the fall or spring semesters or during the first three (3) days of any particular part of summer session in which they are enrolled in the course. Once the form is submitted the decision is irreversible.  Students enrolled in a second degree program are not eligible for the pass fail grade option.

Procedures for Investigating Complaints about Grades or Student Academic Performance

Students who are dissatisfied with treatment by a faculty member in reference to grades or student academic performance should pursue the following procedure. Due process must be followed at each step of this procedure. No grade will be changed by anyone other than the faculty member who assigned it unless there is convincing evidence that the assignment of the original grade was inconsistent with professional standards in the discipline. Each step in the procedure must be initiated within ten working days of the faculty, chairperson, or departmental response. Dated, written statements are required at each step. Likewise, at each level, the faculty member, chairperson, or Department Executive Council (or other appropriate departmental committee) must complete a review of all pertinent written materials prior to rendering a decision and inform the student in writing of the decision within ten (10) working days of receipt of the complaint materials. If the student can verify that she or he has not been able to contact the faculty member, it is understood that the student’s right to appeal will not be jeopardized, and the deadline will be extended. A copy of all materials submitted at each level of the appeal process should be retained by the student. If the student so chooses, he/she will be allowed to appear before the appropriate committee or council at each level of the appeal process.

  1. The student must write to the faculty member within ten (10) working days of the receipt of the grade or of the incident related to the student’s academic performance to request an appointment to discuss the complaint. The letter must also include any pertinent documentation to substantiate the student’s complaint.
  2. At the meeting with the faculty member, the student must present any additional pertinent documents to substantiate the complaint. The faculty member must make available for review at this meeting materials submitted by the student for evaluation and not yet seen by the student.
  3. If the student is unsuccessful in making contact with the faculty member or upon meeting with the faculty member is dissatisfied with the outcome and wishes to further pursue the complaint, the student must write to the department chairperson and request an appointment to discuss the complaint. A copy of all materials originally presented to the faculty member must be included. The department chairperson will try to resolve the issue by reaching a settlement that is agreed upon by both the student and the faculty member. Each student who registers a complaint with a department chairperson must be given a copy of this policy. A copy must be attached to the appeal and signed by the student to indicate that he/she has been given a copy of this procedure, has read it, and understands it before the appeal can proceed.
  4. If the complaint is not resolved at the chairperson’s level, and if the student wishes to pursue the complaint, the student must request, in writing, that the department chairperson convene the Department Executive Council (or other appropriate department committee) to hear the appeal. The committee must consult with the faculty member involved in the complaint and review the documents provided by the student. The committee will then submit a recommendation to the department chairperson. When the faculty member involved is the chairperson, the student may request that the dean of the College convene the Department Executive Council (or other appropriate department committee).
  5. If not satisfied with the Department Executive Council’s (or other appropriate department committee’s) recommendation, and if the student wishes to further pursue the complaint, the student must write to the dean of that College requesting that the complaint be brought to the College Council for a recommendation by the department chairpersons of the College concerned. The chairperson of the department concerned will not take part in the final vote. The Council’s recommendation will be given to the dean of that College. This recommendation will constitute the University’s final decision.
  6. The University faculty unequivocally has the final responsibility with regard to grade changes.

 Independent Study

The purpose of the undergraduate independent study program at William Paterson University is to encourage self-education under the auspices of a faculty supervisor. The program is open to matriculated junior and senior students who have shown themselves responsible and capable of self-direction and who possess a grade point average of at least 3.0, both overall and in the major, or in the field of the independent study. Independent study cannot substitute for an existing course, but may be utilized in lieu of a degree requirement. A student cannot undertake an independent study in which the student has no background. The choice of an independent study should be initiated by the student. An application form, with a one-page prospectus, should be submitted to the sponsoring faculty member. The application form requires the approval of the faculty member, the department chairperson, and the dean of the appropriate college. The completed application must be submitted by the student to the Office of Registration Services no later than the late registration period for the semester in which the independent study is to be undertaken. This deadline may be moved to an earlier time at the discretion of a department. The prospectus should include the following:

  1. Statement of the purpose of the project,
  2. Description of the proposed methodology to be used in carrying out the independent study,
  3. Brief preliminary bibliography,
  4. A proposed time schedule,
  5. If the project is expected to continue for two or more semesters, it should be clearly stated which part of the proposed work should be completed by the end of each semester,
  6. Description of the final product that will be evaluated for independent study credit. Three credits of independent study may be undertaken in a given semester; no more than 9 credits of independent study may be credited toward degree requirements. Credit and awarded by the faculty sponsor.

The maximum number of independent study credits that can be applied towards a degree is 9.

Leave of Absence

A leave of absence can be granted for one academic year (two semesters). A student must be in good standing in order to be eligible to take a leave of absence. If a student is not in good standing, a leave of absence cannot be granted, and the student electing to leave school must withdraw from the University (see below). A leave of absence must be applied for at least thirty days prior to the last day of classes of the semester for which it is applicable. Refunds after the deadline will not be considered under any circumstances. Students can obtain the forms for a leave of absence online at WPConnect.

Formal Withdrawal from the University

A withdrawal from the University will not be refused to any matriculated student. A withdrawal is a permanent separation from the university an indefinite length of time and is in force until the student chooses to apply for readmission. Withdrawal should not be confused with dropping a course nor should a withdrawal be confused with a leave of absence. Nonattendance in classes does not constitute a withdrawal from the University. For matriculated students, a withdrawal from the University must be officially processed through the Office of Registration Services, Registrar@wpunj.edu. Non-matriculated students who wish to withdraw from the University during the school year are required to complete the appropriate form,which can be found online at WPConnect.

