Student & Program Classification 

Student Classification 

Class Status The number of credit hours already completed determines student classification as follows::

Freshman [1st year] | 0-30
Sophomore [2nd year] | 31-60
Junior [3rd year] | 61-90
Senior [4th year] | 91-120

Program Classification

Each student is classified as full-time (12 credit hours or more) or part-time (less than 12 credit hours). Other classification is as follows:

DEGREE STUDENT: A student enrolled in a program leading to a Baccalaureate degree (B.A. Religion, B.Th., B.R.E.) who successfully meets the standards of the program.

DIPLOMA STUDENT: A student enrolled in a three-year program leading to a diploma who successfully meets the standards of the program.

CERTIFICATE STUDENT: A student enrolled in a one or two-year Certificate program. This program does not qualify for graduation from the college, but simply provides for the earning of a certificate.

OMEGA CERTIFICATE STUDENT: A student enrolled in the 9-month OMEGA program.

SPECIAL STUDENT: A student who desires to take elective courses not related to a certificate, diploma or degree program. A Special Student may not take courses above the 200 level unless the student is a transfer student with advanced standing. A Special Student may not retain Special Student status after the completion of 30 credit hours.

DEFERRED CREDIT STUDENT: A student who has not completed the application for official enrolment. Credit is recorded, but not released on a transcript until the application procedure has been completed and approved.

ADVANCED STANDING AND TRANSFER STUDENTS: The college recognizes previous studies for transfer credit or advanced standing provided that such studies were at an accredited college-level institution.

A maximum of two years of Distance Education studies (60 credit hours) is acceptable for credit toward graduation at Summit. Any Distance Education studies must be from a recognized college-level institution.

These limitations apply in all cases of transfer credits:

  1. No student may graduate from Summit with less than one year (at least 30 credit hours) of regular enrolment in the college.
  2. Although prior college-level studies may be recognized, graduation from Summit is dependent upon the fulfilment of all requirements including specific Bible and theology requirements.
  3. No more than 3 credits of the final 16 credits toward graduation may be from a transfer of credit.
  4. Courses which a student seeks to transfer should have a grade minimum of C or its equivalent.
  5. In the case of non-accredited institutions, a maximum allowable credit of 30 credits may be considered pending a student's first semester results at Summit.
  6. Decisions on individual cases may be appealed to the Admissions Committee which has the final word in each case.
  7. Ministers wishing to earn the Baccalaureate degree may be granted up to 8 credit hours for ministerial experience.