Progress to Degree

Student Classification

A degree student is one who takes courses for credit toward a degree at the university.

A student who takes courses for credit but without expectation of a degree is called a non-degree student.

An auditor is a student who takes courses without expectation of credit.

A degree student who takes 12 or more credits during a semester is considered a full-time student. A degree student who takes fewer than 12 credits for credit is considered a part-time student.

A degree-seeking student is ranked by credits successfully completed: 

  • fewer than 27 credits = freshman
  • between 27 and 59 credits = sophomore
  • between 60 and 91 credits = junior
  • 92 credits or more = senior

Academic Standing

The student’s unofficial transcript indicates the student’s academic standing as determined by the student’s grades for each term.

Good Standing

A student with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 is making satisfactory progress toward meeting the minimum grade point average requirement for graduation and is therefore in good academic standing.

Academic Probation

A student who has attempted twelve credits or more at the University of St. Thomas and has not achieved a University of St. Thomas cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better is put on academic probation.

Each student who is placed on probation will receive a letter from the Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies & Academic Advisement informing that student of her or his probationary status and identifying both the implications of probation and the conditions under which probation will be lifted.

Students placed on academic probation for the first time are required to meet with an academic counselor to discuss strategies for improving their academic performance.

Academic Suspension

A student is suspended from the university for one semester (not a January term or summer session) if he or she is on academic probation and one or both of the following occurs:

  1. The student has not achieved a University of St. Thomas semester grade point average of at least 1.75 for courses taken during a fall or spring probationary semester.
  2. The student has twice not achieved a University of St. Thomas semester grade point average of at least 2.00 for courses taken during a fall or spring probationary semester.

Each student suspended will receive a letter from the Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies & Academic Advisement identifying the nature of the suspension and the events leading up to it. Students who are suspended may petition the Committee on Studies to have the suspension lifted after consulting with the Director of Academic Counseling and Support. A suspended student may not register for summer school, or any other term. A student may re-enroll following a semester of suspension, but must make an appointment with an academic counselor to do so. In addition, students returning from suspension are required to work with an academic counselor during their first semester after suspension. 

Academic Dismissal

A student is dismissed from the undergraduate program if one or both of the following occurs:

  1. The student has not achieved a University of St. Thomas semester grade point average of at least 1.75 for courses taken during a fall or spring probationary semester following Academic Suspension.
  2. The student has twice not achieved a University of St. Thomas semester grade point average of at least 2.00 for courses taken during a fall or spring probationary semester following Academic Suspension.

Each student dismissed will receive a letter from the Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies & Academic Advisement identifying the nature of the dismissal and the events leading up to it.

Students who are dismissed may petition the Committee on Studies to have the dismissal lifted after consulting with the Director of Academic Counseling and Support. A dismissed student may not register for summer school, or any other term. A dismissed student who hopes to return to St. Thomas must petition the Committee on Studies for readmission.

Conditions of Readmission after Suspension or Academic Dismissal

Academic suspension applies only to fall and spring semesters. After the semester of suspension, the student is free to register for the following term, upon consultation with an academic counselor in the Office of Academic Counseling and Support. This semester becomes a probationary semester and is subject to the conditions listed above under Academic Dismissal.

If a student is readmitted to the university by the Committee on Studies after Academic Dismissal, the conditions of readmission will be stated by the Committee.