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Criteria for Continuance

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Academic Criteria for Continuance

In order to be eligible to continue at The Citadel, a student must: 1. meet minimum standards for hours earned at The Citadel or for hours properly transferred from another accredited institution, and 2. maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average (see chart below).

  • These criteria are assessed initially after the cadet's second semester at The Citadel and then at the end of each two-semester period. Credits earned through AP or coursework taken by an entering freshman in the summer prior to initial matriculation WILL NOT be used toward meeting the minimum standard for hours earned in an academic year.
  • Although The Citadel will notify students who are deficient in either or both areas, it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that these criteria are met. To avoid Academic Discharge, a student must meet both hour and GPA requirements concurrently either at the end of the fall semester, at the end of the spring semester, or in August, as appropriate.
  • A full-time student (one carrying at least 12 credit hours each semester) must pass at least 24 semester hours in each 12-month period after initial matriculation or readmission. If a previously passed course is repeated, the hours may be used only once toward meeting requirements for hours passed.
  • Part-time students must pass 50% of the hours attempted, and each student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average as prescribed in the following table.

The column labeled "Total Hours" includes:

  1. All credits attempted for which a grade of A, B, C, D, or F was received at The Citadel
  2. Coursework transferred from other colleges
  3. Courses taken Pass/Fail or in which the grade of U was earned.

This table shows the minimum academic progress a student must make to continue at the College and to avoid Academic Discharge.

Continuance on Academic Probation

Total Hours
(Quality Hours Plus
Transfer & Pass/Fail Hours)

Grade-Point Average
for Continuance
on Probation

0-39

1.300

40-69

1.500

70-99

1.700

100 & above

1.900

To continue without Probation, a student must meet the requirements as outlined in the following table:

Continuance Without Probation

Total Hours
(Quality Hours Plus
Transfer & Pass/Fail Hours)

Grade-Point Average
for Continuance
Without Probation

0-39

1.700

40-69

1.800

70-99

1.900

100 & above

2.000

For the purpose of determining Academic Probation, Criteria for Continuance, Dean’s List, Gold Stars, Graduation, and other academic matters, the grade-point average will be computed to three decimal places