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.

Academic Probation
If a student earns fewer than 12 SH in one fall or spring semester and/or the student’s GPA drops below a 2.000, the student will be placed on Academic Probation by the College.

  • When a student is placed on Academic Probation for the first time, the student is encouraged to come see his/her Academic Advisor or to meet with the Academic Persistence Specialist as well as seek tutoring as necessary.  Depending on the severity of the deficiency, the Academic Advisor may require the student to complete an Academic Probation Contract.  The contract will outline the requirements the student must meet in order to make enough improvements to get get off of Academic Probation.
  • When a student is placed on Academic Probation for the second time, the student will receive a hold on their account and must see their Academic Advisor to sign an Academic Probation Contract.  The student is also strongly encouraged to meet regularly with the Academic Persistence Specialist and to seek tutoring.

When a student in the College is dismissed from the University, the following standard actions apply:

  • The student may file an appeal petition with the College to be allowed to return to classes in a future term.
  • The student will be dropped from all registered courses for the semester immediately following dismissal.
  • The student may not petition to return to classes for the semester immediately following dismissal.


The deadline for submitting an appeal is Monday, October 19th, 2015 to return for Spring 2016 classes,  and March 14th, 2016 to return for Fall 2016 classes.

CSSH Dismissal Appeal Process (for students who have been dismissed from NU once)

In some cases, students dismissed from Northeastern University for low scholastic achievement may be eligible to appeal to the CSSH Academic Standing Committee for re-entry (Dismissal Override status). In general, students may not appeal for re-entry for the semester immediately following dismissal: A minimum of a fall, spring, or summer (summer 1 and 2) 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 your Academic Advisor 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 Academic Persistence Specialist.  Our Persistence Specialist 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.