Matriculation, Continuous Student Status, Catalog Applicability


Matriculation is the process by which an applicant becomes an Embry-Riddle student. This occurs when an applicant has been officially accepted for admission, has enrolled in an Embry-Riddle course within one year of the date of admission, and has maintained that enrollment beyond the drop period.

If an applicant fails to maintain enrollment beyond the drop period within that year, he/she will need to reapply for admission. Students are eligible for an Embry-Riddle transcript showing credit awarded from other sources toward their degree after they have matriculated.

Continuous Student Status

Continuous student status is maintained through enrollment beyond the drop period in at least one course within a one-year period. If a student fails to maintain enrollment beyond the drop period, he/she will forfeit active-student status, will need to reapply for admission, and the matriculation process will begin again. Courses previously taken with ERAU will not immediately matriculate a returning student.

Students remain in continuous student status unless they:

  1. Enroll at another institution without advance written approval. Once admitted to Embry-Riddle as degree candidates, students are expected to complete all work with the University unless advance written authorization is granted. If applicants fail to disclose on their applications for admission that they are currently attending another school, or if they decide to take courses outside of Embry-Riddle after they have applied and been admitted, that credit won’t be considered for transfer unless they have obtained prior written authorization from Embry-Riddle.
  2. Fail to enroll and maintain enrollment beyond the add/drop period, in at least one course at Embry-Riddle in any one-year period from the end date of last course.
  3. Have been suspended or dismissed from the University.
  4. Have completed an Embry-Riddle bachelor's, master's, or Ph.D. degree.  Students who pursue an additional degree of the same rank (undergraduate/graduate) may be permitted to do so without reapplying.
  5. Are graduate students who do not complete the degree requirements of a graduate program within seven years from the date of initial course enrollment or seven years from the start date of first course enrollment after readmission.

Students failing to maintain continuous enrollment for any reason are required to reapply for admission under the catalog in effect at the time of their readmission. An exception to this policy may apply to active duty servicemembers.  These exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Continuous Student Status For Active Duty Military Students

Active-duty military students must maintain continuous student status as detailed above; however, active duty undergraduate military students may also maintain continuous student status by submitting National Exam results, or transcripts within a one-year period showing that the student has done one of the following to maintain continuous student status:

  1. Enrolled in a course at a Degree Network System-4 member school that can be applied toward degree completion
  2. Passed a nationally recognized exam (ie. CLEP, DSST/DANTES) that can be applied toward degree completion
  3. Completed any non-traditional education (military course or updated occupational skill as listed on the service transcript and reviewed by the American Council on Education) that can be applied toward degree completion
  4. Completed a course at another institution to be used toward an ERAU degree after receiving prior written approval

*Active duty military students may complete a waiver to establish continuous student status.

Catalog Applicability

The academic provisions of the catalog in effect at the time of a student’s initial academic evaluation remain applicable as long as the student remains in the original degree program, major, or area of concentration and maintains continuous enrollment status. Revisions to university policies, rules, and regulations are in immediate effect for all students with the publication or revision of each new catalog.

Students enrolled through an active-duty military degree completion program or Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges are under the catalog upon which the applicant’s evaluation and letter of acceptance were based.

If a student does not maintain continuous enrollment at the University, the student must apply for readmission. The provisions of the catalog in effect at the time of readmission then become applicable to the student.

Course prerequisites are catalog-year specific from the implementation date forward.

Curricular requirements stated in the applicable catalog will not be affected by subsequently published addenda to that catalog or by later catalogs unless the student elects to graduate under the provisions of a later catalog. Students electing to graduate under the provisions of a later catalog must meet all requirements (admission, transfer, graduation, etc.) contained in that catalog.