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 and 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 fall or spring semester is considered a full-time student. A degree student who takes fewer than 12 credits is considered a part-time student.

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

  • 27 credits or fewer = freshman
  • between 28 and 59 credits = sophomore
  • between 60 and 91 credits = junior
  • 92 credits or more = senior

Math Placement

Beginning in Fall 2017, entering students with 27 or fewer credits who do not place into a credit-bearing math class (Math 100 or above) must make satisfactory progress toward that placement within three semesters, including J-term. This means that a student beginning in Fall 2017 would need to obtain math placement status by the end of Spring 2018 to avoid discretionary probation or other penalties as specified. Entering students with 28 or more credits must make satisfactory progress toward math placement by the end of their second semester (including J-term). A student entering in Fall 2017 would need math placement status by the end of J-term 2018 to avoid discretionary probation or other penalties as specified.

Academic Standing

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

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.

Students whose cumulative GPA remains above 2.0 but who fail to make satisfactory academic progress will be subject to discretionary academic probation status by the Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies.

Failure to make satisfactory academic progress is defined as:

A) Earning two consecutive term GPAs below 2.0
OR
B) Attempting 12 credits or more and not successfully completing at least 75 percent of those credits
OR
C) Having two or more outstanding incomplete grades from a previous term and registering for more than 8 credits in the current term.


Each student who is placed on probation will receive a letter from the Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies 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 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 the student has 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.

Students whose cumulative GPA remains above 2.0 but who fail to make satisfactory academic progress will be subject to discretionary academic suspension by the Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies if previously placed on probation for such judgments.

Failure to make satisfactory academic progress is defined as

A) Earning two consecutive term GPAs below 2.00
OR
B) Attempting 12 credits or more and not successfully completing at least 75 percent of those credits
OR
C) Having two or more outstanding incomplete grades from a previous term and registering for more than 8 credits in the current term.



Each student suspended will receive a letter from the Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies 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: the student has 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

Students whose cumulative GPA remains above 2.0 but who fail to make satisfactory academic progress will be subject to discretionary dismissal by the Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies if previously placed on suspension for such judgments.

Failure to make satisfactory academic progress is defined as

A) Earning two consecutive term GPAs below 2.0
OR
B) Attempting 12 credits or more and not successfully completing at least 75 percent of those credits
OR
C) Having two or more outstanding incomplete grades from a previous term and registering for more than 8 credits in the current term.

 

Each student dismissed will receive a letter from the Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies 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.