Academic Standing

The academic standing policy varies for students pursuing degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences, Oberlin Conservatory, or the Double Degree Program.

The Academic Policies section of the course catalog provides complete details of the requirements for academic standing.

Review the Academic Standing policy

Download the Academic Progress Plan 
Please download, complete, and save to your documents. A copy must be submitted to the AARC assistant dean with whom you are working.

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 the Academic Advising Resource Center for more information.

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 College. Students are asked to speak with Laura Herron, Associate Dean for Academic Standing, in the Academic Advising Resource Center prior to submitting the form.

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. Contact the Academic Advising Resource Center for details.

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

  • College of Arts and Sciences students may contact the Academic Advising Resource Center.
  • Oberlin Conservatory students may contact the Office of the Associate Dean of the Conservatory
  • Double Degree Program students may contact Office of the Associate Dean of the Conservatory

The tables below indicate the possible academic standing sanctions that serve as guidelines for the initial review of a student’s record.

Please note:

  • “GPA” refers to cumulative grade-point average
  • Of the 3.5 full courses per semester needed to remain in good academic standing, the equivalent of 3 courses per semester must be academic courses not co-curricular credits.

For students in their first semester

Your status: No previous action (first semester students)
Performance criteria Action

Pass 3 full academic courses and GPA at least 1.67

No action

Pass 2-2.5 full academic courses and GPA at least 1.67

Alert

Pass 2 or more full academic courses with GPA below 1.67
-or-
pass 1-1.5 full academic courses with GPA at least 1.67

Probation

Pass fewer than one full academic course
-or-
pass 1-1.5 full academic courses with GPA below 1.67

Suspension

For students in the second semester of their first year, sophomores, juniors, seniors

Your status: No previous action
Performance criteria Action

Pass 3.5 full courses and GPA at least 1.67

No action

Pass 3 full academic courses and GPA at least 1.67

Warning/alert

Pass 2-2.5 full academic courses or GPA below 1.67

Probation

Pass fewer than 2 full academic courses

Suspension

Your status: Previous warning/alert
Performance criteria Action

Pass 3.5 full courses and GPA at least 1.67

No action

Pass 2-3 full academic courses or GPA below 1.67

Probation

Pass fewer than 2 full academic courses

Suspension

Your status: Previous probation
Performance criteria Action

Pass 3.5 full courses and GPA at least 1.67

No action

Pass 3 full academic courses and GPA at least 1.67

Probation

Pass fewer than 3 full academic courses or GPA below 1.67

Suspension

Your status: Two previous probations
Performance criteria Action

Pass 3.5 full courses and GPA at least 1.67

No action

Pass fewer than 3.5 full courses or GPA below 1.67

Suspension

Your status: Previous suspension
Performance criteria Action

Pass 3.5 full courses and GPA at least 1.67

No action

Pass fewer than 3.5 full courses or GPA below 1.67

Dismissal

Your status: At least 24 courses passed prior to current semester
Performance criteria Action

Pass either 3.5 full courses or half of the remaining courses needed to graduate, whichever is fewer, and GPA at least 1.67

No action

Pass fewer than half of remaining courses needed to graduate or GPA below 1.67

Determined on a case by case basis. *

* If a student in this category is dismissed and appeals the dismissal, the Academic Standing Committee may: grant the appeal, deny the appeal, or, one time, suspend the student for two semesters.