The chart below shows the number of course credits you must ordinarily earn each semester in order to stay in good academic standing from one semester into the next. If you are a transfer student, your academic standing is measured according to the number of course credits you earn each semester after matriculation at Brown; transfer credits awarded for pre-Brown courses do not impact your academic standing.
|Semester||Good Standing||Academic Warning||Serious Warning||Academic Suspension|
If you fall below academic progress requirements, you will be placed on “academic warning” or "serious warning” or potentially separated from the University for one or more semesters, depending on the extent of your credit shortfall. In addition, students who earn no course credits in a given semester or fewer than five course credits in two sequential semesters are eligible for academic suspension. An academic suspension involves a mandatory one-year separation from the University.
Exceptions to the rules that apply to the calculation of academic standing are made when documented disabilities, health, personal, or family issues significantly interfere with your ability to focus on your studies.
If you are placed on “warning” or “serious warning,” a notation will appear on your internal academic record; this notation will not appear on your official transcript. You may improve your academic standing by completing incomplete courses, or by taking one or two courses in Brown’s summer session, or by taking a course in a Brown Wintersession if you were enrolled in the immediately preceding fall semester. Pre-approved summer courses taken elsewhere and transferred back to Brown can also improve your academic standing at Brown.