Welcome to one of the most exciting and important times of your life—your college experience! At Saint Peter’s you will immerse yourself in the grand questions that have fascinated humankind for centuries. Here is where you will learn to think deeply, analyze critically, and question thoughtfully. Here is where you will find your intellectual passion and prepare for a productive, satisfying career.
You are at Saint Peter’s because we think you can do great things. We believe in you! Now you must believe in yourself and take charge to ensure your success. Be proactive, plan carefully, consult with your advisor, get to know your instructors, don’t skip classes, hand in assignments on time, ask your instructor for help if needed, know the requirements, keep up with your coursework, register on time so you can get the schedule you want, and get to know your classmates.
Incoming students will have the opportunity to enroll in one of five career communities. Career Communities will allow students to tap into a vast alumni network, connect with industry professionals and faculty in both formal and informal settings, and get a head-start on their academic and career preparedness. Students will be able to explore, investigate and research different academic and career options that will lead to better decision making, career preparedness and successful outcomes.
STEM and Health Sciences
This Career Community was developed for students interested in careers within the STEM & Health Sciences fields. Students with majors in Nursing, Biology, Chemistry Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science and Psychology have been added to this community.
International Fluency, Business & Finance
This Career Community was developed for students interested in fields within International Exposure, Business and Finance. Students with majors in Accounting, Business Management, Marketing, Economics and Finance have been added to this community.
Education and Social Sciences
This Career Community was developed for students interested in pursuing careers within the social services, non-profit, or education fields. Students with majors in Education, Sociology and Urban Studies have been added to this community.
Government, Service & Criminal Justice
This Career Community was developed for students interested in fields within Government, Service and Criminal Justice. Students with majors in Political Science, Criminal Justice, Pre-Law and Theology have been added to this community.
Liberal Arts, Humanities and Communication
This Career Community was developed for students interested in the fields of Liberal Arts and Humanities. Majors in Communication, English, History, Art, Graphic Arts, and Philosophy have been added to this community.
Undeclared Advising and Major Exploration Services
Some students know what they want to major in when they enter Saint Peter’s, and others do not, and that is ok! Your first year is a perfect time to explore different areas of study that you think you may be interested in. Exploratory advising services are offered to students in the process of declaring a major. Advisors provide information regarding the academic programs at Saint Peter’s University, and help students choose a major that best aligns with their goals. With the support of other campus partners and faculty members, major exploration programming is offered throughout the year. Exploratory students interested in exploring different majors and related careers, have been added to our Emerging Scholars learning community. We also encourage you to consult with your advisor, visit the Center for Career Engagement and Experiential Learning (CEEL), talk to your instructors, and attend our l Majors Fairs!
Courses, Credits, and Grade Point Average
There are two terms offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education, and the School of Nursing—a fall term and a spring term. Students taking a normal course load take five, three-credit courses or 15 credits each term. If repeated over four years or eight terms, this equates to 120 credits—the number of credits required for graduation. Students may take four courses or 12 credits and still be a full-time student, and under certain conditions students may take up to 18 credits under the flat tuition rate. Choices that students make in terms of the selection of courses and the number of credits taken in a given term may impact their timely completion of the core and major courses needed to meet the graduation requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that all graduation requirements are met. To avoid any surprises, students should plan carefully, consulting with their advisors and being aware of the graduation requirements, as outlined in the undergraduate catalog.
Letter grades are given in each course, and each letter grade can be converted to a numerical scale between 0.0 to 4.0. Grade A is equivalent to 4.0; grade B is equivalent to 3.0, and grade B+ is equivalent to 3.33, and so on. Since some courses are worth more or less than 3 credits, the number of course credits needs to be taken into account when computing the average, and this computation is called your Grade Point Average or G.P.A. For example, a G.P.A. of 3.2 is between a B and a B+. Again, by logging into SPIRIT, you can check your G.P.A. at any time.