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Understanding Academic Standards & Credits

What are DU's Academic Standards?

See the Undergraduate Bulletin for a description of the University of Denver's academic standards and grading.

It is important to note that students with:

  • A GPA above a 2.2 are in good standing with the university
  • A GPA between a 2.2 and a 2.0 are on academic warning while remaining in good standing with the university
  • A GPA below 2.0 are on academic probation, no longer in good standing and at risk of being suspended or dismissed from the university.

Your cumulative and term GPA can be found on your academic transcript.

The Academic Standards committee reviews students' academic records to determine whether a student needs to take time away from the University. Students may be suspended from the University of Denver for academic reasons or behavioral reasons. The information included here pertains only to students who are suspended for academic reasons.

Academic Suspension Implications

Being placed on academic suspension may impact students' financial aid, housing arrangements, and health insurance.

Will I lose my health insurance?

The University provides health insurance to enrolled students. Students who are enrolled for fewer than 30 days in the enrollment period will be withdrawn from the health plan and their premiums will not be charged. If you are currently covered by the United Healthcare Student Resources Health insurance, you will need to find alternative health insurance coverage given your change in student status. Contact the Health & Counseling Center (303-871-2205 or [email protected]) for more information.

Will I lose my scholarships and loans?

The policies that can lead to your academic suspension are different than the policies that can lead to the loss of your financial aid eligibility due to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements in financial aid. Please pay close attention to the Office of Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. Contact the Office of Financial Aid (3030-871-4020 or [email protected]) for more information.

Will I lose my housing?

Students who are academically suspended are required to leave the residence hall. The director of the residence hall will notify you of your expected departure date. Contact Housing & Residential Education (303-871-2246 or [email protected]) for more information.

Does my academic suspension or academic dismissal appear on my official transcript?

Yes, if you are suspended or dismissed for academic reasons, this will be reflected on the official transcript. Contact the Office of the Registrar (303-871-4095 or [email protected]) for more information.

Appeals

To appeal your academic suspension, please use this appeal form link and reference the deadlines listed in your suspension letter. 

Planning your Return

Students who are academically suspended may request re-entry after three academic quarters.

 How do I request re-entry?

You should submit the re-entry petition form. You will need to provide the following information: a description of your activities during your time away, reasons you are now ready to resume study at DU, a description of resources you have in place to support your transition. If your request is approved, you will be sent additional re-entry information so that you may register for courses in the appropriate term.

Are there special requirements once I return to DU?

You will be expected to meet weekly with your staff academic advisor, and you will be expected to complete the Academic Coaching and Empowerment (ACE) module.

You must maintain a full-time status (12-credit hours), and earn at least a C- in each course, although though you may have to earn higher grades for specific majors, or eligibility requirements. Please note: Incompletes will only be allowed with specific pre-approval from my staff academic advisor. Otherwise, an incomplete will be treated the same as an F for the purposes of the Academic Standards Committee.

May I return to DU early (prior to the three academic quarters)?

If you are in a major that requires certain sequential classes, you may request an early return. You will need a letter of support from a faculty member in order to petition to return early. Contact your academic advisor or the Office of Academic Advising (303-871-2455 or [email protected]) for more information.

May I take classes at another institution while I'm on academic suspension?

You will not be able to transfer the credits in to the University, so we strongly advise that you do not take classes elsewhere when you are on academic suspension.

Will I be able to access my scholarships and loans?

The policies that can lead to your academic suspension are different than the policies that can lead to the loss of your financial aid eligibility due to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements in financial aid. Please pay close attention to the Office of Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. Contact the Office of Financial Aid (3030-871-4020 or [email protected]) for more information.

 

Understanding DU Course Credits

Most undergraduate classes at DU are four credits each (also known as quarter hours) .Single undergraduate degrees will contain between 183 and 198 credits. The credit requirements for your degree can be found in the undergraduate bulletin.

Credits are generally broken down into three sections: major, minor, and common curriculum. For a 183 credit BA degree, the credits are broken down in this degree components worksheet. For many degrees and majors, information about how credits are divided to make up the degree can be found on departmental websites.