To remain in good academic standing in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, a student must maintain satisfactory academic performance as measured by grade point average (GPA) criteria and satisfactory academic progress toward completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in the College. For degree-seeking students matriculating at CU-Boulder Fall 2011 semester or later, CU cumulative, semester, and major GPAs should all be at or greater than 2.250 (2.000 for students prior to Fall 2011). Failure to meet these requirements results in the student being placed on academic alert, academic recovery, and/or academic suspension. Academic progress in this college is determined by grades and averages as reported and calculated by the Office of the Registrar.
Academic standing statuses are determined by grade point averages and may not be negotiated. There is no appeal process, only a review if there is a change in grade point average(s) or if a calculation error has been made.
Special Note: Students in the Colorado Mesa University/CU-Boulder Partnership Program should consult with their Program Director regarding how these academic standing policies apply to them.
This college reviews academic standing twice a year, immediately following the Fall and Spring semesters. The College’s official policy is stated on this page, but please also consult Frequently Asked Questions.
Worksheets and guides for students to use with their academic advisors include:
Academic alert status is assigned to engineering undergraduate students who experience academic difficulties in their first semester as a degree-seeking student at CU-Boulder (namely, their CU GPA falls below 2.250). A student placed on academic alert is still in good academic standing, but must discuss his/her situation with an academic advisor without delay and then take immediate steps for academic improvement. After academic alert, a student's second semester grades are then reviewed with the following possible outcomes:
Academic recovery status is assigned by the college to express concern that a student is not maintaining satisfactory academic performance. It is an official warning that the student’s academic performance must improve or the student will be subject to academic suspension from the college. Once placed on academic recovery, a student remains in that status the following two semesters* (summer term not included) of enrollment as an undergraduate student in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
While on academic recovery, the student enrolls in and completes 12-16 credit hours per Fall or Spring semester in approved CU-Boulder coursework. Coursework taken beyond degree requirements in humanities, social sciences, and ROTC does not count toward this course load requirement, and no courses may be elected with the pass/fail grade option. The full-time enrollment requirement may be petitioned for exceptional circumstances; approval will lengthen the period of academic recovery.
*Note: The normal period of academic recovery in the College of Engineering and Applied Science is two semesters. However, if a student completes at least 12 graded credit hours of CU-Boulder engineering curriculum coursework in the student’s first semester of academic recovery (i.e., fulfilling all requirements specified in the previous paragraph above, along with no Incomplete or missing grades), and the student’s semester GPA is at least 3.250, and the cumulative GPA is at least 2.250, the student’s strong performance allows him or her to come off of academic recovery a semester early and be restored to good academic standing.
Students will be placed on academic suspension if, while on academic recovery, they fail to meet the academic requirements associated with academic recovery. Students will also be placed on academic suspension if they do not make satisfactory progress while in academic alert status (see above). A student will be placed directly on academic suspension if the CU cumulative grade point average is below a 1.000 (unless a first-semester student, see "Academic Alert" above). The College of Engineering and Applied Science takes the action of academic suspension on the premise that the student is currently unable to make satisfactory academic progress toward a Bachelor of Science degree.
While a student is on academic suspension, and is still rostered in this College, the student may not enroll in any CU-Boulder Main Campus courses for any Fall or Spring semester. Furthermore, the student may not take classes during the Fall or Spring semester through any of the other CU campuses (Denver, Colorado Springs, Anschutz).
The period of suspension is indefinite, but must be at least one academic semester if it is the first suspension and two semesters for the second academic suspension. Note: A third academic suspension is permanent and the student may not return to this College.
If the student needs to improve his/her CU GPA in order to be eligible to return to the University, the following options are available:
Special Note: Students who are placed on academic suspension in May due to a low CU cumulative GPA have the option to complete CU summer session coursework to improve their CU GPA. Students who have a CU cumulative GPA of at least 2.250 in August may contact the Assistant Dean for Students regarding a rescission of their academic suspension and continuation of academic recovery status. Students may also be eligible for a similar option with non-CU coursework but must contact the Assistant Dean for Students before enrollment in any non-CU summer courses for details on this option (students must have an approved Academic Contract in place BEFORE exercising this option so students contacting the college after enrollment in non-CU summer courses are not eligible for this option).
Note: Coursework completed at institutions other than the University of Colorado will NOT affect the CU GPA.
A student who was placed on academic suspension (sitting out from “Main Campus” classes) must attain a cumulative CU GPA of at least 2.250 (2.000 for students matriculating at CU-Boulder prior to Fall 2011) to continue with an engineering degree. Students may also be eligible to resume enrollment in "Main Campus" classes by completing non-CU coursework after the point of academic suspension to attain a "virtual GPA" of at least 2.250, but students interested in this option must contact the Assistant Dean for Students before enrollment in any non-CU courses (students must have an approved Academic Contract in place BEFORE exercising this option so students contacting the college after enrollment in non-CU courses are not eligible for this option). NOTE: In all cases, coursework completed at institutions other than the University of Colorado will not affect the CU GPA.
Once the required CU GPA has been attained (no CU classes should be in progress, all CU final grades should be posted to the student's transcript), the student should contact the college’s Assistant Dean for Students to request reinstatement. The student must address what major they are currently interested in pursuing and what has changed such that the student will be academically successful in resuming Main Campus coursework and completing an engineering undergraduate degree program.
A suspended student, upon return to the College of Engineering and Applied Science, returns on academic recovery for two semesters (summer term not included). If the student fails to fulfill the terms of that academic recovery (cumulative GPA rule or the consecutive semester GPA rule), the student will be suspended once again. While a student may be suspended more than once, a third academic suspension is permanent. A student who has been permanently suspended may not return to the CU-Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science.
If a student, while on academic recovery or academic suspension, is considering transferring to another CU-Boulder college or school, he/she should follow the destination college’s Intra-University Transfer (IUT) policy and procedures (which vary from college/school).
If the student elects to leave engineering, this college considers that the student has permanently changed his/her choice of academic major to one offered by the other school or college. Therefore, the student is not permitted to enroll in any courses taught by this college that apply only toward engineering degree requirements. If, at a later date, the student attempts to transfer back to engineering, the current engineering college’s policy governing Intra-University Transfer (IUT) admission will apply.
If an academically suspended engineering student is also a double degree student with another school or college at CU-Boulder, the student must drop Engineering as a degree program if he/she will be enrolling in the other degree program while on academic suspension. The student may attempt to return to engineering in the future if desired; the current engineering college’s policy governing Intra-University Transfer (IUT) admission will apply.