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Academic Standing

Academic Standing, President's Honor Roll, Dean's List, Satisfactory Academic Standing, Academic Probation, Progress Probation, and Dismissal are explained below.

Academic Standing

  • You will be notified of your academic standing every semester.
  • Your standing is based on your grades from Sierra College.
  • There are different levels of academic standings that are explained below.
  • Your standing appears on your permanent records and official transcripts.

President’s Honor Roll

Full-time students (12 units/semester) earning a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) or higher are included on the President’s Honor Roll. To qualify, complete 12 or more units of graded work (A, B, C, D, or F) at Sierra College. Credit by examination and pass/no pass coursework does not count towards this requirement.

Dean’s List

Full-time students earning a 3.0 to 3.499 GPA are included on the Dean’s List. To qualify, complete 12 or more units of graded work (A, B, C, D, or F) at Sierra College. Credit by examination and pass/no pass coursework does not count toward this requirement.

Satisfactory Academic Standing

You can achieve satisfactory standing if you do the following:

  • Attempt at least 12 units at Sierra College
  • Of those units, 50% or more need to be completed as graded coursework (A, B, C, D, or F)
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in all units attempted
  • Students with satisfactory standing can enroll in up to 18 units per semester. To take more classes, file an Overload Petition.

Academic Probation

  • You will be placed on academic probation if you take at least 12 units at Sierra College and earn a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 in all attempted units.
  • Academic probation means you may not enroll in more than 13 units. There are exceptions to this limit. Under extreme circumstances, you can petition the unit limitation to the Student Services Dean.
  • You will be removed from academic probation when your cumulative Sierra College GPA or your term GPA reaches 2.0 or higher.

Progress Probation

  • You will be placed on progress probation if you enroll in at least 12 units at Sierra College and get “W,” “I,” “NC” or “NP” in 50% or more of the total units attempted.
  • Progress probation means you may not enroll in more than 13 units. There are exceptions to this limit. Under extreme circumstances, you can petition the unit limitation to the Student Services Dean.
  • You will be removed from probation when the number of ’W’, ’I’, ’NC’ and ’NP’ units at Sierra College drops below 50%.

Dismissal

If you remain on academic or progress probation for two consecutive terms, you will be dismissed for one semester.
You can petition your dismissal. Write an appeal to the Dismissal Committee within seven calendar days of the dismissal notice being sent. Explain why you should have continued enrollment and provide supporting evidence.
The Dismissal Committee's decision is final. The Dean of Student Services will send you a written letter about the decision before the start of the next semester.


Readmission After Dismissal

If you have been dismissed, you may request readmission after one semester. If you are readmitted, you will return to probation in your first semester. You may be held to a limit of 13 units, or you may need to take specific courses as approved by a counselor.


To come back to school, do the following:

  • Apply again to Sierra College
  • Meet with a counselor
  • Complete and submit the Dismissal Readmission Petition to Admissions and Records

If you have been dismissed two times, the Dismissal Committee will review your petition. You may have your readmission postponed or denied if the committee thinks you have not presented enough evidence or that the problems leading to past dismissals have not been solved.

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