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Academic Progression Standards

Academic Progression Standards

Students are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progression toward graduation each semester. However, when a student earns fewer than 12 Semester Hours (SH) of credit per semester and/or is below a 2.000 GPA in 3 consecutive academic semesters, the student is dismissed.  You can find the complete Academic Probation policy in the Northeastern University Undergraduate Catalog under Academic Progression Standards.

In general, students may not appeal for re-entry for the semester immediately following dismissal: A minimum of a fall, or spring term under dismissal status is required.

Students who are eligible to appeal to CSSH follow a two-part process:

  1. The student completes the CSSH Academic Dismissal Appeal Form.
  2. The student provides supporting documentation, including at minimum: A required letter of support from the chair or a faculty member of the academic program from which the student was dismissed, and—if different–from the chair or faculty member of the intended academic program.
    Possible points to discuss in the letter(s) of support include:

    1. Evidence that the student sought assistance or guidance in the semester(s) leading to dismissal.
    2. Willingness to accept the student into (back into) the program.
    3. Evidence that the student is likely to succeed in the program.
    4. Evidence that the student is likely to be positively engaged and/or participatory in the program and make a constructive impact on campus.
    5. Other relevant information or contingent recommendations.

Both the Academic Dismissal Appeal Form and the faculty letter(s) of support should be submitted to csshadvising@northeastern.edu by the deadline stated above.  You will be contacted with the College’s decision after the deadline stated above.

If you are readmitted to the College, you will be required to hold regular and mandatory meetings with our Senior Coordinator of Student Support who is a designated resource for all students who are experiencing academic difficulty.

If a student is appealing to CSSH and currently meets good academic standing as defined in the Undergraduate Catalog, other options may apply.