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Enrollment Terminology

Daytona State offers college credit and vocational courses as well as college preparatory courses. Students may attend full-time or part-time.

  • College Credit - Courses that typically lead to a bachelor’s or associate degree or college credit certificate, and may transfer to other regionally accredited institutions.
  • Vocational Credit - Courses that typically lead to a certificate and do not transfer to other postsecondary institutions.
  • College Preparatory Courses - Courses are designed to help students achieve a specific skill level. Credits earned in preparatory courses will not transfer and are not calculated in a student's grade point average (GPA). Students may not audit a preparatory class.
  • Audit - Students who do not want to earn college credit for a course or have taken the course before and received a grade of "C" or better may audit a course prior to the class start date. College preparatory courses may not be audited. All requisites apply when auditing a course.
  • Semester Hours - The number of credits assigned to a specific course. The number of hours per week of class varies.
  • Semester - A 15 or 16-week (also two seven-week sub sessions) period during the fall and spring when classes are in session. Multiple summer sessions are offered starting at various times.
  • Full-Time Status - A student enrolled in 12 or more credit hours during any semester is considered full-time. A student may combine hours for all sub-sessions within the semester to establish full-time status. Enrollment status may be calculated differently for financial aid and veterans benefits.
  • Three-Quarter-Time Status - A student enrolled in nine to 11 credit hours during a semester. A student may combine hours for all sub-sessions within the semester to establish three-quarter-time status. Enrollment status may be calculated differently for financial aid and veterans benefits.
  • Half-Time Status - A student enrolled in six to eight credit hours during a semester. A student may combine hours for all sub-sessions within the semester to establish half-time status. Enrollment status may be calculated differently for financial aid and veterans benefits.
  • Less Than Half-Time Status - A student enrolled in less than six credit hours during a semester. Enrollment status may be calculated differently for financial aid and veterans benefits.
  • Academic Calendar Year Definition- An academic calendar year starts with the fall term and continues until the end of the next summer term.