Attendance Policy


At Maranatha, we value education and class attendance. Regular class attendance is required of every student enrolled in the University. Every day, students should come to class prepared, listen intently, actively interact with the ideas, and engage in class discussion.

The number of total absences that students are permitted without losing course credit is dependent upon their academic standing as follows:

Academic StandingAttendance Status
Activities Ineligible1-week of class absences (so, if a class meets twice a week, this student could miss two class periods)
Good Academic Standing2-weeks of class absences (so, if a class meets twice a week, this student could miss four class periods)
Dean’s or President’s List and more than 15 semester hours earned in residence at Maranatha3-weeks of class absences (so, if a class meets twice a week, this student could miss six class periods)

There are no “excused absences” or “unexcused absences,” just absences. Students must carefully track their absences. Students do not get two weeks’ worth of cuts and choir tour, illness, and a baseball trip. Students should reserve absences for legitimate causes.

Students are responsible for all assignments and class lectures. Faculty determine their own policies regarding late course work.

Students who are absent more than their attendance status permits, including both official University activities and personal absences in any given course, will not be granted credit for the course, except by special permission from the Academic Committee.

Absences are not permitted either the Thursday and Friday before or the Monday and Tuesday after Spring Break or Thanksgiving Break.

MBU understands that students living outside the continental US face significant challenges and expenses concerning travel that limit their ability to visit their family. Therefore, the restrictions concerning No Cut Days will be not apply [when they are traveling to be with family]. International students may not exceed their standard cuts without incurring the academic and/or financial penalty that may be associated. They must also take Final Exams as scheduled according to the University calendar.

No cuts are permitted for chapel or evening services during Fall Revival, Missions Conference, Winter Revival, or Winter Fest Weeks, even when a student may be otherwise cutting any or all classes on one of those days. All other chapel attendance standards remain in place during these weeks.