While the full benefit of a college education comes from participation in the whole of campus life, the program of studies is of paramount importance in educational development. Barry's intellectual life is designed to inspire creativity as well as facilitate problem-solving. For academic policies see the university catalog.


In order to qualify for graduation with distinction, a student must have taken a minimum of 56 credit hours at Barry carrying letter grades of A, B, C, or D, and must have maintained a grade point average of 3.50 or above. Only courses taken at Barry are computed in determining honors. The GPA will be rounded using the third decimal place.

For distinction, CUM LAUDE, a grade point average of 3.50 is required; for MAGNA CUM LAUDE, 3.70; and for SUMMA CUM LAUDE, 3.90.

Good Standing – Probation-Suspension

A student is in good academic standing if the cumulative grade point average (GPA) is 2.00 or above.

A student is on academic probation if the cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls below 2.00. The appropriate academic dean may require a student on probation to register for a limited course load.

A student will be suspended:

  • Whose cumulative GPA fall below a 1.00 anytime following the first semester of attendance at Barry University; or
  • Immediately following the second time a student’s Barry cumulative GPA falls below a 2.00 (excluding the first semester of enrollment for first-time college-entering freshmen).

A student who has been suspended for academic reasons generally may not petition the Office of Admissions for readmission until one year has elapsed. The Admissions Office must have the approval of the dean of the appropriate school to readmit a student following suspension. Reference should be made to Readmission and Change of Statues procedures.

Repeat Courses

With prior written authorization from the appropriate advisor and dean, a student may repeat a course to improve the cumulative grade point average. No Barry University course may be attempted more than 3 times. Withdrawals are counted as attempts.

If a student has an F and repeats the course and receives an A, only the A counts. Quality points and credits attempted and earned for the second attempt are counted in lieu of those earned for the initial attempt. Though both attempts remain part of the student’s permanent record, the cumulative grade point average will reflect only the grade earned on the second attempt. The credit/no credit option cannot be exercised during the second attempt to remove a previous letter grade.

Courses transferred from other institutions are not considered for a repeat.

Special Topics

Contents of special topic classes will be determined by the individual departments as requested by faculty and/or students to fill specified needs or interests.

Off-Campus Enrollment

A Barry University student is expected to fulfill all coursework at Barry University. Barry University students who wish to take courses at another college or university for the purpose of transferring the credits back to Barry must obtain prior written approval from the appropriate academic dean. Students who have attained junior status may not transfer credits from a community college. Once a student is enrolled as a degree-seeking student at Barry, no more than six (6) credits may be transferred toward a Barry degree. Courses taken through consortia are resident credits and are not counted as transfer credits. Only credits are transferred, not grades or grade point averages.


Students withdrawing from the University must do so officially by submitting a written notice of withdrawal to the office of the dean of their respective schools before the deadline for withdrawing (dates for each semester/term are available online at The effective date of withdrawal will be the date on which the notice is received by the dean. The University withdrawal form must be signed by the academic advisor and the dean, and then sent to the Office of Financial Aid and lastly to the Office of the Registrar for final processing.

Students withdrawing from course(s) must do so officially by obtaining the course withdrawal form from either their advisor or the Office of the Registrar. The course withdrawal form must be signed by the student, academic advisor and the course instructor. (Signature of instructor is required for course in the College of Arts and Science, and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences). Once all of the above signatures are obtained, the completed Course Withdrawal form must be received by the Office of the Registrar within seven (7) working days from the date signed by the academic advisor or by the published withdrawal deadline date, whichever comes first. The effective date of course withdrawal will be the date on which the notice is received by the academic advisor.

Study Abroad

Recognizing the value of educational experiences in other cultures, Barry University encourages students to study abroad. Dr. Katherine Nelson, Department of Communication, College of Arts & Sciences, provides information for individuals wishing to study in another country.

Air Force ROTC

Barry University students may enroll in Air Force ROTC courses through cross-registration with the University of Miami. Eligibility for registration is determined by the Air Force ROTC department at the university, in accordance with appropriate Armed Service Regulations. Academic credit is awarded by Barry although an administrative fee may be charged by the Air Force ROTC department at the University of Miami. Uniforms, textbooks, and equipment essential to the Air Force ROTC program are furnished by the U.S. Government. For more information please visit

Marine Officers Program

Qualified students may apply for an officer program leading to a commission as second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Commissions are offered in both ground and aviation components. The platoon leader course (PLC) is offered to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who attend pre-commissioning training during the summer. Financial assistance and flight indoctrination programs are available. Qualified seniors attend twelve weeks of training in the officer candidate course (OCC) after graduation.

Interdisciplinary Opportunities

A number of courses and programs at Barry University provide for an interdisciplinary approach to education. Examples include majors in international studies, liberal studies and pre-law, and course concentrations in humanities, peace studies and women's studies.

Summer Sessions

Two six-week summer sessions are held every year, usually from the middle of May to the middle of June, and from the middle of June until the end of July. Requirements for admission to the summer session are the same as for the regular academic year. Students matriculated at another college must have written permission from their dean to take specific courses at Barry. No other academic credentials are needed to guest students.

Guest Student/Non Degree Applicant

A guest student is defined as a person who wishes to take credits at Barry University for the purpose of transferring these credits back to the institution in which they are matriculated. A guest student at Barry must submit a non-degree application for admissions available on-line, pay the application fee, and present a letter from the dean or department chair of the institution in which they are enrolled as a degree seeking student, stating that they are in good standing.

Non-degree applications are those applicants who wish to earn credit but not pursue a degree from Barry University. A non-degree student must submit a non-degree application for admissions which is available on-line. Non-degree applications are required to submit proof of a high school diploma, or equivalent, as an admission credential. Non-degree seeking student may register for a limited number of credits as prescribed by the specific school, college, or division in which classes are being taken. Non-degree seeking applicants who wish to change their status to degree-seeking must complete a degree application and meet all requirements for degree-seeking applicants. Enrollment as a non-degree student in no way implies admission to a degree program.

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