Advancement Requirement

Academic Standing Requirements

To be in good standing and to register (unconditionally), a student must have passed more than 50% of their courses for the year (excluding Summer School). A student admitted in January must pass more than 50% of their courses in that semester.

A student must also meet the standards of their particular program as outlined in the advancement policy of the program to which they belong. If the program policy is more stringent than the college policy, the program policy takes precedence. Some program advancement policies are outlined below.

For the purposes of this policy, courses with the following remarks do not count as courses passed or failed: EQ, SU, DI, or “authorized absence” (IN).

Advancement Requirements of Programs and Profiles:

Arts, Literature and Communication Program

To be in good standing and to register unconditionally in the Arts, Literature and Communication (ALC) Program:

  • Students must pass at least four (4) of the Specific Education courses in the year.
  • Students must pass at least four (4) General Education courses in the year.
  • Students admitted in January must pass at least two (2) of the Specific Education courses in that semester and at least one General Education Course in that semester.

Advancement is contingent upon meeting the Academic Standing Policy of the College and the Program. Students who do not satisfy the criteria of this Academic Standing and Advancement Policy will be expelled from the program and the college. The expelled student has the right to appeal the expulsion to the Academic Standing Appeals Committee. Students not taking any courses in a semester must reapply to the College by the application deadline.

Social Science Program

To remain in the Program for a second semester, students who enter the program in January must have passed at least two Specific Education (concentration) courses in their first semester.

To remain in the Program for a third semester, students must have passed at least three Specific Education (concentration) courses (any combination of Introductory level courses and Research Methods) and must have passed at least two General Education courses in their first two semesters. Students in the Commerce (300.FB) profile must have also passed Calculus I to remain in the profile.

To remain in the Program for a fourth semester, students must have passed at least five Specific Education (concentration) courses (any combination of Introductory level courses and Research/Quantitative Methods) and at least four General Education courses in the first three semesters.

To remain in the Program for a fifth semester, students must have passed at least seven Specific Education (concentration) courses (including five introductory level courses and Research Methods) and at least seven General Education courses in the first four semesters.

Students will have their status reviewed at the end of the Winter semester. Students who fail to meet the criteria set by this Standing and Advancement Policy will be expelled from the Program and the College. Expelled students retain the right to appeal the expulsion decision to the College Academic Standing Appeals Committee.

Commerce Profile

As well as meeting the Social Science program requirements mentioned-above, Commerce profile students must also have passed Calculus I in their first year to remain in the profile.

Science Program

A student must pass more than 50% of their courses for the year. A student must also pass 50% of their required Science concentration courses for the year, as well as 50% of general education and complementary courses taken in the year.

A student admitted in January must pass more than 50% of their courses including one Science concentration course and one general education/complementary course.

Students who register for fewer than two science courses or for fewer than two General Education courses in a semester will not be permitted to continue in the Science program without the permission of an Academic Advisor for the program.

Enriched Science and Environmental Science students should also refer to their program manual for additional advancement requirements.

Technical Programs

A student in a technical (career) program should refer to their program manual for the appropriate advancement policy.



Last Modified: January 21, 2022