Good Academic Standing
Wentworth is committed to the academic success of all students. It monitors progress toward success via the Academic Good Standing requirements. To remain in Good Academic Standing students must meet a required cumulative grade point average. Failure to meet Good Academic Standing requirements will result in sanctions and interventions, including dismissal from the University.
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.
Undergraduate Good Academic Standing
To remain in Good Academic Standing all undergraduate students must maintain the minimum GPA according to the scale below:
|Academic Year||Cumulative Credits||Minimum GPA|
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.
Transfer students will be considered to have completed one semester of full-time study for every 12 credits of posted transfer credit. For example, a student who transfers in 24 credits and completes at least 12 credits must have a GPA of 2.0 at the end of their first semester to achieve Academic Good Standing. Part time students must meet the GPA requirement of full time students based upon the number of credit hours they have completed. For example, a part time student who has completed between 24-31 credits would be expected to have a GPA of 1.75, a part-time student who has completed 48 credits would be expected to have a GPA of 2.0
Notification to Students
Students who fail to meet the minimum requirements for Good Academic Standing at the end of each semester are notified via their WIT e-mail address within two weeks after final grades are posted to their academic record. Academic Dismissal notifications are sent prior to the start of the academic sanction semester.
Academic Warning is semester-based and serves as an advance notice to students that there is a need to increase their focus on their academic performance; otherwise, they may fall into probationary status. Students are encouraged to meet with their primary advisor to discuss methods to improve their GPA. Notices are issued to students via their Wentworth e-mail after each semester whose semester GPA does not meet the minimum GPA for their class level. Academic Warnings appear on a student’s official transcript.
Academic Probation status is based upon cumulative GPA. Academic Probation formally warns students of the need to increase their focus on their academic curriculum and to take personal responsibility for addressing their deficiencies. Students who fail to meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirements for their class level are placed on Academic Probation for one semester. A student who fails to meet the minimum GPA for their class level in a second semester (consecutive or not) is placed on Continued Academic Probation. Probationary status is placed on the student’s official transcript.
Students on Academic Probation are encouraged to take advantage of the resources of the University including their primary advisor, the Center for Academic Excellence, and the Center for Wellness, to develop strategies for success in their academic life.
Students who take classes at Wentworth or courses from the Colleges of the Fenway consortium for improving their GPA, but during a non-scheduled semester, may petition to have their probationary status reviewed following the posting of their final course grades. Petitions should be addressed to the Office of the Provost in care of the Assistant to the Provost.
A student who is currently on Continued Probation and whose GPA falls below the minimum GPA for Good Academic Standing for this class year, is subject to Academic Dismissal. Academic Dismissal is placed on the student’s official transcript. Students who have been academically dismissed may appeal this decision in writing to the Academic Appeals Committee in care of the assistant to the provost, per the guidelines outlined in the letter of dismissal. The decision of the Academic Appeals Committee is final. Students have the option to submit a request for reinstatement from academic dismissal following a period of one semester from the last semester enrolled. Requests for Reinstatement from Academic Dismissal must be submitted to the Registrar 30 days prior to the first day of class of the returning semester. All requests to reinstate are reviewed by the associate dean of the students major; students will be notified within one week of the request.