Understanding Academic Standing

Students are placed on the Dean's List when they have earned a GPA in the preceding semester of 3.50 or higher and have not received a D, E, U, or NC (labs and physical education included) or more than one C; and have received a regular letter grade in at least three regular, four-credit courses.

The following chart defines academic standing:

Semester Record Semester GPA Less Than 2.000 Semester GPA 2.000 or Greater
No grade below C- Good standing, unless cum GPA is below 2.2, in which case Advising Alert Good standing, unless cum GPA is below 2.2, in which case Advising Alert
1 D Probation Advising Alert
2 Ds, 1E, or 1 NC Probation Probation

If a student receives more than one D, E, U, or NC in a single semester or if a student has had multiple semesters with unsatisfactory grades, the student may be required to withdraw from the university because of a lack of academic progress.

A student may be required to withdraw from the university even if the student has not been on advising alert or probation in a prior semester. The university may require a student to withdraw at any time, should the university determine that the student's academic performance is so profoundly deficient as to suggest an inability to meet academic requirements. Students are informed in writing of any change in academic status.

The academic standing of students who earn unsatisfactory grades will be reviewed at the end of each semester by the Committee on Academic Standing according to the above stated definitions. Letter grades covered by "pass" will not be used in computing grade point averages but will be considered by COAS when determining academic standing.

Students with two or more unsatisfactory grades who are placed on probation will have their parent(s) and/or guardian(s) notified. Parents will also be notified when a student changes their status at the university either by voluntarily withdrawing or by being required to withdraw by COAS. The student's academic adviser will also be notified of a student's academic standing.

A student with an unsatisfactory record who either voluntarily withdraws from the university or who is required to withdraw from the university may petition to return to the university. COAS will consider petitions for readmission. The student is expected to spend a minimum of one year away from the university.

Primary considerations in making readmission decisions are evidence of sustained and productive activity during the period of absence from the campus, evidence of serious academic purpose, and pertinent letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate's readiness to resume formal study.

Courses taken for academic credit while on voluntary or involuntary withdrawal from the university are not eligible for transfer toward the Brandeis degree. Petitions for readmission for a fall semester must be received no later than May 1 and petitions for readmission for a spring semester must be received no later than November 1.