Academic Standing

The College expects all of its students to maintain good academic standing, which is defined as follows:

  • The student must maintain a term and cumulative g.p.a. of 2.0 or higher.
  • The student may not earn more than one Incomplete or F in a given term.
  • The student must complete at least a total of 6 c.u. over a period of two consecutive terms (summers not included).
  • The student must be making progress toward a College degree.

Request a Letter of Academic Standing

It is crucial that students experiencing academic difficulty engage actively with advisors and others in the Penn community who can help them. During their regular discussions with their pre-major advisor or an advisor in the College Office, students on probation should reflect on the difficulties encountered in previous courses that led to low grades and follow the advisor's suggestions on ways to remedy such troubles. Students on probation should also take advantage of support services such as those offered by the Weingarten Center.

  • Students are responsible for having accurate, updated contact information on Path@Penn so they can be reached about their academic status in a timely fashion.
  • Students who earn more than one F will be subject to the academic standing process and therefore eligible for an immediate drop even if previously in good academic standing.

Students who do not fulfill the criteria for good academic standing may be placed in one of the following categories at the discretion of the Committee on Undergraduate Academic Standing:

The Hub is used when the College wishes to communicate sensitive documents to students.

Students are encouraged to get to know and communicate regularly with their instructors by taking advantage of office hours and via email. The following tools also facilitate that communication:

  • Course Action Notices are used by students to notify instructors about absences and by instructors when they have a concern about how a student is doing in their course.