Academic Progress & Continuation

University Policy (Academic Progress & Graduation)

CGS Policy

Academic Progress

The academic status of every student is reviewed at the end of each semester. Failure to make satisfactory progress and remain in Good Standing can result in Academic Probation, Suspension for a stated time or until stated conditions are met, or Dismissal, as detailed below.

Definition of GPI and GPA

GPI or Grade Point Index is a single-semester indicator, calculated by dividing the grade points earned by the number of credits attempted.

GPA or Grade Point Average is a cumulative average, calculated across all enrolled semesters.


Good Standing

Full-time students maintain good academic standing when they achieve all three of the following: (1) earn at least 12 academic credits in the semester just completed; (2) earn a semester GPI of at least 2.00; and (3) maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00. (Note: Academic credits do not include PDP (Physical Education and Dance) credits. Grades for transfer credits are not counted in the grade point average.)


Academic Probation

A student is put on Academic Probation when s/he is in danger of not making sufficient academic progress toward his/her degree, having fallen below a 2.00 GPI or GPA or not completed 12 credits in a semester. Students are reviewed after one semester on Academic Probation. Those who earn a GPI and GPA of 2.00 or above and complete 12 credits during the probationary semester will return to Good Standing. Those students who do not achieve Good Standing (as defined above) during the probationary semester will move to

Academic Suspension/Dismissal, or a second semester of Academic Probation, as determined by the School or College of enrollment. Students can be on Academic Probation for no more than two consecutive semesters. Academic Probation does not prohibit students from participating in extracurricular activities or intercollegiate athletics.


Academic Suspension

A student faces Academic Suspension when s/he has spent one or two semesters on Probation and has not achieved Good Standing (as defined above) in the most recent semester of Academic Probation. Specifics regarding the duration and terms of the Academic Suspension will be determined by the individual School or College on a case-by-case basis. Appeals of Suspension are directed to the dean of the School or College of enrollment.


Reinstatement after Academic Suspension

Students who have fulfilled their period of Academic Suspension must meet with their academic advisor and must also reestablish their standing in the School or College of enrollment by contacting the designated official (list of officials by school/college). Students are reinstated to a probationary standing.



A student faces Dismissal if s/he has spent one or two semesters on Probation and has not achieved a GPI and GPA of 2.00 and completed 12 credits in the most recent semester of Academic Probation. A student also faces Dismissal if s/he has spent at least one semester on Suspension and has not fulfilled the terms of the Suspension. Decisions on Dismissal are made by the individual School or College on a case-by-case basis. Dismissal results in permanent separation from the University. Appeals of Dismissal are directed to the dean of the School or College of enrollment.


    Mid-Semester Warnings

    Warning letters are sent at mid-semester by the faculty team to students whose achievement is less than satisfactory. The College faculty places responsibility upon the students for communicating periodically with their parents on the nature of their academic status. Warnings do not affect a student’s eligibility to participate in College or University affairs. Second-semester sophomores do not receive warning letters.


    Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher, have earned a minimum of 60 credits, completed all CGS core course requirements, and have proper electives are eligible to continue into one of the undergraduate degree-granting schools and colleges at the University.

    Such continuation does not hold for the College of Fine Arts, which requires an audition or the submission of a portfolio upon which eligibility of transfer is evaluated.

    Students with a cumulative grade point average below 2.00 will not continue into a degree program at Boston University.

    Bachelor’s Degree Programs at Boston University

    The CGS core curriculum has been designed to fulfill the University’s general education/liberal arts requirements (with the exception of foreign language), freeing the student to concentrate on major/professional coursework during the junior and senior years.

    Every student enrolled in the College of General Studies is a fully matriculated Boston University degree candidate who, upon successful completion of the CGS program, will have earned 48 semester credit hours within the CGS core curriculum (in humanities, natural science, rhetoric, and social science) and 16 elective credit hours in the other undergraduate degree-granting programs of the University for a total of 64 credit hours.

    Completion of these 64 credit hours places a student halfway through the 128-credit hour requirements for nearly all of the baccalaureate degree programs within the University.

    Specific Schools and Colleges
    For more detailed information about continuation into specific schools and colleges at Boston University, refer to the appropriate Pathways available online and in the Student Services office, CGS Room 211.

    Outside Boston University

    Upon written request, the University Registrar will provide a transcript to other colleges or universities to which the student is applying.

    The College of General Studies is an integral part of Boston University and is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. However, all decisions regarding granting of transfer credit are the responsibility of the accepting schools. The credit breakdowns listed in the January Program of Study and September Program of Study are recommended as guides, but individual schools may vary in their interpretation of the College’s credits. Many institutions do not accept grades lower than C toward transfer credit.