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Satisfactory Academic Progress

To be eligible to register continuously without conditions, a student must achieve satisfactory academic progress. Concordia will follow federal-financial-aid policy on satisfactory academic progress as long as Concordia accepts federal funding.  (See full policy details at SAP Policy)

When a student does not maintain satisfactory progress, the university will impose certain restrictions that will affect the student’s eligibility for enrollment.  See below for the statuses and respective restrictions.

SAP Status Definitions

  • Academic Warning occurs when a student fails to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress. A student on Academic Warning will remain eligible to enroll for one subsequent/future semester.  Any student failing to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress upon conclusion of his/her Academic Warning semester will be immediately suspended from the University.  Undergraduate students on Academic Warning will be limited to a maximum of 16 credits.  In addition you are required to complete the Student Success Plan.  Students will be notified of Academic Warning via email from the Registrar. Students may NOT appeal while on Academic Warning.

    Student Success Plan

  • Disqualification/Suspension occurs when a student fails to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress during two consecutive semesters.  Additionally, first-year undergraduate students with no prior college credits earned must achieve a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 1.0 upon conclusion of his/her first semester.  Any first-year student that fails to meet a 1.0 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) the end of his/her first semester will be immediately Suspended/Terminated from the University.   Students will be notified of Disqualification/Suspension via email from the Registrar.  Students may appeal to be re-admitted by completing the Disqualification Appeal Form.

    Undergraduate and Graduate Disqualification Appeal Form 

  • A student who is Disqualified/Suspended from the University, and has submitted an approved appeal will be placed on Academic Probation. A student on Academic Probation will be issued an Academic Plan by his/her Advisor, and will have one semester (unless approved for additional semesters) to achieve Satisfactory Academic Progress.  Any student failing to meet the terms outlined by the Academic Plan and or Satisfactory Academic Progress will be immediately suspended from the University.  Undergraduate students approved for Academic Probation will be limited to a maximum of 16 credits.

Minimum Academic Standards expected at Concordia University

  • Students are expected to meet or exceed a cumulative earned grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00 for Undergraduate Studies and Graduate Professional Studies.

  • Students must complete a minimum cumulative of 67% of all attempted course work at CSP.  Any course with a grade of withdraw (W), fail (F), incomplete (I) or No Pass (N) shall be considered not completed. A course is counted as completed only once, regardless of how many times attempted, or the grade earned. Transfer credit(s) will be counted as attempted and completed, thus affecting a student’s cumulative completion rate.

    If you have questions about implications of how withdrawing, failing or otherwise not completing a course will affect your academic standing, please contact your academic advisor or the Registrar’s Office. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • You should look at your Cumulative or Overall GPA rather than your term GPA.  Remember that as you accumulate more credits, your Cumulative GPA is harder to move.

    A GPA calculator may be used to assist in formulating your plan.

    GPA Calculator

  • Repeated courses can help your Cumulative GPA significantly, since the lower grade is eliminated from your GPA.  However, your completion percentage may be adversely affected depending on the original grade earned.  If repeating a course that was already passed, the attempted credits will increase, but earned credits will not.  If repeating a course that was failed or withdrawn, the earned credits will increase with the attempted credits.  Please see your advisor to help determine if repeating a course is in your best interests.