Academic Standing in the College of Arts and Sciences

General Guidelines

Students are expected to progress toward graduation at a more or less constant rate. Given the graduation requirement of 112 hours, students with no advanced placement or transfer credit should complete an average 14 hours per semester over eight semesters. The required course load each semester is at least twelve credit hours; students who wish to register in any semester for fewer than 12 or more than 16 semester hours must obtain permission in advance from the Office of the Dean of Studies.

There is a minimum level of acceptable accomplishment each semester.

  • All students must earn at least 12 hours each semester.
  • Students who at the beginning of a semester need fewer than 12 hours to graduate are required to complete only the hours necessary for graduation.
  • Students who matriculated fall semester 2004 and later must also maintain a minimum GPA of 1.67 in addition to the required minimum credit hours.

The Academic Standing Committee reviews the records of students whose achievements in a given semester fall below the appropriate established minimum. (The records of students who withdraw after the end of the ninth week of classes are subject to review by the committee.) The decision of the Academic Standing Committee regarding a student’s academic standing is final.

The academic standing of Double-Degree students is determined jointly by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory of Music Academic Standing Committees.

Probation

Students who do not achieve the required minimum number of hours in a given semester will usually be placed on academic probation (see below under “Suspension”). Such students will be removed from probation upon meeting the required minimum during the next semester; otherwise, they may be suspended.

Suspension

A student who does not achieve the minimum required hours in any semester and who has previously been on probation may be suspended for one or two semesters. For relatively small deficiencies, the student may be continued on probation. Students passing fewer than half the minimum required hours may be suspended for one or two semesters, regardless of whether they have previously been on probation. A suspended student must apply for reinstatement through the Office of the Registrar. The student must also write to the Dean of Studies explaining what he or she has done during the absence and how the student is now better prepared to succeed academically. Letters supporting the request to return are required from the student’s academic advisor and someone the student has worked with during the suspension.

Dismissal

If a student has been sent a letter of suspension by the Academic Standing Committee, and if thereafter the student does not achieve the required minimum in any semester, the Academic Standing Committee may dismiss the student from Oberlin College.

Frequently Asked Questions

May I appeal a suspension decision?

Yes, students may appeal a suspension decision by following a well-defined appeal process within firm deadlines. Please contact Kathryn Stuart, Dean of Studies, for details.

I was suspended for two semesters. It's time for me to return now, what do I need to do?

Suspended students must submit a Reinstatement Form to the Office of the Registrar for readmission to Oberlin. Students are asked to submit additional materials to the Dean of Studies prior to action on their applications. Appropriate forms and materials must be received by August 1 for return in the fall semester and by January 2 for return in the spring semester. Students must be cleared for reinstatement by August 15 for return in the fall semester or January 15 for return in the spring semester in order to enroll for that semester. No exceptions are made.

May I appeal a dismissal decision?

Yes, students may appeal a dismissal decision by following a well-defined appeal process within firm deadlines. Please contact Kathryn Stuart, Dean of Studies, for details.

Who do I contact if I have questions/concerns about my academic standing?

Contact the Office of the Dean of Studies if you are a student in the College of Arts and Sciences. If you are a conservatory student, contact the Office of the Associate Dean of the Conservatory. You can also review the academic standing section in the Course Catalog.