Students who withdraw from the University (from all their courses) must apply for readmission through the admissions office according to the admissions calendar. Readmission is not automatic; college or department enrollment restrictions and other considerations may not permit return during a particular semester. Students who are not in good standing upon withdrawal and subsequently seek readmission must simultaneously seek readmission to a major, if previously declared. Refunds after the deadline will not be considered under any circumstances.

Outcomes Assessment

In order for the University to improve its academic programs and student services, periodic assessments of student perceptions and student outcomes are conducted. All students participate in a variety of assessment activities during their university careers. The assessment information obtained is used only to improve the quality of the education experience for students.

Obligation of Payment

Once students have utilized Web registration or otherwise completed a registration transaction, students have entered into an agreement with the University and are liable for payment of all tuition and fees whether or not they elect to attend classes. This policy will apply regardless of a student’s claim of “no bill was received” or “never having attended classes” or that “no tuition payment had been made.” Any student who registers and later decides not to attend the University must follow the Leave of Absence/Withdrawal procedures described in this catalog.


Undergraduate Transfer Credit Policy


William Paterson University accepts transfer students for the fall and spring semesters (September and January) for full or part-time study. When applying, transfer students must present at least 12 college-level credits with a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA); nursing majors must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. .Note: some majors such as business or nursing have specific course requirements that are examined by committee.

  • William Paterson University will evaluate academic courses from accredited and non-accredited institutions on an individual basis by the appropriate academic    department.* 
  • Courses must be similar in scope, content, and academic rigor to courses offered at William Paterson University.
  • Each course considered must have defined learning outcomes or objectives.
  • The mode of delivery is not taken into account when evaluating transfer credits.
  • William Paterson University may require a review of the syllabus and textbook(s) used for the course.
  • Courses must be college-level (numbered 100 or higher; e.g., Math 101). Courses numbered below 100 are remedial, not college-level and will not transfer (e.g., Math 099).
  • Minimal grade to be considered upon course completion is a 2.0 GPA and must be presented on an official college transcript (grade “C” or better based on 4.0 grade scale).   Courses where grades are assigned on a pass/fail basis will not be reviewed.
  • Courses are to be equal in credits (or equivalent).  Courses that are on the quarter system will be converted.  Typically, semester credits times 1.5 equals the minimum number of quarter hours.
  • Courses are subject to William Paterson University’s policy on the number of transfer credits allowed:
    • 60 total credits maximum from a two year college.+
    • 90 total credits maximum from a four year college.
  • Once a student has earned 60 credits William Paterson University will not accept transfer credits from a two year institution.
  • The last 30 credits for the baccalaureate degree must be taken at William Paterson University.
  • No more than half of the credits required for a major and/or minor will be accepted as transfer credit.
  • Credits earned 10 years prior to the date of admission are accepted at the discretion of the university. 
  • Evaluated courses and the credit awarded for each course are listed on an official William Paterson University transcript.
  • For courses approved for transfer credit from non-accredited institutions, the university will consider establishing an articulation agreement with such schools.
  • If William Paterson University has a signed articulation agreement with the transferring school the number of credits accepted with an associate degree may be greater than 60 credits.
  • Transfer credit may be received for college level courses taken while attending high school.  Students will need to provide official transcripts from the institution of higher education in which they were enrolled.  Students must indicate any institution that they attentded while in high school on their admission application.
  • Transfer credit may be awarded for prior learning and experience(including military credit) as described in the Undergraduate Catalog https://wpconnect.wpunj.edu/catalog/front.cfm?section=CEX

*technical or professional courses are not eligible for consideration.

+Effective Fall 2015, the maximum number of credits William Paterson University accepts from a two year college is 60 credits.


Transfer Credit Acceptance from New Jersey Community Colleges

 William Paterson University adheres to the principles stipulated in the New Jersey Comprehensive State-Wide Transfer Agreement.  Transfer students who completed (after January 1, 2005), or are in their final semester of completing, the requirements for an A.A. or A.S. degree from a New Jersey community college will be considered to have completed all lower division university core curriculum  requirements and have junior status at William Paterson University (with exception of courses that may be required for the major).  For more information on the state-wide transfer agreement, visit http://www.njtransfer.org/guides/XferAgreement.pdf.   William Paterson University has articulation agreements with many New Jersey community colleges to facilitate transfer from those institutions to this University. For more information on articulation agreements, visit http://www.wpunj.edu/admissions/undergraduate/first-year-students/articulation.dot

William Paterson University at Mercer

William Paterson Univeristy offers a bachelor's degree completion program at the West Windsor campus of Mercer County Community College.  The university currently offers bachelor's degrees in Early Childhood Education, Liberal Studies, and Psychology.  Classes are offered during late afternoons, evenings, on weekends, and online.  It is designed for those students who have completed an Associate of Arts(AA) or an Associate of Science(AS) degree from a New Jersey community college.

Through the New Jersey statewide transfer agreement, students who graduated from a New Jersey community college with their AA or AS degree after January 1, 2005 are guaranteed to have all of their transfer credits accepted and are awarded junior standing upon their entrance to William Paterson University.  William Paterson University has signed articulation agreements with Mercer County Community College in each of the four majors offered at the MCCC location guaranteeing a seamless transition.  For more information, visit www.wpunj.edu/mercer or contact the WPU at Mercer coordinator at 609.570.3358 or mercer@wpunj.edu.  


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