Academic Standards Policy

Undergraduate Students

The College requires students to achieve a 2.0 cumulative average to earn a baccalaureate degree. This is a minimum requirement. Each School has the prerogative to require a higher cumulative average in any major field of study.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (Academic Probation and Suspension)

The College has set the following standards for satisfactory academic progress:

  • Students are expected to maintain a cumulative and semester grade point average of 1.7 for freshmen and 2.0 for all other students. Students who fall below this standard are placed on academic probation.
  • Students must complete successfully 75% of attempted credits per semester. Grades or recorded symbols of F, WF, WP, and I are not considered as successfully completing a course.

Students who do not meet the College’s standards for satisfactory academic progress for two consecutive semesters are subject to academic suspension for not less than one year. Students who have been academically suspended may appeal their suspension through the Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. After a year of suspension, the student may apply for re-admittance to the College.

Students on academic probation are not eligible to compete in varsity athletics or run for Student Government Association office. They may be prohibited from participating in extra- and co-curricular activities (e.g., WERS, EIV, theatre productions and forensics) by the chair of the academic department in which they are majoring, and from serving in student affairs leadership positions (e.g., resident assistants, orientation leaders, etc.) by the Dean of Students.

Academic Dismissal

If, after a thorough review of a student’s academic record, the Academic Probation and Suspension Board determines that a student’s academic success at Emerson College is not feasible, that student will be dismissed. A second suspension results in automatic dismissal. An undergraduate who is dismissed may not be granted re-admittance to Emerson College.

Academic Ethics

A student who fails to meet minimum academic ethical standards by cheating, plagiarism, theft or vandalism related to library or laboratory materials or equipment, or similar acts, shall be subject to disciplinary proceedings that may result in suspension or dismissal. If there is any question about the appropriateness of an act, the student is urged to consult with a faculty advisor, instructor or a School Dean.


Graduate Students

A student in good standing is one who meets the standards set by the degree program and the Office of Graduate Studies. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in order to remain in good academic standing. A student whose GPA falls below 3.0 has one semester to meet the 3.0 minimum or he or she will be academically withdrawn from the graduate program. Any semester in which students are enrolled is considered the next semester. A student must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average to graduate.

In addition, no course in which a grade below B– is earned may be credited toward any degree. A student who receives below B– in coursework totaling 8 credits is automatically withdrawn from the graduate program. In the Communication Disorders program, a student will be automatically withdrawn from the program upon earning a grade of below B– in any two courses.

Students who are academically withdrawn should refer to the procedures in the Graduate Student Handbook. Students who are academically withdrawn from the College may not reapply.

Some programs may require additional Standards of Work. Please check the appropriate program section of this catalogue under Degree Requirements.