Satisfactory Academic Progress
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 (SAP) 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 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 two terms following the unsuccessful term.
The first time academic standards are not met, the student will be placed on academic warning for the next term of enrollment. Once the warning is issued, a hold is placed on the student’s account. Students must contact their Advisor to develop a success plan to improve their academic standing.
Students placed on academic warning for a deficient GPA are strongly encouraged to enroll in Study Skills and College Success Strategies (CSCR 1406).
While on academic warning, a student is required to earn the following:
- A term grade point average of 2.0 or higher and
- Maintain a minimum term completion rate of 67%
Students will remain on academic warning 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 will be placed on academic suspension for two terms. 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 immediately placed on academic suspension.
For information on how to appeal an Academic Suspension, go to
Appealing Academic Suspension.