Any first year student with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) below a 1.8 and all other students with a GPA below a 2.0 will be placed on Academic Probation. During the probation term, students are monitored closely by the deans, their advisors, and other administrators in order to help students elevate their GPAs after one semester.
Those who do not achieve the required GPA by the end of the term may be subject to academic suspension or dismissal. All students placed on Academic Suspension or Dismissal have a right to appeal to Academic Standing Committee.
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday classes run for 50 minutes. Tuesday and Friday classes run 1 hour and 15 minutes.
All first year students take no more than 5 courses during their first semester, and they include a math, English composition, and one first year seminar course. In addition, some students may have to take additional developmental classes based upon their placement test scores. The remaining courses may be selected from the Core Curriculum Requirements.
The average class size is 20 people.
We make the process easy. On the last day of orientation you will meet with a freshman advisor. He/she will help you pick your classes and register you directly.
The maximum courseload for your first year is 15 credits per semester. After that a full time student can take anywhere from 12 to 18 credits.
It is advisable to declare your major by the conclusion of your first year, but we know some students require more time to explore their options. All students must declare a major no later than the end of their second year.
You will be assigned a first year advisor based on your projected major during your first year. Once a student declares his/her major, a departmental advisor will then be assigned.
The Enrollment Services Center is where students complete all transactions regarding registration, records, financial aid, and account payments.
Students go to the ESC for services related to course schedule, grades, transcripts, enrollment/degree verification, loan deferment certification, change of personal information, health insurance waivers, pass/fail option declaration, and graduation application, as well as financial aid information regarding FAFSA, student loans, scholarships, and the federal work study program. Paying tuition, fees, and other charges, as well as adding flex dollars and munch money to the OneCard, are done at the ESC.
Saint Peter’s is a very safe college campus. Our “Campus Safety Act” statistics confirm the safety of the University and are available at the campus safety office or on the Campus Safety website.
We have an experienced and professional security department. Our security private contractor is Summit Security Service with many years of college security experience here at Saint Peter’s University and on other college campuses including Columbia University and Fordham University.
The security Summit officers are well-trained, motivated and supervised by University administrators, many of whom are retired Jersey City police officers, leading to a solid security team and security presence.
In any environment personal safety is also a personal matter and students are encouraged to develop good safety practices such as:
- Lock and secure your empty vehicle and turn on the alarm system if equipped.
- Be aware of your environment and who is around you.
- Don’t use drugs or drink excessively. It is easier to become a victim when impaired.
- Choose your friends and associates wisely.
- Pick up a safety handout from Campus Safety and read it.
Report to Campus Safety at 201-761-7400, or #5 on campus phones, anything that makes you uncomfortable.
Don’t wait for a crime to happen. Call Campus Safety.
Students can participate in a wide variety of activities on campus, including more than 50 clubs and organization ranging from writing for student produced publications to organizing major events. According to our students, the most popular events are Casino Night, movie nights, talent shows, and dance parties.
During the fall semester, the Club Fair is hosted by the Student Senate so that students can meet representatives from all the active clubs/organizations on campus. Another place to go is the Office of Student Activities located in Dinneen Hall, Suite 126 or visit Peacock Connect.
Studies show that students who get involved in activities outside the classroom actually do better academically because they are more connected to the college and have support from peers and staff. Benefits to being involved include:
- Making lifelong friends
- Integrating into University life
- Learning new leadership skills, like teamwork, responsibility and communication
- Making a difference in campus life
Absolutely! Whether living on campus or at home, there is a place for you on campus. All activities are open to commuter students. The Commute Student Association meets the specific needs of commuter students through social and issue-oriented activities.
Yes, the Pauw Wow is the student newspaper. We also have a literary magazine called The Pavan.
The Office of Student Activities is located on the 5th floor of the Mac Mahon Student Center. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, but often is open late while organizing programs after hours.
Yes, official clubs and organizations on campus often host alcohol-free dances and parties on campus for the University community.
The Emerging Leaders Program is open to all first year students. In this program, students participate in a semester-long series of workshops focused on developing leadership skills. Students are also paired with a faculty/staff mentor and a peer mentor to direct students’ personal growth to become more effective leaders.
Students can also run for leadership positions across campus in a variety of roles. Examples of these include Student Senate, executive board of a club or organization, Orientation Team, Pavo Society, the Resident Assistant staff, and Campus Ministry retreat and service leaders.
Yes. All residents, with their roommate’s approval, can have overnight guests. This requires getting prior approval from your community director, who is a full-time staff member with Residence Life.
Students often gather in lounges, apartments, and rooms to spend time together, listen to music, and study. Any gathering of eight students or more in a student residence requires prior approval from the community director. Alcohol is not allowed in many residence halls on campus, and we abide by all state laws regarding alcohol and the minimum drinking age.
Often resident students find themselves closely connected to classes and other students within the residential community. They engage in clubs and organizations that provide them with invaluable learning outside the classroom as well as great fun. For most Saint Peter’s resident students, campus housing becomes like a second home.
Residence Life understands that once you have spent some time on campus, you may find someone you are better suited for. During the second week of the academic year, Residence Life sponsors a “Room Switch Week”. This is when residents can swap rooms, with the approval of all students affected by the switch and the proper paperwork filed in time.
More information will be disseminated by Residence Life once students arrive on campus.
The Office of Residence Life has more information about some of the benefits of living on campus, policies and community standards regarding residential living, and contacts for administration and staff.
Computer labs are available across campus in academic buildings, residence halls, and in the library. More information regarding computer facilities at Saint Peter’s University as well as network use and e-mail service policies can be found on the Information Technology Services website.