Progress to Degree

Student Classification

Degree Students

A degree-seeking student is one who takes courses for credit toward a degree at the university. A degree-seeking student who takes 12 or more credits during a fall or spring semester is considered a full-time student. A degree-seeking 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

Non-Degree Students

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

Auditors

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

Math Placement

Freshmen: Students beginning the Fall term with 27 or fewer credits who have not placed into a credit-bearing mathematics course (i.e., MATH 100 or above) must make satisfactory progress toward math placement status within three terms, including the January term. Examples of satisfactory progress include, but are not limited to: achieving a score on the math placement exam that allows placement in a credit-bearing mathematics course; successfully completing MATH 005; meeting with a math placement tutor and working toward placement; or completing all ALEKS modules. Students who do not take specific and substantial actions by the end of the Spring term toward eligibility to register for a credit-bearing mathematics course will be subject to discretionary academic probation or other consequences.

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors: Students beginning the Fall term with 28 or more credits who have not placed into a credit-bearing mathematics course (i.e., MATH 100 or above) must make satisfactory progress toward math placement status within two terms, including the January term. Examples of satisfactory progress include, but are not limited to: achieving a score on the math placement exam that allows placement in a credit-bearing mathematics course; successfully completing MATH 005; meeting with a math placement tutor and working toward placement; or completing all ALEKS modules. Students who do not take specific and substantial actions by the end of the January term toward eligibility to register for a credit-bearing mathematics course will be subject to discretionary academic probation or other consequences.

Academic Standing

The student’s unofficial transcript indicates the student’s academic standing as determined by the student’s grades at the end of each fall and spring semester. Academic standing does not change after a January term or summer session.

Good Standing

A student with a University of St. Thomas institutional 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/Financial Aid Warning

A student who has attempted 12 credits or more at the University of St. Thomas and has not achieved a University of St. Thomas institutional cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better is put on academic warning. Each student placed on academic warning will receive a notification from the Office of Academic Counseling.

Students placed on academic warning are required to meet with an academic counselor to discuss strategies for improving their academic performance. Engagement with Academic Counseling support during the warning semester will be considered for any suspension and dismissal appeals.

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.

Each student suspended will receive a letter from the Office of Student Data & Registrar. 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. All students receiving financial aid need to consult with the Undergraduate Financial Aid Office upon re-enrollment. Students returning from an academic suspension are limited to 18 credits in the first semester. Students who are suspended may appeal their suspension to the Committee on Undergraduate Studies after consulting with the Director of Academic Support and Compliance. The appeal process will consider students' engagement with Academic Counseling support during the probationary semester.

Academic Dismissal

A student is dismissed from the undergraduate program if the student has not achieved a University of St. Thomas semester institutional grade point average of at least 2.00 for courses taken during a fall or spring academic warning semester following academic suspension.

Each student dismissed will receive a letter from the Office of Student Data & Registrar. Students who are dismissed may appeal to the Committee on Undergraduate Studies for readmission after consulting with the Director of Academic Support and Compliance. The appeal process will consider students' engagement with Academic Counseling support during the academic warning semester.

Conditions for Readmission after Suspension or Academic Dismissal

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

If a student is readmitted to the university by the Committee on Undergraduate Studies after academic dismissal, the conditions of readmission will be stated by the Committee. All students receiving financial aid are required to consult with the Undergraduate Financial Aid Office upon re-enrollment.