Undergraduate: Academic Standards

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, which is a C average.  Students whose overall GPA falls below 2.0 (or 1.75 or 1.5 for students with less than 25 or 13 attempted credits, respectively) are placed on GPA probation.  Students on GPA probation whose GPA does not increase after the following semester will be dismissed.

Quality Point Accumulation (QPA)

Another requirement for remaining in good academic standing is a Quality Point Accumulation (QPA) of zero or better in the student's major courses.  A QPA of zero is equivalent to a C average in the major. 

The QPA uses only grades from courses in the subject of the student's major.  It scores grades of F, FIN, and FAB (and WU earned before fall 2021) as −2;  D as −1;  C−, C, or C+ as 0;  B−, B, or B+ as +1;  and A−, A, or A+ as +2.  Each score is multiplied by the number of credits for that grade, and they are added. Grades in the F category are counted in the QPA, even if the course is repeated under the F-repeat policy.  As with the GPA, the QPA only counts courses taken at CCNY.

Repeated Courses

Students are not in good academic standing if they must take a course for the third time (including withdrawals) to satisfy degree requirements.

Excessive Withdrawal

Students who have withdrawn from courses totaling 12 or more credits within two academic years are placed on Withdrawal Warning. Removal from Withdrawal Warning is achieved after one year (or 24 credits) with completion of all courses attempted. Students on Withdrawal Warning will be subject to dismissal if they withdrew from 6 or more credits while on warning.

CUNY Assessment Tests (CAT) in Reading, Writing and Mathematics

These can determine whether or not you can enroll in credit-bearing courses directly, or if you must first take non-credit courses in reading, writing, math, or ESL.  Learn more>>

Academic Appeals

The faculty of the Grove School of Engineering defines the degree requirements, academic standards, and rules for students enrolled in the School and has jurisdiction over the courses offered. The School has a Committee on Course and Standing charged with overseeing enforcement of these matters and dealing with special cases and appeals. Students have the right to appeal to the appropriate Committee on Course and Standing any decision made by individual faculty members or administrators about these academic matters. The Committee on Course and Standing is the final authority on enforcement of curriculum, degree requirements, academic standards, grades and academic rules. It should be noted that most academic rules are enforced without exception.

All appeals are submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Affairs (OUA) in Steinman Hall room 209. Please contact the OUA at 212-650-8020 for further information and please follow deadlines and procedures for submissions of appeals/requests.

Last Updated: 10/11/2023 13:49