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Student Classification

The students are classified according to the number of semester hours for which they are registered. These classifications are used for determining educational costs.

Full Time Student: A full time student during the fall or spring semester is enrolled in twelve (12) or more semester hours of credit. During the summer session, a student is considered full-time when enrolled in six (6) or more semester hours.

Three-Fourths (3/4) Time Student: A three-fourths (3/4) time student is enrolled in 9-11 semester hours of credit.

One-half (1/2) Time Student: A one-half (1/2) time student is enrolled in 6-8 semester hours of credit.

Less than half time: A less than half time student is enrolled in 1-5 semester hours of credit.

Freshman: A freshman is a student who has completed less than 32 semester hours of college level credit.

Sophomore: A sophomore is a student who has completed at least 32 semester hours of college level credit.

Audit Student: An audit student must register for a course and pay the required audit fee. Students are NOT permitted to audit any class where laboratory work, participation or hands-on activity is an integral part of the course offering (examples: computers, language, arts and crafts, and physical education courses). Audits are limited to lecture only classes. Permission of the instructor is required in order to audit any class. An audit student is not required to participate in the oral, written, attendance or exam requirements of the class. An audit student is allowed to register only if class space is available. An audit student does not earn any college credits.

Dual Credit: This program provides an opportunity for High School juniors and seniors to take first year student (freshman) courses for college credit at Fort Berthold Community College. Students must follow first year student (freshman) admission procedures. With approval from their high school superintendent, students may earn high school and college credit for the same course. Dual credit forms are available in Registrar‘s Office. Only high school students are eligible for the Dual Credit program.

Ability to Benefit: Prior to registration the student must pass the Ability to Benefit test. This applies to students who do not have a high school diploma or GED certification.  A student must: 

  1. Receive his or her GED within one academic year, and:
  2. Must pass an appropriate approved test by the Department of Education. This test is subject to the criteria of the institution‘s accrediting agency. A certified Williston Outreach Counselor administers this test.

Transfer Students: Students who have attended colleges other than FBCC must notify Registrar of all previous enrollments. Students are required to have all official transcripts sent to the Registrar‘s Office. Transfer credits of C, or better, will be accepted if they apply to the students degree plan. These credits will be recorded on the FBCC transcript. No more than thirty-two (32) transfer credits or one half (1/2) total credits required for a degree will be accepted. Students must contact their advisor for specific information about which credits may be transferred and how these credits fulfill any degree requirements.

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