2016-2017 Academic Catalog: Good Academic Standing

** Good Academic Standing is not the same as Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid. Refer to the Financial Aid section for more information on financial aid eligibility.

Day Program and Master of Architecture Program Students

Minimum Requirements for Day Program Students

Students enrolled in Day Programs are expected to work continuously toward their academic degrees and to remain in Good Academic Standing at all times. To maintain Good Academic Standing, students enrolled in day programs must maintain a minimum ‘cumulative’ AND ‘semester’ GPA based on the following table:

Year Cumulative Credits Minimum GPA
Freshman 0-31 1.70
Sophomore 32-63 1.85
Junior 64-95 2.00
Senior 96+ 2.00
5th Year 140+ 2.00

A ‘cumulative’ GPA is the GPA calculated using grades from all semesters. A ‘semester’ GPA is the GPA calculated using grades from the current semester.

Minimum Requirements for Master of Architecture Program Students

Students enrolled in the Master of Architecture program must earn a grade of B, or higher, in ALL required architecture courses to be in Good Academic Standing.

Academic Warning

Any student enrolled in a Day or Masters of Architecture program whose semester GPA does not meet the minimum GPA for their class (see above) will be put on Academic Warning for the next academic semester. Academic Warnings are intended to make students aware that they are in jeopardy of falling into probationary status if improvements are not made.

Students on Academic Warning are encouraged to meet with their advisors to discuss methods to improve their GPA.

Notices of Academic Warnings are issued in writing at the conclusion of each semester.

Academic Probation

Any student enrolled in a Day or Masters of Architecture program whose cumulative GPA does not meet the minimum GPA for their class (see above) will be put on Academic Probation for the next academic semester.

* A student who remains on Academic Probation for two consecutive semesters will be academically dismissed from the Institute.

** In addition, a student who is put on Academic Probation for a second non-consecutive semester in their academic career at Wentworth may be subject to academic dismissal.

Notices of Academic Probation are issued in writing at the conclusion of each semester. Students who have been placed on Academic Probation will also be given a Probation Checklist outlining the requirements that must be satisfied in order to achieve Good Academic Standing.

Students on probation are encouraged to take advantage of the resources of the Institute including their academic advisor, The Center for Academic Excellence, and the Counseling Center, to develop strategies for success in their academic life. Students on probation must meet all of the requirements outlined on the Probation Checklist.

Students who take classes at Wentworth, or courses from the Colleges of the Fenway, for the purpose of improving their GPA, but during a non-scheduled semester, may petition to have their probationary status reviewed following the posting of their final grades in the classes. Petitions should be addressed to the Office of the Provost in care of the Associate Provost for Academic Operations. Please note that grades given for courses not taken at Wentworth, or the Colleges of the Fenway, do not count towards a student’s GPA.

Academic Dismissal

Any student enrolled in a Day or Masters of Architecture program who is on Academic Probation and who does not meet the criteria for Good Academic Standing for a second consecutive semester will be dismissed from the Institute for academic reasons. In addition, any student who is put on probation for a second non-consecutive semester in their academic career at Wentworth may be subject to academic dismissal.

Notices of Academic Dismissal are issued in writing at the conclusion of each semester. Students who have been academically dismissed may appeal this decision in writing to the Academic Appeals Committee in care of the Associate Provost for Academic Operations within the deadline stated in the notification letter signed by the Provost.

College of Professional and Continuing Education Students

Minimum Requirements for College of Professional and Continuing Education Students

Undergraduate students are expected to work continuously toward their academic degree. Students must maintain the minimum standards listed below in cumulative grade point average, and earned credits in order to achieve satisfactory academic progress. These two categories are used to determine eligibility for graduation, academic probation, and academic withdrawal.

Minimum Earned Credits Minimum Cumulative GPA
10 1.60
20 1.70
30 1.85
40 1.90
50 1.95
60 2.00

Minimum Requirements for Graduate Students in CPCE-Administered Programs (MSACS, MSCM, MSFM, MSTM, M.Eng.)

Graduate students in CPCE must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be in good academic standing. No more than two courses with a B- may be counted toward graduation.

Academic Probation (CPCE)

Students not meeting the criteria for Good Academic Standing will be put on Academic Probation for the next academic semester.

* A student who does not meet either of the two criteria for Good Academic Standing for two consecutive semesters will be academically dismissed from the Institute.

** In addition, any CPCE student that is put on probation for a second non-consecutive semester in their academic career at Wentworth may be subject to academic dismissal.

Students will be notified in writing that they have been academically dismissed at the conclusion of each semester. Students who have been academically dismissed may appeal the decision in writing to the dean of CPCE.

Students on Probation are encouraged to take advantage of the resources of the Institute including their academic advisor, The Center for Academic Excellence, and the Counseling Center, to develop strategies for success in their academic life. Students on Probation must meet all of the requirements outlined on the probation checklist.

Academic Dismissal (CPCE)

A student on Academic Probation who does not meet either of the two criteria for Good Academic Standing for a second consecutive semester will be dismissed from the Institute for academic reasons. In addition, any student who is put on probation for a second non-consecutive semester in their academic career at Wentworth may be subject to academic dismissal.

Students will be notified in writing that they have been academically dismissed at the conclusion of each semester. Students who have been academically dismissed may appeal this decision in writing to the dean of CPCE within the deadline stated in the notification letter signed by the Provost.