Tulane students are expected to have made satisfactory progress toward their degree at the end of each semester. The minimum standards are based on the number of full-time semesters enrolled at Tulane, and the number of credit hours earned.
Full-time undergraduate students enrolled in Newcomb-Tulane College are degree-seeking students. Those students who are not making satisfactory progress toward a degree are not permitted to remain enrolled at the university.
Students who earn at least 12 credits per full-time semester at Tulane and achieve at least the minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) for good standing are considered to be making progress toward the baccalaureate degree and are in academic good standing. Policies that apply to students who do not meet these scholastic standards are described below. Students experiencing academic difficulty are advised to give particular attention to the appropriate paragraphs of the explanation of the quality-of-work rules that are summarized in the tables that follow. Students should note that the standards are based on both total credits earned at Tulane and total earned hours.
Options to restore academic good standing
At the end of each spring semester students are reviewed for academic progress. Students who are deficient in either credits earned at Tulane or in cumulative GPA are placed on academic probation. They have three options to restore academic good standing:
1. Students may remove their deficiency in Tulane Summer School.
2. Students who have made more than the minimum required progress to degree (cumulative GPA and Tulane credits earned) but less than that required for good standing may return in the fall on academic probation. Minimum progress is the specific standard a student must meet to be permitted to return to Tulane on academic probation. It is NOT good standing.
3. Students who have not made the minimum required progress to degree are required to sit out for a full academic year (but earn no transfer credit) and may return on academic probation no sooner than the following summer.
Students can return in a fall semester while on probation (either 2 or 3 above) only once. The second time that a student fails to meet continuation standards at the close of a spring semester, he or she must restore good standing by the close of the second summer term or face dismissal from Tulane.
Minimum credits earned at Tulane
Students must earn at least 12 credits at Tulane per full-time semester. A deficit in one semester can be made up with a surplus in another semester or with credits earned in summer school at Tulane. Students below this threshold are offered probation if they are lacking no more than 12 credits and their cumulative GPA meets continuation requirements described below. Students who are deficient more than 8 credits are likely to be required to attend one or more sessions of Tulane Summer School to restore good standing. Those more than 12 credits below the threshold are dismissed for one academic year and are eligible to return the following summer. The credit hour requirements are summarized in the table below.
|Full-time semesters completed at Tulane||Minimum credits earned at Tulane to be eligible for Probation||Minimum credits earned at Tulane for Good Standing|
Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements
Minimum Cumulative GPA thresholds are based on the total number of earned hours (EHRS) that a student has accumulated. This includes all AP and IB credits and transfer credit.
There are two thresholds, the minimum for good standing and the minimum to be eligible for probation. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below the minimum required for good standing and at or above the minimum for probation are eligible to return in the fall semester on probation. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below the minimum for probation are dismissed for one academic year.
The minimum cumulative GPA for good standing is 1.500 (0-12 EHRS), 1.750 (13-24 EHRS), 1.850 (25-36 EHRS) and 2.000 (37 or more EHRS). Students at or above the appropriate standard and earning the minimum credits for good standing described above are in academic good standing.
The minimum cumulative GPA to be eligible for probation is 1.000 (0-12 EHRS), 1.250 (13-24 EHRS), 1.500 (25-36 EHRS), 1.750 (37-72 EHRS), 1.800 (73-96 EHRS) and 1.850 (97 or more EHRS). Students at or above this minimum and below the good standing threshold are offered probation. Students not meeting this minimum are dismissed for one academic year and are eligible to return on academic probation the following summer (or fall). The GPA requirements are summarized in the table below.
|Total Earned Hours||Minimum Cumulative GPA for Probation||Minimum credits earned at Tulane for Good Standing|
|0 to 12||1.000||1.500|
|97 or more||1.850||2.000|