Academic Standing

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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 probation, 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.

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.

Academic Alert

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: 

  • Student's CU semester GPA is at least 2.250 and CU cumulative GPA is at least 2.250 -- Outcome is that student remains in good academic standing.
  • Student's CU semester GPA is at least 2.250, but the CU cumulative GPA is below 2.250 -- Outcome is that student is placed on academic probation (see below).
  • Student's CU semester GPA is below 2.250 and CU cumulative GPA is below 2.250 -- Outcome is that student is placed on academic suspension (see below).  

Academic Probation

Academic probation 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 probation, 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. 

FOR STUDENTS MATRICULATING IN THE COLLEGE FALL 2011 SEMESTER OR LATER

  • Probation by the cumulative grade point average rule occurs if the student’s cumulative University of Colorado grade point average is less than 2.250 but above 1.000.  For the first semester of academic probation, the student must attain a semester GPA of at least 2.250.  For the second semester of academic probation, the student must attain a semester GPA, and cumulative GPA, of at least 2.250.  Summer term is not included.
  • Probation by the consecutive semester grade point average rule occurs if the student has two consecutive semesters (summer term not included) at the University of Colorado with semester grade point averages less than 2.250.  For the first semester of academic probation, the student must attain a semester GPA, and cumulative GPA, of at least 2.250.  For the second semester of academic probation, the student must attain a semester GPA, and cumulative GPA, of at least 2.250.  Summer term is not included.
  • If probation is due to both cumulative and consecutive semester grade point average rules, the student will be placed under the cumulative grade point average rule requirements.

FOR STUDENTS MATRICULATING IN THE COLLEGE PRIOR TO THE FALL 2011 SEMESTER

  • Probation by the cumulative grade point average rule occurs if the student’s cumulative University of Colorado grade point average is less than 2.000 but above 1.000.  The student must raise his/her cumulative grade point average to at least a 2.000 by the end of the next semester of enrollment and maintain that level for two consecutive semesters.  Summer term is not included.
  • Probation by the consecutive semester grade point average rule occurs if the student has two consecutive semesters (summer term not included) at the University of Colorado with semester grade point averages less than 2.000.  For the first semester of academic probation, the student must attain a semester GPA, and cumulative GPA, of at least 2.000.  For the second semester of academic probation, the student must attain a semester GPA, and cumulative GPA, of at least 2.000.  Summer term is not included.
  • If probation is due to both cumulative and consecutive semester grade point average rules, the student will be placed under the cumulative grade point average rule requirements.

While on academic probation, the student enrolls in and completes 12-16 credit hours per Fall or Spring semester in approved 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.  This requirement may be petitioned for exceptional circumstances; approval will lengthen the period of academic probation.

*NOTE: The normal period of academic probation 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 probation (i.e., fulfilling all requirements specified in the previous paragraph above, along with no Incomplete 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 probation a semester early and be restored to good academic standing.

Academic Suspension

Students will be placed on academic suspension if, while on probation, they fail to meet the academic requirements associated with academic probation.  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. 

The conditions of academic suspension are:

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.

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:

a)     The student may enroll in “Evening Credit” and “Online Credit” courses offered by the CU-Boulder Continuing Education Office, and/or

b)     The student may enroll in "Summer Session" courses at any of the CU campuses. See (e) below.

c)     Students on academic suspension may not be enrolled in more than 16 credit hours at a time (in any combination of the aforementioned courses), and all CU-Boulder Continuing Education enrollment policies apply.

d)    CU-Boulder Continuing Education advisors are available to assist with questions about courses. Students are encouraged to confer with a Continuing Education financial aid counselor before registering for any Continuing Education courses. Please visit the Continuing Education web site at ce.colorado.edu and call (303) 492-5148 or email ceregistration@colorado.edu with questions.  Use this web form to request enrollment in Continuing Education classes:  ce.colorado.edu/course-request.

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 probation.  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.

Continuing with an Engineering Degree at CU-Boulder

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, the student should contact the college’s Assistant Dean for Students, requesting to return from academic suspension.  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 probation for two semesters (summer term not included). If the student fails to fulfill the terms of that academic probation (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.

Continuing with a Non-Engineering Degree at CU-Boulder (in a different college or school on campus)

If a student, while on academic probation or 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.

 

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