Academic Standing

It is important that all students are familiar with the guidelines for Academic Satisfactory Progress as well as those for Financial Aid Satisfactory AcademicProgress (FASAP). Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (FASAP) is calculated separately from Academic Satisfactory Progress. Please be sure you are familiar with both of these policies. Questions can be directed to Academic Advising or Student Financial Services, as applicable.

Academic Standing: Undergraduate Students

Requirements for maintaining academic good standing at SAIC apply to all undergraduate degree-seeking students. While SAIC's staff and faculty wish to see every student achieve academic and personal success, it remains every student's responsibility to seek assistance, to understand institutional policy, and to know their own academic status. 

An undergraduate student is considered to be in academic good standing when they receive Credit (CR) for at least two-thirds of all credit hours attempted each fall and spring semester. Students who receive credit in less than two-thirds for three semesters in a row will be suspended from SAIC. Courses assigned a grade of Withdraw (W) are not counted as credit hours attempted when calculating academic standing. In addition, students who have yet to complete their first year required courses must satisfy the First-Year Curricular Requirements (defined below) in order to maintain academic good standing.

First-Year Curricular Requirements

Students are expected to complete their first-year required courses in a timely manner. A student who receives a grade of No Credit (NC) in a first-year required course must repeat that course in the next semester in which the student enrolls at SAIC. Students are required to complete these courses by their third attempt or they will be suspended from SAIC, as discussed more fully below.

First-year required courses include:

  • ARTHI 1001 World Cultures and Civilizations: Pre-History to 19th Century Art & Architecture
  • CP 1010 Core Studio Practice I
  • CP 1011 Core Studio Practice II
  • CP 1020 Research Studio I
  • CP 1022 Research Studio II
  • CP 1021 Research Studio for Transfers
  • ENGLISH 1001 First Year Seminar I
  • ENGLISH 1005 First Year Seminar II
  • EIS 1021 Fluency I
  • EIS 1022 Fluency II

A detailed explanation of SAIC's Academic Standing policy can be found in the 


Academic Standing: Graduate Degree and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Students

If a graduate degree or certificate student receives No Credit in one or more courses attempted during a term when they are subject to standing requirements, the student is notified in writing that they have been placed on Academic Probation. The student must then make an appointment to meet with their respective Academic Department Chair or a faculty Graduate Coordinator designated by the Department Chair. While on Academic Probation, the student is required to work under the supervision of their respective Department Chair or designee to register for courses. A student on Academic Probation is not eligible to register for study trips, exchange programs, or CAPX internships. To return to Academic Good Standing, a graduate degree or certificate student must receive Credit in all credit hours attempted in the subsequent term (excluding winter) where they are enrolled for more than six credit hours.

In addition, for degree or certificate students with a critique requirement, failure to complete a scheduled critique during Critique Week will result in the student being placed on Academic Probation. In addition, the student will be required to make arrangements to make up the critique under the supervision of the Dean of Graduate Studies prior to completing their degree.

A detailed explanation of SAIC's Academic Standing policy can be found in the