At the end of the Fall and Spring Terms, the Academic Standing Committee reviews the academic record of all undergraduate students to determine their academic standing.
- View the Academic Standings Policy on our Forms and Resources page.
Academic Standings Categories
To be in good standing, all undergraduate students must maintain combined and cumulative grade-point averages (GPA) of at least 2.00.
- Cumulative GPA is based on the average of grades earned in all courses taken at Elmhurst University.
- Combined GPA is based on the average of grades earned in all college-level coursework, including courses taken at Elmhurst as well as courses accepted as transfer credit from other institutions.
- Term GPA is based on the average of grades earned in all courses taken for a single term at Elmhurst University. Spring and Fall Term GPA are used to determine if a student is subject to being placed in an academic standing review process of Probation or Dismissal.
Grade-point averages are determined by dividing the total number of grade points by the total number of courses attempted for A-F letter grades. Courses in which pass grades (P) were earned are counted in earned totals, but are not
included in the calculation of the GPA.
- Calculate your GPA using the resource on our Forms and Resources page.
Students whose Elmhurst University term, cumulative, or combined GPA falls between 1.0 and 2.0 will be placed on Academic Probation, if it is the first such occurrence. Students on Academic Probation must earn a minimum term GPA of 2.00 for the term immediately following the one in which they were placed on Academic Probation (excluding January and Summer). If, while on Academic Probation, a student’s term GPA again falls below 2.00, the student may be subject to Academic Dismissal.
Once the cumulative GPA and term GPA reach at least 2.0, students will again be considered in good academic standing.
Students whose Elmhurst University term, cumulative, or combined GPA falls below 1.0 may be subject to Academic Dismissal. Students who have been dismissed have the right to appeal if they conclude they have significant information that would warrant a reconsideration of the dismissal decision.
Students who have been dismissed and do not successfully appeal may not register for classes, including as a non-degree or visiting student. Dismissed students may apply for readmission to Elmhurst University after one year has passed since their dismissal.
Individual departments and programs may also have minimum GPA requirements to remain in good standing in a program. Those requirements supersede the University requirements listed above.
Right to Appeal
Students have a right to appeal, and a formal appeal procedure will be posted on this webpage.
Academic Standing vs. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Please note: The Academic Standings Policy is separate and distinct from the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy, which pertains to the requirements for continued eligibility for financial aid. Contact the Office of Student Financial Services for information about that policy and the processes involved.