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The Experience

How many experience credits do I need?

  • A full time day student is required to complete 16 credits before the end of the sophomore year.
  • Transfers who come in as sophomores are required to complete 8 credits by the end of the sophomore year.
  • Transfers who come in as juniors are not required to complete the experience (but we encourage you to attend events anyway!)

How do I get credit for an experience event?

  • You must arrive at the event before it begins and get a card from an experience monitor. Experience monitors WILL NOT hand out cards after the event has begun.
  • After the event is finished, you hand the filled-out card back to the monitor.
  • Monitors will NOT accept cards before the end of the event.

When do I NOT receive experience credit.

  • You will NOT get credit for an event if you arrive after it begins or leave before it ends.
  • You will only receive experience for seeing a show or performance once, even if it is the next year.
  • Students MAY NOT get Experience Credit for events that they participate in (Domino Players cannot get credit for a performance in which they act, direct, or work, orchestra members cannot get credit for events in which they play, etc.).

How does the experience appear on my transcript?

  • Students who complete the events by the end of their sophomore year will receive a "Q" on their transcript.
  • Students who do NOT complete their Experience requirement by the end of the sophomore year will receive an "I" (incomplete) on their transcript.
  • Students who complete the Experience requirements by the end of their junior year will have the "I" replaced by a "Q."
  • Students who do NOT complete the Experience by the end of the junior year will have the "I" replaced by an "F." The "F" will not be calculated into the GPA, but will remain permanently on the student's record.
  • Students who complete the Experience events by the end of their senior year will have Experience listed a second time (as if they took the course a second time) with a "Q."
  • Students who do not complete the Experience events will not graduate.

How do I know how many experience events I have completed?

  • Your advisor can access a list on IQ Web with the number of events you have completed.
  • Diana Barton, the administrative assistant in the Chapel, also has a list of how many and which events you have attended.

What if I want to appeal any aspect of my Experience record?

  • Students are rarely (almost never) given exemptions from the experience. If for some reason you feel you must try, you must make a written request by email to the chair of the Experience Committee (John Panratz - jpankratz@albright.edu) explaining and justifying your request. The email must also be copied to your advisor or it will not be considered. Then, your letter will be distributed to the Experience Committee and a decision will be made. You will be notified of the decision of the committee within two weeks.

How do I become an experience monitor?

  • In order to become a monitor you must have completed the required number of experience events, then talk to the Chapel secretary. It is a paid position.