The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering offer myriad opportunities for intellectual exploration, academic challenge, and personal growth. To satisfy academic goals and assure progress toward graduation, students should take action and responsibility for the following:
- Seek advice from multiple faculty, and other university professionals,
- Meet with your advisor at least once a semester,
- Learn the information contained within this online catalog. Failure to do so does not excuse you from responsibility for the rules and procedures,
- Track your completion of degree requirements,
- Consult your advising office and major department about any questions concerning academic policy.
All students are expected to observe the academic policies and practices of the university; personal difficulties, illness, and/or advice contradicting the rules and procedures does not constitute automatic grounds for exemption from these rules or procedures. Written requests for exceptions must be submitted to the student's academic advising office. After review, a student will be notified whether the exception is approved.
The University reserves the right to change rules, procedures and other information within this website as appropriate. This website is not to be regarded as a contract. If you have questions, contact your school's advising office.
At the end of each fall and spring semester, the academic advising offices review the records of all undergraduate students to evaluate the academic standing of each student. Students who earn less than 12 credits or earn a term GPA below 2.0 are placed on academic probation. A letter informing a student of this status and the terms of academic probation are sent to the student in January (for fall performance) or June (for spring performance).
The terms of academic probation are as follows: Students must complete at least 12 credits with a minimum term GPA of 2.0 in the next enrolled fall or spring semester. Students may also be required to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above in order to be removed from academic probation. In making the GPA calculation, incomplete grades (I) may be calculated as failures (F). In addition, any grade in a satisfactory/unsatisfactory course may be taken into consideration.
Students who do not meet the terms of academic probation will be academically dismissed. In some circumstances, a student may be continued on academic probation instead of being dismissed. A student whose term GPA falls below 1.0 or earns less than 6 credits may be dismissed without having been on academic probation the previous semester.
The advising offices send written notification to students who are placed on academic probation. Incomplete or missing grades may prevent timely notification. Students with a term grade point average below 2.0 or who earned less than 12 credits should consult with an academic advisor about their academic standing, even if they have not received the letter from their advising office.
Students on academic probation may be restricted from registering for the maximum course load. Engineering students on academic probation are permitted a maximum of 14 credits during the probation semester.
A student's academic performance during the summer term or intersession will not affect his/her academic standing.
A student on academic probation who has not met the terms of probation will be subject to academic dismissal from the university for a minimum of one semester and a summer. A student whose term GPA falls below 1.0 or earns less than 6 credits may be dismissed without having been on academic probation the previous semester.
Students may direct inquiries about the dismissal process to the Academic Review Committee of their respective advising office. Students who intend to return to the university in a future semester are encouraged to work with their academic advisor to develop a plan for their time away.
When a student is dismissed from the university, the:
- Office of the Registrar cancels the student’s registration for the next semester, and authorizes a refund of tuition paid for that semester (in accordance with policy);
- Office of Student Financial Services suspends financial aid and work-study aid to the student;
- Community Living Office cancels the student’s housing contract if the student is in university housing; and,
- Office of International Services performs duties as required by U.S. federal regulations regarding persons not eligible to study at the university.
Readmission after Academic Dismissal
The terms for readmitting a student who has been dismissed for academic reasons are established by the Academic Review Committee of their respective advising office.
Students are readmitted on academic probation and must meet those terms in their returning semester or face dismissal again.
Students who receive prior approval to complete courses at another college or university during the period of dismissal are subject to the university’s 12-credit limit on the number of transfer credits that can be applied toward graduation.
To apply for readmission, a dismissed student must submit a written request to their respective advising office. The request should include an analysis of what went wrong during the preceding two semesters of enrollment, a description of activities while not in attendance, and an academic plan for completing all degree requirements. Supplemental materials such as transcripts of courses taken elsewhere, letters of reference from work or volunteer supervisor, and/or letters of support from a mental/physical health care provider may be required. Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor prior to submitting a written request for readmission. Engineering students should use the readmission form provided to them at the time of their dismissal.
Readmission and Financial Aid
Academic dismissal and financial aid suspension are two distinct actions and must be addressed separately. The Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeal process can be found online. This appeal is in addition to the request for readmission to your advising office.
Subsequent Academic Dismissals
A student who is dismissed a second time will be required to separate from the university for a minimum of one year. A third academic dismissal is permanent.
Eligibility for Financial Aid
Degree-seeking students who are eligible to register are also eligible to apply for financial aid. Only U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens (e.g., permanent residents) are eligible for Federal Title IV financial aid.
Students should be aware that JHU scholarship and grant funds are awarded for a maximum of eight semesters. Under some circumstances, a ninth semester may be awarded on appeal. Federal and state aid may be available for additional semesters.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) refers to minimum standards for grades and cumulative credits required to receive financial aid. The SAP policy is available at https://finaid.jhu.edu/undergraduate-aid/apply-for-aid/undergraduate-sap/.