Is a student in her second semester of college a freshman?

Most likely yes. Student status depends not on how many semesters one has completed, but the number of credits earned. Read the below for the classification of students.


The following is particular to colleges and universities that operate on a regular two semester academic year.

  • Freshman - fewer than 30 credits
  • Sophomore - 30 to 59 credits
  • Junior - 60 to 89 credits
  • Senior - 90 credits and above
Most likely yes. Student status depends not on how many semesters one has completed, but the number of credits earned. Read the below for the classification of students.


The following is particular to colleges and universities that operate on a regular two semester academic year.

  • Freshman - fewer than 30 credits
  • Sophomore - 30 to 59 credits
  • Junior - 60 to 89 credits
  • Senior - 90 credits and above