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Acceptable Academic Progress for the undergraduate student is considered to be:  

  • the maintenance of a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or better and a term grade point of at least 1.00. 
  • the completion of all requirements for a degree within eight years. 

For the graduate student acceptable academic progress is considered to be:  

  • the removal of all prerequisites and deficiencies during the first quarter of attendance as determined by dean at enrollment. 
  • the maintenance of a GPA of at least 3.00. 
  • the completion of the conditions of residency. 
  • the maintenance of continuous registration from advancement to candidacy to the awarding of the degree.  
  • the completion of all requirements for a degree within five years from date of admission for masters programs and within seven years from the date of admission for the educational specialist or the doctorate. 

Consequences of Failure to Make Acceptable Academic Progress  

  • An undergraduate student failing to make acceptable academic progress is subject to restrictions (as determined by the dean of his or her school or college) on enrollment status and university-related activities as follows: 
    • Academic Warning: A student whose cumulative and LSU GPA remains at 2.00 or higher but whose quarter GPA falls between 1.00 and 1.99 is placed on academic warning and will receive a letter indicating this status. Students in this category are considered to be in regular standing. 
    • Academic Probation: A student whose cumulative and/or LSU GPA falls below 2.00 or whose quarter GPA falls below 1.00 is placed on Academic Probation the next quarter. A student on Academic Probation is subject to a restricted course load and to restrictions on participation in university activities requiring off-campus travel (musical, dramatic, athletic, recruiting, etc.) and is expected to work with university entities (Learning Center, advisors, counseling, etc.) who can supplement the educational experience in order to improve the student’s academic performance. A student may not be on Academic Probation for more than one quarter consecutively.  
    • Critical Academic Probation: A student on Academic Probation who fails to raise his or her cumulative and LSU GPA to 2.00 or above or who earns a quarter GPA below 1.00 is placed on Critical Academic Probation with restrictions on course load, on participation in university activities requiring off-campus travel, and on time devoted to work and other personal non-academic activities. The student will have a contract with the dean stipulating a working relation with university entities (Learning Center, advisors, counseling, etc.) who can supplement the educational experience in order to improve the student’s academic performance.  
    • Academic Disqualification: A student on Critical Academic Probation who does not raise his or her cumulative and LSU GPA to 2.00 or above or who earns a quarter GPA below 1.00 during the quarter of Critical Academic Probation or a student admitted Provisional (One Quarter Basis) who fails to fulfill his or her admission contract is placed on Academic Disqualification. The Office of Admissions is so notified. The student is not permitted to register for further coursework at the university without readmission. A student on Academic Disqualification wishing to return to La Sierra University must show evidence of academic improvement by taking at least 24 quarter units of transferable college coursework from another institution of higher learning, earning a C (2.00) or better in each course making up the 24 units raising his or her cumulative GPA to 2.00 or above, and completing any remedial requirements in English and/or mathematics. A student who has fulfilled the expectations above may apply for readmission through the Office of Admissions. Non-degree status at La Sierra University is not available during this time of disqualification. A student who is Academically Disqualified for a second time will not be readmitted to the university. 

  • A graduate student failing to make acceptable academic progress is subject to restrictions (as determined by the dean of his or her school or college) on enrollment status as follows: 
    • Academic Probation: A student whose GPA for any term falls below 3.00 is placed on Academic Probation the next quarter and is subject to a restricted course load. 
    • Academic Disqualification: A student on Academic Probation who fails to raise the current quarter GPA to 3.00 or better is placed on Academic Disqualification, and the Office of Admissions is so notified. The student will not be allowed to register the next quarter. To be readmitted after a period of Academic Disqualification, the student must reapply through the Office of Admissions. A student who is Academically Disqualified a second time will not be readmitted to the university. Students failing comprehensive exams for the second time are Academically Disqualified and will not be readmitted to the program. The Office of Admissions is so notified.

A Dean’s Academic Honor List is published for each quarter of the school year (but not for the summer session) by each school for the purpose of recognizing undergraduate students who have done outstanding academic work during the quarter. The Dean’s Academic Honor List contains the names of all students who are in regular standing and who have completed at least 15 G.P.A. units of coursework with a grade point average of 3.5, with no grade lower than a B-, with no Incomplete notation on the grade report. Students not wishing to have their names so published should make the request in writing at the Office of the Dean of the student’s enrollment.

A Dean’s Letter of Recognition is sent to those students who are eligible for the Dean’s Academic Honor List and have earned a grade point average of 4.00.

A President’s Letter of Recognition is sent to those students who have been on the Dean’s Academic Honor List for the three consecutive quarters (autumn, winter, spring) of the same school year and have maintained a grade point average for those three quarters of 4.00. 

A four-day examination schedule allowing a two-hour period for each class is printed in the schedule of classes. Students are required to take the scheduled final examination at the appointed time and place in order to secure credit. Examinations may not be taken before or after the scheduled period, nor may the time of an examination be changed without authorization by the dean of the school of the student’s enrollment.

All classes meet at the time scheduled for the examination. If the time is not needed for an examination, it is to be used for some other educationally appropriate class activity. Exceptions to the examination schedule are granted only for emergency situations. Students with examinations covering more than 12 units on one day may petition the dean of the school of the student’s enrollment to take one examination at another time during the examination week.

All College of Arts and Sciences majors requesting a load in excess for 18 units must fill out a Petition for Overload. Petitions may be filled out in person at the CAS Dean's Office (LSH 221), or by calling (951)785-2211 and providing the required petition information over the phone.

Every year the College of Arts and Sciences recognizes outstanding students with the Who's Who Among Students in American University and Colleges award. These students are honored annually at the College of Arts and Sciences Awards Assembly held in the spring quarter.

For more information on this award please visit Who's Who Among Students.