Satisfactory Academic Progress Guidelines Standards for All Students
Students bear primary responsibility for their own academic progress and for seeking assistance when experiencing academic difficulty. Students are encouraged to keep a file of their grades and transcripts.
Saint Paul College has a Satisfactory Academic Progress policy which requires degree-seeking students upon registering for 6 or more credits to maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 and a completion rate of at least 67% of the cumulative credits attempted with earned grades of A, B, C, D, P or AU. If these requirements are not met, students will be put on academic probation (warning) or in some cases suspended. If the cumulative GPA or completion rate falls below minimum standards for a second term, the student may be suspended from the College. A 2.0 GPA in program required courses is a requisite for graduation.
Exception: A letter grade of “D” is considered to be a failure in the following programs: Practical Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technician, Respiratory Care Practitioner and Sign Language Interpreter/Transliterator AAS (language and interpreting skill classes), and all ESOL classes.
Students seeking admission to Saint Paul College who have attended another college or university and do not meet Saint Paul College’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards must appeal for admission.
First term students earning grades of all F’s, FN’s and/or FW’s may be suspended for at least two major terms (Fall and Spring) following the unsuccessful term.
Understanding Your Grade Point Average
Your Grade Point Average (GPA) is a mathematical calculation that is used to determine your academic standing.
To determine what your GPA is or what grade you will need to earn to maintain or improve your GPA, use the GPA Calculator below.
Use the GPA Calculator below by entering credits and grades for all classes taken in one semester to determine your GPA for that semester. Use the "More Courses" and "Fewer Courses" links to change the number of rows for the number of courses you'd like to enter. (Note: Blank rows will not affect the calculated GPA.) Also, you can enter your previous credits and GPA to determine your cumulative GPA.
- The GPA Calculator below is for informational purposes only and is not to be used to determine your official GPA. In addition, due to rounding, numbers will not be exact. To view your official GPA, check your transcript.
Students placed on academic warning will have a registration hold
placed on their academic record which will prevent them from registering in
future terms. To have the hold released, student must either register for and attend and in-person Academic Warning Seminar or complete the Online Academic Warning Seminar. Students placed on academic warning for a
deficient GPA are required to enroll in CSCR 1406. Students who do
not register for, withdraw from, or do not successfully complete CSCR 1406 may be suspended indefinitely.
While on academic warning, a student is required to earn a term grade point
average of 2.5 or higher and maintain a term completion rate of 100%. The
student will remain on probation until a cumulative grade point average of 2.0
or higher and a cumulative completion rate of 67% or higher is achieved.
Students who fail to meet satisfactory academic progress standards while on academic warning by not earning a term GPA of at least 2.5 and a term
completion rate of 100% will be suspended for at least two major terms (fall and
spring). All students placed on suspension must appeal to be reinstated.
First term students earning grades of all F's, FN's and/or FW's will be suspended for at least two major terms (Fall and Spring) following the unsuccessful term.
Appealing Academic Suspension
Appealing due to catastrophic extenuating circumstances
Students who believe they failed to achieve satisfactory academic progress due
to catastrophic extenuating circumstances may file an appeal prior to taking the
required two major terms off. However, students must be able to provide
documentation supporting their claim of catastrophic extenuating circumstances
interfering with their ability to be successful in school.
Appealing for reinstatement after serving the required two terms
Students who have served their suspension period must appeal for reinstatement
by writing a letter stating the changes that have occurred to allow them to be
successful in school along with submitting the required suspension appeal
The Suspension Appeal packet can be obtained in the Office of
Enrollment Services or downloaded:
Appealing Academic Suspension
Readmission after an approved suspension appeal
Students who are approved to take classes must develop an academic plan with an Academic Success Coordinator. They must enroll for the classes approved on their
academic reinstatement course plan, which includes CSCR 1406.
Changes to the schedule must be approved by the Associate Dean of Student Development and
Services. Students who do not register for, withdraw from, or do not
successfully complete CSCR 1406 may be suspended indefinitely.
Students with approved petitions will be placed on academic probation. However, students who fail to meet satisfactory academic progress standards while on academic warning by not earning a term GPA of at least 2.5 and a term completion rate of 100% during the term the
petition is granted will be suspended indefinitely.
Appeal Deadlines for Academic Suspension
- For students suspended prior to Fall Semester 2013
Appeal deadline is Friday, December 20, 2013.
Students suspended prior to Fall Semester 2013 must have served the mandatory two major terms (Fall and Spring) on academic suspension or must provide documentation of catastrophic extenuating circumstances in order to be considered for readmission Spring Semester 2014.
- For students suspended following Fall Semester 2013
Appeal deadline is Monday, January 6, 2014
Students suspended following Summer Term 2013 must provide documentation of catastrophic extenuating circumstances in order to be considered for readmission Spring Semester 2014.
All appeals received after these deadlines will be considered for Fall Semester 2014.