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 2.00 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 meetings with their advisor, 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 Learning Resources Center and the Tutoring Center.

  • Students are responsible for having accurate, updated contact information on Penn InTouch so they can be reached about their academic status in a timely fashion.
  • Students who earn more than one F may be dropped immediately even if previously in good 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:

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 Absence Reports are used by student to notify instructors about absences.
  • Course Problem Notices are sent by instructors when they have a concern about how a student is doing in their course.
  • The Hub is used when the College wishes to communicate sensitive documents to students.